Alaska Adventure Cruise

Take in the beautiful scenery from a small, luxury cruise ship on this Alaska adventure cruise.

Alaska Adventure Cruise

Overview

These exclusive one-week Alaska adventure cruises are the only Alaskan Cruises endorsed by Orvis. The two ships provide an intimate experience unmatched by larger vessels, and with a maximum of 24 passengers, you are guaranteed a very special experience in this unique environment. We know you'll enjoy your luxury eco-cruise between Sitka and Juneau-where you can watch whales, kayak, hike, fish, or simply relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.

The itinerary of the trip is flexible and spontaneous. The boats feature a ratio of two guests per one crew member, so the needs and wishes of each guest can be accommodated without difficulty. The skilled, friendly crew and the knowledgeable naturalist lead frequent excursions during the day, and the small size of the vessels allows them to sneak into secluded bays that are the hidden gems of the Inside Passage, places the large ocean liners can't navigate. The cabins are surprisingly big: great for relaxing with a book when you are not outside exploring. The spacious, cozy common rooms provide casual areas to meet other passengers and attend informational talks by the naturalist. This Alaska adventure trip is one you don't want to miss, so don't delay reserving your spot - not just because it will likely sell out, but because this cruise is exceptional in every way. Browse our Alaska adventure cruise reviews to read more about this trip.

Orvis Weeks:

2015
June 13 - 20, 2015
August 29 - September 5, 2015

2016
June 4 - 11, 2016
August 27 - September 3, 2016

Other dates are available from June to September.

For a complete list of dates please see the Pricing & Dates tab.

Itinerary

Alaska Cruise Vacation Itinerary

The Alaska adventure trips begin every Saturday and depending on the boat, either arrives or departs from Sitka or Juneau. Please check specific week for arrival and departure ports. This is a typical schedule, but the daily activities are arranged to suit the weather and the interests of the groups.

Anglers should note that this is not a dedicated fly-fishing trip, unlike programs at Orvis-endorsed fishing lodges in Alaska.

There are plenty of opportunities to fish, but the guides lead a variety of activities, not just fishing excursions, and you will generally be on your own regarding fly selection, knot tying, and spotting fish. The boats carry all the spin-casting and trolling gear for salmon & halibut-but limited fly-fishing gear; so serious anglers should bring their own.

Saturday | Arrive Sitka

Sitka is a remote fishing community located southwest of Juneau on Baranof Island, easily reached by scheduled commercial jet service. Arrive on one of several flights per day and check into the Sitka Westmark Hotel. Enjoy exploring the quaint town, and at dinnertime try a local seafood delicacy in the hotel dining room. Airport transfers and hotel accommodations are included.

Sunday | Board Ship, Cruise to Sukoi Inlet

Spend the morning packing , have lunch. You will be picked up at the hotel by crew members and transported to the dock for a mid-afternoon departure. The ship gets under way by 3:00 PM and heads to its first night's anchorage in scenic Sukoi Inlet on Kruzof Island. Bald eagles and Steller sea lions are a common sight when leaving Sitka Harbor. After a short cruise and an exquisite first-night's dinner on board, you visit with old and new friends in the ship's comfortable salon or maybe take a guided "underground tour" of galley and engine room. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to take a few minutes this evening to buy a fishing license from your Captain.

Monday | Salisbury Sound & Peril Strait

Not far from the night's anchorage is a popular saltwater sportfishing area, Salisbury Sound, where an all-morning salmon trolling trip aboard one of the ship's sturdy skiffs may be of interest to the angling enthusiast. Halibut are common hereabouts, as well. Guests can take fish home at the end of a trip. The crew can custom-process your catch, vacuum pack and freeze it on board, and advise you on the best methods for shipment. Alternatively, the ship's Chef is happy to prepare your catch for dinner and share recipes. If fishing doesn't interest you, join in a skiff tour along the rocky shoreline to spot sea otters in company with an on-board Naturalist who will share insights into the natural history of this region. We are in the heart of a coastal Alaskan wilderness so we'll keep a lookout for brown bears, often seen grazing on lush beach grasses throughout summer…easy to spot from a skiff. By lunchtime, we return to the ship to haul anchor and head through Sergius Narrows into Peril Strait. We cruise until dinnertime, when we find ourselves anchored in Saook Bay, another scenic Southeast Alaska harbor. After dinner, your crew can launch kayaks and you may paddle quietly around the anchorage savoring the wonder of your first full day in the wilds of Alaska.

