Small white yacht Sea Star idles in glassy water beneath a green & white hillside during the AK Explorer Kenai & Prince William Sound tour.
A beautiful and plush salon with views of the sea mountains glaciers and fjords as you pass this cruise aboard the Sea Star
A comfortable and intimate dining room wrapped in windows with views on this cruise aboard the Sea Star one of many beauties
From the couch located on the foredeck you can take in the stunning views of nature on this cruise aboard the Sea Star
two full sized beds with accents allowing for quad occupancy with two windows and a desk on this cruise aboard the Sea Star
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Sea Star

year built
crew members
78.5 feet
19 feet
7.6 feet
cruising speed
10.5 knots
United States

The 12-guest Sea Star is a classic yacht cruising Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound and Inside Passage. Built in 1965 and lovingly maintained, Sea Star offers a step back in time with modern comforts and safety. Her slower cruising speed, beautiful teak decks, inviting salons and dedicated crew invite guests to experience Alaska with the feel of a private yacht. Twin Caterpillar diesel engines propel the Sea Star at a casual pace, perfect for taking in wildlife, while ocean-voyaging stabilizers ensure a smooth ride. Sea Star effortlessly navigates Alaska’s numerous passageways, channels and inlets due to her small size. And guests enjoy peaceful nights tucked into small coves with the generator turned off.

Sea Star Ship Review

The following Sea Star review includes a detailed description of this classic Alaska small ship including a photo gallery. Our expedition ship experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in Alaska. Find the detailed ship description below. Then contact our experts to compare the Sea Star with other ships offering Alaska small ship cruises and private Alaska yacht charters.

Choose the Sea Star for her classic yacht feel, ample space across two decks, covered walkways and large open bow area—ideal for wildlife spotting. With a slower pace and maintained 1960s charm, Sea Star treats her guests to a private experience of Alaska’s amazing coastlines. And at only 12 guests, the Sea Star Alaska yacht is an ideal option for families, small groups, or travelers who simply want an intimate experience cruising Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

Sea Star Yacht History

The Sea Star was built in 1965 by the Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Designer J.B. Hargrave of West Palm Beach designed this classic small ship to be a luxury pleasure craft for the rich and famous. The yacht was initially named Aquarius under her first owners Mr. and Mrs. Jon Dimmick, and featured in Motor Boating Magazine. She was the largest all-welded aluminum yacht of her time and has been maintained to mint condition ever since.

Onboard Facilities

The Sea Star classic yacht stretches from bow to stern, offering numerous social areas for guests to relax. Covered walkways offer protection for the elements, while a large uncovered bow area, complete with a large settee, invites travelers to feel the wind in their hair or partake in group activities such as on-deck yoga classes. A roomy pilot house, open to guest visits, mixes modern navigation technology with classic wooden stylings and wraparound windows with a commanding view to what lies ahead.

Dining & Lounges

At ship center is the main salon living area, with wide viewing windows, engaging games, and community-minded, comfortable seating enough for the full complement of travelers. At the stern of Sea Star, the large dining salon offers a delightful setting for daily meals, as well as an always-open water, coffee and tea station.

Additionally, the wet bar with sink and refrigerator is kept stocked with cold beverages. The menu features a selection of quality meats and Alaskan seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs (organic when possible), delicious pastries, fine wines and beer. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Wraparound view windows keep the outdoors at top of mind during meals or casual refreshments. And a classic mix of white beadboard and teak wooden furniture and accents adds to the classic 1965 charm of this yacht. A large cushioned settee acts as a resting place while a large wooden dining table and chairs invites all on board to sit and enjoy each delicious gourmet meal.

Activities & Expeditions

Every Sea Star departure comes with off-ship explorations of Alaska’s astounding wilderness. Guests are treated to shore hikes, sea kayaking, exploration by rigid inflatable boats, and countless opportunities for photography. Whale watching, glacier viewing and naturalist presentations on board are also a highlight of any cruise aboard Sea Star.

Sea Star carries four tandem kayaks and one solo guide kayak. The ship’s two tenders are rigid inflatable boats, one 10-foot and one 17-foot; the larger boat carries 9 passengers at a time on excursions. Rubber boots are provided to each guest and binoculars on board enhance opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Crew & Guide

The Sea Star yacht is crewed by a small group of enthusiastic mariners. Her experienced captain has been piloting ships for many years, and doubles as the ship’s electrician and engineer, ensuring a safe and smooth cruise. The first mate also acts as the ship’s naturalist guide, with years of Navy training and accreditation as a Wilderness First Responder and Alaska Certified Expert. A second mate joins the crew on Sea Star’s Inside Passage departures, adding another hand towards navigation and engine maintenance. Finally, the Sea Star classic Alaska yacht is also crewed by a talented chef and a dedicated deckhand.

Sea Star Cabins

The Sea Star yacht offers four guest cabins, each unique. Common to each cabin is its own private bathroom (with separate toilet and either tub or shower), screened porthole windows that open, drawers and cabinets ready to hold clothing and luggage, and fine linens, pillows and towels. Find our detailed cabin info below and ask our experts for cabin recommendations.

Puffin cabin on AK yacht Sea Star, with one lower and one upper single bed, each with green & white striped bedding & white walls.

Double occupancy via one upper and one lower single bed. Private bathroom with shower. Available as a single or double.

a double occupancy cabin featuring two twin beds two portholes and a mulidrawer nightstand on this cruise aboard the Sea Star

Triple occupancy via two lower single beds and an upper pulldown berth. Private bathroom with shower.

the Kittiwake cabin features a couple portholes a full bed and a twin with artwork on this cruise aboard the Sea Star

Triple occupancy via one lower full-size bed and one upper single bed. Private bathroom with tub.

two full sized beds with accents allowing for quad occupancy with two windows and a desk on this cruise aboard the Sea Star

Quad occupancy via one upper and one lower full-size bed. Private bathroom with shower.

deck plan of M/V Sea Star ship, with lower guest deck with 4 cabins for 12 guests, middle main deck with dining room & lounge, & upper boat deck with tandem kayaks, 2 skiffs & life raft.
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