Alaskan Song - Alaskan Cruise

Piper's Cruise on Alaskan Song
with special guest Tonni Nielsen

We are pleased to offer a special cruise from Petersburg Alaska to Juneau departing on June 10 arriving on June 16.  The covered aft deck of the boat (pictured on the right) is an ideal smoking lounge, protected from the weather with stellar views whether under way or at anchor in a scenic cove.

Our special guests for this cruise are Tonni and Barbara Nielsen.  Tonni will be making a very special Viking Grade pipe for each of the piper's on the trip. 

There are three cabins available.  One with double berth and two with two twin berths.  All cabins have their own private head and shower.

Neill Archer Roan (pictured on the left) of A Passion For Pipes has been a guest on board one of our  cruises and has written about it.  You can read Neill's article HERE

May is a glorious time to be in Southeast Alaska.  On average, the month of June has the second most sunny days and those days have 18 hours of sunlight!  There is still lots of snow on the mountains making the scenery even more dramatic.  That snow is melting fast so the waterfalls and cascade are gushing at their annual peak flow.  The bears are out of hibernation, prowling the shoreline for fresh spring grasses and the whales have returned from the tropics to feed.

W.O.Larsen Pearl by Tonni NielsenTonni Nielsen Master Pipe Artisan

Tonni Nielsen. was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1953. When he was 16 years old, he started working for W.Ø. Larsen. After 2 or 3 years, Tonni started making Fancy and Straight Grain pipes of his own design at Larsen. He worked under Teddy Knudsen and Hans"Former" Nielsen amongst others. He has also taught a number of pipe makers how to make pipes. In 1978 Tonni started his own business and sold pipes around the world. At that point he sold pipes to W. Ø. Larsen as well as under his own name. In 1983 Tonni moved to United States with his American wife, Barbara and their two children. Tonni has a pipe workshop in the basement of his home in Kentucky. Tonni and Barbara also have a home in Denmark, complete with workshop, where they spend their summers.  Pipe making is so solitary that he also began playing tennis to get out of the house. That lead him to becoming a teaching pro. No longer a teaching pro, Tonni still enjoys playing tennis and of course making some of the worlds most highly acclaimed and beautiful pipes. 

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.


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.

A pipe smoker since 1967 his first pipe was a W.O. Larsen.  Richard is an avid collector going under the alias "Yachtexplorer" on Smoker's Forum and Pipes Magazine.  He has been building a collection of sea creature pipes like the one on the left which is a whale created by Tonni Nielsen.


Included in your Alaskan Song experience

  • All meals
  • Fine vintage wines
  • Beer and microbrews
  • Two 15-foot Boston Whaler skiffs with 70-HP motors
  • 4 two-person sea kayaks
  • Fishing tackle for salmon and halibut, as well as light, fresh-water gear
  • Crab & shrimp traps
  • Fuel
  • Dock fees
  • Lodging the nights before and after your cruise
    One-night deluxe (double occupancy) accommodations in either Sitka or Juneau bookend your Alaskan Song experience, and are included in your 9-day/8-night luxury package.

Fare for this trip is $12,000 per cabin (double occupancy)