The cruise departs Juneau and then we spend a full week exploring the beautiful Alaskan wilderness from the comfort and safety of the Northern Dream. You'll enjoy Alaskan treasures like Hoonah, Tenakee Springs, Baranoff Hot Springs and Laconte Glacier.
If your cruise begins in Petersburg, it will be the reverse of Juneau to Petersburg itinerary.
Cruise departs Juneau; we make our way to Swanson Harbor on Iccy Straight. We anchor for the night. Kayaks are available to explore Swanson Harbor.
We heave anchor and head out to one of the Captains favorite Halibut holes. After we catch our limit of Halibut,we head for the Indian village of Hoonah. You can then explore Hoonah. You can often find a carver working on a totem pole or canoe. Hoonah boasts that it has the largest zipline in North America.
We ship your Halibut catch to Juneau for processing and forwarding to your front door. We depart for Tenakee Springs, along the way we often see Humpback and Orca whales. Before we arrive in Tenakee, our guest will launch dungeness crab pots to soak overnight. We then dock in Tenakee Harbor for the night. Tenakee Springs is a true Alaskan bush town with about 50 year around residents. The only mode of transportation here is an ATV or bicycle. We take you on a walking tour of the many unique cabins, bakery and a small general store. It's always interesting to strike up a conversation with a local.
After dining on one of the delicious fresh cinnamon rolls from the local Bakery we head out to check the Dungeness crab pots. Our guests pull their own crab Pots. We often catch 20 or more large male Dungeness crab. We then head for Baranof Hot Springs on the eastern shore of Baranof island. Along the way we often see whales and porpoises. After docking in Baranof Hot Springs we take the 1 mile hike up to the hot springs. When Captain Jim first arrived at Baranof hot springs in 1978 he met John Wayne at the hot springs. When you set in the hot spring next to the rushing white water river, you will realise how special this place is. There is also a bath house at the head of the dock to enjoy the hot natural springs.
We head across Frederick sound to Portage bay. Along the way we will be in some of the best whale viewing area in Southeast Alaska. Once we anchor in Portage bay for the night , you can kayak or explore the bay in our small boat. In late July and early August we can salmon fish in the streams of Portage bay.
We heave anchor and head for Leconte glacier. We make our way through the floating chunks of ice and get as close to Leconte glacier as possible. We shut down our engines so you can hear the glacier crack and pop before it calves off large chunks of ice. We then head to Petersburg harbor.
After breakfast you can explore Petersburg. Petersburg is a fishing town that has deep Norwegian roots. Depart the Northern Dream at noon.
The Northern Dream offers you a queen-sized bed in each state room along with it's own private, well-appointed bathroom. Each room has it's own TV and DVD collection of over 130 movies to choose from. Our on board professional chef will delight you with various gourmet meals created from fresh local ingredients along the way. Our yacht is spacious, comfortable and has a complete walk-around main deck and forward-seating area along with a large upper deck area for a high unobstructed 365 view. Kayaks are also available for those who want to enjoy the river up close.