ALASKA FLOTILLA ‘19 - NW Explorations
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LEG 1: MAY 9 – MAY 30, 2019 – SOLD OUT! Bellingham, WA to Ketchikan, AK

Pre-board after 1pm Thursday, May 9
Check-out & orientation Friday, May 10
Depart Saturday, May 11
Disembark by 12pm Thursday, May 30

This leg takes you through the famed Inside Passage, allowing you to explore some of the most remote parts of British Columbia and Alaska. This trip offers unmatched beauty and adventure!

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LEG 2: MAY 31 – JUNE 10 – SOLD OUT! Ketchikan, AK to Sitka, AK

Pre-board | after 5pm Friday, May 31
Check-out & orientation | Saturday, June 1
Depart | Sunday, June 2
Disembark | by 12pm Monday, June 10

We’ll start our trip in Ketchikan, AK before making our way to some of the most remote parts of SE Alaska. Portions of this trip are exposed to the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Participants on this leg should be comfortable with not visiting any major cities, going for almost a week with no visits to any marina and an intense appreciation for visiting one of the last pristine wilderness areas.

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LEG 3: JUNE 11 – JUNE 20 – SOLD OUT! Sitka, AK to Ketchikan, AK

Pre-board after 5pm Tuesday, June 11
Check-out & orientation Wednesday, June 12
Depart Thursday, June 13
Disembark by 12pm Thursday, June 20

Join us aboard an amazing voyage from Sitka, the former Russian capital, to Ketchikan via an "inside" route where you’ll get to experience native culture, amazing fishing, stunning scenery, and more!

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LEG 4: JUNE 21 – JUNE 29 – SOLD OUT! Ketchikan, AK to Juneau, AK

Pre-board after 5pm Friday, June 21
Check-out & orientation Saturday, June 22
Depart Sunday, June 23
Disembark by 12pm Saturday, June 29

Along this trip, you’ll explore quintessential small Alaskan towns, like Wrangell and Petersburg, spot wildlife, like humpback whales and brown bears, and take in the stunning shorelines of the Alaskan wilderness from the deck of your luxury yacht. Over the last 14 years, we’ve seen some magnificent glaciers pull back almost all the way to the land. Come and see them before they recede from the sea completely!

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LEG 5: JUNE 30 – JULY 9 Juneau, AK to Skagway, AK

Pre-board after 5pm Sunday, June 30
Check-out & orientation Monday, July 1
Depart Tuesday, July 2
Disembark by 12pm Tuesday, July 9

Join us aboard this voyage from Juneau to Skagway, where you’ll get to experience native culture, amazing fishing, stunning scenery, and more.

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LEG 6: JULY 10 – JULY 22 – SOLD OUT! Skagway, AK to Juneau, AK

Pre-board after 5pm Wednesday, July 10
Check-out & orientation Thursday, July 11
Depart Friday, July 12
Disembark by 12pm Monday, July 22

Join us aboard this voyage from Skagway to Juneau where you’ll get to experience native culture, amazing fishing, stunning scenery, and more.

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LEG 7: JULY 23 – AUGUST 4 – SOLD OUT! Juneau, AK to Ketchikan, AK

Pre-board after 5pm Tuesday, July 23
Check-out & orientation Wednesday, July 24
Depart Thursday, July 25
Disembark by 12pm Sunday, August 4

This leg departs from the spirited town of Juneau, Along this trip, you’ll explore quintessential small Alaskan towns, like Wrangell and Petersburg, spot plenty of wildlife, like humpback whales and brown bears, and take in the stunning shorelines of the Alaskan wilderness from the deck of your luxury yacht. In fact, over the last ten years, we’ve seen some magnificent glaciers pull back almost all the way to the land.

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LEG 8: AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 27 Ketchikan, AK to Bellingham, WA

Pre-board after 5pm Monday, August 5
Check-out & orientation Tuesday, August 6
Depart Wednrsday, August 7
Disembark by 12pm Tuesday, August 27

Go on an incredible boating adventure that begins in Ketchikan and takes you along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. From the unmatched beauty of Aaltanhash Inlet, to the white shell beach of Fury Cove, to the protected Octopus Islands—this trip offers unmatched beauty and adventure.



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An Alaskan Charter Boat Adventure

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 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.

A New Adventure Everyday

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 Chichagof 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.

With Loved Ones

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.

Unique Wildlife

This flotilla gives you a front-row seat to some of the most impressive 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.

Your Own Luxury Yacht

Enjoy a pristine, freshly-varnished yacht, with high-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.

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Your Personal Crew

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 with a trained marine technician, 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 rare 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.

THE SCHAFER FAMILY Returning client for last 2 years

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. 

JEREMY Returning client for last 8 years

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.

BRUCE & TRACIE Returning client for last 10 years




The flotilla-style charter offers the freedom and independence of solo barebones chartering while providing support, structure, and community. There are countless chartering companies in the Pacific Northwest and abroad, and many of them offer flotilla or flotilla-like experiences. I was fortunate enough to hop aboard Leg 6 of the Mother Goose Flotilla 2018, one of Bellingham, Washington-based Northwest Explorations’ iconic seasonal adventures. The crew took me under their mother goose wings, sharing behind-the-scenes insights on how an ace flotilla operates. The journey was a sweet taste of that flotilla freedom lifestyle.

- Northwest Yachting

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.

- PassageMaker Magazine

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.

- Lakeland Boating Magazine



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.


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