About Us

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship adventure cruises, known for our personalized customer service and longevity pioneering this immersive way to travel. Learn all about our company & how we got started. We’re glad you’re here.

Since 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations has matched travelers with the top names in small ship cruising as well as more off-the-radar intimate, boutique ships and lodges. Small, sustainable travel options are at our core, and our team of travel experts are passionate about showing you the world. Get to know us, and we’ll get to know you to craft your best travel experience.

Adventure Cruise Pioneers

It all started when our company founder, Todd Smith, landed in Alaska in 1995 and soon thereafter helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising. He discovered that if he equipped small cruise ships with adventure gear, they became a basecamp to previously inaccessible wilderness. What was once reserved for rugged individualists, could now be accessed by ordinary travelers. He then started AdventureSmith Explorations to champion this immersive style of travel.

Infographic with images and text depicting the company timeline of AdventureSmith Explorations and Todd Smith's story

Meet Our Crew & Extended Family

Our crew of experts has more than 100 years combined experience in small ship cruises and adventure travel. Learn about our crew’s background and put a face to your personal Adventure Specialist. Our service extends with your single Adventure Specialist assisting you throughout the process of research, booking, preparation, travel and follow-up. We are true experts with firsthand experience aboard every ship and trip we arrange.

A woman in an AdventureSmith Explorations tan hat smiles standing in front of the waterfalls of Krka National Park in Croatia


One-on-one travel conversations
lead to extraordinary trips.

Who we work with also says a lot about who we are. Meet our partners, including small ship cruise and adventure travel operators, industry partners and conservation organizations.

Our Commitment

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, we dedicate our efforts to small-footprint, sustainable travel. Our off-the-beaten-path trips span destinations from Alaska, Antarctica and the Arctic to Baja’s Sea of Cortez, the Galapagos and Australia. View all our trips and destinations.

Why Book with AdventureSmith

Read a dozen reasons why you should book with AdventureSmith Explorations. Our experience and personalized service means you will find the right trip at the best price.

Recent Press & Awards

See what distinguished publications, from The New York Times to USA Today, have to say about AdventureSmith. We have received numerous press and awards including National Geographic Adventure‘s Best Adventure Travel Companies, and company founder Todd Smith ranks on Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Top Travel Specialists List.

Conservation & Sustainable Travel

Part of our mission is to give something back to the individuals, communities and environments encountered on every AdventureSmith Explorations trip. Read about our conservation programs, sustainable practices and the industry’s first carbon-free cruising program.

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