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Alaska Sailing & Private Yacht Charters

An Alaskan cruise is an iconic way to see the state, but few visitors realize they can charter a smaller vessel for a custom adventure. Under the guidance of an expert crew, you can explore breathtaking settings such as Glacier Bay National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Prince William Sound by private boat, sailboat or yacht.

All-Inclusive

Chartering a small vessel may seem expensive. But it can be comparable once you add up the cost for transportation, lodging, meals and sightseeing excursions that you would otherwise spend for your entire party. Being able to settle into one stateroom for a few days also adds to the relaxing nature of your trip.

The Luxury of Time

Go for just a night – or extend up to two weeks, with options to fit any itinerary. A multi-day journey gives your captains time to customize to your individual preferences and adjust schedules based on weather and other factors. Explore magical coves, hang out for longer as whales breach, fish for wild salmon and halibut, kayak with otters, or set anchor for a walk along a secluded beach – all without having to get back to port right away.

Small Groups Create Meaningful Experiences

Charter vessels vary in number of guests – from two to twelve. Some cater only to private groups (book the boat and it’s yours!), while others have separate staterooms and can take multiple parties (get to know fellow travelers!). Whatever your choice, small boats offer a more private experience, personalized attention and a chance to take in Alaska with a cadre of friends or family. For many, the camaraderie that forms among guests and crew is the highlight of the journey. (If you have a group larger than six, check out the in-between size: Small Ship Adventure Cruises that can accommodate between 12 and 86 passengers.)

Balancing Your Group’s Interests

Someone wants to fish, someone wants to kayak and someone else wants an extra nap. How to manage it all? When a small yacht is your home for a week, it’s easier to accommodate varied preferences so everyone is happy.

Check out these charter operators to review your options – from sailboats to yachts, all ready to show off Alaska’s beautiful and enchanting coastal wonders.

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Sailing & Private Yacht Charters

Private Yacht Charters

4-6 maximum passengers
Season: Year Round
$400+ Day-trip | $470+ Multi-day
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Caroline

Spend the after­noon, or a few days explor­ing the waters of Res­ur­rec­tion Bay and Prince William Sound aboard the M/V Car­o­line, a beau­ti­ful cus­tom-built yacht set for adven­ture! It’s the per­fect set­ting for a fam­i­ly or small group vaca­tion. Fill your days loung­ing on the fly­bridge, fish­ing, kayak­ing, strolling beach­es and cruis­ing to your next fan­tas­tic destination.

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Custom
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: The Sea Mist

Design your exclu­sive itin­er­ary then set sail into the vast open waters and wildlife-rich shore­lines of Prince William Sound aboard your own spa­cious and pri­vate yacht. Up to six pas­sen­gers can sit back, relax, and expe­ri­ence an inti­mate tour. Most guests enjoy the 5‑day/​4‑night trips, but you can also opt for 3‑day/​2‑night out­ings or even 10-day/9‑night expeditions.

Season: May 01 to Sep 15 $3,450 per day Multi-Day Excursions

Char­ter their pri­vate, live-aboard, 60’ yacht. Wake up each day in the mid­dle of untouched wilder­ness and go sea kayak­ing, hike through bore­al forests, fish for tro­phy hal­ibut and salmon, or spend a qui­et day on the water pho­tograph­ing wildlife

$450+ Lunch Cruise | $1100+ Overnight & Multi-Day
Afternoon & Multi-Day Packages
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Gambler

Hop aboard the M/V Gam­bler and cruise out to Res­ur­rec­tion Bay for a relax­ing and per­son­al­ized out­ing with local­ly-owned Alpen­glow Char­ters. Cou­ples and fam­i­lies will rel­ish their time togeth­er explor­ing Seward’s enchant­i­ng coast­line, guid­ed by an engag­ing and knowl­edge­able crew. Options fit into the busiest of sched­ules: from a 4 hour lunch cruise, a remote overnight, to a 2‑day land and sea journey.

