Alaska Photo Adventure Cruise

alaska-9 With a maximum of only 8 participants on a private yacht, this trip offers the most intimate exploration available for this stunning region!

Hands-on photo instruction throughout the trip will include exposure techniques, composition, image workflow and editing with Lightroom and Photoshop.

Great for all skill levels as well as for the non-photographer companion who enjoys birds, wildlife and fun!

Bubblenet feeding Humpback Whales, bears and birds abound where mountains meet the sea in the Tongass National Forest, our nation’s largest national forest and the most extensive remaining temperate rainforest in the Northern Hemisphere. Throughout our travels we’ll find unique opportunities to view and photograph eagles, bears, whales, and the breathtaking vistas.

Each day will offer new adventures as we can kayak, hike, fish and venture in our zodiacs to find wildlife and scenery to enjoy and photograph. Our luxury yacht offers roomy common areas for workshops and sharing our images. Meals prepared by our chef are fresh, varied and delicious!

NOTE
Our trip is limited to a maximum of only 8 participants! Compare this trip to our closest competitors and see that they take nearly 8x our number… 62 passengers, yet charge about the same price for their best rooms, and they do not even include accommodations for the nights before and after your trip like we do!

Our Cabins
All of our cabins have en suite, private bath. Standard cabins include a full-size bed and a single bunk. The suite includes a spacious cabin with one queen bed.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION
We will be offering an optional extension the the Anan Bear Observatory after our cruise to enjoy black bears and brown bears catching salmon! More information coming soon!

  • Workshop Cost
  • 2015/2016 Cost

    • Standard Cabin $8950 per person, double occupancy (Full bed and single bunk)

    • Standard Cabin $17,900 per cabin (1 or 2 people)

    • Queen Suite $18,500 per cabin (Queen bed) for 1 or 2 people (if shared, equals

    $9250 per person)

     

    from Petersburg, AK

     

    Financial Requirements

    Deposit of $2500 required to reserve space. Final payment due 150 day prior to trip departure.

     

    Tour costs included

    All accommodations for tour dates (2 nights in town and 7 nights on the yacht). All meals while on the yacht.

     

    Tour costs NOT included

    Flight costs not included nor are trip insurance, meals in Petersburg, fishing license, alcoholic beverages, optional tips, phone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature.

     

    Travel Insurance

    We highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. In the event that you need to cancel your trip due to medical or other reasons, this insurance will protect you.

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrival in Petersburg

    Arrive in Petersburg and transfer to hotel. Meet for an orientation to the trip.

     

    Day 2 Board our Yacht

    In the morning we will explore Petersburg on foot. Walking along the docks and shoreline we will see many birds and meet some of the locals. We will get a take-out lunch and eat at the picnic tables by the dock if weather permits.

     

    About 12:00 pm we will board our yacht--—the M/V Northern Song and motor north to Thomas Bay, anchoring in either Scenery Cove or Cascade Creek and, weather permitting, go for a hike.

     

    Day 3

    The following six days’ adventures are dependent upon the wildlife. Since we are not committed to a strict schedule, we can take advantage of new discoveries that we make along the way—stopping to enjoy birds, whales or a magnificent sunset—whatever opportunities may be presented.

     

    Through the guidance of the leaders, participants will help decide the preferences and priorities for each of these days. However, each day will include one or more of the destinations listed.

     

    Day 4 through 8

    See list of possible locations below.

     

    Day 9

    After a final morning of exploring we will head back to Petersburg, arriving late-afternoon. After dinner in town we will return to our hotel to relax and prepare for our return home!

     

    Day 10

    Our final breakfast before return flights home.

     

    Locations we MAY Visit

    There is never enough time to “do it all,” however, these are the main highlights we will try to fit into our amazing journey!

     

    Le Conte Glacier

    The most active of Alaska’s tidewater glaciers is almost continually calving and is the fastest moving glacier in the world. Watch in awe as huge chunks, some as large as a house, sheer off with a thunderous roar.

     

    Baird Glacier

    Baird Glacier, at the head of Thomas Bay, is no longer a tidewater glacier and offers an excellent opportunity for a fun hike to observe recent plant succession in the wake of the glacier’s retreat.

     

    Brothers Island

    There is a Steller sea lion haul-out here which typically has hundreds of animals. It is a great photographic opportunity!

     

    Admiralty Island / Eliza Harbor

    This beautiful remote bay on Admiralty Island is home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world!

     

    Cape Fanshaw

    This location offers some of the best opportunities for salmon fishing as well as whale watching!

     

    Cascade Creek

    Spectacular Cascade Creek tumbles down from the mountains until it roars into the bay. We will enjoy a wonderful hike through the spruce forest and misty spray of the creek.

     

    Baranof Island / Warm Springs

    A beautifully rugged island, it is the location of Warm Springs Bay, natural hot spring pools and incredible scenery!

  • Accommodations
  • Scandia House

    One of only two hotels in Petersburg, the Scandia is close to the docks and the center of town. The adjacent coffee house offers great excellent coffee and muffins!

     

    Northern Song

    Our 84’ yacht, the M/V Northern Song, offers accommodations for up to 8 participants plus crew. This small ship adventure will take us through areas where larger ships can’t venture to explore the real and often hidden Inside Passage!

  • Additional Info
  • ALASKA-2014-Booklet

     

    This link with take you to the PDF of our full trip information booklet with packing lists and additional details of the tour.