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.
- Wild Alaska Escape
6 day Wild Alaska Escape cruise sailing between Juneau to Sitka aboard National Geographic Sea Bird. Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week.
- Big Picture Alaska
11 day, 10 night Big Picture Alaska cruise sailing between Ketchikan to Sitka, Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Bird. Embark on an immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition that focuses entirely on Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. You’ll experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of our Lindblad-National Geographic photo expedition team.
- Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia
13 day Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia cruise, sailing between Seattle Washington and Sitka, AK aboard National Geographic Quest. Join the inaugural voyage of the newest ship in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet on an in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, and Alaska. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to explore the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska. Plus, discover the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay.
- 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.
- 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.
- Exploring Muir's Wilderness
8-day Exploring Muir's Wilderness Alaskan cruise sailing roundtrip Juneau Alaska aboard Safari Endeavour. 'Hopelessly beyond description,'' said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold—inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.
- Yachters' Alaskan Frontier
8-day Yachters' Alaskan Frontier Alaskan cruise sailing roundtrip Juneau Alaska aboard Safari Quest. On this exclusive expedition for the elite few, Alaska is sure to have a lasting impact. Capture the blue, green, and white hues of this massive landscape in your memory and in photos. Get up-close.
- Alaska's Inside Passage
12 Day / 11 Night cruise aboard American Spirit, offering spacious comfort while experiencing Alaskan scenery; towering glaciers, verdant forests, floating ice castles and islands and waters teeming with wildlife.
- Southeast Alaska Cruise
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.
- 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.
- Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn
9-day Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn cruise sailing from Sitka to Ketchikan, Alaska aboard catamaran Alaskan Dream. The Inside Passage is more than a seasonal cruise destination. The great rainforests and snow-capped peaks that line our path are more than a backdrop to be viewed from a distance. The villages and small towns we visit are more than settlements inhabited by strangers.
- Alaska's Southeast Explorer
11-day Alaska’s Southeast Explorer cruise sailing between Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska aboard Alaskan Dream or Barabof Dream. Get an insider’s knowledge on this 11-day cruise spotlighting scenic beauty, amazing wildlife and intriguing native culture. Linger in the midst of a pod of foraging, spouting, breaching whales. Get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and see stunning wilderness alongside our Naturalists and Cultural Heritage Guides. With at least one shore excursion included every day, the value is unsurpassed.
- 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.