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AdventureSmith’s Small Ship Cruises
in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest cruises feature superb spring and fall weather, from cool coastal mountains to warm high desert, where vineyards and a history of exploration meet passing pods of orca.
Why book your cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations?

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Work with one Adventure Specialist to select, confirm & prep for your small ship cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

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We offer an unmatched selection of small ship cruises in the Pacific Northwest, from 22 up to 100 guests.

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

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Enjoy early-booking deals, airfare credits, solo & kid savings & other perks. We’re here to help you save.

Snake River Cruises & Columbia River Cruises by Small Ship

Columbia River cruises between Oregon and Washington stretch from the cool coast to the warm interior. Snake river cruises in the high desert can be hot and dry. This region offers some of our favorite fall color cruises.

Enjoy your Pacific Northwest expedition cruise with a small group of like-minded adventure travelers. Our selection of Pacific Northwest small ships get you off the ship daily with hiking, biking, kayaking, inflatable skiff excursions, stand-up paddleboarding, whale watching, whitewater rafting, photography, wine tasting and more.

San Juan Islands Cruises
& Seattle to Alaska Cruises

Small ship cruises in the Pacific Northwest feature close-to-home, accessible ports of call. Choose a longer Seattle to Alaska cruise to take in the entire coastline of British Columbia. Or focus on the San Juan Islands on a small ship out of Seattle. San Juan Island cruises take advantage of a rain shadow and are home to resident pods of orca. Cruise a national park, including Olympic National Park’s misty rainforest coastal mountains, aided by your dedicated Adventure Specialist.

“Pacific Northwest cruises feature cool coastal mountains to warm high desert, during superb spring and fall weather.”


Pacific Northwest Small Ship Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Avg. High (F)454852576266707066585045
Avg. Low (F)343637404447495047433835
Avg. Rainfall (Inches)

Spring & Fall Small Ship Cruises in the Pacific Northwest

Snake River cruises, Columbia River cruises by small ship and San Juan Islands cruises bookend the Alaska travel season, as ships position north and south. Catch spring blooms or fall harvest colors on small ship cruises in the Pacific Northwest, with misty mornings giving way to sunny afternoons and evenings. Note that the climate data referenced above is for San Juan Island, Washington; inland Snake River cruises and Columbia River cruises by small ship are likely to be slightly warmer.

When Should You Plan Your Pacific Northwest Small Ship Cruise?