Discover the variety of Alaska cruises on small ships that explore the far reaches of the inside passage not accessible to the large cruise ships.
Enjoy the best of Alaska, away from the large crowds and formality where naturalists take you onto Zodiacs and kayaks and/or lead you with hiking tours to experience up close the wildlife, glaciers, and fantastic scenery.
A small ship cruise to Alaska gets up closer to see wildlife from the ship. These smaller ships get to some very scenic places and wildlife sightings that the mega ships cannot get to such as the Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan, Tracy Arm fjord, or the Dawes Glacier.
Small ship cruises are attractive to people who enjoy meeting new people and sharing experiences. Less passengers means a more intimate, informal opportunity to bond with fellow passengers.
The Alaska cruise season runs from May through September, and demand is high. The Cost of an Alaska Cruise is higher than other cruise destinations such as the Caribbean
Each of the best of Alaska cruises listed below are known to practice responsible travel and offer soft adventure cruises with light or moderate physical activity for travelers 12-80 years of age who are in good physical condition.
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Top Alaska Small Ship Cruise Operators
Specializes in soft adventure travel using small ships, professional guides and sustainable practices to experience nature and wildlife up close. Specially outfitted yachts, small ships, and wilderness lodges serve as a base from which expert naturalists lead small group explorations into the wilderness.
Specializes in small ship cruises sailing with The Island Spirit, 32 passengers in 17 staterooms.
Sailing the narrow passages and into secluded fjords provides travellers with opportunities to discover cultures and learning Tlingit history; embracing the wilderness and playing outside along Alaska's rugged coastlines. There are also opportunities to enjoy kayaking, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding.
An alliance with National Geographic specializing expedition travel to remote, unsoiled territory without sacrificing comfort. Each ship features comfortable cabins, a lounge, a library, and wellness services so that you can unwind after an active day. And chefs on board create delicious meals that reflect the cuisine of the places we visit using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. On board each ship, you'll find Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, and snorkeling gear, as well as specially designed tools that allow for more extensive exploration.
Can comfortably accommodate 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.
Every Lindblad itinerary has flexibility built into the schedule. In fact, entire days are left open for exploring on some itineraries. None of Lindblad's ships have elevators. There is a doctor on board international voyages whose services are provided free of charge.
Top Alaska Large Ship Cruise
A great package for Alaska travelers who want to combine a cruise with extended land tours into the Alasakan wilderness. Princess Cruises has the best itinerary for the soft adventure traveler --- they offer an excellent selection of land tours to Denali and other locations at their owned and operated wilderness lodges.
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