What It's Like/What You'll Do

How you’ll spend your time and reward your curiosity

Step aboard for an unforgettable Alaska travel exploration of a dynamic environment teeming with wildlife—and get the most in-depth experience possible. Our cruise ships to Alaska are perfect for exploring places large ships cannot go, and they foster very welcoming communities where camaraderie kindles. You’ll sail through narrow channels and past towering mountains; stand on the open bow to observe wildlife. Sleep soundly and wake to fresh vistas of glaciers and forests outside your cabin.   

Choice of daily activities
Hike, kayak, and snap photos. Head off to explore a glacier aboard our expedition landing craft, go for a long hike in a towering forest with the wellness specialist if you crave exercise, or choose a short slower walk, with time for your naturalist to share the unique wonders of the native flora. Stay aboard and read if you prefer. Or enjoy a wellness treatment in the spa. There’s no one-size-fits-all scheduling here: you can choose your activities, activity levels, and staff members to join every day.

Explore the region’s places and wildlife
Ship-based exploration lets you explore the wondrous and diverse habitats of Alaska. Hike over the spongy ground in a century-old forest and see bears one day, and approach a calving glacier by expedition landing craft the next. Sail into Glacier Bay National Park and linger in a quiet lagoon to observe a group of humpback whales.  

See the undersea, too
Exclusive to us, and on every Alaska expedition—undersea exploration. An undersea specialist dons cold-water diving gear to shoot video of the undersea to share in the ship’s lounge. Watch as purples and greens spring to life as beams of light paint the seafloor 40 to 80 feet deep in places never before explored. See vast kelp forests swaying in the currents, and discover strange and wonderful marine life here—it is pure exploration of sites seldom, if ever, seen by humans.

Kayak and expedition landing craft cruise scenic shorelines
Our ships are outfitted with tandem and single kayaks that allow for personal, water-level exploration of the scenic coastlines. Kayak past nesting birds and lounging sea lions, or just enjoy the silence. Shoreline cruises aboard expedition landing craft are perfect for relaxed exploration with a naturalist’s narration and the ideal platform for photography.

Experience the cultures and heritage
A Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter joins us aboard when we sail into their ancestral homeland, Glacier Bay National Park. Learn the lore and legends that add a fascinating cultural layer to the breathtaking scenery. Plus, visit an authentic Alaskan town and fishing village to explore the waterfront and shops. Visit the ancestral Haida village of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage Site or K’una (Skedans), to immerse yourself in Haida history, culture and impressive art—on our Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia and Haida Gwaii itinerary. We have special permission to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site— the only ship with over 22 guests in over two decades permitted.

Enjoy the daily ritual
Each evening at cocktail hour the entire expedition community gathers in the lounge for an expedition ritual we call Recap. As you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, various naturalists give talks, the undersea specialist may show video, and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule.

Savor time aboard ship
Wildlife talks and guest lectures will be offered as well. And when the ship is underway, it’s a wonderful time to stand on the bow with a naturalist or photo instructor and scan the horizon for whale spouts, visit the bridge to share the Captain’s view, or visit the sun deck at night for a bit of fresh air.



This was a fantastic experience that combined informative information, wonderful scenery, and great company.
Danya K.

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