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3 of the best family–friendly destinations to visit on a luxury yacht charter

3 of the best family–friendly destinations to visit on a luxury yacht charter

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Grizzily bears in the Inside Passage, Alaska
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Inside Passage, Alaska

Why is Alaska’s Inside Passage such an ideal destination for families? Patricia Codere, charter manager at Fraser Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, loves the “great fjords with calving glaciers, giant icebergs, whales and sea lions” — natural wonders that are sure to melt hearts and inspire glacier-size smiles in family members of all ages.

Start your seven-day journey, through one of the best ice destinations to visit on a superyacht, in Juneau. Let the Mount Roberts Tramway whisk you 1,800 feet up the mountain for views over the Gastineau Channel or embark on a helicopter flightseeing tour, where you’ll land on a glacier and soon be peering into mysterious blue crevasses. The Mendenhall is one of 40 major glaciers that flow from the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield; another is the Taku, one of the few glaciers in the world that is advancing.

From Juneau, cruise west to Glacier Bay National Park, a sanctuary for humpback whales. Spend the day watching, mesmerised, as whales breach and harbour seals float past on icebergs, occasionally jumping at the sound of thunder as the park’s seven tidewater glaciers calve and lose lofty blocks of ice to the sea below.

Satiate other senses with a dip in the natural pools at Baranof Warm Springs to the south, and then cruise along the southern tip of Admiralty Island to Pybus Bay, where you’re almost certain to spot brown bears along the shoreline. It also has the world’s greatest concentration of nesting bald eagles (5,000-plus).

Cruising northeast, visit magnificent Tracy Arm fjord, which weaves for more than 30 miles. Then spend your last day back in Juneau, hiking and possibly stopping by the Alaskan Brewing Company to toast a wondrous week in the wild.

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Landing on one of the Juneau Icefield’s glaciers via helicopter is a thrill in itself, and children will be doubly excited to meet Alaskan huskies and go dogsledding while there.

Be brave

In Hoonah, west of Juneau, test your vertical bravery on the 5,330-foot ZipRider at Icy Strait Point. Your family might laugh if you scream, but they probably won’t blame you.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock

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