Tuesday | Paradise Flats & Kelp Bay

The stream at the head of Saook Bay flows through a broad grassy beach estuary called, appropriately, Paradise Flats. This place is heaven for fly fishers. We spend the morning here casting for Dolly Varden char and cutthroat trout (or, later in the season, pink salmon) and then haul anchor after lunch and head along the coast of Baranof Island into the broad sheltered waters of Chatham Strait. During this afternoon's cruise we will likely spot humpback whales, Dalls porpoises, Stellar sea lions and maybe, if we're lucky, orcas. Our shipboard naturalist will be happy to give a presentation while under way on the marine mammals we typically encounter on a cruise. On the way to Kelp Bay we sometimes stop and jig for halibut off Morris Reef – a 247-pounder was landed here on one of our cruises – or take a quick detour to hike up to Lake Eva where you can visit a grove of Sitka Spruce trees that are among the tallest and largest-girthed in the Tongass National Forest. There are choices of activities every day, and the ship's crew to guest ratio is such that guests can go off in small groups with a knowledgeable staff member to explore according to their interests. Small groups also have less of an impact on the fragile, temperate rainforests environment of the Tongass National Forest.

Wednesday | Red Bluff Bay & Pybus Bay - Admiralty Island

Early risers can go kayaking before breakfast with a guide, where you may see harbor seals and harlequin ducks. Both have little fear of kayakers on the water. Photographers love these outings. Later, motoring south on the ship, we cruise along the "waterfall coast" of Baranof Island - one of the most scenic coastal wilderness areas in southeast Alaska. Glaciers form in high snowfields on the island, and in summer their melting waters gather to flow in noisy cascades, tumbling off cliffs and creating a spectacle of lofty cataracts everywhere you look. When we get to Red Bluff Bay, we'll divide the ship's company into several groups to go ashore. Some may choose to fly fish in the river at the head of the bay. But the highlight of this place is the short but steep hike up onto the brick red bluffs, which give this place its name. Here, wildflowers are dense in summer, and the natural rock gardens are resplendent with splashy displays of blue and yellow violets, columbine and fragrant meadow orchids. After our hike, we return to the ship again and haul anchor, bound for Pybus Bay on Admiralty Island where we'll spend the night. The local Tlingit tribe's name for Admiralty Island is Kootznoowoo, which means "fortress of the bears."

Thursday | Admiralty Island & Brothers Islands

Today is our final opportunity for hiking and fishing, and we've saved some of the best of both for last. We pack lunches and head out in the skiffs right after breakfast. Brothers Islands, lying just off the mouth of Pybus Bay, are notable for their unique mossy terrain. A gentle walk through the lush rainforest on one of these small islands leads us to a wild stretch of rocky beach. Great numbers of Stellar sea lions will sometimes haul out onto some of these beaches, and if we're careful we can approach these noisy "rookeries" by skiff without disturbing the sunbathing animals. Halibut fishing in Pybus Bay is often productive, as is fly-fishing or spin casting for pink salmon or Dolly Varden char in nearby Donkey Creek. Bald eagles perch solemnly in the tree tops waiting for an opportunity to snatch an unwary fish from the water. Bears are common here, and your guides on shore will carry a tackle box under one arm and a shotgun, just in case, under the other.

