Feed Your Inner-Explorer in Alaska

Photo by Jeff Reynolds
Soak up nature raw and unfiltered in the Great Bear Rainforest. Steep coastal fjords rise from sheltered waters fed by countless inlets and estuaries. Here in the fall, salmon are making a magnificent journey to their natal steams to spawn. Killer whales, eagles and bears are waiting… Set sail to one of Earth’s wildest places, making journeys of inner discovery that continue long after you return home.
If this trip has been on your bucket list for some time, now is a great time to go. Kitasoo Xai’xais and Gitga’at First Nations are celebrating a ban on hunting black bears that is aimed at saving the spirit bear, thought to be the rarest bear in the world: “This hunting closure is a monumental occasion, and a big step towards protecting these spirit bears that are so culturally important to the region.”
Great Bear Rainforest tour aboard SV Maple Leaf runs October 7 to 15, 2022 (2 spaces still available) and MV Cascadia runs August 26 to September 2, 2022 (3 cabins still available), September 3 to September 10 (1 cabin still available) and October 6 to October 13 (1 cabin still available). Prices start at $7,350 on Maple Leaf and $9,850 on Cascadia before taxes, based on cabin category.

Photo courtesy of Blue Grouse Estate Winery
From vineyard walks under coastal maples and firs with winemakers, to rowdy sealion haul-outs we visit by tender, to fine dining aboard your expedition catamaran with your expert guide, each experience brings you closer in touch with the people, the place and the passion that shapes our wild “Wine Islands”. Watch the video below to get a taste of what this first-of-its-kind adventure is all abo.

Wines and Islands – Culinary Adventures in the Wild Salish Sea aboard MV Cascadia runs October 25 to 29, 2022. Prices start at $4,600 before taxes, based on cabin category.

With a respected brewing expert as your guide, you’ll learn about the tasting, food pairing, and brewing techniques of our pioneering BC craft beers, as well as the fascinating social history from more than a century of brewing here. Tastings are paired with the wildlife phenomena you come to expect from our expeditions: seabirds, sealions and—if lucky—humpback or killer whales.

Craft Beer Cruise – Nature, Culture and Brewing on the Continent’s Edge aboard MV Swell runs October 26 to 30, 2022. Prices start at $3,300 before taxes, based on cabin category.

Photo by Jeff Reynolds
More than a century ago, British sea captain George Vancouver sailed the northwest along our enigmatic Pacific coastline, announcing he had discovered a place so wild, he almost didn’t map it. If only he had seen half of what we experience aboard the Swell, he’d have left with a very different view of the misnamed Desolation Sound. The region boasts vast, secluded sea and shoreline, and a resurgence of killer whales, porpoise and other marine life. On this adventure, you’ll cruise an inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, travelling from the Discovery Islands into Desolation Sound. Beachcomb and unwind as local naturalists illuminate the natural world around you.

Desolation Sound and Fjords of BC aboard MV Swell runs October 19 to 15, 2022 (3 cabins still available) and aboard MV Cascadia runs October 17 to 23, 2022. Prices start at $4,300 on Swell and $5,000 on Cascadia before taxes, based on cabin category.

Photo by Kevin Smith
Whether up close or at a distance, binoculars give opportunity to observe animals with incredible focus and definition. Take your enjoyment of and engagement with the natural world to a new magnitudes with a complementary pair of high-quality wildlife binoculars. This offer is available on our 2022 culinary adventures if booked before September 30, 2022.
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Nicola is the Managing Director of Micro-Cruising. Small ships great trips. Micro-Cruising sells trips on ships of 100 passengers or fewer. We are the specialists in small ships with over 700 vessels worldwide.