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Luxury / Small Ship Alaska Cruises

Climb aboard a luxury vessel and you’ll immediately understand what sets the experience apart from life on a mass-market or contemporary cruise ship. Lavish attention to every detail. Ultimate convenience. A level of personal attention and pampering that leaves guests delighted and amazed.

When you make the leap to luxury cruising, you’ll enjoy the best of everything – the finest available accommodations, cutting-edge amenities, gourmet dining from the world’s most celebrated culinary artists, an elegant array of enrichment programs and activities, and service that prides itself on knowing exactly what you need (and when you’ll need it). Today’s luxury cruise ships offer passengers every posh perk imaginable – from Evian spritzes by the pool to course-by-course in-suite dining – as well as a number of offerings that may never have crossed your mind.

Best Luxury / Small Ship Alaska Cruise Specials


Crystal Cruises
Cunard Luxury
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises


From the simple rhythms of everyday life to designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, there are certain places that must be seen to truly experience a destination.

The 'Crystal Difference' starts with their most important mission: to be the best in the luxury service business, not just the luxury cruise industry. Crystal has consistently won the travel industry's most distinguished and coveted hospitality awards and guidebook ratings.

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There is no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than aboard Queen Elizabeth.

Choose from a selection of Alaska roundtrip voyages from Vancouver that include the Inside Passage as well as Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm, or College Fjord, along with unique Alaska experiences, only available on Cunard.

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You'll hear the thunderous crack of calving glaciers. Sail alongside pods of orca; see breaching humpbacks and foraging brown bears. Hike verdant old-growth rain forests and kayak peaceful coastlines. In the 30+ years we've been exploring Alaska, we have provided the richest experience possible.

Choose from five voyages that sail among the wildlife-rich islands and channels of Southeast Alaska aboard three ships: the brand new 100-guest National Geographic Quest, or the 62-guest sister ships National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird. Expeditions range from compact and highly active to voyages that roam further afield, to places like British Columbia and enchanting Haida Gwaii. Every expedition sails with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor-and select photo expedition include National Geographic photographers.

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Oceania Cruises is pleased to have Regatta return to Alaska in the Summer of 2013 to explore its ancient glaciers, lush forests and snow-mantled mountains. Itineraries will also include cosmopolitan favorites such as Vancouver and Seattle.
For guests who travel with children, our Alaska Explorer youth program offers the opportunity for everyone to experience the excitement of exploring the Northwest Coast and Alaska in a meaningful, enriching way. Designed for age groups between 5 and 13, the program is supervised by experienced and enthusiastic youth counselors and include games, activities and Alaska-inspired special events. Click here for more info.
By blending elegance and luxury with exceptional intimacy and warmth, all at an exceptional value, the mid-sized ships of Oceania Cruises offer all of the indulgences you could possibly imagine. The generous ratio of staff to guests allows for an astonishingly high level of personalized service, while open-seating in as many as six gourmet restaurants invites you to dine when, where and with whom you wish, all without supplemental charges. Experiences ashore are also immensely fulfilling, as our ships often linger in port late into the evening or overnight. This is no ordinary experience.

Alaska remains a beacon for those who hold Mother Nature dear, and Regatta zealously explores from north to south, even calling upon Anchorage itself and charmingly remote Kodiak.
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Perhaps no land captures the adventurous frontier spirit better then Alaska. What better way to enjoy its great beauty that from the comfortable elegance of a Regent Seven Seas ship. Not only is the smaller size of their ships designed for a more intimate Alaskan experience, they also offer personalized, off-the-beaten-path tours. Imagine flying into the natural habitat of magnificent black bears for an up-close experience you'll never forget. With activities and tours that range from the mild to the wild, everyone succumbs to the wonder. No wonder they say that once you've been to Alaska, you never really come all the way back.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides discerning guests with the most all inclusive luxury cruise experience by offering an incomparable array of complimentary features and service... Back to Top


On Seabourn, you'll experience all the iconic wonders of Alaska: the towering virgin forests along the Inside Passage, the thunderous calving of glaciers and impressive humpback whales breaching in the Kenai Fjords. You'll stroll the plank catwalks of Ketchikan's quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. But with Seabourn, you'll also step ashore in tiny Klemtu, British Columbia, where the Kitasoo and Xai'xais townspeople greet you face to face, proudly display their ceremonial finery and familiarize you with a heritage thousands of years old. You'll glide up close to Misty Fjords' glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in tranquil Tracy Arm. This is the Seabourn Difference, a uniquely human-scale experience that transforms your personal voyage into an unforgettable adventure in Seabourn's Ultimate Alaska.

Seabourn promises a voyage that is nothing short of magical. Each cruise to Alaska includes the following exclusive amenities and activities designed to enhance every moment:

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Alaska's sheer size puts everything else in perspective. It's an ice age wilderness, bigger, bolder and more beautiful than you can imagine. Yet ironically, it takes a smaller Silversea ship to appreciate the immensity of it all.

Silversea's luxury Alaska cruises take you on an insider's path along the Inside Passage. There are diamond-blue icebergs, rushing mountain streams, waterfalls and flowers of every color. Here you'll find the biggest bears, the largest gathering of bald eagles anywhere, and more than half of the world's entire population of humpback whales. Experience Alaska's grandeur up close and in person aboard an intimate Silversea Alaska cruise.

Renowned for extraordinary worldwide voyages aboard intimate, all-inclusive ships, Silversea is a luxury cruise line that offers unparalleled service and superlative comfort. Discover the art of luxury travel as perfected by Silversea Cruises. Back to Top


Bring Alaska’s wild beauty into focus as you discover small towns and big cities, cruise far up narrow fjords to the twin Sawyer Glaciers or Dawes Glacier, and launch Zodiacs right from the ship into pristine wilderness on Windstar Signature Expeditions.

Star Legend will get you closer to scenic shorelines along the Inside Passage, Kenai Fjords and the wildlife-rich Inian Islands, and you’ll enjoy the best wildlife viewing opportunities as we adjust our schedule to linger whenever whales are present.

All of our Alaska itineraries feature six onboard expedition experts that spend more one-on-one time with guests providing insight on glaciers, culture, and wildlife and lead optional Signature Expedition tours on Zodiacs and kayaks. Experience more of Alaska with Windstar.

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