Alaskan Small Ship Vs Big Ship Cruises

Big Ship Alaska Cruise

Small Ship Alaska Cruise

At a Glance
1500 to 3000 guests60 to 100 guests
700-1000 feet long, 10-15 stories high150-200 feet long, 2 to 3 stories high
$125 per day (inside cabin) to $300 per day (balcony)$300 per day (inside cabin) to $750 per day (deluxe stateroom)
Shore excursions cost extra: $50 (attraction) to $150 (raft/boat tour) to $400 and up (helicopter tour)Shore Excursions typically included
Why Choose It?
Floating resort through coastal and glacial scenerySail where big ships can't: secluded bays/fjords and smaller ports of call
Lots of on-ship amenities: many dining venues, entertainment, shopping, bars, pools, spa, health clubFlexible schedule for wildlife viewing; closer to the water so you see better
Lowest pricesGo ashore for up-close exploration
More for kids to doLearn and experience new things
Bigger cabins, more space all aroundMeet interesting people
Smoother rideIt's about the destination, not the ship
Main Alaska Cruise Routes
7-night Inside Passage (roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver)7-night inside passage (roundtrip from Juneau)
7-night Cross-Gulf of Alaska (Seattle or Vancouver to Anchorage)5-7 day Classic Discovery Voyage (roundtrip from Whittier)
Best Alaska Cruises
For Inside Passage: Holland America RotterdamFor Prince William Sound: Discovery Voyages
For Gulf of Alaska: PrincessFor Inside Passage: UnCruise Adventures
For Luxury: Regent or Silversea
For Family: Disney

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