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Cruising Alaska
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 lands inaccessible by land. Why book your 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.

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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 Cruise 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 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.

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Alaska Yacht Charters

Looking to design your own experience of North America’s premier wilderness? Our Alaska yacht charters 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 small ship charter with our curated options that focus on itineraries aboard 8- to 22-guest ships.

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


Small Ship Alaska Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg High 22 26 33 44 55 62 65 63 55 40 28 22
Avg Low 9 12 17 28 39 47 52 49 41 58 16 10
Rainfall 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.7 1.0 1.9 2.7 2.6 1.9 1.0 1.1

The Summer Sailing Season

Most cruises 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.

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