Friday | Glaciers

We are bound today for either Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, two spectacular fjords carved deep into the Coast Range by rivers of ice. Both these inlets feature tidewater glaciers, so navigation can be made challenging at times by the presence of floating bergs. If the entrance to one fjord is blocked, we will enter the other. Our objective is to cruise to the head of a fjord and approach to within about a mile of the face of a glacier where we may watch great chunks of ice, some the size of our ship, crash into the ocean in a frenzy of foam and spray. Harbor seals find abundant food in the nutrient-rich waters of this inlet, and for a period of time in the summer female seals will haul-out onto floating bergs here to give birth to their young. Late in the day, we leave the fjords behind and anchor in Taku Harbor, not far from Juneau, where guests enjoy a particularly sumptuous cruise wrap-up dinner, followed by “an underground tour” of the ship’s engine room and a celebratory “roast & toast” with crew.

Saturday | Juneau - Disembark Ship

We arise early and take breakfast under way, with ancient and untouched spruce and hemlock forests marching past our ship's wake as we make way back to civilization.

By 10:00 AM we are tied to the dock in downtown Juneau, where you disembark and are transported to your hotel or to the airport in time for flights home.

We recommend booking your return flight no earlier than 12:00 PM. Mid-afternoon is better and leaves some time to walk around this very compact city.

For Juneau to Sitka, simply reverse the itinerary.

Activities

Alaska Cruise Vacation Activities

While on your Alaskan cruise adventure, you'll find no short supply of things to do. From hiking to whale watching to fly fishing, our Alaskan cruise trip is sure to be the experience of a lifetime. After a long day enjoying the wonders of the Alaskan wilderness, you'll find plenty of rest and relaxation for the next day onboard the intimate and comfortable luxury cruise ships. Alaskan vacation amenities include:

  • Trained guides lead multiple excursions daily
  • Entertaining & educational presentations
  • Hiking, nature walks, beachcombing, picnics
  • Kayaking
  • Whale watching
  • Stream, lake & shore fishing, & trolling from 20' skiffs
  • Wildlife viewing (binoculars in every room)
  • Fishing: conventional, light tackle, fly fishing
  • Reading, videos/DVDs, cards & games in the salon

Cabins

Alaska Cruise Ship Accommodations

MV Liseron (room features):

  • 10 staterooms (6 main deck, 4 upper "skiff" deck)
  • Queen sized bed plus twin upper bunk
  • Temperature controls
  • Roomy built-in wardrobe
  • Private bath with sink, mirror, hairdryer, toilet and standard-size stall shower
  • Dresser & several roomy drawers
  • Screened picture-frame windows that may be opened
  • Solid & screen doors open onto perimeter deck

MV Mist Cove (room features):

  • 12 staterooms (6 main deck, 6 upper "skiff" deck)
  • 10 have Queen sized bed plus twin upper bunk
  • 2 main deck staterooms with side-by-side twin beds

All staterooms have:

  • Temperature controls
  • Roomy built-in wardrobe
  • Private bath with sink, mirror, hairdryer, toilet and standard-size stall shower
  • Dresser & several roomy drawers
  • Screened picture-frame windows that may be opened
  • Solid & screen doors open onto perimeter deck

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Alaska Adventure Cruise

Cruises start and end on Saturdays.

