Polar bears and Northern Lights are two of many reasons travelers dream of exploring the Arctic. There’s also the fascination of skyscraper-high glaciers, cavorting whales and following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers.
Visiting one national park in Alaska is a privilege. Now arrangements are in place for exploring three national parks — Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali on one seamless 18-day expedition journey by small ship, rail car, small boat and safari bus.
Cabin space is still available for the winter 2017 holiday season on small-ship cruises to such coveted destinations as Antarctica, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Galapagos and Cuba, reports AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world.
“Great idea,” says Todd Smith, Founder/Owner of AdventureSmith Explorations, the small ship cruise experts. “But do consider which departures (family friendly preferred) and which cabins will provide the most comfort and space for your family, as not all cabins are created equal.”
The cruise industry is experiencing a boom in new ships and passengers according to Cruise Market Watch, tracking an annual growth rate of 6.55% from 1990 to 2016. The fastest growing segment of this market is small ship cruising, reports AdventureSmith Explorations who has seen annual passenger increases of 20% or more over the past several years.
Almost effortless sightings are thanks to small ships that can maneuver skillfully and quietly into less-frequented waterways to access remote bays, coves and shorelines preferred by Alaska’s “Fab Five”, a group in which guests of AdventureSmith Explorations have affectionately included whales, brown bear, mountain goats, moose, and King salmon.
A world-class, 16-guest yacht, Natural Paradise, recently joined an extensive fleet of more than 25 diverse vessels available to small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations for island-hopping explorations of the Galapagos archipelago.