The white and teal Alaskan Dream ship cruises in front of a large icy teal glacier flanked by a rocky mountain range.
the white pass yukon trail going from alaska to canada through the forest
Alaskan Glacial lake with glacier in the background.
Wild flowers with lake in the background on the north true Alaska cruise from sitka to juneau
Detailed section of a totem pole as seen on the Ultimate Glacier Bay, Wilderness & Wildlife Alaska small ship cruise.
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North America Alaska Cruise

North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise

On this 6-day Alaska expedition cruise, experience an amazing array of True Alaska highlights. Take in Alaska’s famous wildlife, pristine wilderness bays and rainforest. Enjoy regular opportunities to paddle a kayak or adventure by skiff. Visit stunning Glacier Bay National Park and three of the Inside Passage’s most historical and charming towns—Sitka, Skagway and Juneau. While all of this is offered in a 6-day expedition cruise, the itinerary is carefully outlined in a way that is unhurried and there are multiple opportunities for unscripted discovery and adventure—hallmarks of this experience. Highlights include a tour of Sitka, wildlife viewing through Chatham Strait and Lynn Canal, taking in gold rush history in Skagway, a day tour into Canada aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad, a surf and turf feast at the exclusive Orca Point Lodge and a full day within the renowned Glacier Bay National Park.

Passage is aboard the 54-guest Admiralty Dream, 40-guest Alaskan Dream or 76-guest Chichagof Dream. All three ships offer insights from their Alaska native owned and operated parent company, including a spotlight on native Alaska culture and a hearty spirit of adventure. Each ship’s shallow draft enables up-close access to pristine wilderness, complemented by spacious on-deck viewing areas. Their small size and excellent guest-to-crew ratios ensure each adventure through Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage is a true delight.

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Itinerary

North to True Alaska Expedition Itinerary

The main North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise operates westbound from Sitka to Juneau.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruises between Metlakatla and Yakutat, with markers on Pelican, Glacier Bay National Park, Lituya Bay, Disenchantment Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Haines, Auke Bay, Juneau, Hoonah, Orca Point Lodge, Angoon, Fin Island Lodge, Sitka, Baranof Warm Springs, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kasaan & Ketchikan.
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Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Explore beautiful Sitka, considered by many to be one of the most picturesque communities in the Last Frontier. The expedition team will highlight the community’s historyfrom its inspiring Tlingit roots to the Russian presence that began in 1799. Beautiful totem poles adorn public areas and the Sitka National Historical Park, while the famous St. Michael’s cathedral stands in the center of the downtown district. Be charmed by the island-studded waterfront, rugged mountain peaks of Baranof Island, and abundant bald eagles and marine life.

Accommodations

Alaskan Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Chatham Strait & Lynn Canal

Voyage through Chatham Strait and Lynn Canal en route to the northern end of the Inside Passage. These areas are well known for some of the best wildlife viewing in the region. The waters are home to humpback whales, orcas, Steller sea lions and Dall’s porpoises, while brown and black bears, wolves, moose and Sitka black-tailed deer roam the shorelines. This is a day of True Alaska discovery and adventure that may include kayaking, a remote beach landing via the expedition skiffs, or other activities determined by the captain and expedition team—all Alaska experts.

Accommodations

Alaskan Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Skagway

Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway while enjoying its unique history. In the late 19th century, thousands of crazed gold seekers poured into the community en route to the Klondike. Wooden buildings, streets and docks were constructed in mere months. Skagway was rambunctious, lawless and tormented by a notorious con man named Soapy Smith. Today, historic businesses, frontier homes and museums bring the spirit of the gold rush to life. Aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad, enjoy a journey retracing the steps of goldseekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required.

Accommodations

Alaskan Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Wilderness Bay & Orca Point Lodge

Venture into one of the many intimate coves or inlets of the Chilkat Peninsula or Admiralty Island, such as an exclusive property at William Henry Bay. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, a private day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaska salmon, Alaska king crab or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Accommodations

Alaskan Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Glacier Bay

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles; contains eight tidewater glaciers; and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, which is known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and an Alaska Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist also joins on board to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

Accommodations

Alaskan Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and be transferred to your hotel or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Vista View, Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Passport fees; Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended) and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Sitka on Day 1 in time for a 12:00pm meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a city tour ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on Day 6; plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 10:00am.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include a railway tour, whale watching, kayaking, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique. This trip requires a valid passport due to the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad tour crossing into Canada.

Reverse North to True Alaska Expedition Itinerary

The reverse North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise operates eastbound from Juneau to Sitka.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruises between Metlakatla and Yakutat, with markers on Pelican, Glacier Bay National Park, Lituya Bay, Disenchantment Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Haines, Auke Bay, Juneau, Hoonah, Orca Point Lodge, Angoon, Fin Island Lodge, Sitka, Baranof Warm Springs, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kasaan & Ketchikan.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Arrive to Alaska’s capital city and explore Juneau, including the remarkable beauty of the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. Embark from Auke Bay, immediately entering an area rich with wildlife.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Glacier Bay

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles; contains eight tidewater glaciers; and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, which is known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and an Alaska Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist also joins on board to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Wilderness Bay & Orca Point Lodge

Venture into one of the many intimate coves or inlets of the Chilkat Peninsula or Admiralty Island, such as an exclusive property at William Henry Bay. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, a private day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaska salmon, Alaska king crab or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Skagway

Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway while enjoying its unique history. In the late 19th century, thousands of crazed gold seekers poured into the community en route to the Klondike. Wooden buildings, streets and docks were constructed in mere months. Skagway was rambunctious, lawless and tormented by a notorious con man named Soapy Smith. Today, historic businesses, frontier homes and museums bring the spirit of the gold rush to life. Aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad, enjoy a journey retracing the steps of goldseekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Chatham Strait & Lynn Canal

Voyage through Chatham Strait and Lynn Canal en route to the northern end of the Inside Passage. These areas are well known for some of the best wildlife viewing in the region. The waters are home to humpback whales, orcas, Steller sea lions and Dall’s porpoises, while brown and black bears, wolves, moose and Sitka black-tailed deer roam the shorelines. This is a day of True Alaska discovery and adventure that may include kayaking, a remote beach landing via the expedition skiffs, or other activities determined by the captain and expedition team—all Alaska experts.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Transfer to your hotel or the airport is complimentary.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Vista View, Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Passport fees; Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended) and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau on Day 1 in time for a 12:00pm meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a visit to the Alaska State museum and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on Day 6 of the reverse itinerary; plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 10:00am.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include a railway tour, whale watching, kayaking, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique. This trip requires a valid passport due to the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad tour crossing into Canada.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
Chichagof Dream • 6 days
From $2995USD
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Jul 01 - Jul 06, 2023
Admiralty Dream • 6 days
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From $2795USD
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Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2023
Alaskan Dream • 6 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Mid-Sized Cruiser
Admiralty Dream

The 54-guest, 143-foot Admiralty Dream has a shallow draft and stately pace of cruising. You won't miss a thing as she lingers among the back channels, bays and wilderness islands.

Catamaran
Alaskan Dream

A streamlined catamaran design, accommodating 40 guests in 20 cabins, has made the Alaskan Dream a delight in small ship cruising. Cruising at 13 knots, she is one of the fastest small ships in Alaska.

Expedition Ship
Chichagof Dream

This sleek 76-guest vessel features expansive viewing areas on the bow and aft promenade decks, and a commanding hull design, optimized for supreme comfort in Alaskan waters, regardless of weather.

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