Island Spirit was the perfect small ship from which to observe and enjoy southeast Alaska. We saw:
- Humpback whales and sea lions so close we could actually hear them breathing.
- Brown bears enjoying an evening salmon dinner — while we enjoyed ours.
- Bald eagles, cormorants, tufted puffins, loons, and other seabirds gliding past rugged shorelines.
We also got to tour island communities like Haines, Gustavus, and Hoonah (pictured) that are accessible only by small ship or seaplane — experiencing native crafts and art, meeting local characters, and learning about their unique lifestyle in Alaska’s remote wilderness.
A highlight was Island Spirit‘s special kayak dock — designed by the captain — for super-easy loading and exiting from the ship’s 6 single and 4 double kayaks.
Island Spirit is designed for comfort and intimacy. It carries just 32 passengers, and every room has a private shower and opening windows. Each evening the crew shuts down the generators and the ship runs on batteries, so passengers can enjoy a quiet and relaxing night. Here’s how she’s laid out:
DESTINATION INSIGHTS: Destination Insights: Southeast Alaska
A photojournal showcasing the best of southeast Alaska—visit Juneau, Glacier Bay, Hoonah, Sitka, Gustavus, Skagway, and Haines. See grizzlies, humpback whales, mountain goats, bald eagles, and puffins. Explore the original Hammer Museum and the Fortress of the Bear. Discover Tlingit culture, totem…