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Destination: Southeast Alaska
Discover Southeast Alaska (Juneau to Sitka)

Discover Southeast Alaska (Juneau to Sitka)Guest Feedback

What Guests Are Saying...

The ship was the perfect size for a very personalized trip. Every meal was delicious and gorgeous, they totally treated us! The crew was incredible and a wonderful group of people. Everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great balance of education, adventure and socializing.

–Eilidh S., Lakewood, CO

The itinerary was excellent and well-paced, and the pre-tour was a great way to get a big picture view of Alaska before we got on the boat.

I did the small plane trip to Denali—landing on the glacier. We had clear sunny weather when we landed so it felt spiritual as well as beautiful. Well worth the extra cost.

My fellow travelers were curious and engaging and we had fun conversations and adventures along the way. One major surprise was the quality of the food on the boat. Every meal was excellent! The quality, variety and creativity made dining everyday a delight. I really valued the lectures and expertise of our guides.

–Roberta L., Raleigh, NC

Fantastic ship and the crew was wonderful. Food was amazing—four star!! Lots of opportunities to see different things and make individual choices. Highlights were wildlife sightings, bears, humpbacks, orcas, otters, seals and sea lions and on and on. Wonderful trip—everything we hoped for.

–Ron & Terry D., Florissant, MO

All the guides were excellent. Very professional and very committed to showing us the natural world that we encountered, from lichen to glaciers, from frogs to bears.

Best ship food I've had—and that includes a Trans-Atlantic cruise.

The experiences were all beyond our expectations!

–Carol H., Granbury, TX

The naturalists were amazing. They added a lot to the trip and were wonderful folks. It was an amazing trip! Thank you!

–Fred H. & Gail S., Wilmington, DE

Can you tell that we enjoyed EVERY MINUTE of this trip? I would go again tomorrow if I could. A beautiful state, wonderful arrangements, accommodations, food, tours—a real joy for our 50th anniversary.

–David & Karen R., Athens, GA

The trip was excellent in every respect. Our Orbridge guest services representative was helpful and responsive during pre-trip arrangements. Having binoculars, rain gear and boots available onboard was an extremely nice touch and much appreciated.

Itinerary and sites visited were uniformly interesting, beautiful and alive with arresting mammal sightings.

Our guides were exceptional—knowledgeable, personable and communicated with commitment and passion for the outdoors.

–Don F., Cambridge, MA

Absolutely incredible. A wonderful experience for our family. The ship was comfortable, the rooms were cozy and the beds very comfortable, and the food was so good we thought we were in a fine restaurant. I can't say enough about the food. It was absolutely exceptional—in variety, quality, presentation and choices.

Our Expedition Leader was absolutely wonderful and so knowledgeable and helpful and caring. We would highly recommend her.

All members of our family—all 6 of us—felt the tour exceeded our expectations by far. We will never forget the calving of the glaciers and the turtling of the icebergs. And the whales! I would highly recommend this trip through Orbridge to others.

–Joseph N., West Hampton, NY

What a wonderful experience. The trip was so much more than I imagined it would be—so much to see and learn about that part of Alaska.

From the time we boarded the ship until our departure, the captain and crew made us feel so at home and could not have been any better. Made for a very enjoyable trip. Travel on a small ship was a new and wonderful experience.

Excellent itinerary with interesting stops. I've been to the Inside Passage before on a large cruise ship but this was so much better.

Our guides were so knowledgeable and made for an interesting and fun trip.

This trip was the way to really see Alaska.

–Rose K., Fredricksburg, VA

A dream cruise. Everything we could have expected and more. Our Expedition Leader was always available, always pleasant, always knowledgeable. Great, great crew. Excellent accommodations.

–Robert & Alice P., Manchester Center, VT

Superior naturalists—so much wonderful education and attention!

Truly an exceptional trip. We enjoyed every aspect of our travels, and had a wonderful group of fellow travelers to accompany us. We loved it!

–Dave & Joan K., Vancouver, WA

Your guest services representative did a great job of keeping us informed about what was happening ahead of time. He was always happy to answer questions. I appreciated how seamlessly everything worked.

The Captain and his crew did an amazing job of getting us up close and personal with the glaciers... we had front row seats! The crew members were always so positive... this made the experience even better.

