Travel by deluxe jet boat and explore the very best of the Tracy Arm wilderness area, including exciting close up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers. Relax in the warm, spacious cabin as your experienced Captain guides you through scenic passages and into the heart of a place that has, until recently, been buried for centuries by glacial ice. The maneuverability of the Katlian Express allows you to glide quietly past curious seals and icebergs and get as close as possible to the face of South Sawyer Glacier. Be sure to spend time on the topside observation deck where you'll be able to enjoy this unforgettable experience with all your senses. You might even feel "white thunder", as immense spires of ice break from the glacier and crash into the sea.
Before departing the head of Tracy Arm you’ll also view beautiful North Sawyer Glacier. While exploring the full length of this ice carved fjord, you'll cruise beneath cliffs that rise 4000 feet above the jade colored sea. And you can even feel the mist on your face as the vessel maneuvers almost directly under a plunging waterfall. Should wildlife, such as bald eagles, harbor seals and mountain goats appear, your captain will stop for viewing and photographing opportunities. Encounters with bears and whales are not uncommon. Throughout the voyage, your onboard naturalist will provide a wealth of information about the area, which naturalist John Muir called "one of the most dramatically stunning fjords in Alaska". You'll also enjoy a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages, served by your friendly Alaskan crew as you trace the rugged shores of Stephens Passage on the cruise north to Juneau. The vessel is equipped with deluxe seating, a snack bar and restroom.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must be able to negotiate 4 to 5 steps and walk a short distance with minor assistance. We recommend participants bring a warm jacket, hat and gloves to wear on the observation deck. In the event that unpredictable and ever changing ice conditions preclude the vessel from entering the upper reaches of Tracy Arm Fjord, the tour will be modified to explore Endicott Arm, an adjacent fjord and tidewater glacier of equal beauty. Wildlife sightseeing even though it is common is not guaranteed. This tour is only offered on the Norwegian Pearl.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.