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Alaska Small Ship Cruise Itineraries

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

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
*Temperatures cooler near glacial areas.
Sailings              
Avg Temp         60/39°F 65/44°F 68/49°F 65/46°F 59/42°F      
Avg Precip (in)         3.53 3.13 4.29 5.34 7.21      

Alaska Small Ship Cruise Itineraries

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

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. 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. Kayak and Zodiac among icebergs with a five-person expedition team. Visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center and St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka.

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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii
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 National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion. Explore three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii.

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Alaska's Golden History
Alaskas Golden History

8 day, 7 night Alaska’s Golden History adventure cruise sailing between Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska aboard the replica coastal steamer S.S. Legacy. View glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park. Discover Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and hand-carved totems in Wrangell. Embrace Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historic Park, and visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Ride in a 1920s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway.

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Discoverers' Glacier Country (Luxury Yacht Cruise)
Discoverers' Glacier Country

8 day, 7 night leisure Alaska Discoverers' Glacier Country cruise sailing roundtrip from Juneau Alaska aboard 12, 22, 36 and 86 luxury yachts. Comfortable, yet elegant experience sailing through the largest national forest in the United States - home to bears, bald eagles and the great whales. On our way to view Alaska's massive glaciers, enter some of the world's deepest fjords to hike and kayak. We meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level for a vacation of a lifetime.

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Alaska's Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage

100 passenger, 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.

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Famed Passages of Discovery (Luxury Yacht Cruise)
Famed Passages of Discovery

14 nights of luxury yacht sailing. Sure to make you feel like the rich and famous. Cruise via luxury yacht the full length of the West Coast of North America's Inside Passage without the open ocean, but with shores ever-so-tight to the sides of your yacht for most of the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau.

This itinerary sails at the very beginning and end of the Alaska cruise season.

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Wilderness Passages of Discovery
Wilderness Passages of Discovery

14 nights, more sailing time in addition to Canadian ports of call. Cruising the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau, you will be exhilarated by snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at every turn. Whether you choose May or September, it is an optimal time for cruising with vivid foliage, fewer boats and people, and active bears and other animals foraging along the shoreline.

This itinerary sails at the very beginning of the Alaska cruise season.

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Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves
Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves

Sailings with high activity options. Good hiking and salmon fishing. Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. This 8-day Alaska adventure cruise to Inside Passage Eastern Coves navigates the waters and wilderness by small ship, enabling us to reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, by skiff or by foot – is entirely up to you.

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Alaska Inside Passage: Western Coves
Alaska Inside Passage: Western Coves

Sailing with high activity options. Exploring a Tlingit Village and ancient caves. This Ketchikan to Juneau itinerary is focused on taking you into the Alaska Inside Passage isolated waterways and secret passages where bigger cruise ships can’t travel. You’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest.

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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park and remote wilderness exploration highlight this adventure. Spend your days hiking into wildlife-rich forests, standing atop a glacier, kayaking and riding a skiff along a dramatic fjord, learning about the Tlingit culture, and whale watching.

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Gold Rush Legacy
Gold Rush Legacy

12 day, 11 night Gold Rush Legacy Alaskan cruise sailing between Seattle WA and Juneau AK aboard Safari Legacy. Relive the days of the ‘98 Gold Rush aboard a replica Victorian steamer on this unparalleled Heritage Adventure.

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Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure
Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

8-day, 7-night 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.

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Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn
Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn

9 day, 8 night Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn Alaskan cruise sailing from Sitka to Ketchikan aboard the Alaskan Dream. This itinerary is rich with Alaskan culture and history. Experience true Alaska with true Alaskans.

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Luxury Alaska Inside Passage
Luxury Alaskan Inside Passage

8 day, 7 night Alaska Inside Passage sailing between Vancouver, BC Canada to Anchorage, AK aboard the luxury small ship Seven Seas Navigator. Includes ALL shore excursions, free air options. All the conveniences of a larger ship with only 490 guests. 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.

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Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers
Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers

8 day, 7 night Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers sailing between Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward/Anchorage, Alaska aboard the luxury small ship Silver Shadow. Frosting mountain peaks with a pristine layer of pure white snow, sculpting towering glaciers and throwing blankets of colorful wildflowers across vast meadows. At each turn, remarkable, picture perfect landscapes and remarkable wildlife await.

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Alaska by Sea Kayak: Whales, Bears, and Ice
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.

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