Jul. 29 - Aug. 6, 2017
Begin in Juneau and end in Sitka, Alaska
$4750 per person (each cabin is a double - single supplement available)
Easy to moderate activity
Leader - Wendy Shattil
Whether it is your first visit to Alaska or an irresistible return, this photography and natural history cruise will be a trip of a lifetime. Join award-winning wildlife and conservation photographer, Wendy Shattil, on the classic wooden vessel, the M/V Westward. Whales, bald eagles, sea lions and bears will be among the wildlife highlights. Also aboard will be an experienced naturalist who will guide us as we explore lush temperate rainforests and meadows as well as thundering calving glaciers, using drifting icebergs and dramatic fjords as backdrops for wildlife subjects or simply spectacular landscapes.
At this time of year, humpback whales are at their peak numbers, providing the potential for breaching, bubble-net feeding, tail-lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. Bears can be glimpsed anywhere during our travels, as they will have moved from their early summer alpine grazing areas to the coast and rivers where the salmon run.
The leisurely pace of our schedule allows us to take advantage of unexpected sightings and flexibility to spend time where the best viewing and photography can be found. On the calm waters of Alaska's sheltered Inside Passage, we'll supplement our explorations with excursions on the M/V Westward's motorized inflatable skiff and sea kayaks for water level exploration. We'll view the day's images in the comfort of the salon.
Leader: For over thirty years Wendy Shattil has produced prize winning, sensitive interpretations of wildlife and nature. Well known for creating images with provocative light, mood and humor, she links this talent with vast knowledge of the natural world. Wendy was the first woman awarded Grand Prize in the prestigious worldwide BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Grant for environmental photography. She is a founding member of the exclusive International League of Conservation Photographers. Wendy is a Department Associate for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and has twice been Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with her longtime partner, Bob Rozinski, Wendy produced fifteen books and their images appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide.
M/V Westward: Owner and captain Bill Bailey genuinely cares about the quality of experience his guests receive during their small ship cruise aboard the 86' historic wooden boat. Built in 1924 and thoughtfully restored to comfortably accommodate eight passengers, the boat features a wood paneled salon, mahogany trim, several outdoor viewing areas and four guest cabins with private baths. Meals and snacks are sumptuous and delicious, prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, including produce and seafood purchased locally. Read more about M/V Westward on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Westward
Price Includes: All meals and beverages (including wine and beer) during 7 nights/8 days aboard the M/V Westward, the services of a photographer leader and the Westward's four-person crew including a naturalist and chef, skiff, full sea kayak outfitting and expert instruction. Gratuities to the Westward's crew are additional and highly recommended. Cabins are double occupancy. Ask about a single supplement. See more about M/V Westward on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Westward.
Does not include: Round trip airfare from your point of departure to Juneau, Alaska or your return from Sitka, nor meals, lodging or transportation while on land. Trip insurance is strongly encouraged to protect against unexpected and unlikely hazzards. Note: Arrive in Juneau by July 29 to board Westward the morning of July 30.
To participate in this trip: Contact Wendy Shattil firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest and she will direct you to the Westward website to reserve space and pay deposits.