Watch as our Mother Goose Flotilla makes its way from Bellingham, to Ketchikan, to Skagway, and beyond! Our Flotilla runs from May 16 to August 23, so stay tuned all summer long.Track Flotilla
Thursday, May 18–Friday, June 9
Pre-board after 1pm Tuesday, May 16
Check-out & orientation Wednesday, May 17
Disembark by 12pm Friday, June 9
This leg takes you through the famed Inside Passage, allowing you to explore some of the most remote parts of Alaska. We’ll also take a small detour this year and spend five days in the beautiful Broughton Archipelago. During this leg, you’ll get to:
Monday, June 12–Wednesday, June 21
Pre-board after 5pm Saturday, June 10
Check-out & orientation Sunday, June 11
Disembark by 12pm Wednesday, June 21
We’ll start our trip in Ketchikan, AK before making our way toward glaciers, whales, and beautiful scenery! During this leg, you’ll:
Saturday, June 24–Sunday, July 2
Pre-board after 5pm Thursday, June 22
Check-out & orientation Friday, June 23
Disembark by 12pm Sunday, July 2
Join us aboard our maiden voyage from Juneau to Skagway, where you’ll get to experience native culture, amazing fishing, stunning scenery, and more. During Leg 3, you’ll:
Wednesday, July 5–Thursday, July 13
Pre-board after 5pm Monday, July 3
Check-out & orientation Tuesday, July 4
Disembark by 12pm Thursday, July 13
This adventure kicks off in the historic town of Skagway (the starting point of the Klondike Gold Rush), and takes you along stunning shores, some of the best fishing locations in Alaska, unique historical sightings, and more. During Leg 4, you’ll:
Sunday, July 16–Monday, July 31
Pre-board after 5pm Friday, July 14
Check-out & orientation Saturday, July 15
Disembark by 12pm Monday, July 31
This leg departs from the spirited town of Juneau, with stops at the magnificent North and South Sawyer glaciers and the Misty Fjords—a mountainous region cut by deep, saltwater fjords. During Leg 5, you’ll:
Thursday, August 3 – Thursday, August 23
Pre-board after 5pm Tuesday, August 1
Check-out & orientation Wednesday, August 2
Disembark by 12pm Thursday, August 23
Go on an incredible boating adventure that begins in Ketchikan and takes you along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. From the unmatched beauty of Culpepper Lagoon, to the white shell beach of Fury Cove, to the protected Octopus Islands—this trip offers unmatched beauty and adventure. During Leg 6, you’ll
Skipper a private yacht along the stunning shores of the Alaskan wilderness with our exclusive flotilla. Get a front-row seat to the towering glaciers of the Inside Passage, experience unique Alaskan culture and wildlife, and above all: enjoy pure, unadulterated freedom. Spots are extremely limited, so don’t miss your chance to take the trip of a lifetime.
Your flotilla takes you to a new destination every day: enjoy the natural pools of Alaska’s Hot Springs Cove, learn about local indigenous tribes, visit the abandoned Chichagoff gold mine, and scope out humpbacks, orcas, bears, and more from the comfort of your captain’s chair. Your itinerary offers some of the most epic scenery in the world, all showcased with the help of your tour’s certified naturalist. Plus, you get to hike, dine, shop, and explore along the way.
Time and time again we hear that our flotillas are the most romantic experience in a couple’s life. And we don’t doubt it. Nothing does more for a relationship than some fresh ocean air and a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—no cellphones, no computers, and no rushing around. Whether you book a trip with friends, family, or your partner—this trip offers the peace, laughter, and adventure you need to reconnect with the people you love, and have a fantastic time doing it.
Your Alaska trip gives you a front-row seat to some of the most impressive and rare creatures in the world. Follow the migration of humpback whales and orcas, watch black oystercatchers while they hunt, see hundreds of endangered, 2,000-pound Steller Sea Lions sunbathing on the rocks, and more. Bald Eagles are also a sight to behold—there are only 70,000 Bald Eagles in the world and 50,000 of them are in northern British Columbia and Alaska.
Enjoy a pristine, freshly-varnished yacht, with spa-quality linens, a professional-grade kitchen, and a private sitting area—complete with all the sunsets and glasses of wine you can handle. The icing on the cake? You get it all to yourself. Our fleet of yachts are some of the best in the business; each boat undergoes an extensive 18-page checklist that ensures you get to skipper a near-perfect yacht.
