Your journey begins a short walk from the pier where you’ll board a high-speed catamaran for a 45-minute cruise along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines. Enjoy spectacular views and informative commentary as your guide points out marine wildlife. Watch for whales along the way, as you glide past breathtaking glaciers and cascading waterfalls. Upon arrival in Haines, enjoy a tour of the town followed by a water-safety briefing and a thorough introduction to kayaking. Once you’re outfitted in the necessary gear, we’ll put in. No previous experience is necessary and expert guides will make everyone quickly at ease in these stable kayaks. The stable and silent kayaks make excellent viewing platforms. And Chilkoot Lake - the setting for this leg of your adventure - is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, numerous bald eagles, waterfowl and one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in southeast Alaska.
In addition to the excitement of kayaking in the midst of towering mountains, hanging glaciers and spectacular scenery, you may be treated to outstanding bear viewing during the riverside drive and while paddling on the lake, as multiple spawning streams enter the lake and offer frequent bear and eagle sightings. You’ll have 1.75 hours to explore by kayak. With fresh and saltwater destinations available, the location is chosen to provide the best kayaking and wildlife-viewing conditions and many visitors to Alaska feel there's no better way to fully experience the beauty of Alaska.
A picnic-style lunch is served before you return to the fast ferry for the ride back to your ship.