Meet Captain Bob. For over 15 years he has been navigating the Caledonia (The boat’s name at the time of this writing and since named The Glacier Bear) 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.
We 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.
Alaska’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.
Yes, 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.
On this trip we learned how easy it was to stand for hours at a ship’s railing, lost in the beauty of our surroundings.
Offering 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:
One 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!
We admired the Humpbacks and Orcas as they played and waved “Hello”:
Watched as the seaplanes took off and landed, gliding ever so elegantly on the water’s surface:
Kayaked upstream, along with thousands of jumping Salmon as they tried to return to their birthplace to have little babies of their own:
Delighted in our wild-caught King Salmon, Crab and Halibut meals:
And gazed in awe as the view from our portholes changed with every passing moment:
From 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:
From 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.
We 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:
And as the countless cruise ships passed on by…
… we gave gratitude for our own little slice of heaven…
Interested in exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage on a luxurious private charter of your very own? Although Captain Bob has since sold the boat to a new owner, you can book the boat and crew 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!