A small ship Alaska cruise expedition allows for greater flexibility to change our itinerary to maximise encounters with wildlife, and to give us greater access to small coves and inlets that larger vessels are not able to access. Alaska is a place of bountiful wildlife, spectacular landscapes of rugged mountains, verdant temperate forests, and wildlife-rich fjords. Tidewater glaciers push down to the sea where whales can be seen feeding and frolicking.
Sail along British Columbia’s Inside Passage, home to a large population of resident orca that share the waterways with humpback and minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals and Steller’s sea lions.
At Misty Fjords National Monument, experience the restorative power of nature, surrounded by ancient spruce and pine forest, where bald eagles soar, where brown bears hunt for salmon along the coastline and where whales bubble-net feed in the bountiful waters.
Prince William Sound and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness both feature abundant tidewater glaciers that offer wonderful opportunities for Zodiac cruises along glacier fronts where seals are often spotted lazing on bergy bits recently-calved from active glaciers, and where encounters with other iconic Alaska wildlife can be experienced.
Our Alaska expeditions are designed to offer a balanced mix of encounters with wildlife, nature, culture and history. Each Alaska voyage includes a visit to the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island, the only Indian Reserve in the state of Alaska. This experience gives us the unique opportunity to meet locals of the Metlakatla community, hear their stories, witness their culture through art and dance, and discover their land and community on walks and hikes across the island. For a more in-depth experience of First Nations people and culture, our Alaska Adventure and Haida Gwaii voyage includes three days in Haida Gwaii, where you can experience the Haida community and learn more about their culture and history.
From the rich history of the First Nations people prior to the arrival of the Russians in the 18th century, and the discovery of gold in the 19th century, the story of human settlement in Alaska combined with the region’s extraordinary natural wonders makes for a powerful and enriching expedition in Alaska.
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