Is Alaska on your bucket list?
If you are looking at 2011 to be your year to visit Alaska, and you are looking at a small ship. You need to know what is going on.
Cruise West, the largest and one of my very favorite cruise lines for Alaska has closed their doors to restructure their company, and will not be sailing in 2011. They had four ships with 60% of the cabins available in Alaska each year.
This very much limits the small ship options in Alaska. What is available is top experiences with Lindblad/National Geographic, American Safari and InnerSeaDiscoveries. Each has it’s own niche and will for sure fill up very very early. So if interested start thinking seriously for I believe by the end of the year all small ship cabins for Alaska will be booked up.
For those who wish a little more luxury in their Alaska sailing, this year we are offering SilverSeas and Regent in Alaska. These are gorgeous ships, less expedition and more luxury Great early booking discounts, and with a few hundred passengers it is miles above the thousands of passengers on the big ships.
Look over the options below and give us a call toll-free at 1-888-815-5428.
Lindblad Expeditions / National Geographic
Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition travel company that offers voyages in Alaska and beyond. The company works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire travelers to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, the organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world.
- Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
Where can you wake to the cry of a soaring eagle, watch tons of ice thunder from the face of a glacier, walk in a spruce forest, and observe lunge-feeding whales, while cruising in complete comfort aboard a nimble expedition ship.
- Alaska, British Columbia & San Juan Islands
These beginning/end-season sailings offer 12-days of exploration. Start or end in Seattle.
American Safari Cruises
Since 1996, American Safari Cruises has been delivering upscale, expedition-style cruising aboard deluxe motor yachts, revealing in-depth Alaska to sophisticated travelers. Imagine off-the-beaten-track, up-close-and-personal eco-tourism combined with the pampering of a luxury cruise. Imagine an encounter with a bear or humpback whale in the morning, followed by a perfectly chilled martini and fresh oysters at cocktail hour. And while travelers on the big ships are listening to yet another medley from “Cats,” you’re taking advantage of Alaska’s 20 hours of daylight by kayaking after dinner in bald eagle territory.
- Discoverers’ Glacier Country
In Southeast Alaska, these yachts meander through the largest national forest in the United States – home to grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves. On your way to view Alaska’s massive glaciers, you’ll enter some of the world’s deepest fjords to hike and kayak while other vessels’ guests stay shipside. In the still of the evening, watch bears ambling along wild shorelines. Everywhere in the swirling currents below, the world’s largest mammals, the great whales, forage in bountiful waters along the sheltered coastline. You’ll meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level for a vacation of a lifetime!
- The Famed Inside Passage
These yachts cruise the full length of the West Coast of North America’s Inside Passage without the open ocean, but with shores ever-so-tight to the sides of your yacht for most of the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau. Embrace exhilarating closeness to snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds far too numerous to keep count, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at just about every “gunkholing” turn. Choose May or September – either is an excellent time for cruising along British Columbia’s coast and Alaska’s Inside Passage. At these times of the year the foliage is vivid, there are fewer boats and people, and bears and other animals are likely foraging along the shoreline.
InnerSea Discoveries – New for 2011
InnerSea Discoveries – The pursuit of up-close encounters with nature. On these cruises, it is common to see whales, bears and sea lions all in the same day. Our goal is to get you deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and let you truly experience the adventure of a lifetime. Cruise excursions offer you adventures expertly tailored to suit your skill level; take an exhilarating kayaking adventure with one of our experts, go fishing using our top of the line gear, join a small group and hike into splendid remote areas. The first InnerSea Discoveries adventure cruises are scheduled for departure in May 2011. 25% SAVINGS FOR KIDS 12 AND UNDER
- Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves
Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. This 8-day Alaska adventure cruise to Inside Passage Eastern Coves navigates the waters and wilderness by small ship, enabling us to reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, by skiff or by foot – is entirely up to you. The Juneau to Ketchikan route takes 8 days and 7 nights. If seven nights isn’t quite enough, consider a return trip from Ketchikan to Juneau, which offers an entirely separate itinerary.
- Alaska Inside Passage: Western Coves
This Ketchikan to Juneau itinerary is focused on taking you into the Alaska Inside Passage isolated waterways and secret passages, where bigger cruise ships can’t travel. You’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest. Every day you can choose your activity level and enjoy options like kayaking, caving, fishing, hiking or paddle boarding. The Ketchikan to Juneau route takes 8 days and 7 nights. If seven nights isn’t quite enough, consider joining us for the return trip from Juneau to Ketchikan, which offers an entirely separate itinerary.
- Alaska Inside Passage: Ultimate Adventure
This truly is the Ultimate Alaska Adventure cruise and features the best of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage by offering you 15 days of small ship cruising roundtrip from Juneau, Alaska. You’ll experience the wealth of Alaska wilderness and wildlife traveling deep into the heart of the Inside Passage, the way only a small ship can. Adventure and discovery is around every corner and the pristine, unspoiled beauty will leave you with memories you will never forget. There is so much to see and do on this unique un-cruise and what you choose to experience is entirely up to you. The onboard naturalists enhance the scenery sharing their knowledge of the wilderness you are cruising by. Every day you can kayak or take a skiff ride, enjoy a sauna or paddle board. We’re here to make sure your Alaska Inside Passage experience leaves you feeling pampered, enlightened and rejuvenated.
- Wilderness Passages of Discovery
Cruising the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau, you will be exhilarated by snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at every turn. Whether you choose May or September, it is an optimal time for cruising with vivid foliage, fewer boats and people, and active bears and other animals foraging along the shoreline.
Alternative Luxury Alaska Cruises
For those looking for soft-adventure, while being pampered aboard a luxurious cruise ship, we also offer the following Alaska cruise options:
- Luxury Alaska Cruises aboard Regent Seven Seas Navigator
Perhaps no land captures the adventurous frontier spirit better then Alaska. What better way to enjoy its great beauty that from the comfortable elegance of a Regent Seven Seas ship. Not only is the smaller size of this ship designed for a more intimate Alaskan experience, they also offer personalized, off-the-beaten-path tours. Imagine flying into the natural habitat of magnificent black bears for an up-close experience you’ll never forget. With activities and tours that range from the mild to the wild, everyone succumbs to the wonder. No wonder they say that once you’ve been to Alaska, you never really come all the way back. 490 passengers, free air, free shore excursions plus
- Luxury Alaska Cruises aboard Silverseas Silver Shadow
Silversea’s luxury Alaska cruises take you on an insider’s path along the Inside Passage. There are diamond-blue icebergs, rushing mountain streams, waterfalls and flowers of every colour. Here you’ll find the biggest bears, the largest gathering of bald eagles anywhere, and more than half of the world’s entire population of humpback whales. Experience Alaska’s grandeur up close and in person aboard an intimate Silversea Alaska cruise. 382 passengers free air