Cruises provide comfortable, leisurely access to the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska. Here are some of the best bets.
Best Up-Close Alaska Experience: Lindblad Expeditions is an expert at soft adventure cruising, and its Alaska cruises are no exception. The Sea Bird and Sea Lion each carry only 62 passengers and offer routes where the focus is clearly on wildlife viewing and exploring the wilderness, with no less than the National Geographic Society providing the expedition leaders.
Most Comfortable Small Ships: Cruise West’s Spirit of Oceanus offers a higher level of comfort than the other small ships in Alaska while still giving you an intimate, casual, up-close small-ship experience. And the yachts of American Safari Cruises are clearly in the high-end luxury category.
Most Luxurious Big Ships: If you want a more casual kind of luxury, Radisson Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Mariner offers just that. Meanwhile, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Shadow offers pure luxury with an Italian edge.
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