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Explore the top-rated North America small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Juneau, Toronto, Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, and Ketchikan, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of North America small ship cruises start at $2,840 for a trip of 6 to 99 days in 2023. Tell us about your dream North America small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Alaska travel and dall sheep grazing on Alaska hillside
$7,900
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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

8 Day Itinerary aboard Safari Explorer
  • Attend Park Ranger presentations
  • Hike at Glacier Bay National Park
  • Observe sea lions and birds
  • See Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds
Starts / Ends:
Juneau / Sitka
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Safari Explorer for this 8-day voyage that takes you into the jewel of the U.S. National Park System. Kayak, paddle board, snorkel, and skiff to explore this majestic region and Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikes ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof …
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Exploring Alaska's glaciers
$3,895
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Last Frontier Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Admiralty Dream
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park
  • See marine life in Frederick Sound
  • Participate on hiking in Sitka
  • Kayak along the Waterfall Coast
Starts / Ends:
Sitka / Juneau
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 8-day voyage aboard Admiralty Dream for an exciting and energetic experience from the activities included on this itinerary to be able to explore Alaska from Sitka to Juneau or reverse.The dynamic itinerary features daily adventures like hiking rainforest trails, kayaking in a glacial …
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Bald eagles resting
$4,095
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Last Frontier Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Chichagof Dream
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park
  • See marine life in Frederick Sound
  • Participate on hiking in Sitka
  • Kayak along the Waterfall Coast
Starts / Ends:
Sitka / Juneau
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 8-day voyage aboard Chichagof Dream for an exciting and energetic experience from the activities included on this itinerary to be able to explore Alaska from Sitka to Juneau or reverse.The dynamic itinerary features daily adventures like hiking rainforest trails, kayaking in a glacial …
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Kayaking in Hawaii's lava tubes.
$5,795
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Hawaiian Seascapes

8 Day Itinerary aboard Safari Explorer
  • Enjoy a paʻina and jam session
  • Take part in exploration activities
  • Visit the Puu Waawaa Sanctuary
  • Snorkel among coral gardens
  • Explore the island history
Starts / Ends:
Molokai / Kailua Kona
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the Safari Explorer to discover gems of the Hawaiian Islands! On this 8-day voyage, partake in unparalleled snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, beach-combing, and skiff excurisons. Visit a plumeria farm, one of Hawaii's longest beaches, and discover island history at the …
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View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise
$3,600
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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Adventurer
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park
  • Discover orca and humpback whales
  • Enjoy wildlife viewing
Starts / Ends:
Juneau / Juneau
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day cruise aboard Wilderness Adventurer gives an in-depth exploration of Alaska. Snug-in your kayak, visit the remote bays off of Icy Strait or join the team on a skiff to watch sea lions play. Have your binoculars ready, and look for puffins, Guillemots, gulls, snoozing sea lions, bears, …
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Wrangell - St. Elias wilderness
$5,395
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Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn

9 Day Itinerary aboard Baranof Dream
  • Watch glaciers calve giant icebergs
  • Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Kayak along the Alaskan coastline
  • Visit the highlights of Juneau
Starts / Ends:
Sitka / Ketchikan
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend 9 days aboard the Baranof Dream chasing beautiful, dramatic landscapes and Alaskan wildlife. After setting sail from Sitka head towards Glacier Bay National Park for the chance to see bears, wolves, humpback whales, and sea lions. Tour the capital city of Juneau and see all the highlights of …
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Get up close to amazing glaciers in Alaska
$7,560
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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Venture
  • View unique wildlife such as orcas
  • Visit Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords
  • Explore Alaskan ecosystems
  • Hike & kayak in Icy Strait
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Venture on its 8-day expedition from Juneau to Sitka. Experience an extraordinary visit to Alaska. Take advantage of a sighting of a pod of orcas or linger on shore to watch a brown bear sow and her cubs forage. Explore under the guidance of an …
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Relax in the sunny squares of historic Savannah
$6,649
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Boston, MA to Nassau, Bahamas

Boston - Nassau - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Voyager
  • Learn Boston's history
  • Wander through historic Baltimore
  • Experience Southern hospitality
  • Explore Charleston's architecture
Starts / Ends:
Boston / Nassau
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail on this 16-day itinerary cruising the seaboard from bustling Boston to beachy Nassau aboard Ocean Voyager. With stops in Baltimore, Charleston, West Palm Beach, and more, this journey has been handcrafted to sample the Eastern cities of the United States as you head to your final destination …
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Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions
$18,995
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

