Small ship cruises are often more like a traveling family tour with a guide than a traditional cruise. You won't find any casinos, organized onboard activities, formal nights, or evening entertainment. You also won't find crowds or lines at the buffet or when boarding. You will find interesting people, educational experiences, great food, and innovative itineraries. Small ships are great for those who don't like traditional cruises, but love traveling with a group.
Since most small ships in Alaska focus on the destinations, the rest of this article starts in Juneau and focuses on our Alaska itinerary.
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Author's Note: Although Cruise West is no longer operating, other small ships that cruise Alaska's Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska offer similar itineraries and cruise experiences.