Big Land, Small Ships, Unlimited Adventure!
With its astonishing glaciers, abundant wildlife, rugged beauty, and native culture, a cruise in the Great Land of Alaska is on the top of many must-see travel lists. The pandemic has put most travel plans on hold, but your wait is almost over! Small ships (perfectly sized for charters) are safely returning to Alaska in late spring and summer 2021. So now is the time to plan your great adventure in America’s “last frontier”!
Safe Cruising in the Great Outdoors
All ships ready to cruise in Alaska have new Health & Safety Protocols in place onboard and shoreside to protect their guests, crew, and the communities you visit. So you can sail worry-free to Alaska’s wide-open spaces with your group of family, friends, or business colleagues.
To give you an idea of the variety of experiences that await you, we’ve selected five unique ships & Alaskan voyages. Listed in order of ship size, they include an adventure yacht, intimate expedition vessels, plus boutique and luxury small ships – all ideal for private charter.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, ships, itineraries, and sailing dates are subject to change without notice.
1. Lindblad Expeditions – Wild Alaska Escapes
For 30+ years, Lindblad’s intimate ships, unparalleled expedition team, and vast connections to the region have revealed the magic of Alaska. Every voyage also has tools specially designed for exploration, allowing you and your group to go further and get closer to the ineffable wonders of nature than you ever imagined possible. Lindblad-National Geographic’s permits from the US Forest Service enables you to hike in wild and remote areas of the Tongass National Forest, where paw prints outnumber footprints.
Featured Ship & Itinerary: National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion, 6-night Alaska Adventure
On this 6-day adventure voyage, you sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels to encounter abundant and varied wildlife of Southeast Alaska. You’ll have opportunities to experience the surprisingly colorful undersea world through video shot by Lindblad’s undersea specialist, kayak amid glacial ice, explore misty Fiords, and by special permission hike in the Tongass National Forest
National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion (62 guests): National Geographic Sea Bird and sister ship National Geographic Sea Lion are intimate expedition ships that accommodate guests in 31 outside cabins. An open bow and sun deck have ample space for all guests to stand together and share in the wildlife viewing experience.
2. UnCruise Adventures – Unique Exploration, Uncommon Adventure
Small boats. Small groups. Smail footprint. This is the ethos of UnCruise Adventures. Their small vessels host 22 to 86 nature-lovers ready to explore the wild. You can expect personalized service, expert guides, and fresh, locally-sourced cuisine. There are zero hidden costs – non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, excursions, adventure equipment, transfers, and baggage handling are all included in the cruise fare.
Featured Ship & Itinerary: Safari Quest 7-Night Alaska Glacier Country
Discover Alaska’s glaciers and wildlife during this adventure cruise on a small vessel chartered for your group. You’ll explore islands, glaciers, and forests; and kayak in remote inlets that bring you closer to wildlife. Highlights include one day in Glacier Bay National Park; bushwhacking in the Tongass National Park; exploring Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff; and wildlife searches for bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and sea birds.
Safari Quest (22 guests): Small and agile, this adventure yacht can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small vessels can’t reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. Safari Quest features spacious and comfy cabins, a cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room, and plenty of onboard niches for relaxing.
3. Alaska Dream Cruises – True Alaska Adventures
Alaska Dream Cruises offers authentic and personal expedition adventures through Alaska’s Inside Passage. These all-inclusive voyages offer a mix of excursions in intriguing towns and Native villages, and adventures in raw wilderness bays and glacial fjords. Every experience is hand-picked to immerse you in True Alaska.
Featured Ship & Itinerary: Alaskan Dream, 5-night Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers
This expedition is ideal for adventure seekers, with more time spent in remote areas. The vessel is anchored on most nights, providing more opportunities for kayak paddles and other active excursions. Your knowledgeable captain and shore-side management will determine the week’s best route based on wildlife migrations and patterns, guest interests, and weather.
Alaskan Dream (40 guests): The Alaskan Dream’s innovative, streamlined catamaran design allows the small vessel to easily navigate narrow channels and passages. All cabins feature extra-large viewing windows. The Vista View lounge faces forward with the same view as the captain, affording spectacular views of the scenery, ports, and wildlife along the way.
4. Windstar: Adventure 180 Degrees from Ordinary
With fewer than 350 guests per Windstar voyage, you will feel like you are on your own private megayacht. Windstar’s small cruise ships and personalized approach bring you closer to each destination and every port, so you can see the world from new perspectives. All of Windstar’s Alaska itineraries feature eight onboard expedition experts who spend one-on-one time with guests to provide insight on glaciers, culture, and wildlife.
Featured Ship & Itinerary: Star Breeze, 7-night Scenic Alaska
Mist-shrouded evergreen forests, soaring eagles, and whale pods abound on this 7-night cruise. Carrying only 312 guests, all-suite Star Breeze will get you closer to scenic shorelines along the Inside Passage, Kenai Fjords, and the wildlife-rich Inian Islands, and you’ll enjoy the best wildlife viewing opportunities as the Captain adjusts the schedule to linger whenever whales are present.
Star Breeze (312 guests): Star Breeze is the perfect ship to watch glaciers and fjords drift by from the serenity of your suite. As part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, new public areas include two new dining venues, a new spa, an infinity pool, and a fitness area.
5. Seabourn – Private Club Style in Alaska
Experience the Great Land with Seabourn’s unique blend of exhilarating, up-close adventures, and luxurious amenities. Seabourn combines all-inclusive luxury cruising with expedition-style flair to bring you an in-depth experience of Alaska’s nature, history, forestry, and wildlife.
Featured Ship & Itinerary: Seabourn Odyssey 7-night Glacier Bay & Canadian Inside Passage
Seabourn’s 7-night Alaska & British Columbia voyage is packed with glaciers, rustic frontier towns, and abundant wildlife viewing. Pristine waterways are nature’s canvas for calving glaciers, humpback whales, and towering forests. Seabourn Odyssey’s Expedition Team of naturalists, science, wildlife, and historical experts will lead your excursions.
Seabourn Odyssey (458 guests): Seabourn Odyssey offers a club-like atmosphere and award-winning dining rivaling any resort. Carrying 458 guests in spacious ocean-front suites (most with verandas), guests are assured remarkable views of the Great Land of Alaska.