Explore Alaska With Lindblad Expeditions, American Cruise Line, American Safari Cruises, Adventure Life, and Alaskan Dream Cruises

    Cruises to Alaska offer a unique opportunity to explore the state's natural beauty while enjoying a intimate adventure unlike any other. With a diverse selection of large and small cruises available, you'll find many options for a great trip to Alaska, and below you'll find a few suggestions to help you plan your next adventure:

    Celebrating over 30 years of Alaska exploration, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic offers the Undersea Alaska Program, that lets you experience the beauty and mysteries of life beneath the ocean's surface. An undersea specialist onboard each Alaska expedition will dive 40-80 feet below the water and collect high-definition footage to share as well. Lindblad Expeditions' Alaska itineraries include the eight-day Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness and the 12-day Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands trips offered May through September. Its fleet includes two 62-guest vessels that voyage into remote passages where you can explore by kayak or raft for up-close encounters with wildlife.

    American Cruise Line is offering small-ship adventures along Alaska's Inside Passage aboard the American Spirit. They offer small cruises, with no more than 150 passengers on each cruise, which makes for a intimate onboard atmosphere on the ships designed to navigate calm, narrow inland waterways. Seven night, round trip cruises from Juneau and 11-night, one-way cruises between Juneau and Seattle travel into Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm Fjord visiting Sitka, Hoonah and Petersburg. American Cruise also includes complimentary shore tours at each port of call so you can explore local sites and learn about the area's culture, heritage and history.

    The Alaskan Dream Cruises of Sitka feature three new itineraries, plus additional ports of call that include Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines, Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Wrangell and Gustavus on cruises from May to September. Owned by Allen Marine Tours, their itineraries range from three, six, eight and 11-day cruises spotlighting the glaciers, wildlife and Native culture of Alaska's Inside Passage.

    Adventure Life offers several new small-ship adventures and have itineraries aboard several luxury expedition cruise vessels. Select from more than 25 small-ship adventures traveling to Princes William Sound, Glacier Bay, Point Adolphus and other destinations. The trips on a Adventure Life Cruise range from eight to 15 days.

    American Safari Cruises has trips aboard its 86-passenger Safari Endeavour, which is one of its fleet of three yachts. This ship travels along  Alaska's Inside Passage on a weeklong, round trip from Juneau. Their sister company InnerSea Discoveries also added a new ship called the Wilderness Explorer that will sail on weeklong adventure cruises one-way between Juneau and Sitka.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    These are just a sampling of the amazing Alaskan adventures that await. To discover more cruises available and explore attractions, events, or plan your trip visit www.TravelAlaska.com, or the following cruise companies: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographicic, American Cruise Line, American Safari Cruises, or Adventure Life, Alaskan Dream Cruises of Sitka.