Alaska expedition cruise

Alaska Adventure: Small Ship Cruise

On your Alaska small ship cruise, you will explore aboard a classic wooden tug boat redesigned for the ultimate in guest comfort. Travel with just a few guests, guided by the expert crew, naturalist, and guides of Maple Leaf Adventures.

Alaska Small Ship Cruise

Highlights:

  • Travel through sheer-sided glacial fjords to the foot of tidal glaciers where you will witness natural calving events as building size chunks of ice fall from the glaciers face into the ocean below.
  • Cruise through Alaska’s Fredrick Sound, a hot spot for feeding humpback whales. Keep your eyes out for breaching calves, young humpback whales that are known to jump out of the water.
  • Gain special access to a remote and protected salmon stream at Pack Creek, where brown bears gather to feed.
  • Join your naturalist on foraging expeditions through estuaries, forests, and bogs. Uncover the sensationally sweet Alaskan blueberry.
  • Visit Baranof Island’s Warm Springs Bay and dip into a relaxing natural hot spring.
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Activities

  • Moderate walking
  • Bear viewing (from shore boats, on land, and in some cases at a bear viewing stand)
  • Small boat rides
  • Marine mammal viewing (whales, sea lions) and bird viewing
  • Natural history through hands on experience and talks with your naturalist and other knowledgeable crew members
  • Hot-springs
  • Exploring beaches
  • Kayaking and fishing (optional)

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Nature & Landscape

Southeast Alaska is majestic; tall snow-capped mountain peaks rise from the ocean where long fjords lead to powerful rivers or calving glaciers. Where the waters open to great expansive sounds humpback whales can be found all around.  Sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, rainforest islands, and salmon bearing streams.

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Featured Wildlife

  • brown bear (grizzly bear)
  • black bear
  • humpback whale
  • killer whale / orca
  • dall’s porpoise
  • pacific white-sided dolphin
  • sea otters
  • bald eagle
  • seabirds 

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Comfortable Ship & Expert Guides

Get ready for days of adventure and wildlife, supported by a very comfortable expedition ship, a gourmet chef and welcoming guides. This Alaska small ship cruise is perfectly suited for adventure, comfort, and taking in the beauty of the pacific northwest.

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Alaskan Historic Towns

Layered in history, Southeast Alaska has cultural connections to Russian, Scandinavian, American, and many First Nations cultures including Tlingit and Haida.

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Trip Itineraries

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Alaska Adventure 1

Our classic 8-night voyage between Petersburg and Sitka: Frederick Sound (marine mammals incl whales, whale researchers), Admiralty Is. (brown bears), Endicott or Tracy Arm (calving glaciers), plus Baranof and Kruzof Islands and historic Sitka....

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Alaska Adventure 2

Our classic 8-night voyage, between Petersburg and Prince Rupert: Frederick Sound (marine mammals inc whales, researchers), Admiralty Is. (brown bears), Endicott or Tracy Arm (calving glaciers), plus Wrangell Narrows, South Etolin Wilderness and Ketchikan....