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Booking Your Small Ship Alaska Cruise
with AdventureSmith

A land of superlatives, Alaska contains the continent’s highest peak, largest ice field, longest coastline and most prolific wildlife. Sailing here is a journey into remote, wild places inaccessible by land, and there’s no better way to do it than on our curated selection of small ships.
Why book your small ship Alaska cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations?

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Work with one Adventure Specialist to research, purchase & prepare for your Alaska cruise.

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We offer an unmatched selection of small ship cruises in Alaska aboard more than 25 expedition ships.

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Founded by a former Alaska naturalist guide, our company can match you with the best experience.

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Take advantage of early-booking deals & other Alaska cruise perks. We’re here to help you save.

A child in a red life jacket paddles a yellow kayak towards a small ship cruise in Alaska with mountains and blue glacial water

Alaska Cruise Tours Based on Your Interests

Alaska is an incredible, close-to-home vacation destination, and our team is here to match you with a small boat Alaska cruise that suits your interests. Two of the most popular topics we consult on are family travel and how to see Glacier Bay National Park. Learn more with our curated selection of the best Alaskan cruises for families, featuring the top Alaska cruise tours to consider when traveling with kids. Navigate to our curated listing of Glacier Bay cruises or Alaska luxury cruises. Or simply contact us for a personalized recommendation on all our small Alaskan cruises.

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Chartering an Alaska Yacht

Looking to design your own experience of North America’s premier wilderness? Our Alaska adventure cruises are perfect for small groups and family travelers seeking a custom cruise in the Inside Passage, Prince William Sound and beyond. Navigate to a trusted, quality charter with our curated options that focus on itineraries aboard 8- to 22-guest ships. Booking a private small ship Alaska cruise like this ensures your experience matches your interests, and our vetted list of Alaska yacht charters makes the logistics seamless and stress free.

Yellow and red double kayaks in front of a glacier in Alaska

Alaska Cruise FAQs

AdventureSmith sends hundreds of passengers aboard small ships to Alaska each year; thus, we answer a lot of questions about cruising. Our team can be a personal resource for you throughout the selection, booking and trip preparation process. What questions do we get asked the most? We’ll answer one of our most frequently asked questions here, but browse our Alaska Cruising Guides to research more.

Where do I board my small ship Alaska cruise? Unlike big cruise ships, which often travel long distances to bring you to Alaska, most of AdventureSmith’s small ship Alaska cruises embark in intimate ports of call right in Southeast Alaska or Prince William Sound. Juneau, Sitka, Gustavus, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Whittier are some of the most common. This allows you more time to intimately explore the Alaska passages you came to see! When you narrow down on your route, your Adventure Specialist will send you detailed information so you can get prepared and excited to explore.

Most of AdventureSmith’s small ship Alaska cruises embark in intimate ports of call right in Southeast Alaska.


Small Ship Alaska Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Avg. High (F)222633445562656355402822
Avg. Low (F)91217283947524941581610
Avg. Rainfall (Inches)
Avg. Daylight (Hours)5.57.51013171919171411.58.56

The Summer Sailing Season

When is the best time to visit Alaska? Alaska boat tours make the most of Alaska’s summer months, running May through September, when passengers can enjoy warmer temperatures, long days with late sunsets and accessible wildlife. Throughout the summer weather is variable ranging from warm sunny days in the 70s or 80s to chilly rainy days in the 50s and 60s. The climate data listed above is for Anchorage, Alaska, but there are Southeast coastal and Arctic microclimates to consider depending on your small Alaska cruise itinerary.

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