Whether you’re a seasoned captain or new to the boating world, the NW Explorations team will make your trip seamless. The lead boat—skippered by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain—travels with you the entire way, giving you tips, training, and keeping your itinerary on track. The NWE team helps with whatever you need: whether it’s finding the best restaurant in town or making sure your boat is stocked with your favorite kitchen gadgets--the team is there to put your mind at ease. Lastly, our certified naturalist will narrate key sightseeing spots, explain the history of local cultures and indigenous tribes, and pinpoint unique wildlife.
Operation is under permit with the Tongass National Forest.
NW Explorations is an equal opportunity service provider.
What’s the difference between a vacation and an adventure? Having the experience of the NW Explorations flotilla team surely helps. Explorations has unmatched expertise in elevating ‘ordinary’ boating into an adventure.
I can say without exception we have never had an experience that came close to matching our adventure. You and your staff were accommodating and gracious at every step of our arrangements.
Having chartered both power and sailboats over the past 30 years in the Bahamas, the canals of France, the Virgin Islands, and the French West Indies, I wish to tell you how your staff exceeded all of our expectations and then some.
The trip of a lifetime. That’s how everyone described my upcoming assignment to Alaska on a 10-day charter with NW Explorations. After returning I have to say, it was that and so much more… I can now say without a doubt that I wouldn’t have wanted to experience Alaska any other way. The flotilla allows clients to visit the immensely beautiful Alaskan coast independently on a chartered boat, while providing the comfort of guidance from a lead vessel (hence the name Mother Goose) and the camaraderie of fellow charterers doing the same thing.
By joining NW Explorations on one of the company’s guided flotillas, you will be embarking on an adventure with fellow cruisers–and have the comfort of knowing an experienced captain is aboard the lead vessel. Along the way, you’ll hear from the lead boat regarding native culture, local history, and wildlife. Once the flotilla arrives at an anchorage, you have the option of participating in guided on-shore and dinghy explorations, or relaxing in your chartered Grand Banks yacht. NW Explorations is a first-class operation, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Consider the fact that 70% of their charters are taken by repeat customers.
Especially for some of the longer legs we offer, guests often fly in and out to join our charter clients for portions of their trip. There are certainly locations along the way where scheduled flights facilitate this happening. In other cases, we must employ the assistance of chartered float planes. There is always a way to make “crew changes” happen along the way!
Each of our legs has a detailed itinerary which will specify areas that have cellular and/or Internet service to help our clients plan ahead if they will need to check in with family or business while away.
The flotilla price includes the rental of the vessel, insurance, moorage fees, and the support of the lead vessel, Deception. The lead vessel has a USCG licensed captain, a marine technician, and a naturalist. Our crew will be there to catch your lines, assist with any maneuvering needs, communicate over VHF on wildlife sightings/important sites, and even collect your garbage & recycling at the end of each day! Fuel and provisions are at the expense of the client as well as transportation costs getting to and from the specific port of call in which your vessel is moored.
Each leg has a detailed itinerary which will specify locations where provisioning opportunities will be available. We do recommend for those legs that originate in Washington or Alaska and cross into Canada shortly thereafter to wait and purchase their fruits and vegetables until they have crossed into Canada. Certain restrictions apply and can change regarding these items.
CANCELLATION FEES: (1) All cancellations must be received in writing. (2) Final payment is due 120 days prior to your departure date. If you must cancel your charter, the following terms shall apply:
Greater than 365 days: Cancellation fee of $150 per week, no proration
- 120 – 365 days: 50% of reservation deposit
- 119 – 90 days: Entire reservation deposit
- 89 – 0 days: Entire charter fee
Each flotilla participant is asked to fill out a Medical & Emergency Form. The purpose of this form is to provide the crew on the lead boat with valuable information to use in the case of an emergency. To the extent that the crew is able to assist, they will make every effort to do so. For those situations that are outside our level of training, we have VHF radios and a satellite phone that allow us to be in constant communication with the US Coast Guard. Although it is not a situation that we anticipate or hope for our clients to have, we are prepared to make arrangements to have guests flown out to receive medical treatment if needed.