A Classic motor yacht with a professional crew of Captain/Naturalist/Fishing Guide/Gourmet Chef & First Mate. The yacht accommodates up to 10 guests in four guest cabins.This elegantly appointed yacht provides a very comfortable ride through the inside waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.Alaskan Song is equipped with 2 Boston Whaler Skiffs and sea-kayaks for our guest's use.
Southeast Alaska and Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest & British ColumbiaExplorer's Captain is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master, certified by the University of Alaska as an Alaska Naturalist, and licensed by the State of Alaska as a Fishing Guide as well as an avid and experienced outdoor photographer.
We also can arrange entry to Glacier Bay National Park. National Park Service fees apply.
All cruises are customized to our guests interests, preferrences and tastes. Daily activities can include: Whale-watching & Other Wildlife, Nature Hikes, Kayaks, Fishing, Hot-Springs & More. Gourmet meals with menus based on guest's input and favorites.Most evenings are spent at anchor in quiet, secluded coves and bays selected for either their beauty, nearby wildlife and good fishing.
Age range, type of group
We accommodate guests of all ages. We have had 2 year olds on board up to folks in their 80s.Normally either a family of up to 6 or three couples charter the boat. However occationally we do offer trips by the cabin (2 people per cabin)
Sleeping and meals
Alaskan song has four guest staterooms, All four have private toilets and showers. .Gourmet meals are served three times daily with snacks, afternoon tea and early appetizers available. Fine vintage wines, local micro-brews are included.
Policies & Restrictions
Smoking is allowed ONLY out on deck (There are covered side decks for smoking in the rain). NO SMOKING INSIDE EITHER BOAT. Pets are not allowed to avoid allergy problems.We happily accommodate guest of all ages.
Rates & Availability
INCLUDED:- Gourmet Meals - Customized to your tastes and preferences - Lodging ashore the night prior to embarking and the night after disembarking - Fine Vintage Wines - Local Micro-brews- Dock Fees - Fuel- Use of Fishing Tackle - Bait- Use of Sea-Kayaks- Whale-Watching. NOT INCLUDED:- Fishing license fees, which have run from $20 to $100 dollars depending on the duration of the license and type of fish. Licenses may be purchased on board. - Gratuities, which are customary in yacht charters
. WEEKLY* GROUP RATES:-`4 Guests $26,000.00 plus $3,500 per additional person *one week = six nights/seven days Example: arrive Sunday 2 PM - depart Saturday 2 PM We occasionally book the boat on a per cabin (double occupancy) basis. Call to find out available dates for these cruises. WEEKLY PER CABIN RATES (double occupancy): - $13,000 per cabin
GUEST COMMENTS - Observations by some our guests during the past seasons " Janet joins me in again thanking all of you for your very personal and energetic contributions to our recent Alaskan Adventure. We have literally been unable to stop enthusiastically discussing every aspect of the fabulous week that we experienced with you. It is very easy to recall the gorgeous scenery; the unprecedented displays of wildlife; the fantastic stories and explanations which you offered; the magnificent cuisine; the beautiful and comfortable Alaskan Song; our engaging sailing
companions; and the memorable disc of video, pictures and music which you produced for us. None of these would have achieved the clarity of presentation which they did without the passionate involvement which each of you offered to each of your guests �" we feel truly blessed that we had this opportunity in the Summer of 2008 to join you in your home for an experience which we will vividly recall forever." - JW, Captain USN, Retired
We have had the good fortune to have lived abroad and in many parts of the United States, and we have traveled extensively �" always seeking novelty, experiencing the grace and charm of a destination, and enjoying the hospitality and customs offered by the people of the world. Our week with the three of you is simply at the top of our list. We could have neither asked nor expected more, although you provided much more than we had any right to anticipate. We are gratified beyond description that it was our good fortune to have been able to benefit from your hospitality and friendship.The five guests and myself, having never visited Alaska, were thoroughly spoiled by Richard's hospitality and knowledge of the area. We visited different harbors each day and saw remote spots where other pleasure craft were not even visible. Pat's cuisine was unmatched by any five star restaurant and varied with each meal. EXPLORER is an excellent vessel for Alaskan waters and I would be privileged to recommend her without reservation to any potential charterer who might be interested in my opinion." J.B. - Newport, Rhode Island"Bellisimo! Very pleased to suggest this experience to our friends. My only suggestion is: Please come to the Mediteranean" E.Z. - Milano, Italy"Incomparable, Extraordinary, Memorable, Educational, Fattening. There was altogether too much hilarity on board. My face hurts from laughing. This was an exceptionally wonderful week. We loved every minute of it. I can't say enough about the fabulous food." V.V.S.- Fort Lauderdale, Florida"Without a doubt the best Yachting experience I have ever had in my many years of boating. I can suggest this cruise very strongly to anyone seeking an ultimate experience in adventure, exploring in safety and comfort with privacy. Avery special way to experience the action, grandeur, and beauty of Southeast Alaska. B.&F. H. - Kaneohe, Hawaii"The best vacation of my life! The boat was extraordinary, the captain and the crew were great, the food was unparalleled, the fishing was hot, the whales were everywhere...My notion of heaven would be waking up every morning to discover there are three days left of the cruise." C. S. - Redwood Shores, California"Best boating experience I've ever had; and I've had a lot. Totally professional, eminently personal. R. T. Editor in Chief - Power and Motoryacht magazine"This has been an experience of a lifetime. It was a real vacation - no stress, very relaxing and exciting! Greatest vacation I have experienced. Your crew, everything and everyone was just great." c. K. - Petaluma, California"The may be other great boats and great itineraries but there is only one Explorer and crew. As the doubter in the group (moving from sailboat to trawler) the experience was truly memorable - we'll be back."E. M. - Williamsburg, Virginia"The Explorer lived up to its name. We saw glaciers, whales, sea lions, dolphins, bears, bald eagles, and great scenery. But on top of that the Explorer provided fantastic cuisine and a warm, friendly environment. This is a trip I would highly recommend to anyone. It was a beautiful and wonderful trip." R. M. - Huntington Beach, California
Positioning Cruises north from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan Alaska in early May and back in mid September. These 12 day trip through the spectacular inside passage of British Columbia are offered for the fare of a normal one week trip in Alaska. These are great trips for cruisers interested in learning more mariner's skills.We currently have some spaces available "by-the-cabin" during our Alaska season.
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Captain Richard Friedman
Richard’s maritime experience is deep and passionate. He has been on the water for over 50 years, since he first sailed Long Island Sound as a young boy.
In 1984, U.S. Coast Guard Master's License in hand, Richard began running both power and sailing charters in Washington State and British Columbia. In 1994, Richard and his wife, Nancy, purchased the 60-foot yacht, Explorer. The couple spent two years circumnavigating North America with their three young sons in tow. The family then brought Explorer through the Panama Canal to the West Coast. Richard has been chartering full-time in Southeast Alaska since, first with Explorer and now with the Alaskan Song.
Certified as an Alaska Naturalist, Richard's warm, hospitable nature, lively curiosity, and broad maritime experience assure all of Alaskan Song’s guests of an informative, safe, and engaging charter.
Chef Nancy Friedman
Like all good chefs, Nancy's life informs her culinary creations. Picking up dishes and stories from her travels around the world, Nancy punctuates each guest’s experience with fantastic meals and her signature, indelible charm. Nancy brings intention, grace and an open heart to the Alaskan Song. Together, she and Richard provide a one-of-a-kind experience, peppered with delicious food and good company
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