North America Alaska Cruise

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

On this 8-day Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness itinerary in Southeast Alaska, 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. This land of fjords and islands is teeming with wildlife. Alongside naturalist guides, walk forest trails to cascading waterfalls, enjoy opportunities for birdwatching and identifying wildflowers. On this Alaska cruise, take Zodiac and kayaking forays and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage. Cruise from Juneau to Sitka, or reverse. A full day is spent in Glacier Bay National Park. An optional pre- or post-cruise land extension visits Denali National Park. 

Along this journey, whale blows and tail slaps burst from calm waters and tons of ice calves from glaciers, falling hundreds of feet to explode into the ocean. These amazing nature and wildlife opportunities qualify this itinerary for our handpicked selection of Alaska family cruises. Explore with the benefit of dedicated and experienced guides, including onboard naturalists who ensure varied perspectives. Special permits to remote areas and decades of experience, plus a commitment to spontaneity and flexibility ensure this trip is a fulfilling Alaska expedition.

Travel aboard one of the 100-passenger sister ships, National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. These ships are each an ideal basecamp for luxury Alaska cruises due to their upscale amenities and thoughtful design. On all of these purpose-built small expedition ships, appreciate the onboard expedition technology, including a hydrophone, splash-cam, underwater video camera and video microscope.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips, small ship Alaska cruise options and Glacier Bay cruise and Inside Passage cruise itineraries.