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Small ships with fewer than 100 passengers offer prime access to the narrow channels, fjords, & passages where wildlife abounds, but choosing the right one can be tough. While almost all vessels offer kayaking opportunities, some boats also focus exclusively on actively exploring nature, like the Safari Endeavor, which offers snorkeling, whale watching, paddleboarding, hiking, & more to give you the closest look at Alaska's diverse flora & fauna. For a truly stately experience, the sister boats Admiralty Dream, Alaskan Dream, Baranof Dream, & Chicagof Dream are excellent choices.
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Le Soleal
$1,390
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Le Soleal

Cruise the polar regions in luxury aboard the Le Soleal. This small ship carries 224 passengers in luxurious accommodations with first class amenities.
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Le Boreal
$3,210
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Le Boreal (CDP)

A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the Le Boreal is the fruit of blending French service and sophistication with Italian engineering. Emphasizing the planet's polar regions as well as Latin America, Easter Island and Polynesia, Le Boreal gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht and give them access to harbors and coves that large cruise ships can't access.
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Safari Endeavour
$4,395
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Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished expedition vessel Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. A full-beam swim step makes launching a kayak and boarding the skiff easy.
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The Safari Quest
$4,395
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Safari Quest

The Safari Quest provides guests with intimate adventure experiences, comfortable staterooms and public spaces with ample room to get away from it all. Carrying 22 passengers, enjoy small ship luxury cruising at its finest.
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The Wilderness Adventurer
$3,195
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Wilderness Adventurer

Wilderness Adventurer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature's most dramatic hideaways. Offering her 60 passengers an exciting array of daily adventure excursions, explore Alaska on this unique small ship.
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Wilderness Discoverer
$3,795
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Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature's most dramatic hideaways. Offering her 76 passengers an exciting array of daily adventure excursions, explore Alaska on this unique small ship.
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The Wilderness Explorer
$3,195
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Wilderness Explorer

The Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with her sister “Wilderness” ships, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The ship offers a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.
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Le Commandant Charcot
$16,480
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Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot is a polar expedition ship that navigates into Arctic and Antarctic places that are rarely visited by others. Its innovative and eco-friendly design make this expedition ship sustainable and one of a kind.
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$4,770
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Silver Explorer

Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other, designed to cruise both of earth's polar waters.
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National Geographic Endurance
$7,970
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National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance is a 126-passenger expedition cruise ship that was built for polar navigations providing an extremely smooth ride under any circumstances.
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The National Geographic Orion at sunset
$8,360
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National Geographic Orion

The creation of the National Geographic Orion in 2003 heralds a new breed of expedition ship: a state-of-the-art vessel which combines the latest advances in ship design and communication technology with all the style and comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
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L'Austral
$1,190
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L'Austral

The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the L'Austral links tradition and innovation, cruising to worldwide destinations in luxury.
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Silver Cloud
$5,940
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Silver Cloud Expedition

The newly refurbished Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Its large suites, destination itineraries, and unparalleled service make her truly special. A limited number of guests, just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios.
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National Geographic Sea Bird
$4,420
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National Geographic Sea Bird

The 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 guests in 31 outside cabins with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.
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The Sea Bird & Sea Lion
$4,420
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National Geographic Sea Lion

The Sea Lion, sister ship of the Sea Bird, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet it comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.
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Spirit of Enderby
$4,600
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Spirit of Enderby

Fully ice-strengthened for expedition travel, the Spirit of Enderby carries just 50 guests in comfortable accommodations. Knowledgeable guides experienced in field research join passengers onboard for polar excursions in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. While not luxurious, the ship has a bar & dining room and offers expedition equipment.
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$10,000
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Akademik Shokalskiy

Originally designed and built in Finland for Polar and ocean research, the Akademik Shokalskiy is small, nimble and ice-strengthened, capable of reaching the nooks and crannies of Antarctica that larger ships cannot.
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National Geographic Quest
$3,010
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National Geographic Quest

The National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 100 guests in 5 different categories of fully equipped cabins. It is fully stabilized for cruising unique polar passages and wonderful tropical landscapes while providing comfort and adventure in every journey.
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