20 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Explore Canadian wildlife sanctuary
  • Visit and learn the Inuit culture
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore the arctic on a Zodiac
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Venture far above the Arctic Circle, in a land where the sun never sets and polar bears roam, with Ocean Adventurer. On this 20-day cruise, explore the northerly shores of Canada’s Baffin Island and the western coast of Greenland, searching for the wildlife and visiting the communities that …
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Beautiful artic mountains at sunset.
$7,995
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Greenland & Wild Labrador

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by sea
  • Visit the capital Nuuk
  • Hike Torngat Mtns National Park
  • Explore Torngâsok Cultural Centre
  • Search for polar bears & eagles
  • Set foot on the Wonderstrands
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / St. John's
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary 15-day sailing showcases staggering geographic diversity. Set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across the Davis Strait in Canada, visit the …
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A bear catches a fish as it swims upstream
$5,400
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Great Bear Rainforest Expedition

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Venture
  • Kayak across Great Bear
  • Look our for Kermode bears
  • Swim at hot spring pools
  • Experience unique landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Ketchikan / Ketchikan
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail into northern British Columbia's tiny, meandering fjords and enter the domain of the endangered Spirit Bear. Also known as a Kermode bear, it is a subspecies of the North American black bear that is found exclusively in the Great Bear Rainforest's pristine wildness. The forest is …
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Visit quaint fishing villages along the coast of Nova Scotia
$4,899
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Montreal to Gloucester

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Voyager
  • Enjoy Montreal's ambiance
  • Admire the scenic Strait of Canso
  • Explore Charlottetown
  • Discover the history of Halifax
Starts / Ends:
Montreal / Boston
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Phenomenal experiences lie in store for those who choose this epic 11-day adventure. Indulge in the beauties of Montreal during your pre-cruise hotel stay, then prepare to be astounded once the ship sets sail. On this excursion, a biologist joins you on board to enhance the pleasure of gliding …
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Moose found on an Alaska wildlife tour
$3,600
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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Discover Glacier Bay National Park
  • Admire Alaskan wildlife
  • Visit Grand Pacific Glacier
  • Hike down Fairweather Mountain
Starts / Ends:
Juneau / Juneau
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the unique Glacier Bay National Park, home to the world's largest marine sanctuary. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this remote land is worth exploring. This dazzling voyage offers the opportunity to admire the exotic wildlife of this region. Keep …
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Explore Toronto
$3,994
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Portland to Toronto

Portland - Toronto - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Navigator
  • Stroll the streets of Portland
  • Discover the history of Halifax
  • Cruise the scenic Strait of Canso
  • Explore beautiful Montreal
Starts / Ends:
Portland / Toronto
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate the waters that tie New England to Canada on this 12-day spectacular journey aboard Ocean Navigator. Scenic sailing through the Thousand Islands goes unmatched, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, planted within the Garden of the Gulf, invites travelers to rollick in whimsical …
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Stunning Niagara Falls
$5,790
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Great lakes of North America

Toronto - Milwaukee - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Admire Milwaukee's architecture
  • Explore the five Great Lakes
  • Learn about Native American history
  • Discover the Niagara Falls
  • Engage with Smithsonian Journeys
Starts / Ends:
Mackinac Island / Toronto
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discoverthe Great Lakesamidst the splendid colors of early autumn. This8-day journey departs from cosmopolitan Toronto, on the shore ofLake Ontario.Canada’s largest city charms you with its museums, parks, and gardens.Le Bellotthen sails the canal connecting Lake Ontario andLake Erie. …
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Midnight sun light, Ilulissat
$12,995
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Into the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit ancient sites and villages
  • Meet the stunning Arctic wildlife
  • Experience Inuit culture first hand
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / Kugluktuk
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard the ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour. On this 17-day journey, experience quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, cross the Davis Strait, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. …
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First views of Baffin Island
$8,995
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High Arctic Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit Beechey Island
  • Hike on Devon Island
  • Enjoy a cultural welcome at Pond
  • Watch Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the tundra
Starts / Ends:
Resolute Bay / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Tallurutiup Imanga, a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik; try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and …
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Family hiking on a tour of Alaska
$5,500
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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

8 Day Itinerary aboard Safari Endeavour
  • Attend Park Ranger presentations
  • Hike at Glacier Bay National Park
  • Spot bears, otters, and whales
  • See Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds
  • Observe puffins and sea lions
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Journey into the crown jewel of the U.S. National Park System on this 8-day cruise aboard the Safari Endeavour. Explore Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, or boat. Highlights include trips to Glacier Bay National Park and Chichagof Islands' waterfall …
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