2015 Departures
Trip Dates Mist Cove
(24 guests)
Departs from:
Liseron
(20 guests)
Departs from:
Per person
Double occupancy
Single occupancy Kids 12 and under
Double occupancy
June 13 -
June 20
Sitka ORVIS WEEK $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
June 20 -
June 27
Juneau Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
June 27 -
July 4
Sitka Juneau $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
July 4 -
July 11
Juneau Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
July 11 -
July 18
Sitka Juneau $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
July 18 -
July 25
Juneau Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
July 25 -
Aug. 1
Sitka Juneau $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
Aug. 1 -
Aug. 8
Juneau Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
Aug. 8 -
Aug. 15
Sitka Juneau $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
Aug. 15 -
Aug. 22
Juneau Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
Aug. 22 -
Aug. 29
Sitka Juneau $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
Aug. 29 -
Sep. 5
ORVIS WEEK Sitka $7,395 $11,832 $6,895
2016 Departures
Trip Dates Mist Cove
(24 guests)
Departs from:
Liseron
(20 guests)
Departs from:
Per person
Double occupancy
Single occupancy Kids 12 and under
Double occupancy
June 4 -
June 11
Juneau ORVIS WEEK $6,850 $10,960 $6,350
June 11 -
June 18
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
June 18 -
June 25
Juneau Sitka $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
June 25 -
July 2
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
July 2 -
July 9
Juneau Sitka $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
July 9 -
July 16
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
July 16 -
July 23
Juneau Sitka $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
July 23 -
July 30
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
July 30 -
Aug. 6
Juneau Sitka $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
Aug. 6 -
Aug. 13
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
Aug. 13 -
Aug. 20
Juneau Sitka $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
Aug. 20 -
Aug. 27
Sitka Juneau $7,895 $12,632 $7,895
Aug. 27 -
Sep. 3
ORVIS WEEK   $7,895 $12,632 $7,895

Included:

  • Airport transfers and the first Saturday night hotel room in Sitka or Juneau
  • Use of all recreational equipment aboard: kayaks, fishing equipment, hand-tied flies
  • Cleaning, packing, and freezing your catch
  • Guided hiking, kayaking, and fishing
  • All meals and snacks prepared by onboard chef-special diets accommodated
  • Open bar including top-shelf brands

Not included:

  • Round-trip airfare to Alaska
  • Late arrival or early departure via floatplane
  • An Alaska state fishing license-required for fishermen over 16 (prices vary-sold onboard)
  • Highly-personalized fly-fishing rods & gear
  • Gratuities to the ship’s crew
  • Travel Insurance

Deposit

25% of cruise cost. Balance due 90 days before departure.

Refunds

The refund policy differs from most Orvis trips. Your deposit is refundable less $300 prior to January 1. After January 1, deposits are non-refundable for any reason. We highly recommend that you get travel insurance that covers trip cancellation.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 9 reviews

5-star:
8
4-star:
1
3-star:
0
2-star:
0
1-star:
0

9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Beyond Amazing !! - 7/21/2015
    By: from Golden, CO
    Top 100 Contributor

    There are not enough words to describe how special and wonderful this trip is. We (my wife and I) left from Juneau on the Mist Cove MV. The first thing we noticed was the big smiles on the faces of the good natured Captain and Crew. Organization and accommodation is this Crew's expertise. We were first guided to our luxurious little cabin where are bags were waiting. The cabin was spotless and well adorned with 1st class features and finishes. After some time to settle in we were greeted by the Crew and Captain as we mingled amongst our fellow passengers in the comfortable parlor area. Little did we know that we were all about to share a week of great adventure together and many of us would become good friends by then as well. As we set sail out of Juneau our adventures began immediately. On the way out of the harbor we spotted whales, eagles, seals and more. Soon we were to be called to dinner (as we would 3 times each day for all meals) and the comradery amongst fellow passengers began. The food was outstanding and the company entertaining as we dined on the stern and watched spectacular scenery go by. We caught crab and halibut on one outing, enough for all and it was prepared to perfection. Desserts were decadent and all meals were very fresh. We would go on that week to see glaciers, endless wilderness, wildlife of all kinds and many of the natural wonders AK has to offer. Our guides and staff were kind, informed and patient and many had a great sense of humor. Our Captain was capable, confident and professional. Activities included early morning kayaking and afternoon fly fishing as well as peaceful hikes and nature talks along the trail. By the end of the week none of us passengers were looking forward to having to say goodbye. On the last night there were some very heartfelt salutations amongst fellow passengers. This is truly an experience and trip of a lifetime that we will never forget. Thank You to Abby and her staff at Orvis Travel and to the entire crew of Mist Cove for making this dream come true. I would recommend this trip to all outdoor adventurers and nature lovers alike.

