Come sailing with us and experience the wild spaces in one of America's most remote national parks. Our six day, five night voyage takes you into the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Our voyage begins at noon every Monday of our sailing season and ends at noon on Saturday. You and five companions (up to six passengers total) will have the opportunity to explore deep in Aialik Bay, one of the fjords located in the park. All our voyages are exclusive, meaning that when you book with us, only you and your party will be aboard.
Each night will be spent at a new anchorage, each holding varied opportunities for exploring: hiking, visiting waterfalls, beachcombing, kayaking, lake swimming, fishing, or just relaxing on deck. World class birding awaits on this trip as we sail by colonies of puffins, murres, terns, gulls and other species of waterfowl.
Of course, no trip to Alaska's coast would be complete without mentions the spectacular whale watching. Humpback whales frequent Cape Aialik and orca, Dall's and harbor porpoise ply the waters nearby as well.
We provide individual binoculars for all passengers. We carry enough single and double passenger kayaks for all guests to enjoy. We provide guided beach walks in bear-inhabited areas so you can relax and enjoy the scenery. A motorized tender makes shore excursions a breeze.
Departing Seward Harbor at noon, we will sail southbound into Resurrection Bay, choosing a suitable anchorage by early evening. Anchorages in Resurrection Bay are varied, but all are beautiful and provide evening excursion opportunities before and after dinner on board. Spend your evening relaxing or exploring. Reconnect with your mates/family over a classic game of cards or tell stories to finish off the evening.
Mornings aboard mean breakfast, and breakfast means delicious on Extraordinary. Hot coffee, tea or cocoa paired with a freshly baked muffin from the oven while watching porpoise circling the boat make for a memorable breakfast! We'll set sail after breakfast, unless kayaking or hiking is on the list. Once underway, we'll head out for a deeper exploration of Resurrection Bay. We'll drop anchor at a new site in time for a hike or a kayak trip before dinner. Begin to soak up the serenity of this distraction-free time.
After breakfast, we'll weigh anchor and head out of Resurrection Bay to either Aialik or Harris Bay, depending on the weather. Rounding Cape Aialik, keep you binoculars ready. Whales and seabirds are frequently spotted here. Lunch will be served under way as we head to one of the numerous protected anchorages available. Look forward to a tasty dinner again and a new anchorage to see and explore.
Our itinerary today is relaxed. After breakfast maybe you'll return to the beach for a hike, or even a picnic lunch.
We'll sail to a nearby tidewater glacier. These ancient rivers of ice drop from their snow-topped mountain origins straight into the ocean. Watch the freshly calved ice peel away from the hull as our boat meanders respectfully through the glacier chunks. Hot soup with a view for lunch! We never rush watching this powerful spectacle, and we think you'll agree after taking in the glacier views.
When we do leave, we'll head to our anchorage in the fjord. Sit down to dinner with new stunning views about us.
Day five will find us sailing back to Resurrection Bay, passing Cape Aialik and the Chiswell Islands, where sea lions, birds, whales and a wide variety of marine wildlife congregate. Enjoy the view of the largest expanse of open ocean in the world looking south from the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Its unbroken horizon encourages wanderlust!
By early evening we will return into Resurrection Bay. Dropping anchor for the night, we will relax until the following morning.
Departing after breakfast and a hike, on the final day (Saturday) we will arrive at the dock in Seward around noon to disembark. Thanks for sailing with us! Your memories of this voyage into the Alaskan wilderness will last a lifetime.
Getting to Seward, Alaska
Seward is easily accessible by road and rail. Flying into the Anchorage airport (Ted Stevens International Airport), it's an easy drive or train ride from there to Seward.
How to get here by vehicle.
We are located in Seward, Alaska, in the Seward Boat Harbor. To get here from Anchorage, drive south on the Seward Highway for approximately 125 miles. The drive is scenic and enjoyable, taking between two and three hours depending on traffic and or road construction. If you are in a rental car, make sure you stop at Girdwood (30 miles south of Anchorage) to refuel, as there are no other fueling stations until you arrive in Seward.
Once you arrive in Seward, pass the Safeway store and take the first left off the highway onto Port Avenue, followed by an immediate right onto 4th Avenue. This will lead you to the boat harbor where we will be docked. Let us know you are here with a phone call, text or e-mail and we will help you move your luggage aboard with our dock cart. Long term parking is available – arrangements must be made with the parking office on location at the top of the ramp. Again, we can help you with these logistics, just let us know.
How to get here by train.
The Alaska railroad offers trips from Anchorage to Seward. The train stops very close to the boat harbor - one block away. We will meet you at the train station and help you with your luggage. Just send us your itinerary and we will make sure to be there when you arrive.
We suggest booking your train ride after your reservation aboard has been confirmed and secured with a deposit. The train is busy in summer and it may be difficult to change reservations.
Once on board, we will show you to your stateroom, where you can relax, settle in and prepare for an extraordinary voyage!