Find your small ship Alaska cruise for 2024 or 2025 here. Read on for our annual round-up of new small ship Alaska cruises—including the best small ship Alaska cruises in 2024 and 2025, plus what’s on sale.
Small ship Alaska cruises in 2024 and 2025 feature a variety of new itineraries, including a novel winter itinerary. Small ship cruises in Alaska 2024 will feature new options to explore Prince William Sound—ideal for travelers who’ve cruised in Alaska before and want something new. The small ship Alaska cruise 2024 season will top small Alaska cruises in 2023 with even more options.
Read this guide or skip straight to our below selection of 2025 and 2024 Alaska cruises, then grab your calendar and contact an Adventure Specialist to reserve your space aboard one of these small ship Alaska cruises in 2023 or beyond.
New Small Ship Alaska Cruises 2024 & 2025
With increased demand for small ship Alaska cruises in 2024 comes more departures and more itineraries to choose from. The new options feature Prince William Sound in 2024 and the Aleutian Islands in 2025. Here’s our round-up of what’s new to consider for small Alaska cruises in 2024. Watch this space or sign up to receive updates as more new itineraries are released.
2024: A New Ice-Focused Itinerary
Another new 2024 Alaska cruise itinerary on tap is “Ice of the Inside Passage,” a southbound variation of our popular Inside Passage Sojourn aboard 49-guest Baranof Dream. This new route affords guests the opportunity to get up close to the Margerie, Grand Pacific, Mendenhall, Sawyer, South Sawyer, Dawes and LeConte glaciers—making it this ship operator’s most in-depth glacier offering to date! In addition, there may be opportunities to view the Lamplugh, Reid, Herbert, Eagle and Sumdum glaciers on this classic Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay cruise. Also included in the itinerary fare is an exciting, high-speed jet boat adventure to the LeConte Glacier and a call to the remote Alaska Native village of Kasaan.
2024: Adult-Only & Kid-Friendly Departures
Want to guarantee your small ship Alaska cruise in 2024 has your ideal passenger complement? Look for alternative departures of the Wild & Woolly Alaska Cruise, which also offer a slightly different route that features 2 full days in Glacier Bay. Leave the kids at home for select Glaciers & Tranquility, Alaska’s Adult-Only Adventure departures. These sailings feature a deeper dive into education, an elevated drinks menu at the bar and onboard activities like top-deck dance parties. Or bring the whole family on Kids in Nature, Glaciers & Wildlife Family Explorer departures. These family-friendly sailings feature kid wrangler guides and active days to keep young ones busy.
2024: Explore More of Prince William Sound
New in 2024, the 8-day Prince William Sound Explorer travels farther than other small ships in the region, thanks to the stable, 36-guest Safari Explorer. When not cruising in Hawaii, this ship will be dedicated to her new Prince William Sound itinerary. With included transfers to begin and end the trip in Anchorage, this small ship Alaska cruise in 2024 is ideal for linking additional Alaska trips to the Kenai and Katmai Peninsula, or even visiting Denali National Park.
On this new-in-2024 itinerary, pay a special visit to Cordova, a small fishing town only accessible by air or water. Learn about the town via a few options, including an Eyak Tribe cultural program or the Prince William Sound Science Center. Take in tidewater glaciers and narrow fjords. Even view a fish hatchery and learn about Alaska’s salmon species.
Guests can expect the active UnCruise Alaska experience that her operator is known for. Think shore walks, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and cruising in inflatable skiff boats. Prince William Sound is an ideal region for whale watching in Alaska, and the Safari Explorer’s three public decks provide plenty of opportunity to spot orca and humpback whales.
2024: Prince William Sound with National Geographic Guides
Also new in 2024, 6-day The Glaciers of Prince William Sound offers a northerly route on a compact schedule with Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic guides. Cruise round-trip from Cordova, Alaska, aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, on a flexible schedule designed to take advantage of weather and wildlife.
Get off the ship daily with a naturalist guide, via a plethora of activities including hiking, kayaking, Zodiac cruising, whitewater rafting and stand-up paddleboarding. Plus, take in local maritime and cultural history with key museum visits.
2025: Aleutian Islands + Kodiak, Katmai & Kenai
Debuting in 2025 is a unique itinerary ideal for those who’ve been to Alaska and want to return for something different. The 11-day Aleutian Islands Cruise with Kodiak, Katmai & Kenai focuses on Southwest Alaska, exploring the rugged, volcanic Aleutian Islands along the Ring of Fire, plus the wilderness of Kenai and Katmai National Parks and the bear-rich Kodiak Island. The seafaring 36-guest Safari Explorer will take guests along glaciers, volcanic fields and petrified forest. Regular opportunities to hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and explore by skiff will introduce travelers to a side of Alaska seen by few other visitors.
Best Small Ship Alaska Cruises 2024: Our Top Pick
What’s our pick of the best small ship Alaska cruises in 2024? The top-selling Northern Passages & Glacier Bay.
Year after year, by popular demand, Alaska travelers have chosen this 8-day itinerary as their overwhelming favorite. The lengthy route offers far-reaching exploration and the itinerary’s long tenure ensures a well-tuned, exceptional experience. Learn more from our expert’s firsthand experience in Alaska with UnCruise, or hear it direct from travelers in testimonials of this cruise.
The 84-guest Safari Endeavour and 36-guest Safari Explorer raise the bar for comfort along the way. They’ve been described by our travelers as “comfortable and welcoming” and “well appointed” with “superb food” and “plenty of storage.” Reserve your space now for this popular option among the best small ship Alaska cruises of 2024 (or 2025), and learn why these ships qualify this cruise for our list of luxury Alaska cruises.
What is the best small ship Alaska cruise in 2024 for you? Every Alaska traveler has different goals and priorities. Maybe you want the smallest ship? A departure during the best time to visit Alaska? The best naturalist guides? An Alaska National Park cruise, or a focused Glacier Bay National Park cruise? Let our experts help you find your ideal trip based on interests, budget and timeline.
Deals: Small Ship Alaska Cruises 2024 & 2025
Save on your small ship Alaska cruise for 2024 by using our Alaskan cruise deals. Enjoy special deals for groups and solo travelers, or receive complimentary airfare, while supplies last. Our Alaska specialists offer the most up-to-date incentives available and will keep you apprised of all opportunities to save on your 2024 Alaska small ship cruise. Due to our longstanding business relationships and volume-driven buying power, you will never pay more for your cruise.
As the season for a small ship Alaska cruise in 2023 comes to a close, watch for 2024 deals here. At AdventureSmith, we always recommend booking early to be rewarded (and avoid missing out).
Book Your 2024 or 2025 Alaska Cruise or Charter Before It’s Gone
Small ship cruises and especially private Alaska yacht charters are increasing in popularity as travelers seek smaller, more exclusive experiences aboard Alaska small cruise ships. Get your small ship Alaska cruise in 2024 or 2025 confirmed by contacting an Adventure Specialist to be matched with the best small ship Alaska cruise in 2024 for your interests, timing and budget.
Want your experience to be private? Alaska 2024 charters book up early, especially on our smallest boats, so whether you want an exclusive charter or semi-private experience aboard ships carrying 8-36 guests, contact us now to secure space for your small ship Alaska cruise in 2024.
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