$4,800+
3 days / 2 nights +
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Darby

Explore Alaska’s Res­ur­rec­tion Bay and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Park ful­ly with a three-day/t­wo-night cus­tom adven­ture per­fect for fam­i­lies or cou­ples. Alas­ka Fjord Char­ters guides you to the best mix of kayak­ing, glac­i­er view­ing, whale watch­ing, and fish­ing, all in one leisure­ly tour. 

All-inclu­sive, mul­ti-day cruis­es in Prince William Sound, Alas­ka, just an hour south of Anchor­age. You’ll feel right at home on this 68-foot yacht. Your cab­in — whether you choose the one with twins, a queen, or king beds — comes with roomy clos­ets, flat-screen TVs and en suite bath­rooms. Dur­ing the trip, you have access to any out­door gear that you’d need — like sea kayaks, an inflat­able boat, fish­ing poles, and even gold pans for try­ing your luck in  ...more

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Sailing

6 maximum passengers
Season: Year Round
3 to 10 Day + | $2600+ / Person
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus

This South­east Alas­ka-based tour oper­a­tor will leave you with a new def­i­n­i­tion of what it means to have a once-in-a-life­time Alas­ka cruise: You sail on an inti­mate ves­sel — often get­ting to steer your­self, under the super­vi­sion of an expe­ri­enced licensed cap­tain — while explor­ing away from the crowds, and get­ting a won­der­ful­ly up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sail­ings from Juneau and Sitka. 

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Large Charters

12 - 86 passengers • Sample Itineraries • Contact directly for private charter
$6,075+ (Inside Passage starting at $1320)
7 days / 6 nights
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Sea Star

Set sail for 7 days and 6 nights with the crew of the M/V Sea Star for small ship adven­ture cruis­ing in Prince William Sound, Kenai Penin­su­la or along the Inside Pas­sage. The well-appoint­ed yacht accom­mo­dates just 12 guests, allow­ing for a per­son­al­ized expe­ri­ence where you are the explor­er! Unplug from day-to-day life and soak up the won­ders of Alaska’s amaz­ing coast­line. All meals pre­pared by an on-board chef and fea­tur­ing fresh local  ...more

Season: May 31 to Jun 04
From $4145+
5 to 7 Days
Ports of Call: Anchorage, Whittier, Valdez
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Discovery

Our Clas­sic Dis­cov­ery Voy­age is the per­fect wilder­ness sam­pler. We take in the most spec­tac­tu­lar sights of Prince William Sound — moun­tains, fjords, glac­i­ers and wildlife — with the num­ber of dai­ly excur­sions (ashore or by kayak) tai­lored to the inter­ests and activ­i­ty lev­el of the group.

Season: Apr 09 to Sep 04
$2,995+
8 Days / 7 Nights
Ports of Call: Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Hoonah / Icy Strait Point, Sitka
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer

Start your wilder­ness jour­ney in Juneau, the state capi­tol of Alas­ka, and end in Sit­ka, the per­fect spot to view the meld­ing of Russ­ian and Alas­ka Native cul­tures. In between, vis­it Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park, go bird watch­ing on South Mar­ble Island, look for whales in Icy Strait, hike along inter­tidal zones, and when your cap­tain sets the course for adven­ture, slip into your kayak or skiff for a day of guid­ed explo­ration. (Itin­er­ary also  ...more

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Expedition Charters

8 Passengers • Photography Focus • Charter whole boat or with other guests
$4,995+ 4-7 nights

Immerse your­self in a mul­ti-day Alaskan adven­ture that promis­es incred­i­ble views and jaw-drop­ping bear view­ing in Kat­mai Nation­al Park, along with a warm cama­raderie that only a small group expe­di­tion can cre­ate. Explore from your home base on the Island C, a research ves­sel that gets you close to the action while pro­vid­ing com­fort­able lodg­ing and deli­cious meals.

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