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, a town regularly featured on Discovery Channel's hit show “Alaska Bush People,” the largest zipline in all of North America, Tenakee crabbing, the Baranof Hot Springs, Gambier Bay, Admiralty Island, and Dawes Glacier. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Alaska like you've never experienced it before.
Cruise departs Juneau; we make our way to the small Indian village of Hoonah Alaska. This town is often featured on the Discovery channel “Alaska Bush People.” Hoonah also boasts the largest zipline in North America. We offer Halibut fishing too.
The next morning, we make our way to the small town of Tenakee Springs, Alaska. We put crab pots out near Tenakee before we dock for the night. You can stroll through the remote Alaskan town with only 70 year-round residents. It's a must to try the cinnamon rolls at the bakery before we depart to pull the crab pots the next morning. We usually catch a dozen jumbo Dungeness crab that we prepare for lunch. Due to Alaskan fishing laws, the guests are required to catch the crab under their own fishing licences. The captain and crew will help out to ensure a fun and successful crabbing experience, but the guests do have to be involved in the catching process if they'd like to enjoy a delicious crab meal prepared by us.
We cruise to Baranof hot springs, located on the eastern side of Baranof Island, while doing some whale watching on the way. The first time captain Jim came to Baranof hot springs in 1978 he met John Wayne soaking in the hot mineral water. It's a mile hike up the trail to the hot spring pools or you can soak in the hot mineral water in your own private room at the base of the trial.
The next day we make our way to Gambier bay, along the way at the southern end of Admiralty Island we see some of the best whale viewing in southeast Alaska. We usually spot pods of Humpback whales bubble feeding in this area. We make our way through the rocky entrance to Gambier bay and anchor for the evening in the back of the bay. Here we put the crab pots out and launch the kayaks for a relaxed evening. After the middle of July, stream fishing is very good for trout and salmon.
The next morning we head for Dawes glacier. We get within a half mile of the face of the Glacier, we turn the engines off so you can hear the glacier crack and pop while it calves. We spend 2 to 3 hours at the glacier. We then head to Fords Terror for the evening. We can only enter Fords Terror at High tide and have to remain in the bay until High tide the next day. Fords Terror is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit in Alaska. It's a great place to view bears along the shore. It is also a favorite place to kayak.
We make our way to Taku harbor for the last night. Here we moore at the forest service dock where the chef prepares prime rib for dinner. You can kayak here or go for a hike on the local trials.
From Taku harbor, it is a 2 hour cruise back to Juneau.
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.