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Imagine watching a majestic bald eagle soaring overhead, then watching it swoop to catch a fish, just as a mighty orca breaches the glassy blue surface. That's just one example of the incredible nature that you'll see as you journey across North America. Let Adventure Life help make your expedition across the diverse American wilderness a dream-come-true, as you decide which part of this marvelous continent to explore. A cruise of the Northwest Passage will take you through the windswept Arctic Circle & across the top of the world. Canada is home to narwhals & polar bears & the best Arctic diving. Experience Alaska, the wild west, or the historic Atlantic coast of the United States. Or, head to the tropics where luaus & relaxation await in the Hawaiian Islands. Contact us to start planning your expedition in North America!
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Top 10 North America Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sylvia Earle126$16695Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, reduced air emissions and light pollution, and virtual anchoring for …
Ultramarine199$7195New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. …
Le Commandant Charcot245$8260The polar explorer ship Le Commandant Charcot travels to remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. This expedition ship is unique because of its …
National Geographic Resolution126$9352New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …
National Geographic Venture100$5730National Geographic Venture is perfectly designed to explore Alaska's Inside Passage and beyond accommodating 100 passengers and providing a new …
Greg Mortimer132$24795With only 132 passengers on board, Greg Mortimer reimagines arctic expedition cruise for the future. Robust, robust, and designed with guests in …
Ocean Endeavour198$4495Updated as recently as 2014, the 200-passenger ice class Ocean Endeavor explores the most remote areas in comfort and style. With several decks and …
National Geographic Endurance126$44339Embark on an exhilarating adventure aboard the National Geographic Endurance, a marvel of maritime engineering designed specifically for year-round …
Chichagof Dream74$2995The sleek Chichagof Dream was recently renovated and makes its inaugural voyage in 2016. Accommodating up to 74 passengers in 37 cabins, the ship …
Safari Endeavour84$4900The newly refurbished expedition vessel Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for …

Best North American Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2024-2025

  • Ponant provides French crew, expertise, attentive service, and fine dining within a fully 5-star setting. Discover exceptional North American destinations while delivering an authentic and high-end vacation experience
  • Silversea Cruises. Explore the elegant lifestyle of all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruising across fascinating North American destinations aboard intimate luxury modern cruise ships. From Le Ponant, the iconic three-masted yacht, to Le Commandant Charcot, the first electric hybrid polar expedition vessel, their fleet is fitted with cutting-edge equipment.
  • Aurora Expeditions pioneered ship-based adventures over 30 years ago and remained committed to small, low-impact groups keen not just to see but experience their range of North American destinations. Sylvia Earle and Greg Mortimer expedition ships built for the most remote places features the groundbreaking Ulstein X-BOW®, large observation decks to bring you closer to nature, engaging common areas, and exceptional environmental credentials. 
  • Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, is forever driven to forge new paths in polar explorations and expands to North American destinations. The latest addition to its fleet, the 199-guest Ultramarine, is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, spacious suites, wellness amenities, and numerous outdoor wildlife viewing spaces. 
  • Heritage Expeditions, which is still family-owned and run by Rodney and Shirley's sons Aaron and Nathan Russ, operates its ships. The 140-guest expedition ship Heritage Adventurer18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer, and 50-guest Polar Research vessels Spirit of Enderby and Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Hurtigruten is the Original Norwegian Coastal Express sailing since 1893 to 34 coastal communities in all seasons, north and south, big and small. Discover the Atlantic or Pacific coasts of North America's colorful coastal cities, charming towns, and jaw-dropping national parks aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.
  • American Queen Voyages open up the entire North American continent to deeper discovery. From the mighty American Rivers to the Lakes and Ocean and voyages to the Alaskan wilds. Places where the tradition comes alive and discovery run deep. Re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement, and inspiration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard the most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen®American Empress®, American Duchess™, and American Countess.™
  • UnCruise operates from its offices at historic Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle, Washington, and Juneau, Alaska. Alaska was the birthplace of its adventures, and it continues to be wide open for exploration. Twenty-five years later, innovation continues to be at the core of its motto.
  • Lindblad Expeditions' core company value for over 50 years is forming community relationships in the regions they explore. When you travel with Lindblad, you have many opportunities to make meaningful, mutually beneficial connections with artisans and other local people. 
  • Alaskan Dream Cruises. Pioneers of Alaska cruising. After 50 years of operation has all-inclusive, small expedition itineraries that offer a mix of excursions in intriguing towns and Native villages and adventures in raw wilderness bays. 
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North America is a land of great natural diversity, from its glacial crown in the Arctic Circle of Canada's Northern territories all the way down through the fertile Great Plains of the United States of America. A cruise to this great continent could acquaint you with any of these beautiful regions:

The Northwest Passage
Journey across the Arctic just as the explorers did, as you witness the incredible wildlife that lives at the top of the world and crush through the frozen waters aboard a real ice breaker or research vessel.

From Quebec to British Columbia to Newfoundland, Canada forms the largest country in the Americas and features magnificent fjords, sweeping glaciers, soaring mountain ranges, and shocking biodiversity on the snow-covered land & in the icebound seas.

The Pacific Northwest
Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers, like Lewis & Clark, who first explored the United States' western boundaries. See the proud Rocky Mountains up close and kayak along the mighty rivers that traverse these Pacific plains, where massive grizzlies snatch their dinner from the roaring rivers. 

The Atlantic Coast
As you cruise from the cold Canadian waters of Newfoundland and Quebec, you'll visit the tranquil coasts of Maine, known for its exquisite lobsters. Then you'll head to the world-renowned harbors of Boston & the metropolitan capital of the Western Hemisphere – New York City.

Get to know the northernmost part of the United States, where kayaking, trekking, and wilderness exploration are at the heart of your expedition, and a visit to natural wonders like Glacier Bay National Park will leave you in awe at nature's pristine beauty.

Born of fire, this volcanic archipelago in the tropical Pacific will enchant you with its relaxing island atmosphere and turquoise waters.

Immerse yourself in the unique Mexican culture, as you witness Mayan ruins, hike & bike your way through the Copper Canyon, and explore the Yucatan.


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