Alaska Small Ship Cruises
Alaska Inside Passage small ship cruises allows you to explore Alaska's Inside Passage where other megaliner ships can’t. Experience the largest national forest in the United States, the world's deepest fjords and massive glaciers, like the ones found in remarkable Glacier Bay. Get close to shore to view grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves. View Alaska's marine wildlife, such as humpback whales, sea lions and sea otters all around your ship, or even closer from Zodiac landing craft and kayaks. And through it all, you'll be guided by explorations leaders, naturalists and regional experts to provide the richest, most memorable experience possible.
Alaska Small Ship Cruise Statistics
|*Temperatures cooler near glacial areas.|
|Avg Precip (in)||3.53||3.13||4.29||5.34||7.21|
Alaska Small Ship Cruise Itineraries
- Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
Our Most Popular! 8 day Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness cruise sailing between Juneau to Sitka Alaska aboard Lindblad Expedition's 62-guest twin expedition ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion. Become introduced to an Alaska that others never see, much less experience. Explore Alaska's Inside Passage, spending a full day in Glacier Bay National Park under special permit. Sail with National Geographic photo instructors and naturalists. Partnership between Lindblad and National Geographic provides a dose of education, as well as 30 years of experience sailing in Alaska.
- A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii
15 day Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Alaska cruise sailing between Seattle WA and Sitka AK aboard Lindblad Expedition's intimate 62-guest twin expedition ships National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion. Explore three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. Sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork.
- Discoverers' Glacier Country
8 day leisure Alaska Discoverers' Glacier Country cruise sailing roundtrip from Juneau Alaska aboard Un-Cruise Adventures 84-guest Safari Endeavour, 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer or the 22-guest Safari Quest. Spend two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger. Comfortable, yet elegant experience sailing through the largest national forest in the United States - home to bears, bald eagles and the great whales. On your way to view Alaska's massive glaciers, enter some of the world's deepest fjords to hike and kayak. You'll meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level for a vacation of a lifetime.
- Alaska's Inside Passage
8 day Alaska Inside Passage cruise sailing roundtrip from Juneau, Alaska aboard American Cruise Line's 100-passenger American Spirit, offering the largest cabins in a small ship, many with balconies. Big on ports and nature, less on high activity. To cruise the forest-lined passages, pristine bays and magnificent inland waterways of Alaska is to experience America at its most majestic. Nearly every mile offers another breathtaking sight, from a pod of orcas surfacing to play alongside the ship to Tlingit totem poles that point to the skies where snowy peaks rise to astonishing heights. It’s a world of electric-blue glaciers, shimmering northern lights, and an amazing diversity of wildlife.
- Famed Passages of Discovery
13 day Alaska Famed Passages of Discovery cruise sailing between between Seattle and Juneau aboard Un-Cruise Adventures fleet of luxury yachts. Cruise the full length of the West Coast of North America's Inside Passage without the open ocean. View glaciers and float among the ice-rich waters of Tracy Arm. Partake in wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound. And discover Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and at Wrangell’s Chief Shakes Tribal House.
This itinerary sails at the very beginning and end of the Alaska cruise season.
- Inner Reaches Eastern Coves
8-day Alaska Inner Reaches Eastern Coves sailing Juneau to Ketchikan Alaska aboard Un-Cruise Adventures 36-84 passenger yachts. Sailings with high activity options. Glaciers, rainforest and wildlife highlight this Alaska adventure cruise. Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. Wildlife and whale watching with a half-day in Frederick Sound. View glaciers and float among the ice-rich waters of Tracy Arm. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays.
- Inner Reaches Western Coves
8-day Alaska Inner Reaches Western Coves cruise sailing from Ketchikan to Juneau Alaska aboard Un-Cruise Adventures 36-84-passenger luxury and adventure yachts. Sailing with high activity options. Explore the "wild and woolly" Alaska wilderness; wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, glacier calving at the face of Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm, El Capitan Cave trek and exploration, kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays.
- Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
8-day Northern Passages & Glacier Bay cruise sailing from Juneau to Sitka Alaska aboard Un-Cruise Adventures 60-76 passenger, high-activity adventure yachts. Spend two exclusive days in Glacier Bay, viewing stunning glaciers, Park Ranger interpretation, South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding and hikes ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast. Enjoy Icy Strait whale watching and wildlife viewing in Peril Strait. Explore via kayak, paddle board, and skiff.
- Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure
8-day Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure cruise sailing roundtrip from Sitka, Alaska aboard yachts Admiralty Dream, Baranof Dream or catamaran Alaskan Dream. As much as you'll experience Alaska's wildlife and scenery, you'll also experience it's rich culture and people. Experience true Alaska with true Alaskans.
- In the Wake of Pioneers
8 day In the Wake of Pioneers Alaska cruise sailing between Vancouver, BC and Juneau, AK aboard L'Austral. Alaska invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners. Remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains and infinite tundra.
- Fjords of Alaska
8 day Fjords of Alaska expedition cruise sailing from Vancouver BC Canada to Juneau AK US aboard L' Austral. Discover Alaskan towns rich with historical vestiges from the time of the remarkable Gold Rush, interspersing ports of calls with periods of navigation aboard L’Austral and excursions in Zodiacs to the heart of the fjords and landscapes that are out of this world.
- Aleutian Islands & Wrangel Island Reserve
16 day Aleutian Islands & Wrangel Island Reserve expedition cruise sailing Seward, Alaska to Anadyr, Russia aboard L'Austral. Cross the Polar Circle and the Bering Strait, exploring the Wrangel Island Natural Reserve. Explore the reserve via Zodiacs with a team of experienced Naturalist-Guides.
- Pribilof Archipelago & Kodiak Peninsula
10 day Pribilof Archipelago & Kodiak Peninsula expedition cruise sailing from Anadyr, Russia to Seward, Alaska aboard L' Austral. Explore remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains, infinite tundra and glittering lacs ; Alaska invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners.
- Alaska & British Columbia
11 day Alaska & British Columbia cruise sailing from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver CA aboard L' Austral. Travel the East coast of Alaska, The Inside Passage, making sure to explore Juneau, the capital of Alaska in which Eskimo Indians Tinglit live since long time, Skagway which has been introduced on Alaska map in 1897 when the pioneers arrived seeking precious minerals.
- Northbound Alaska Inside Passage
8 day Northbound Alaska Inside Passage sailing between Vancouver, BC Canada to Anchorage, AK aboard the luxury small ship Seven Seas Navigator. Unspoiled, natural beauty abounds in every direction — deep fjords, snow-mantled mountains and stately forests — providing an unparalleled setting for towns like Ketchikan, Alaska’s robust capital of Juneau and Sitka.
- Southbound Alaska Inside Passage
8 day, 7 night Southbound Alaska Inside Passage sailing between Anchorage, AK and Vancouver, BC Canada aboard the luxury small ship Seven Seas Navigator. Big, bold and impossibly beautiful, Alaska stretches beyond the imagination, particularly in her southeastern seas where Seven Seas Navigator sails.
- Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers
8 day Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers sailing between Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward/Anchorage, Alaska aboard the luxury small ship Silver Shadow. Silversea's luxury Alaska cruises take you on an insider's path along the Inside Passage. There are diamond-blue icebergs, rushing mountain streams, waterfalls and flowers of every colour. Here you'll find the biggest bears, the largest gathering of bald eagles anywhere, and more than half of the world's entire population of humpback whales.
- Alaska by Sea Kayak: Whales, Bears, and Ice
Note: This is a physically active Kayak Adventure, not a cruise. National Geographic Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. Take to the sea in a kayak in one of the wildest places on Earth. Exploring from the intimate perspective of your kayak, encounter the forests and shores of beautiful Chichagof Island close up. Venture far into Glacier Bay and spend three days paddling through this otherworldly wilderness of ice and mountains.