Small Ship Cruises

There is no better way to explore Alaska by water than on a small-ship cruise scheduled departure out of Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg or Juneau. Cruising Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage aboard a yacht or small ship cruise line is a truly unique way to see the unparalleled beauty of the Alaskan coastal wilderness. An Alaska cruise by motor yacht allows you the intimacy of traveling with close family and friends while also experiencing all Alaska has to offer – from marine life to “off the beaten path” shore excursions.

Your ‘ports of call’ will not be bustling coastal communities but beach-combing in Tongass National Forest, whale watching in rugged coves, or kayaking with sea otters. Experienced on-board naturalists and seasoned captains will make sure you receive the very best in guest service and will share their authentic Alaskan perspectives about Alaska’s history, geology, wildlife and culture. Each Alaska cruise vessel has its own ‘personality’ but all our carefully selected cruise partners features gourmet cuisine, all necessary adventure gear and equipment, and extensive observation decks for optimal wildlife and glacier viewing.

Small ship cruises are especially ideal for multi-generational families who are often challenged trying to find activities and experiences enjoyed by those of all ages and abilities.  And small-ship cruises are also the perfect way to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and other family milestones.

Alaska adventure cruises on smaller cruise ships include active shore excursions from kayaking, hiking and opportunities for wildlife viewing as well as a more intimate way to experience and explore Alaska’s spectacular coastal areas and National Parks. From Glacier Bay to Misty Fjords and Juneau to Ketchikan or Sitka, you will delight in excellent whale watching, birding and glacier viewing while on board a small ship Alaska cruise.

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Alaskan Luxury: Coast to Coast

This luxurious 2-week Alaska journey takes you deep into the Inside Passage, into the landscapes of the Interior and along the coast, showcasing some of the state’s best highlights... Read more

Alaska Islands, Whales, and Glaciers

Explore Southeast Alaska aboard an intimate vessel that is high on both adventure and guest service. You’ll enjoy a casual atmosphere aboard while you depart Sitka and explore Eastern... Read more

Prince William Sound Luxury Cruise

Alaska is a popular cruise destination for those who want to experience the state’s many iconic glaciers, abundant wildlife, and epic scenery that the state is famous for. Now... Read more

Inside Passage Glaciers & Wildlife

Cruise aboard the Safari Quest through the wildlife and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park, 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep... Read more

Glacier Bay and Outer Coast Cruise

Board the Kruzof Explorer, a fully-renovated former commercial fishing vessel now offering the best in luxury small ship cruises and adventure in Southeast Alaska. Your private cruiseship is capable... Read more

Alaska Coastal Cruise and Culture

Southeast Alaska is home to a number of Alaskan Native groups and this 7-night small ship cruise on the Kruzof Explorer with private guides provides greater insight into their... Read more

Adventure by Cruise In Southeast Alaska

Journey from Sitka to Ketchikan onboard the Kruzof Explorer for a 9-night luxury cruise into the wilds of Southeast Alaska. This extended Alaska adventure by water will provide guests... Read more

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