Announcing Alaska’s Longest Small Ship Expedition

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Photo: Where to today Captain? Each day is different from the last—a truly unscripted adventure!

At Maple Leaf Adventures, we believe that if you’re going all the way to Alaska, you should spend as much time in its grand nature as possible. That’s why we’ve extended our Alaska Supervoyages for 2023, making it the longest, most in-depth exploration of Alaska you’ll find. 

Our 12-day itineraries aboard the heritage tugboat Swell, with a century of history on the coast, include an extra 24 hours of nature from extra shore trips and wildlife viewing, plus one more night at anchor in a beautiful cove. We take just twelve guests through the breadth of the Inside Passage, from historic Ketchikan, to glacier-hewn fjords, to Admiralty Island’s rugged terrain and brown bears, the waterfall-fed Baranof Island, and the diverse ecology of Chichagof Island and the west-coast world of Sitka. 

As a coast-owned and operated ecotourism company, we donate 1% of our revenues to conservation, including to the Alaska Whale Foundation, our newest donation recipient. (Some trips even visit with AWF researchers!) 

Photo: Special permits allow special access to the world of Alaska’s brown bears. Credit: Philip Stone

Typical wildlife sightings on our trips include brown bears, humpback whales, and sea otters in their natural habitat. Our shore trips include rainforest walks, iceberg boat rides, beach exploration, hot springs, and wildlife viewing. Guests even get exclusive access to Pack Creek, a remote sanctuary for brown bears. On land days in Sitka or Ketchikan, guests meet local guides and visit cultural and culinary experiences such as Hump Island Oyster & Kelp Farm and locally owned cafes. Indigenous cultural guides also interpret their Tlingit culture, which dates back to time immemorial. 

Our itineraries ensure that money supports the local economy as we proudly re-supply our ship in the vibrant port towns of Southeast Alaska, injecting a large percentage of our revenues directly into local businesses. 

Photo: Our famous tugboat Swell anchored in the gorgeous Alaska’s shoreline Credit: Philip Stone

With just six cozy cabins on the 88-foot, converted tugboat Swell, guests are close to the action and the ocean itself. Built in 1912 from Pacific Northwest lumber, she spent her life as an icon of the coastal world, towing steel, log booms, goods, and barges through the channels of the Inside Passage. With a modest 12-foot draft, Swell is able to access areas where the big cruise ships dare not sail, anchor overnight, and travel at just nine knots, perfect for slow travel. 

Dates and Prices: 

Maple Leaf Adventures offers 10-, 11- and 12-day Alaska trips throughout June, July and August, with all-inclusive prices starting at $11,950 USD before taxes, based on cabin category. For more information about our Alaska small ship cruises or call our team at +1-250-386-7245 


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