5 Family-Friendly Small Cruises in Alaska
If Alaska is on your bucket list, one of the best ways to explore the state is aboard a cruise, which showcases glaciers, icebergs and sea life, as well as providing stops in intimate towns to learn about the culture of the native people and the wildlife. Todd Smith of AdventureSmith Explorations fell in love with Alaska at a young age and travels with his children to pass along that love. His tour company has developed a number of small-cruise tours that provide families with activities in an intimate setting. These are his favorites:
Discoverers Glacier Country
Choose a 36- or 84-passenger ship to wander through Southeast Alaska with visits to Glacier Bay National Park, the Tongass national forest, Frederick Sound and the Icy Strait. Cruises include complimentary massages, beverages, and themed departures such marine biology or photography. You can hike, kayak, whale watch and even hot tub on your trip. Kids age 8 to 13 save $500 on non-holiday departures.