Seven Seas Sailing Logistics, LLC (“Seven Seas”) offer multi-day sailing voyages aboard their 65’ steel charter sailboat, Extraordinary. Guests relax and explore while getting up close to all of Alaska’s natural beauty and wildlife.
All-inclusive, Family-friendly Adventures
You and your family or friends (up to six guests) will sail to remote anchorages, spotting, among other wildlife, whales, puffins, and sea lions along the way. Stop to eat lunch before a tidewater glacier and sail the afternoon away before dropping anchor in a peaceful, breathtaking cove. Once the boat is anchored for the night, take a kayak out for a paddle or go ashore before dinner to take a walk or snap photos. While away the long Alaskan evenings with games, or relax and share travel stories.
Meals are a special affair on all trips with Extraordinary. Sit back and let your capable crew serve you up meals custom catered to your tastes. From simple fare to culinary adventure, First Mate/Chef Samantha will cook to suit your preferences. Plenty of freshly baked treats complement a varied, tasty menu. Non-alcoholic beverages and meals are included on every charter.
Open Schedule, Idyllic Setting
A sailing expedition aboard Extraordinary offers a more intimate experience than a day trip or a traditional cruise. Since trips are exclusive (just you and your party), you get more say in what you do: Maybe you’ll stop for birdwatching or spend extra time near glaciers or whales. Learn to sail or just experience steering an 86,000-pound boat smoothly through the water; hands-on involvement is encouraged, but not required.
Capable crew for Remote Voyaging
The company is run by husband-and-wife team Jesse and Samantha. Jesse—a licensed USCG captain since 2008—has lived in Alaska since 1987. In his sailing career, he has not only completed a transit of the Northwest Passage and sailed to both Greenland and Iceland, but he’s also a renowned teacher—he was voted Sailing Instructor of the Year by the American Sailing Association in 2011 before departing for the Arctic. It was on the Northwest Passage trip where he met his wife, Samantha—an accomplished sailor in her own right, on Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where she worked as commercial pilot. Her arctic flying experience also served her well when she joined Jesse to sail the second half of the Northwest Passage. As a team, they operate safely in remote locations without outside assistance and have the experience to carry you far beyond the horizon, in both comfort and safety.
A Stable, Comfortable Boat
S/V Extraordinary is a 65-foot cutter-rigged, steel sailboat built in 1998 in Ketchikan. It has made its way all around North America, and came back to Alaska by way of the Northwest Passage in 2015. On deck, there is plenty of room to walk around and the clear, large enclosure provides a comfortable viewing area, protected from the elements. Below decks it has ample living space, a full galley, a roomy salon and dining area, hot showers and three staterooms for guests; one with a queen sized bed, the others, two twin bunks. It’s also environmentally friendly: a full day of sailing might burn, at most, two or three gallons of fuel. That also makes for a blissfully quiet sailing experience. Once the sails are up, the full magnitude of the landscape that surrounds you can be enjoyed in near silence, save for the sound of water rippling under the hull.
Here are five itineraries offered for 2017 – custom trips available also!
7 Nights in Prince William Sound
Beginning and ending in Whittier, this weeklong voyage lets you explore the roughly 250 nautical miles of Alaska's wild coast in Western Prince William Sound—with its views of deep icy fjords and green lush islands. Stops include Knight Island, where you can hike to abandoned mining camps and fish canneries from bygone days. Next, you’ll got to Icy Bay (home of Blackstone Glacier), Jackpot Bay, and the remote local village of Chenega. The trip wraps up along the east coast of Knight Island—with anchorages in nearly-complete seclusion—before the sail back to Whittier.
4-Night Resurrection Bay/Aialik Bay Cruise
This four-night sailing voyage lets you explore Kenai Fjords National Park. Each night will be spent at a new anchorage, each holding its own opportunities for exploring: hiking, visiting waterfalls, beachcombing, kayaking, lake swimming, fishing, or just relaxing on deck. Keep an eye out for puffins, murres, terns, gulls and other species of waterfowl, as well as the humpback whales that frequent Cape Aialik and the orca, dall and harbor porpoise ply the fjords. Even though you cover roughly one spot per day—featuring Resurrection Bay and Cape Aialik, where you’ll float through the freshly calved ice of a tidewater glacier —there is plenty of downtime, like a hike at the beach or a picnic lunch. The last day includes a sail through the Chiswell Islands, where sea lions, birds, whales and a wide variety of marine wildlife congregate, and where you’ll see the Gulf of Alaska before returning to Seward.
8-Night Cruise Along Coastal Alaska and Kodiak Island
This unique one-way cruise travels from Resurrection Bay to Kodiak Island by way of Kenai Fjords National Park. It begins in Seward, followed by, the next morning, a sail out of Resurrection Bay and into Aialik Bay, the quiet fjord famous for its wildlife and tidewater glaciers. As the days go by, each sail goes deeper west and into seclusion, with endless exploration opportunities—like at Northwestern Fjord, Nuka Bay and Afognak Island—as well as chances to explore via kayaks or motor-powered tender.
8-Night Kodiak Island to Seward
This reciprocal journey begins in the port of Kodiak, followed by a stop at Afognak Island and an overnight at sea—beyond the sight of land and providing an intimate view of the North Pacific Ocean. Along the rest of the voyage, you’ll make stops at Northwestern Fjord and Nuka Bay—which you can explore via kayak or motor powered tender—as well as blissful Aialik Bay. The journey winds down with stops at the Chiswell Islands, Resurrection Bay, and then Seward.
2-Night Land and Sea Extravaganza
For a shorter voyage, book this two-night trip that includes one night on the boat and another in a private yurt (with kitchen and hot shower) in Shearwater Cove, where you can spend the day walking, sea kayaking or just chilling out.