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Overview

A truly unforgettable adventure

A cruise to Alaska on a small vessel is truly awe-inspiring. Join us on the 41-passenger Admiralty Dream, an exclusive Stanford charter that offers travelers the opportunity to experience the Inside Passage in the best possible way: exploring rarely visited sites by day and recapping our adventures aboard our ship in the evenings with our faculty leader, Margot Gerritsen, PhD ’97, and local naturalists.

Ply the waters of Frederick Sound by kayak, and discover Glacier Bay National Park, home to sea lions, mountain goats, bears and more than 250 species of birds, keeping a close watch for summering humpback whales in the glacial waters. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Alaska as we visit with the local indigenous people, the Tlingit.

Dates

June 17–25, 2022

Duration

9 days

Price

From $9,895 per person

Trip size

41 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Margot Gerritsen

Energy Resources Engineering

In addition to her work in renewable and fossil energy production, Margot Gerritsen, PhD '97, is an outdoor sportsperson, ready to share with our travelers her love of hiking, biking and kayaking.

Itinerary

An adventure cruise through Southeast Alaska

Cruise pristine bays and magnificent sounds aboard the 27-cabin MV Admiralty Dream—the perfect size for engaging with nature in a way that larger ships cannot.

  • Sitka, Alaska

    Arrive in Sitka, located on the west side of Baranof Island in the Inside Passage. Flanked by majestic snow-capped mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, this picturesque community is a fascinating mix of native Tlingit, Russian and American cultures. Meet fellow travelers and staff at this evening’s welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Westmark Sitka Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Sitka

    On this morning’s walking tour, explore Sitka’s rich cultural and natural history in visits to the Alaska Raptor Center and the Sitka Sound Science Museum. Later stroll through the Sitka National Historical Park along forest trails lined with spectacular totem poles collected throughout Alaska. Board the MV Admiralty Dream, our home for the next seven nights.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Saginaw Bay / Kake

    After breakfast, enjoy an excursion in Saginaw Bay by kayak or durable inflatable boat (DIB) along the secluded coastline of northern Kuiu Island. Later today visit the village of Kake for an introduction to the intriguing culture of the Tlingit people. Meet with tribal members to discuss their approach to preserving Native cultural traditions and their subsistence lifestyle. See one of the world’s largest totem poles and watch a carving demonstration.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Petersburg

    The Tlingit used the area now known as Petersburg as a summer fish camp for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of European immigrants in the late 1800s. Norwegian fishermen made their way here more than 100 years ago and, as a result, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska’s “Little Norway.” Today Petersburg is the home port of one of the most productive and diverse commercial fishing fleets in Alaska. Learn more about Tlingit culture as we explore this vibrant community and experience the region’s Scandinavian influence during a lively folk dance show.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Frederick Sound / Hobart Bay

    Frederick Sound is the feeding ground for hundreds of humpback whales. Humpbacks are famous for behaviors that create incredible viewing and photography opportunities, including tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching and dives that showcase their massive flukes. Spend the afternoon in Hobart Bay, a rarely visited area that is perfect for hiking or kayaking. Our local interpreters will describe medicinal plants and tell traditional stories about life in the wilderness.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tracy Arm Fjord / Orca Point Lodge

    Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area naturalist John Muir referred to as "a wild, unfinished Yosemite." This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals and granite cliffs rising from sea level to 3,000 feet. Thirty-two miles long and on average just a mile wide, Tracy Arm’s natural features are contained in a small space, enhancing its dramatic beauty. As ice conditions permit, we'll navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping to view both the Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, our ship's exclusive day lodge on Colt Island. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab or prime rib in the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Glacier Bay

    Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is a treasure trove of natural wonders, home to glaciers and snow-capped mountains and teeming with wildlife, including brown and black bears, Steller sea lions, mountain goats, whales and more than 250 species of birds. One of the park’s highlights is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. Watching from our ship’s sundeck, experience “white thunder” as immense spires of ice cleave away from the glacier wall and crash into the sea. A Glacier Bay National Park Service ranger joins us for the day, as does a native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist, who will reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Inian Islands

    This morning visit the stunningly beautiful Inian Islands, the site of the Tidelines Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by Stanford alumni whose mission is to educate and inspire rising environmental leaders (pending confirmation).

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Juneau / Home

    Disembark from our ship in Alaska's capital city and transfer to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

Trip details

Start preparing for the trip of a lifetime

From top to bottom, we’ve taken care of all the details, so you can enjoy a no-stress, worry-free travel experience.

up close view of glacier and sea

Pricing

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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

ship at sea in front of massive glacier with small boat
Category A

Cabins on the Main Deck with twin beds and a picture window.

Approximate square feet: 93

Cabins: 201, 202, 203, 204

Double: $9,895 per person

Category AA

Cabins on the Upper Deck with 2 twin beds or 1 double bed and a picture window.

Approximate square feet: 95

Cabins: 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312

Double: $10,595 per person

Single: $14,795 per person

Category AAA

Cabins on the Upper Deck with 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed and a large picture window.

Approximate square feet: 122

Cabins: Chichagof, Lazaria, Lisianski, Yakobi

Double: $11,895

Deluxe

Deluxe cabin on the Bridge Deck with 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed and a large picture window.

Approximate square feet: 134

Cabins: Chilkoot, Katlian, Kootznahoo, Lituya, Taku, Tenakee

Double: $13,795 per person

Owner’s Suite

Luxury suite on the Upper Deck with 1 queen bed and forward views from large windows.

Approximate square feet: 134

Cabins: Owner’s Suite

Double: $14,995 per person

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