Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage: Private Luxury Yacht

The Ultimate Alaskan Luxury Cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage

Experience Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard your own private luxury yacht on a small ship cruise with a captain and crew who endeavor to meet your every need and indulge your every wish.  Southeast Alaska showcases incredible scenery and wildlife.  Discover steep cliffs, waterfalls, and tidewater glaciers from the observation deck on your charter vessel or hop in a kayak or hike an island trail for an even closer view.  Wildlife and marinelife abounds in and around these waters and each hidden cove offers new opportunities for adventure.  With a maximum capacity of 8 – 12 guests, this intimate experience on board M/Y Golden Eagle is the ideal way for families of all ages to experience Alaska – up close and personal.

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Day 1

Begin Your Journey in Petersburg

Upon arrival in Petersburg,  meet your private vehicle for transfer to your accommodations for the evening.  Nestled along Alaska’s Frederick Sound, Petersburg is located near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales and is just one of many small communities that dot Southeast Alaska.

Overnight in Petersburg.

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Day 2

Begin Your Private Cruise: Sail from Petersburg

Breakfast is included this morning as you enjoy a peaceful morning in this quaint town.  Originally established by immigrants of Scandinavian heritage, Petersburg’s nickname is “Little Norway” and this heritage is celebrated each May.  Take off with your private guide on city tour this morning before boarding the M/Y Golden Eagle to begin your Inside Passage cruise.

Spend the next six nights aboard your private yacht, the M/Y Golden Eagle.

Day 3

Choose Your Options for Active Alaskan Adventure

Your highly-trained crew stands ready to provide a number of uniquely-Alaskan adventures. And with a crew to guest ratio of 5 to 8, not everyone has to do the same thing!  From kayaking in hidden coves to hiking alongside remote waterfalls, there’s always something for everyone! Perhaps tidepooling and beachcombing along the shoreline appeals for some, while others choose a more strenuous hike with scenic views from on high.  Whatever you can imagine, your hosts can make it happen, custom tailored to meet the interests and experience level of every guest, of every age.

All on board and off board activities are included in the cost of your private cruise tour.

Day 4

Fishing in Alaska and Bragging Rights!

Alaska is a world-renowned sport fishing destination, and Southeast Alaska provides year-round fishing opportunities for a variety of species.  And if catching Alaskan rock fish, halibut, or salmon is on your bucket list, look no further.  Your crew knows these waters inside and out and can provide access to waterways, hidden coves and inlets that larger vessels can’t reach.  All gear, tackle, and expertise will be provided and your chef will happily prepare your catch for dinner that evening.

Day 5

Whale Watching and Birding Beyond Your Imagination

If whale watching is on your Alaska ‘wish’ list, you’ve discovered the perfect venue for seeing these magnificent creatures up close.  Southeast Alaska is well known as feeding grounds for a number of whale species including orcas, humpbacks, gray whales, and the occasional minke whale.  Bubble net feeding is more common here than in most destinations, and the sight – and sound – of a whale breaching is a spectacular sight you’ll never forget.

Alaska’s Inside Passage is also a birder’s paradise as there are hundreds of different species to discover.  In addition to almost-daily bald eagle sightings, spend some time next to a bird rookery and see how many species you can check off your list.  Colorful puffins are a favorite though you may also see oystercatchers, goshawks, guillemots, murres, gulls, and more!

Day 6

Get up Close to a Glacier!

No visit to Southeast Alaska is complete without spending some time near a tidewater glacier, and your private vessel, the M/Y Golden Eagle, can provide this up-close experience like no other.  Imagine a wall of ice, hundreds of feet tall before you as you take in its sheer immensity.  Keep your eyes peeled as you wait for the glacier to calve as huge chunks of ice break off and splash into the water below.  This is a sight – and sound – like none other you have ever experienced!

Take in these views from the yacht’s expansive viewing deck, with a glass champagne in hand.  Or for an even closer view, board a kayak and paddle around as you encounter icebergs floating in the sea.  With luck, you may even see some Alaskan harbor seals sunning themselves on them!

Day 7

Explore Alaskan Wilderness on Foot: Tongass National Forest Hikes

When you’re ready to stretch your legs, a guided hike into Alaska’s lush forests is just the thing.  Surround yourself with the flora and fauna that make the Tongass National Forest their home with a secluded hike along a ridge.  Perhaps a beachcombing excursion along a secluded beach is more your style? Go for it!  There are even some natural hot springs hidden in the forest.  Soak in their warm waters as a reward for your day of active adventure before returning to your private yacht for one more evening of fine cuisine, hosted by your crew.

Day 8

Disembark in Petersburg

Your private yacht journey on the M/Y Golden Eagle concludes today as you return to Petersburg.  Enjoy one last gourmet breakfast before bidding your hosts ‘farewell.’  A private transfer will be provided to the Petersburg Airport to begin your next adventure or for travel home.

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Price range:  $1500 - $2000 per person, per day

Yacht Vessel

This 102-foot motor yacht provides the private, luxury experience of Southeast Alaska you’ve always imagined.  The Golden Eagle was custom built with a semi-displaced hull and underwater hydraulic stabilizers to ensure you travel through Alaska’s Inside Passage in comfort and style.  From its beautiful teak wood decks, to its 360-degree viewing points you are sure to enjoy all the luxury this private yacht has to offer.  The large, plush salon offers plenty of seating, or you may choose to visit with the captain in the fully-enclosed flybridge with wraparound seating.

Staterooms

Your private yacht features four gorgeous staterooms, each with walk-in closets, build-in dressers, and spacious en-suite bathrooms with full vanity and walk-in showers. Three staterooms have queen beds with an optional fold-down twin bunk.  The fourth stateroom has two twin beds and a third fold-down bunk if needed.

 

Most M/Y Golden Eagle itineraries begin and end in beautiful Petersburg Alaska.  Located on Mitkof Island, Petersburg is accessible by air and sea only – there is no road connecting it to the rest of Alaska.  Nearby LeConte Glacier, just 25 miles east by boat or floatplane, is Alaska’s southernmost tidewater glacier and the waters nearby serve as summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales.  Petersburg is the perfect starting point for an chartered adventure in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Your culinary experience will start as soon as you arrive to the ship, with a champagne greeting along with hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the journey ahead. Fresh seafood will be featured throughout the cruise, and you may even help to catch the seafood yourself!

Your Alaskan adventure will not only feature spectacular wildlife and scenery viewing, but will also provide a uniquely Alaskan culinary experience. The on board professional chef will prepare one culinary delight after another for you. Everything is prepared on board, and with the limited number of guests the chef can cater to any special food needs, diets, or allergies. You will enjoy learning from the chef as they prepare your meals, the galley is open to guests and interaction is encouraged.

When not fishing or cruising, your personal, highly-trained crew will take you on many other adventures. From kayaking in hidden coves to hiking to remote waterfalls, there are activities for all. All of the adventures are custom tailored to meet the needs of each guest. Not a hiker? No worries, go for a shoreline exploration in one of the small boats while others hike. Never kayaked? Great! That will just make it that much more fun as the head guide with years of kayak experience takes you out and shows you the way to paddle. Guests from age 6 to 90 have kayaked, and all come back smiling.

Other possible activities (all included) are: beachcombing, birding, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, hot springs, kayaking, shrimping/crabbing, photography, flora, whale watching, and glacier viewing

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