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2014 Alaska Small Ship Cruises Preview & Early Booking Deals

by Todd Smith

Alaska is the most popular destination we send our travelers, and we're readying 27 unique cruise and land packages for the coming 2014 season. Here are a few highlights:

Alaska History Programming Aboard S.S. Legacy

Two new programs aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy focus on popular ports and Alaskan history, filling a much needed niche for travelers interested in a more traditional Alaskan cruise aboard a small ship. Alaska’s Golden History is an 8-day cruise traveling Alaska’s Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Juneau or reverse, while Gold Rush Legacy follows a route from Seattle to Juneau or reverse.

The fully refurbished S.S. Legacy has the aesthetic of an historic steamer that perfectly matches the turn-of-century feel of the Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Haines. Costumed crew will bring history to life on board while included complimentary shore excursions immerse guests in Alaskan culture and history. Alaska’s natural wonders are showcased in Glacier Bay National Park, whale watching in Icy Strait and wildlife of Frederick Sound. These cruises are perfect for guests seeking a softer alternative to Alaska adventure cruises.

Alaska Travel Favorites

Offering three full days in Glacier Bay National Park and daily off-vessel activities, the Northern Passages and Glacier Bay cruise aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer continues to be our most popular Alaska small ship cruise. Guests seeking an affordable option that includes Glacier Bay should consider the Glacier Bay & Island Adventure with numerous departures aboard the 58-guest Admiralty Dream, 49-guest Baranof Dream or 40-guest Alaskan Dream. Another best-selling option, the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise, spends a full six days actively exploring aboard the 12-guest Sea Wolf.

An Alaskan cruise can also be combined with, for example, our land-based adventure, the Denali Backcountry Explorer.  

2014 Alaska Travel Trends

If booking trends are any indication, a small ship cruise in Alaska is moving into the pantheon of must-dos, because we are seeing guests book earlier over the past few years.

From 2010 to 2011, bookings on average were four months in advance of departure; in 2012, 5.5 months and in 2013, over 6 months. As of mid-December we are seeing our company’s highest advanced sales ever at this point in the booking season (five months in advance of May, the start of the season).

It’s a given that guests will find the best price, choice of dates, ship and cabin category by booking early, but our company continues to help guests find space last minute too.

If a 2015 cruise is in your travel plans, book early because of the rush we anticipate around Glacier Bay’s 90th anniversary.

Early Booking Discounts & Deals

Through December 20, 2013, book Alaska’s Golden History (June-August 2014 departures) or Gold Rush Legacy (September-November 2014 departures) aboard the S.S. Legacy to save $700 per cabin.

Select May and June 2014 departures of Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, a Lindblad/National Geographic trip, have free round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska if you book through December 31, 2013.

The Alaskan Dream fleet is offering early booking discounts of up to 25% through December 31, 2013. Exact discount varies by departure and availability, so contact AdventureSmith to learn more about cruises aboard the 40-guest Alaskan Dream, 58-guest Admiralty Dream and 49-guest Baranof Dream.

See all of AdventureSmith's small ship Alaska cruises to start planning your Alaska vacation in 2014 and beyond.

Comments

Hamish

I love visiting Alaska, I live in Australia so its very different but I guess thats the attraction, I have never thought of doing a cruise though especially on a smaller ship but it really looks like a lot of fun so next time I travel to Alaska I think I will have to include a cruise on my to do list, thanks for the info on what you guys offer.

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