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An Alaska adventure cruise takes travelers through some of the world's most remote, untamed wilderness and allows up-close experiences with wildlife like brown and black bears, moose, otters, and majestic bald eagles. Whale watching from a small cruise ship reveal humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, puffins and sea lions. The landscape of Alaska is as wild as the animals. Choosing a small ship Alaskan cruise instead of a massive cruise ship is critical as you'll be able to discover isolated inlets only accessible by small ships and explore further in zodiacs and sea kayaks that take you through a labyrinth of glaciers, icebergs, fjords and rivers inaccessible by large cruise ships. Adventure Life's Alaska cruise experts will help you craft the perfect trip crafted to your precise intrests, budget and schedule.

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10 Best Alaska Small Cruise Ships for 2017

Ship NameCapacityFromSummary
Admiralty Dream52$3490The 52-passenger Admiralty Dream is a small ship with a shallow draft and stately pace of cruising so that nothing will be missed in narrow channels, …
Baranof Dream49$3490On the Baranof Dream, experience warm yacht-style cruising surrounded by knowledgeable, genuinely friendly staff and accompanied by interesting …
Chichagof Dream74$3990The sleek Chichagof Dream was recently renovated and makes its inaugural voyage in 2016. Accommodating up to 74 passengers in 37 cabins, the ship …
Island Spirit32$3995The Island Spirit carries up to 32 passengers overnight in 17 comfortable staterooms. Each room has a private bath and shower, as well as a minimum …
National Geographic Quest100$4890The National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 100 guests in 5 different categories of fully equipped cabins. It …
Safari Endeavour84$2995The ambience aboard this newly refurbished 84-guest yacht-style ship is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is …
Safari Explorer36$3795Exquisitely appointed, the Safari Explorer carries 40 passengers on small ship cruising of Alaska with luxury. She features an intimate wine library, …
Safari Quest22$3695The Safari Quest provides guests with intimate adventure experiences, comfortable staterooms and public spaces with ample room to get away from it …
Sea Bird & Sea Lion62$4290The Sea Bird, sister ship of the Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet it comfortably accommodates 62 …
Wilderness Adventurer60$2295Wilderness Adventurer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature's most dramatic hideaways. Offering her 49 passengers an …

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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia5%$939013RelaxedExplore the San Juan Islands, British Columbia’s Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska on this exciting 13-day voyage. Enjoy exclusive encounters with this region's iconic wildlife, including bears, whales, eagles and more!
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness5%$65908RelaxedExplore massive glaciers, kayak scenic coastlines, encounter incredible and varied wildlife, and see the hidden wonders of Alaska. This exclusive 8-day sailing adventure aboard the National Geographic Quest is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience of Alaska possible.
Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn$400$46909RelaxedSail through the exciting frontier of Alaska on this 9-day Alaskan adventure cruise on the Alaskan Dream. Visit the ports of Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, and visit Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, Thorne Bay, and the Misty Fjords. Search for wildlife such as humpback whales, porpoises, and sea lions as you sail along the coastline.
Alaska's Glacier Bay & Island Adventure$400$34908RelaxedBoard the Admiralty Dream for an 8-day Southeast Alaska cruise spotting beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, and intriguing native culture. Sail to Saginaw Bay, Frederick Sound, Tracy Arm Fjord, Orca Pt. Lodge, Glacier Bay National Park, plus rare out-of-the-way places like Petersburg.
Alaska's Glacier Bay & Island Adventure$400$39908RelaxedSail through Alaska's Glacier Bay on this 8-day astounding cruise! View the spectacular scenery and wildlife of America's last frontier as you visit locations like Sitka, Kake, Petersburg, Frederick Sound, and Glacier Bay. Get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and see stunning wilderness alongside Naturalists and Cultural Heritage Guides.
Wild Alaska Escape5%$42906RelaxedExplore wild, remote Alaska on an active adventure in the compact time frame of one week away from work. Embark on exciting point-to-point kayak outings and long hikes along forested coasts. See bears, whales, and Steller sea lions. Enjoy a slice of Alaskan town life in Haines, known as the state’s ‘Adventure Capital.’

