Explore one of the world’s most popular cruising destinations in an immersive, individualized way. In 2020, AdventureSmith Explorations is offering a diverse lineup of small-ship cruising itineraries, with a special focus on options for families and immersive experiences suitable for all ages. Whether you want to explore Alaska’s dramatic scenery, exciting wildlife or fascinating culture and history, AdventureSmith Explorations has something for you.
Alaska cruise options for 2020 families might want to consider include the Alaska’s Glacier Country and Alaska Fjords & Glaciers cruises. Each sails on the 90-passenger S.S. Legacy. The first itinerary is eight days and takes you round-trip from Juneau, with a trip around Admiralty Island. The second itinerary is also an eight-day cruise, but sails between Juneau and Ketchikan. Each day of your cruise gives you and your family ample opportunities to explore in a variety of ways, whether you’re hiking, kayaking or even snorkeling.
Similarly, AdventureSmith Explorations offers cruises aboard National Geographic Venture and National Geographic Quest, both small ships fitting just 100 passengers. These itineraries are for those who truly want to immerse themselves in the educational aspect of an Alaskan cruise, with naturalists and expedition leaders guiding travelers through their Alaskan explorations. Kids’ programming during the cruise includes photo workshops, journaling workshops, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, nature and science programming and more. There are even kid-friendly dining options, and families can save up to 50 percent when traveling with kids under the age of 22.
New cruises for 2020 include two, shorter cruises designed for those who want to pack as much fun as possible into a shorter time away from home. The Wild Alaska Escape, Sitka to Juneau and Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan cruises each take place on 62-passenger small ships and are only six days in length.
Other new itineraries focus on whales, one of the most popular and favorite wild animals spotted on Alaskan cruises. On the Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise, guests head to prime whale-watching spots, such as Chatham Strait. Another cruise, the Inside Passage Sojourn itinerary travels to Frederick Sound in search of whales.
If your family would prefer to spot bears over whales, the Great Bear Rainforest Cruise: The Land of The Spirit Bear might be a good option for you. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode bear, is a type of black bear only found in the Great Bear Rainforest. The round-trip journey from Ketchikan focuses on not only Kermode bears, but also grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, killer whales, sea lions and more.
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