We hope you can join us on one of our exciting Alaska expeditions. We'll cruise through an amazing wilderness aboard the Caledonia, our beautiful 95' yacht. This well-appointed boat offers an outstanding platform from which to experience Alaska's legendary Inside Passage, an intricate network of pristine waterways, granite fjords, and islands of astonishing beauty. Alaska is home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. On each voyage, we'll see charming fishing villages, an incredible display of wildlife, and the breathtaking scenery of the Inside Passage. The crew will pamper you, while the captain maneuvers the Caledonia to tantalizing places that no cruise ship sails to.
Neil Nickerson has been working Alaskan waters since 1988, as a U.S. Coast Guard officer aboard Coast Guard cutters, and also on tugboats and passenger ferries. He is intimately familiar with the waters of the Inside Passage and Prince William Sound, and has sailed north beyond the Arctic Circle, and west to Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands.
Neil holds a license as a U.S. Coast Guard National Master of Self-Propelled Vessels of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans or Near Coastal Waters. This license enables Neil to be the captain for any size vessel, on any ocean. Neil is certified in First Aid and CPR, and keeps the vessel up to a 5-Star Coast Guard rating for safety. There's nothing Neil enjoys more than sharing the experience and grandeur of coastal Alaska with visiting guests.
Alaska Wilderness Charters offers a safe and pleasant experience, whether you are sailing, kayaking, skiffing or hiking.
Our crew includes a fishing guide/assistant captain, a chef, and either an engineer/deckhand or specialty guide/deckhand assistant. They each have the experience and training to provide you with the safest, most enjoyable wilderness adventure possible.
Our guides are knowledgeable about whales and bears, Alaska's geology and history, and so much more. Each year our crew completes a rigorous training review, which includes safety and rescue, plus an in-depth training in tides, wind, current and weather. Most importantly, our crew has the desire to:
Special use permits are required to use national forest land for certain purposes. The majority of special use permits are issued to guides for hunting, fishing, and sightseeing tours. A special use permit may also be required for recreation, mineral exploration, and other commercial and private enterprises on national forest land.
What is the Voluntary UPV 5-Star Safety Program? It is a program designed to increase safety aboard uninspected charter boats operating throughout the state of Alaska.
Past marine accidents and Alaska's harsh operating environment pointed to the need for an increase in the level of safety equipment that extends beyond the minimum required by regulation. Charter operators who choose to participate in the 5-Star Safety Program have met all the regulatory requirements, received the UPV decal, and have voluntarily invested in additional safety equipment. There are a total of five voluntary safety related items. The level of additional equipment is indicated by the number of safety stars displayed on the UPV decal. One star will be awarded for each additional measure properly implemented and maintained on board these vessels.
One safety star is awarded for each of five items. The list of safety items is not meant to be in a fixed, specific order, where prior to getting to the next level you'd need to obtain all the preceding safety gear. Vessels are given credit for safety gear that is installed and properly maintained, regardless of order. A 1 star vessel would meet one of the requirements, while a 5 Star vessel would carry safety equipment substantially in excess of Coast Guard regulations, including an EPIRB, inflatable life raft or inflatable buoyant apparatus, back up hand-held communications capability, and high water bilge alarms with high capacity bilge pump.
For a world-class Alaska charter, join us on the 95' yacht Caledonia as we sail through the pristine waters of Southeast Alaska. On our well-planned trips, we'll observe whales, porpoise, otters, sea lions, bears, and seabirds from her decks, and explore the bays, fjords, glaciers, and rainforests within her reaches. Life aboard this beautiful yacht is fully experienced when we take advantage of the kayaks, paddle boards or skiff for further exploration. We'll go ashore to hike along the beach or explore deep within the rainforest, paddle our kayaks among sapphire-colored icebergs, before returning to the Caledonia to enjoy another fabulous Alaskan meal!
Step inside the Caledonia to get a feel for her spacious interior.
The Caledonia is a beautiful 95' motor yacht, fully capable of navigating the various water conditions of the Inside Passage. Providing your with comfort and safety while you are aboard the Caledonia is one of our greatest pleasure. Like similar small Alaska cruise boats, the size of Caledonia not only provides for stability, but also enhances flexibility. However, unlike a large cruise ship, the Caledonia is not limited to sailing in deep waters. She can therefore respond more readily to the interests of our guests. Caledonia can get close to the shoreline for better sightseeing, and maneuver into tiny coves where you'll experience wildlife up close and personal. Caledonia can take passengers just about anywhere!
The beautiful new interior of Caledonia has a fully-remodeled galley, granite counter-tops, imported mirror-finish vanity bowls, highly-varnished teak trim, and newly-appointed staterooms. Caledonia includes the creature comforts and aesthetic touches that make for a memorable wilderness experience.
The Caledonia accommodates individuals or couples in four separate staterooms, each featuring a private bathroom.
The versatile accommodations of Caledonia make her perfect for private groups of 6six to eight adults, or for extended family groups of six adults, plus up to four children.
The Vitamin Sea is our 27' fishing boat. With the Vitamin Sea we can easily accommodate those who wish to fish and explore. And when it comes to fishing, no other avocation comes close to offering the satisfaction one feels after a successful fishing excursion. With the variety and size of fish available in Alaska's waters, fishing is a big attraction for nearly everyone.
While aboard the Vitamin Sea, our guests frequently catch King salmon, halibut, rockfish, dungeness crab and spotted prawns. Our experienced Alaskan fishing guide knows these waters well, and he will take you to many of his "secret" fishing locations on several guided fishing trips.