This multi-day cruise offers a diverse experience of Southeast Alaska, from fishing towns to wilderness solitude, from islands to glacial fjords.
Get the Perfect Shot
Travel to the most spectacular locations and capture amazing photos of the landscape and wildlife. This photography cruise with award-winning wildlife photographer Wendy Shattil is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the best and see the amazing sites of Baja or Alaska through the lens. Wendy works with all levels of photographers, from participants with cell phones or point-and-shoot cameras to the latest SLR. She helps you make the most out of your experience!
Baja Tour: La Paz to Loreto Sea of Cortez, Magdalena Bay Grey Whale Lagoons:
This 11-day/10-night expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula begins with an overland visit to the gray whale breeding and birthing lagoons of Bahia Magdalena or San Ignacio. Encounter whales up close and capture unforgettable photos! You also get to snorkel with young sea lions, walk along desert island ridges and palm-lined arroyos, visit a remote fishing village, and kayak into a mangrove lagoon.
South East Alaska Tour: Western Passages Juneau to Sitka:
This 8-day/7-night expedition from Juneau to Sitka or from Sitka to Petersburg visits the most beautiful locations along the western passages. We begin with transit up a narrow channel to a tidewater glacier and a kayak trip into a waterfall-lined fjord. Visiting the villages of Angoon and Tenakee Springs, we meet with locals and learn about their lives. Along the way, we watch for foraging brown bears and feeding humpback whales and capture amazing photos.
There are few species as endangered as full-time professional wildlife photographers, and Wendy Shattil is as rare as they come. She is an international award-winning shooter, well known for creating images with provocative light, mood, and humor, linking this talent with a vast knowledge of the natural world and the enthusiasm for sharing it.
Wendy Shattil leads a limited number of nature photography trips, and favorites include Southeast Alaska, the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Northwest on the classic and elegant eight-passenger boat, the MV Westward, which allows for intimate encounters with nature and wildlife.
Wendy has photographed professionally since 1981, compiling well over 300,000 stock images of nature and wildlife. Although specializing in North American subjects and locations, she has had assignments and led trips to faraway places such as Egypt, Belize, Namibia, South Africa, and the High Arctic.
Wendy was the first woman awarded Grand Prize in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography contest, England’s BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She is the recipient of the Philip Hyde Grant for environmental photography, Denver Audubon’s Environmental Stewardship Award, and the Colorado Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award. Shattil is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Department Associate for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and has twice been Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. Wendy is working on her 16th and 17th books, and her images have appeared in virtually all nature and wildlife magazines, including National Wildlife, Audubon, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Natural History, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic publications.
Exploration of the Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
All cabins on MV Westward are outfitted with a double bunk (4′ 6″ wide by 6′ 8″ long) and a single bunk (2′ 6″ wide by 6′ 6″ long), a settee, sink, toilet, and a shower. There is ample storage space. Cabins comfortably accommodate two guests and can accommodate up to three, though we do not recommend triple occupancy unless the third guest is a minor.