Todd Smith, President and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, pioneered adventure cruising in Alaska as a former small ship guide/program manager, and he’s since gone on to help carve out the small ship cruise niche and send thousands of passengers on adventure cruises each year. Our staff has decades of experience guiding, planning and selling adventure vacations and small ship cruises. You are embarking on the trip of a lifetime; book with the confidence that comes from our experience and passion for adventure travel.
2. Our Style
Enjoy a new style of adventure travel combining small vessels and eco-lodges, great guides and sustainable practices to experience nature and wildlife up close. We are proud to keep our travel style focused on truly small and sustainable travel options. Specially outfitted yachts, small ships (none reaching more than 300 passengers) and wilderness lodges serve as a base from which expert naturalists lead small group explorations into the wilderness. Actively explore away from tourist crowds without sacrificing comfort, safety or the environment.
We are former expedition leaders and guides who have lived, worked and traveled at length in each destination. We have cruised aboard or personally inspected nearly every vessel on our website. Our crew has firsthand insight to help you decipher among all the small ship options or find the smaller family-owned vessels you have never heard of. Contact us to answer your questions quickly and accurately with honest, unbiased information.
4. Value without Sacrificing Experience
You will never pay more when booking with AdventureSmith Explorations. In fact you will often pay less! Our sales volume ensures you receive the best possible price, but never at the cost of a great travel experience. Our knowledge and firsthand insight add value by ensuring you select the best trip for your style of travel. Expect to be the savviest traveler aboard after reviewing our extensive pre-travel documents including detailed itineraries, maps, packing/reading lists, expert advice and last minute reminders.
5. Personalized Service
Travel is about details so we believe in a personal relationship with each client. Throughout the process, you will work with one Adventure Specialist to research, purchase and prepare for your trip. We have close relationships and are an influential agency with our partners. If issues do arise, you’re not alone. We make sure your voice is heard and problems are quickly resolved.
6. Special Offers
We offer trip deals and discounts that are not available if you book direct. Many of our cruises feature early-booking discounts, last-minute offers, free or discounted flights, unadvertised shipboard credits and other perks like hats or video chronicles.
7. Sustainable Travel
We are committed to sustainable tourism and contributing positively to the individuals, communities and environments encountered by every AdventureSmith traveler. Our Carbon-Free Cruising campaign offsets all carbon emissions created as a result of our cruise passengers, at no cost to our travelers, and a partnership with Trees for the Future plants trees for every land-based trip. Through a network of local and global conservation partners, we provide a means for travelers to make a contribution while at the same time enhancing your own travel experience through the education and outreach these organizations provide.
We are a company founded by guides and believe that a professional, knowledgeable and personable guide is the key to a successful adventure travel and small ship cruise experience. On our trips, you will travel with veteran guides and adventure leaders whose experience and insight invariably becomes the most appreciated aspect of the journey.
9. Superior Accommodations
Cruise aboard exclusive yachts and small cruise ships specially outfitted to watch wildlife and explore the wilderness in style. Distinctive wilderness lodges and boutique hotels get you close to nature. Our accommodations and the people who run them are rooted in the region’s environment and vetted by our team.
10. Custom Charters & Adventures
We specialize in creating private journeys to all of our exciting destinations. We are experts at crafting personalized itineraries for couples, families and small groups. All of our small ships or yachts are available for groups, charter cruises and family travel; please call for discounted rates. We apply our knowledge and experience toward choosing vessels and designing custom trips that are carefully tailored to suit your interests, ability and budget.
11. Peace of Mind
We are a US-based travel agency and registered as a Seller of Travel in the State of California (CST #2069288-40), which means we are subject to the nation’s most stringent travel industry guidelines. We are licensed, bonded and insured for domestic and international travel. Additionally, we are your partner in adventure—an advocate while booking your travel in the time of COVID-19.
12. What Others Say
Don’t take our word for it. Read our reviews and recent press. We have been recognized as leaders in expedition cruises and wilderness adventures by Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, Frommers and the Outdoor Channel. Read the many client testimonials throughout our website’s trip listings, or ask us to put you in contact with an alumni traveler. Analysis of our trip evaluations shows that more than 99% of our clients would refer AdventureSmith Explorations to their friends and family.