  • 5/5

    The ONLY way to cruise Alaska - 12/16/2014
    By: from Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

    I've been on a "big boat" cruise to Alaska and it didn't hold a candle to our amazing week on the M/V Liseron. For a full 7 days, the only other signs of civilization were some fishing boats and a tiny hamlet with 1 year-round resident. We loved how the trip felt wild and intimate and luxurious all at the same time. Plenty of options for activities and relaxation, astonishingly tasty food (including hand-chipped glacier ice for our evening cocktails), and fascinating fellow passengers. Although we were on the final cruise of what I know what a long and tiring season, the crew never missed a beat. We've been recommending this trip to anyone who will listen.

  • 5/5

    First Class! - 5/8/2013
    By: from Nashville, TN, USA

    Abby, I want to say that our Alaska trip was beyond wonderful. Food, fun, fishing, staff, boat, your team, and the experience was over the top. If we could we would have gone back to Sitka and done the same trip again a week later we would have done so. Thank you for all your help

  • 5/5

    Magical Trip! - 10/11/2012
    By: from Nashville, TN, USA
    Staff

    I cannot begin to tell you how incredible our week on the Mist Cove was----all 8 of us oohed and ahhhed all week, and pinched ourselves to realize this was really happening. Everything ran like a Swiss train schedule, meals were like a 5 star restaurant, lectures by the naturalists oozed with their passion for the environment. They conjured up whales, sea otters, bears with cubs, salmon , halibut, bald eagles and seals. The glacier was truly magnificent and the calving majestic. Blue, blue icebergs; I hope I never lose that color in my mind. Congratulations to Orvis for supporting the environment-it was a magical trip!

  • 5/5

    Trip of a lifetime... - 6/6/2011
    By:

    My husband and I just got into Juneau today from our trip on The Mist Cove from Sitka. It was the trip of a lifetime. It was above and beyond our dreams and expectations. The accommodations, the crew, the adventures, the food, were absolutely incredible. The scenery is amazing; the Tongass National Forest is an incredible place. The crew made the trip spectacular. They are intelligent, funny, kind, witty, patient, accommodating, and efficient. The service was fantasic. My husband Paul is an avid fly fisherman, and Andy (first mate and passionate fly fisherman) took him out fly fishing, even though Paul was the only guest aboard who wanted to fly fish. They entire crew was a joy to get to know. When we disembarked, we not only shook their hands, but hugged as well. I hope Orvis continues to advertise and promote this trip. It is an experience I am so grateful to have had, and would whole-heartedly encourage anyone who loves the outdoors to take.

  • 5/5

    Trip of a lifetime - 2/24/2011
    By:

    This trip with the boat company in alaska left me speechless. i saw whales, orcas, sea lions, bald eagles the list goes on and on. The crew on the Liseron couldn't have been any nicer and they took good care of us and let us choose the activities. The fly fishing too is incredible along with the scenery that comes with it. If you want to go on a trip you will never forget i highly recommend this.

  • 5/5

    Great trip - 7/26/2010
    By: from Wantagh, NY

    The crew of the Liseron were exceptional - the meals fantastic, a wonderful action-packed vacation! There were so many highlights, I couldn't choose just one.

  • 5/5

    Incredible Cruise - 8/1/2008
    By:

    A well studied and personable naturalist/guide, a very friendly and accomodating crew, a fabulous chef , intimate, luxurious shipboard surroundings and more stupendous scenery every single day than one's senses can process; add this all up and the experience aboard the M/V Liseron is what you come out with. Port jumping on giant cruise ships is not in the same class with this vacation.

  • 4/5

    May/June 2008 Southeast Alaska Adventure - 6/24/2008
    By:

    The week went by so quickly, and it was time to say farewell to a great crew and new friends. Seeing Alaska was a very special experience and doing it with Orvis and The Boat Company made it so very special. We appreciate very much all the help and guidance you gave us and thank you heartily!

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Abby Liell
Alaska Adventure Cruise
800-547-4322
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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