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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, Stephan Graham, and local naturalists.

Explore hidden coves by kayak, ply the waters of Frederick Sound 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. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Alaska as we visit with the local indigenous people, the Tlingit.

Dates

June 16–24, 2023

Duration

9 days

Price

From $10,395 per person

Trip size

39 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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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.

Stephan Graham, '74, PhD '76

Geological Sciences

Stephan Graham will address how plate tectonics and volcanoes work; the glaciers of Alaska; and climate change—past, present and future.

Itinerary

An adventure cruise through Southeast Alaska

After an overnight in Juneau, board our expedition ship for a 7-night cruise along unspoiled coastlines and through pristine waters teeming with wildlife. Take in spectacular views in Tracy Arm, watch majestic glaciers calve in Glacier Bay, and get a firsthand perspective of Alaska’s heritage and history from local Tlingit guides.

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s scenic capital city. Meet fellow travelers and staff at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Accommodations:

    Four Points by Sheraton Juneau

  • Juneau

    Spend the day visiting Juneau’s highlights, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaska State Museum, with its extensive collection of artifacts from Alaska’s rich multi-cultural history.   Board the Admiralty Dream in late afternoon and meet the captain and crew as we make our way southward into the Inside Passage.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Tracy Arm Fjord / Frederick Sound

    Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area John Muir referred to as “a wild, unfinished Yosemite.” This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs and granite cliffs rising to 4,000 feet. As ice conditions permit, we'll navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping in view of both Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers.  Frederick Sound is the feeding ground for hundreds of humpback whales that are famous for behaviors that create incredible viewing and photography opportunities.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wrangell

    Arrive in Wrangell, home to just 2,000 permanent residents, and the only town in Alaska to have been ruled by four nations:  the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Board covered jet boats for an unforgettable excursion up the nearby Stikine River, the fastest navigable, free-flowing river left in North America. Look out for the abundant wildlife that roams freely here, including moose, brown and black bear, beaver and bald eagles. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore Wrangell on our own.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kake / Exploration Cruising

    Visit the Native village of Kake for an introduction to the intriguing culture of the Tlingit.  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. Relax on deck this afternoon as we search for humpback whales, pods of orca, Pacific white-sided dolphins and other marine life.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • George Island / Inian Islands

    Great marine and bird life opportunities abound as we make our way to tiny George Island, where the open Pacific Ocean mixes with more protected waters, bringing an abundance of nutrients.  Explore by durable inflatable boat, kayak or on foot.  At the top of the island we can see a 10-ton naval gun, which was part of U.S. coastal defenses in WWII. This afternoon, arrive in the Inian Islands, a stunningly beautiful area and site of the Tidelines Institute, a non-profit organization founded by Stanford alumni, whose mission is to educate and inspire rising environmental leaders.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • George Island / Inian Islands

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a treasure trove of natural wonders, home to glaciers and snowcapped 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.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Exploration Cruising

    Enjoy a full day of exploration around Lake Eva, on the northeastern shore of Baranof Island. Activities may include kayaking, hiking in old growth forest, whale watching, beachcombing, and boat excursions. In the evening, toast our journey at a farewell feast of salmon, Alaskan king crab or prime rib at Fin Lodge, the ship’s exclusive day-lodge on Fin Island, overlooking Sitka Sound.

    Accommodations:

    Admiralty Dream

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

    Arrive in Sitka, located on the west side of Baranof Island, flanked by majestic snow-capped mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Disembark from our ship in Alaska’s capital city and transfer to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

Trip details

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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.

Category A

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

Size: approx. 93 sq. ft.

Cabins: 201, 202, 203, 204

Double: $10,395 per person

Category AA

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

Size: approx. 95 sq. ft.

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

Double: $10,995 per person
Single: $15,395 per person

Category AAA

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

Size: approx. 122 sq. ft.

Cabins: Chichagof, Lazaria, Lisianski, Yakobi

Double: $12,595

Deluxe Suite

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

Size: approx. 134 sq. ft.

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

Double: $14,595 per person

Owner’s Suite

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

Size: approx. 134 sq. ft.

Double: $15,895 per person

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