Our Expedition Leader did an amazing job! She went out of her way to find wildlife for us to view and was such a great source of information. Her enthusiasm for everything she saw made the trip even more enjoyable.

–Mike and Karen S., Puyallup, WA

Overall the educational content was outstanding; speaker/guides were informative, approachable, and interesting; baggage handling was extraordinary. This entire experience far exceeded our expectations.

–Jill N., Troy, NY


The Captain and the rest of the crew were terrific in many ways. They safely guided us through the ice and took us close to the glaciers. Also, they invited us to the Bridge to enjoy the views and to share information about the depth of the water, radar, and life on the Bridge.

Our Expedition Leaders had great knowledge and desire to share with everyone in depth about everything every day! They were all wonderful.

–Stanley B., White Bear Lake, MN

The staff was very available for questions, kind and knowledgeable. The trip just flowed. We had an exceptionally wonderful group of folks from several colleges who all appreciated each other and bonded through the week. We were very touched with the quality of the wonderful relationships with the exceptional staff and leaders.

The small DIB trips were wonderful—close up to the rocks and waterfalls, moving around the icebergs. We learned so much and especially appreciate the experience of meeting and learning from our Glacier Bay National Park cultural interpreters.

We were blown away with the quality and creative food choices at each and every meal. Delicious early wake-up goodies and afternoon cookies, availability of tea, hot chocolate and apple cider were welcomed for those who stayed on the decks early morning through late night.

This was a lifetime dream trip. The opportunity to be with other college alums was very timely, as we were seriously planning an Alaska trip with a competitor of Orbridge. It seems the one we did was much more extensive and inclusive of culturally significant opportunities. We commend you for this.

–Lynn M., Oakland, CA

This trip is a remarkable once in a lifetime experience. All three of the expedition staff were remarkable. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations.

–Mark M., Sherman, TX

I really enjoyed all parts of the trip. It was well paced with lots of options. I liked the activities we chose in the park including the park dog presentation and a ranger walk. We saw a lot of wildlife on the bus portion.

Glacier Bay may have been my favorite due to the amount of wildlife we saw and the glacier calving.

Our expedition leaders were excellent. Very informative and interesting, organized good communicators, worked to make the trip a success for everybody.

–Thekla M., Evanston, IL

Orbridge provided excellent attention to details for this program.

Our expedition leaders were outstanding—excellent with everyone and showed an excellent level of concern and care. They made us feel as if we were the most important person. Great job by the team.

–Nancy C., New Braunfels, TX

The pacing of the trip was really perfect. Often on such trips with other groups it seemed there was too much crammed into the time allowed. I came for the wilderness and the options were all well worth our time and I never felt rushed or exhausted both on board ship and in Denali.

The staff and ship were all top notch and their friendliness and helpful attitude enhanced the trip in many ways! I'm not sure where you could have found any better team anywhere. They were ALL individually and collectively excellent in all respects (including appropriate humor) - many thanks to all!

–Rhonda O., Cincinatti, OH

Your staff is amazing in many ways. They are very knowledgeable, personable, and fun to interact with. The breadth and scope of their knowledge is wonderful, and each one is a unique personality that works well with the others.

The crew was delightful, fun, personable and pleasant. Very professional and did a great job every day.

On board, the chef accommodated my husband's long list of food allergies with delicious and interesting meals. He enjoyed the meals thoroughly and didn't feel he missed out on anything. It was a great treat for him.

I have already recommended both Orbridge and the specific Alaska trip we took to many people.

–Diane D., Roanoke, VA

Orbridge guest services provided personal help, coordination, correspondence/communication (both phone and email), and arrival/departure support from our very first contact and reservation as well as in the several months prior to our departure.

The welcome reception was fun and informative, and neatly set the stage for all of us to meet new friends in the days and experiences to come! Our Expedition Leader's warm personality, National Park Service field work, years of natural science and resources background as well as extensive outdoor experiences across the United States, and wonderful good humor and laugh—all contributed to our trip and travel of a lifetime!

The Denali Pre-Tour combined with the Discover SE Alaska program overall experience has been very simply a trip and travel experience of a lifetime for us both. We'll cherish the care and completeness of the Orbridge educational itinerary, lodging, and, most of all, each of the Expedition Leader staff members.

–Diane & Tom E., Traverse City, MI