Large cruise ships are always popular
|Coral Princess is a large ship that sails to Alaska|
Small cruise ships offer different experiences
|Sailing in Glacier Bay|
Small-ship adventure operator American SafariCruises has two vessels joining its fleet in Alaska for 2012, one sailing a new itinerary. American Safari Cruises recently added the 86-passenger Safari Endeavour to its fleet of three yachts. The renovated ship will sail in Alaska's Inside Passage on weeklong, round trip itineraries from Juneau. Sister company InnerSea Discoveries also added a new ship, the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer that sails on weeklong adventure cruises one-way between Juneau and Sitka.
|See birds, otters, and other wildlife on ice patches in the water.|
Adventure Life is offering several new adventures to Alaska, including itineraries with luxury expedition cruise vessels. Travelers can choose from more than 25 small-ship adventures traveling to Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay, Point Adolphus and more. Trips range from eight to 15 days.
Alaskan Dream Cruises of Sitka will offer three new itineraries and additional ports of call (Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines, Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Wrangell and Gustavus) on its two renovated ships. Itineraries range from three, six, eight and 11-day cruises spotlighting the glaciers, wildlife and Native culture of Alaska's Inside Passage.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic celebrates 30 years of Alaska exploration in 2012 with its new Undersea Alaska Program. An undersea specialist onboard each Alaska expedition will dive 40-80 feet below the water and collect high-definition footage to be shared with guests. Lindblad Expeditions' Alaska itineraries include the eight-day Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness and the 12-day Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands trips. Its fleet includes two 62-guest vessels that voyage into remote passages where guests can explore by kayak or raft for up-close encounters with wildlife.
Information courtesy of TravelAlaska. Photos by Larry Burmeier