Join us for a luxurious week-long mothership kayaking cruise in the spectacular coastal wilderness of southeast Alaska aboard the Ursa Major, a 65' crewed charter yacht. It's a fabulous vessel with spacious indoor as well as outdoor observation areas for viewing whales, sea otters, bald eagles, bears and glaciers in comfort and safety.
On a recent trip in Alaska, we witnessed porpoises riding the pressure wave off Ursa's bow, Humpback whales breaching, sea otters munching seafood snacks and pelagic sea birds soaring close by as we traveled between anchorages. In our cozy coves at anchor, we saw bears on the beach almost daily. The ship carries both extremely stable two-person and single kayaks for exploring the coastlines as well as a small skiff for safety, birdwatching and on-shore activities.
The Ursa Major can take paddlers to the most remote locations and prime whale watching areas far beyond the reach of typical self-supported kayak tours. Cruising only three to four hours each day allows plenty of time for kayaking, hiking, and beach-combing. Throw a fishing line or crab pot over the side of the boat in Alaska and reel in fresh seafood.
A naturalist guide will share his or her knowledge of the local flora and fauna, as well as leading paddling and hiking excursions. Meanwhile, the chef serves up some of the finest cuisine around customized to your tastes. We'll spend the evenings anchored in peaceful coves under starry skies enjoying conversation, good wines and restful sleep.
May is one of the best times in Alaska to cruise Glacier Bay National Park on the Ursa Major. From June to September, Ursa Major explores Alaska's spectacular Inside Passage between Sitka and Petersburg. Travel for seven nights/eight days through this vast coastal wilderness, paddling glacier-fed waters where snow-capped peaks tower majestically above, soak in hot springs and observe abundant wildlife including whales, porpoises, bears and sea otters.
Beginning to experienced kayakers can enjoy these expeditions. Paddling a sea kayak is comfortable, and with the assistance of your guide easy to learn. Each day we'll travel to the best paddling spots wherever your group desires. You always have the option of kayaking whenever you like and there are daily opportunities for longer paddles with the Ursa Major there at the end of the day to pick you up. Kayaking is always optional with many other activities available.
The boat accommodates up to six guests in three comfortable cabins with two shared bathrooms and includes an expansive foredeck, upper sun deck, full galley, elegant salon and congenial wheelhouse. The Ursa's heavy displacement hull, high bulwarks, and stabilizer systems make her a comfortable and safe vessel in fair or foul weather. She combines the tradition and beauty of wood with the comfort of home for your adventures in Southeast Alaska.
Trips include: single kayaks, all kayaking and safety equipment, basic paddling instruction, kayak guide, delicious meals, warm beds, captain and chef, dinghy for safety and on-shore activities, on-board reference library and outlets for laptop computers. Not Included: Hotel, airfare, gratuities.
Custom tailored itineraries are available for any group desiring kayaking, whale and bird watching, photography and visiting remote islands. Whole boat charters for families or groups, or individual bookings are available for weekly departures.