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Life On A Boat: Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage To The Final Frontier

the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierMeet Captain Bob. For over 15 years he has been navigating the Caledonia through the crystal-blue glacial waters of Alaska and for 10 days, he would be our fearless and trusted guide through the unpredictable and magnificently-wild Inside Passage to the Final Frontier.

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierWe learned about the chance to explore the Alaskan seas from a lifelong family friend who knew Captain Bob, and we must say, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that gifted us with an incredible change of scenery, and pace, that we are sure to never forget.

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 the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier

the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierAlaska’s Inside Passage is exactly that, a gift. The fertile shore, the generous sea, the feathered forests, the villages and homesteads, the cruise ships and ferry boats and the countless adventures – all arising from contours carved by the glaciers.

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier, kiss on boatYes, it rained quite a bit during our time at sea, but once that sun started shining, it danced off the ice, water, forest and rock, and in those moments no place could be more stunning.

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier

the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierOn this trip we learned how easy it was to stand for hours at a ship’s railing, lost in the beauty of our surroundings.

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierOffering world-class, adventure-packed voyages from Sitka to Juneau, and vice versa, at the end of each season the Caledonia embarks on a Repositioning Cruise, taking the crew and its passengers through the famed Inside Passage back to its home port nestled amongst Mount Rainier and Seattle’s skyscraper-spotted shoreline:the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier

seattle skyline, seattle from boat, mount rainier from boat, seattle horizon, caledonia private yacht seattleOne of the major perks about these Repositioning Cruises is that they are much more budget friendly, and though we weren’t be able to get off at all the sites that most in-season yachters get to enjoy, we were so grateful to take in the incredible scenery from the comforts of our own private ship, fully equipped with a fireplace, Alaskan artifacts and art, and a kitchen stocked with more fresh, organic ingredients than we could have ever imagined!

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier, boy with beer on boatWe admired the Humpbacks and Orcas as they played and waved “Hello”:

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whale tale, breaching whale alaska, caledonia alaska cruiseWatched as the seaplanes took off and landed, gliding ever so elegantly on the water’s surface:

sea plane alaskaKayaked upstream, along with thousands of jumping Salmon as they tried to return to their birthplace to have little babies of their own:

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Salmon Kayaking, salmon jumping upstream, alaska king salmon Delighted in our wild-caught King Salmon, Crab and Halibut meals:

caledonia cruise gourmet chef, private yacht cruise alaska, food on a boatAnd gazed in awe as the view from our portholes changed with every passing moment:

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier,port hole view alaskaFrom Sitka we went to Juneau to drop off the Calie, a versatile little fishing boat used by Captain Bob and his crew to catch fresh dinners from the sea and to get-up-close-and-personal with the Alaskan shores on various land excursions, a true treat that few charters have:

the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierFrom there we made our way back South, passing through the Peril Straits down to the Tracy Arm Fjord, known for its icebergs and glaciers. We then continued on to the 30-mile Wrangell Narrows, which has more navigational lights than any place in the world! Followed by “the salmon capital of the world,” and “Alaska’s 1st city,” Ketchikan, then on to the port city of Prince Rupert before returning home to the US.

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier, float on boat nameWe saw so many incredible ports filled with fishing boats, rusty seamen and tons of seagulls… we soon realized that these ports are the very life-breath of Alaska:

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontierAnd as the countless cruise ships passed on by…

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier, alaska cruise ship… we gave gratitude for our own little slice of heaven…

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier, couple in jacuzziInterested in exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage on a luxurious private charter of your very own? Contact Captain Bob and take a look at the Caledonia’s website here. Feel free to email us or comment with more questions, we are more than happy to help make your Alaskan adventure as wildly unforgettable as possible!

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the caledonia, alaska yacht cruise, inside passage to the final frontier

10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kim

    November 11, 2018

    Hello- I clicked on the link to Caledonia and this popped up…. Sorry, We could not find http://www.charterboatjuneau.com Do you know of another way to contact the Captain? thanks so much! The inside passage via this private charter looks fabulous!

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      Brittany Rouille

      November 12, 2018

      Hi Kim! Sadly, Captain Bob is no longer doing the charters (I should update this post – thank you for bringing it to my attention), but I am sure you can find a private charter for this journey, it’s such a popular offering with lots of incredible pit stops to be made along the way. Definitely an incredible way to see Alaska 🙂

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    Ally

    January 11, 2017

    So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Once I start planning, I’ll contact you guys for more ideas. Happy trails! Ally 🙂

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 18, 2017

      We look forward to it! 🙂

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    Paddy

    October 22, 2015

    Your photos are incredible, the picture of the boat with the forest in the background almost looks like a model! This blog is great for someone like me who is considering visiting parts of Canada and the US, its surprisingly hard to find good info and photographs of some areas.

    Cheers guys

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 22, 2015

      Hi Paddy! Thank you for the kind message! We love being able to share good info about the incredible places that exist like Alaska. Let us know if you have any detailed questions about the places you read about on our blog or are thinking of going 🙂

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    Janice

    October 7, 2015

    What time of year is this? The photos area spectacular and the journey magnificent. It’s nice to see the world behind the scenes in a less generic type of travel.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 8, 2015

      This was during the middle of August 🙂 We really enjoyed not being part of a traditional cruise or tour and the remoteness of the region made for some fantastic photo opportunities.

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    Sarah

    October 6, 2015

    beautiful pictures. its one of my parents dreams to go on one of these. how awesome!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 6, 2015

      I do hope they get to one day! It’s definitely something they would always cherish <3

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