If you've traveled with big ship cruise lines in the past, it's time to forget everything you thought you knew about cruising. And if you've avoided cruising because you thought it would be like traveling in a floating mall, it's time to think again. This is something else altogether. Small ship cruises let you experience Alaska - up close and personally.
American Cruise Lines
For passengers who are well traveled, but ever curious, sophisticated but informal, American Cruise Lines offers experiences to suit their style.
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic small-ship expedition Alaska cruises let you go where others can't, with the experts who know Alaska best. Each Alaska tour is an active, engaging adventure travel vacation through wild Alaska.
Regent Seven Seas
One of the best values in the luxury cruise market with prestigious and extraordinary ships that appeal to epicureans and connoisseurs looking to travel off the beaten path in the lap of luxury.
The name "Silversea" was chosen because it connotes quality and luxury as well as capturing the romance and special sensations of the sea. As an innovator in the ultra-luxury segment, Silversea quickly became the favorite among modern affluent travelers with its all-inclusive pricing, and unmatched onboard product.
Change the way you see the world with an Un-Cruise Adventures "Un-Cruise." Guests appreciate raw wilderness, active adventure, and going eye-to-eye with wildlife.
A cruise on a small ship is not filled with elaborate distractions, sleek resorts and packaged tours. Rather, small ships are perfect for intimate exploration of off-the-beaten track waterways, narrow channels and tiny ports that passengers on large ships will never see. When Lindblad Expeditions guests visit a small port in Alaska's Inside Passage they don't overwhelm the local communities. Their largest vessel hosts just 62 guests.
Small ship guests would rather watch for whales in Frederick Sound than spend the afternoon in a casino. They linger outside on deck as the Captain noses under a waterfall, rather than watch a video. On a small ship, the focus is very often outside, on what Nature has provided for entertainment, rather than on amusements provided to occupy your attention on board.
Your time is spent wisely, too. Rather than making a beeline from port to port, small ship Captains have the flexibility - and the inclination - to linger when whales are putting on a show, a glacier is calving spectacularly, or to seek out sea otters when a nearby fisherman radios the word.
On a small ship cruise, you are not just a visitor. You are a participant. Whether kayaking next to a glacier, hiking in a rain forest in Alaska, or enjoying a spectacular spring garden in British Columbia, a small-ship cruise is an engaging experience for all the senses.
Some people automatically think that bigger is better. At small ship cruiselines, they think differently. They believe that close is better than far away...that personal is better than mass produced...that a few like-minded friends are better than thousands of strangers. No waiting in line. No trying to find a window seat. No crowds.
That's why each of their ships only hold around 100 guests, and why almost all of their cabins face outside with large windows or portholes. That's why they serve delicious informal meals in comfortable dining rooms where you can sit wherever and with whomever you like.
You will travel with expert expedition teams on these intimate and comfortable cruise ships and when exploring on land. You'll be amazed at how easily interestingly these hand-picked Expedition Teams (Naturalists, Historians and experts from National Geographic) can convey even the most detailed of information. And they're always there when you need them.
Small ship cruises are for travelers who understand the difference between Mass Market and Expedition-Style cruising. On a small ship cruise, Alaska is the focal point, not the ship. These ships are small, intimate and able to take guests up close to find Alaska's hidden treasures, where the big ships don't-- and can't--reach.
Small ship cruise lines do not offer online booking capability. Since small ships depart from more remote Alaska ports and since there are so many different vacation extension options, we highly recommend you speak with an AlaskaCruises.com cruise expert to help you plan your small ship vacation.