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Cruising Alaska - Major Ports of Call & Transportation

We feature both cruises and land-based tours that visit all corners of the expansive wilderness of Alaska. Here's a list of the most popular gateways for our small ship cruises and cruise extensions:
  • Juneau: The most frequented port for accessing Alaska's Inner Passage, Juneau is a good airline hub for both Delta and Alaska Airlines and you can get direct flights from Seattle if you're traveling from the continental US or catch a ferry of the Alaska Marine Highway if you want a more scenic way to arrive via the enthralling Pacific coast.
  • Ketchikan:  The  southeasternmost city in Alaska is the embarkation and disembarkation point for many small Alaska cruises. The city borders the Misty Fiords National Monument where you sail through rocky fjords, snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams. 
  • Sitka: In the northwestern area of Alaska's Inside Passage  and a frequent stop on small ship cruises. Many cruises either begin or end here, and you can fly via Delta or Alaska Airlines or even take a ferry from Seattle, Washington or British Columbia.
  • Anchorage: This is home to the biggest and most trafficked airport in Alaska, making it an ideal gateway to the country with hundreds of daily flights from global destinations. Denali National Park can be accessed through Anchorage as well as Fairbanks.
  • Seattle: In the US state of Washington, travelers embark upon small ship cruises visiting the archipelago of Inside Passages of Canada and Alaska. 
Alaska’s Top Small Ships & Expedition Cruises

Adventure Life's Alaska cruise experts pick their favorite small cruise ships for exploring the Alaskan wilderness. 
  • Wilderness Adventurer - mixing a classic Alaska adventure cruise with hiking, railroad excursions and even a chilling arctic snorkeling experience (optional!), the Wildnerness Adventurer is an excellent choice for active travelers. This small expedition ship is equipped with kayaks, drysuits, snorkeling gear, paddle boards, inflatable boats, a fishing boat, trekking poles, and overnight camping gear.
  • Island Spirit - a small 36 passenger ship that is ideal for those who cherish peace and quiet, as it's the only boat that uses batteries during the night instead of a noisy generator. It's also considered one of the more ecologically friendly small ship cruise options.
  • Wilderness Discoverer - is the slightly larger (76 passenger) sister ship of the Wilderness Adventurer, so it appeals to the same type of active type of traveler. It's small enough to navigate tight coves while being more stable in the water than the smaller boats.
New Alaskan Small Cruise Ships for 2017

We're excited to bring you even more of the remote Alaskan wilderness with these shallow-hulled small cruise ships designed for accessing narrow inlets and bays of Alaska's Inner Passage and beyond. These small ships are great for those who come to Alaska in search of a deep personal connection with the true Alaska - it's wilderness and people.

The Admirality Dream - provides warm yacht-style cruising through the Inner Passage surrounded onboard by knowledgeable, genuinely friendly guides & staff. Explore Saginaw Bay by kayak or hike along the shoreline.

Baranof Dream - Embark on this 49 passenger vessel capable of accessing the best of Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Thorne Bay, Frederick Sound, Petersburg, Juneau, and more ports of call. 

Alaskan Dream - This small 36-passenger cruise ship is designed especially to allow the vessel to easily navigate narrow channels and passages like a yacht while maintaining the level of service and the cuisine as good as a larger ship.


 

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Alaska Cruise FAQs for 2017

Do I need a visa to travel to Alaska?
As US state, US citizens only need a valid photo ID. If you are planning to travel from Europe, Britain, Canada, or Australia, then there is not a visa requirement, but you need to have your passport. If you are traveling from a different part of the world, you should check the travel requirements with your country's state department.

Is tipping customary in Alaska?
Since Alaska is a US state, tipping is considered customary in the service industry (like restaurants), but if you tip and how much is always an individual decision. It is recommended that you do leave a gratuity for the ship, captain, and guide if you are on a cruise.

What is the internet access like in Alaska?
In major port towns, you will be able to get strong, fast internet access and find accessible WiFi hotspots. However, most ships don't have internet access and our expeditions explore the national parks and the more remote wildernesses that characterize a great majority of Alaska, so you might go for several days or even most of your trip without internet access.

Can I use my cell phone while in Alaska?
Contrary to popular belief, Alaska's cell coverage is improving significantly in recent years. Major US carriers from the continental states like Verizon and AT&T are gaining ground and establishing strong cell and 3G networks. Of course, in the back country, where many of our tours are based, you will encounter huge mountains and stretches of vast wilderness where you will not have a signal.

Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Alaska has the same sockets as the rest of North America - three-prong grounded 110V outlets. If you have devices that are 220-240V or that are not compatible with North American plugs, you will need an adapter and/or converter that is Type B.

Can I drink the water in Alaska?
The tap water in Alaska is considered potable and safe to drink. On cruises, confirm with your Adventure Life agent. 

What is the most common way of paying for things in Alaska?
Alaska uses the US Dollar and paying with credit cards is pretty commonly accepted. It is possible that some smaller stores and businesses only accept cash, so you should have some on hand just in case. 

Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
We recommend you check out our Once You're Booked page for more information on buying travel insurance - it's always nice to know that you have it just in case.

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