Shedd Adventures 2014

Alaska (July 6 to 13)

Southeast Alaska
Glaciers, Islands and Intriguing Inlets
Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. In Southeast Alaska our luxury adventure boat, the Safari Endeavor, meanders through the waters surrounding the Tongass National Forest—the largest in the United States—home to grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves. We’ll pass huge icebergs en route to view massive thundering glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park. Then we’ll enter some of the world’s deepest fjords to hike, kayak and explore the natural wonders of this stunning landscape. Afterward, we’ll set a course for the whale-rich waters of Icy Strait, Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage, while keeping watch for the telltale signs of humpbacks, orca, porpoise, sea otters and sea lions.

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Itinerary
Sunday, July 6
You’ll be whisked from the Juneau airport to shipboard.
 
Monday and Tuesday, July 7 and 8
We’ll travel nearly 60 miles up the coast of Glacier Bay National Park in the company of a park ranger. This wilderness is home to puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose and eagles. If conditions permit, we’ll lower the skiffs and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Don’t miss a serene early-morning kayak paddle.

Wednesday, July 9
Keep watch at the rail for the telltale blow of the humpback whales, along with porpoises, sea lions and other wildlife. In the afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline and possible bear sightings. After a day of exploration, relax in the upper-deck hot tub.

Thursday, July 10
Today we’ll take a leisurely cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island and into the “not-in-the-guidebook” wild places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in a waterfall-laced fjord, there’ll be time for skiffing, beachcombing, treks ashore, or kayaking to look for sea otters before calling it a day.

Friday, July 11
We’ll spend the day exploring Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage, with excellent chances of seeing more humpback whales. Passing the Five Fingers Lighthouse, watch for sea lions at a populous haul out. Later, enjoy cruising picturesque bays where evergreen forests crowd the shores.

Saturday, July 12
With more designated wilderness areas than any state in the nation, Alaska’s finest include Endicott Arm and Ford’s Terror. You can explore these towering fjords by kayak or skiff. Cap your voyage with a festive farewell dinner and a slideshow of your trip.

Sunday, July 13
We gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. From there, transfer to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Meet Ken Ramirez, your Shedd Aquarium Guide
Ken Ramirez gets a chance to speak with whales, dolphins and other marine mammals every day as Shedd’s executive vice present of animal care and training. Ken is a biologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of experience in zoological animal care. He came to Shedd in 1989 to manage the training and husbandry programs for the marine mammals and other animals that would live in the Abbott Oceanarium, which opened in 1991. Ken’s expertise extends to marine mammals in the wild, and he has taken part in dramatic wildlife rescues in the United States and Canada. On a more daily basis, he delights in showing aquarium guests how the same techniques used to train the marine mammals can be applied to improve a pet’s behavior—with locally rescued dogs to prove it during the aquatic shows.

Your journey includes
• Customized pre-departure documentation
• Port fees and taxes
• Entry fees to national parks/preserves
• All from-the-boat adventures, activities and equipment, yoga classes, hot tub, sauna and complimentary massage
• Double-occupancy accommodations
• Meals as stated in the itinerary and all beverages on board including premium wine, spirits and beer
• The services of Un-Cruise tour leader
• The services of Shedd guide Ken Ramirez
• Airport-to-ship transfers on day of embarkation and disembarkation
• 1 complimentary sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership per household

Not included
• Airfare to/from Juneau, Alaska
• Passport fees
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for the crew

Accommodations
July 6–13: The Safari Endeavor, a 232-foot yacht-style boat that accommodates 86 guests, newly refurbished with upscale amenities, three decks for outside viewing and relaxing, and a launch platform for easy boarding to kayaks and skiffs.

Physical requirements
This cruise is best enjoyed if you are in good health, fit and able to enjoy comfortably paced moderate walks over some uneven terrain and on paths and trails that are sometimes slippery. We understand that not all guests desire the same level of physical activity. Therefore, we offer a variety of experiences ranging from R&R to adventurous hikes.

Optional additional activities
Kayak, paddle boards, yoga

Important information
Our ship’s intimate size gives us access to secluded passages, coves and wilderness areas, allowing for spontaneity and the ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. A day’s schedule may change to improve your experience when wildlife presents itself or there is an added desire to explore an area beyond a certain period of time. Your captain and expedition leader will keep you informed of any changes.

Getting there and getting home
Please plan to arrive in Juneau by 2:30 p.m. on July 6 and depart Juneau no earlier than noon on July 13.

For reservations and more information

Cheryl Mell
312-692-3161
cmell@sheddaquarium.org

Jouney cost, per person

 $5,295 double occupancy
 $6,795 single-room occupancy
 $750-$850 estimated airfare from Chicago to Juneau

Aquarium membership included with your adventure

Continue your connection with nature after you return home. Each household with a Shedd Adventures traveler receives a complimentary Sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership.

Other travel opportunities

This trip is one of four offered through Shedd Adventures in 2014. See where else you could venture.

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