Let’s face it. Alaska is huge—so vast it’s hard to feel like you’ve “seen it, done it” with just one trip. Lindblad Expedition’s “Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness” itinerary is where I began my first (and surely not last) adventure to our 49th state.

Here are my top reasons to experience Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions:

🛥️ Small Vessel

Our ship, National Geographic Venture, navigates further into coves and harbors where there’s no infrastructure. Travel by zodiac to land on shore each day. And with no more than 100 guests on the ship, you’ll never feel too crowded.

The National Geographic Venture cruise ship

👩‍🏫 Expert Guides

Naturalists on board guide daily hikes and share a wealth of knowledge on relevant topics like whales, glaciers, bears and diverse plant life.

Tourists viewing Alaskan wildlife through binoculars

This is me, Travel Size Sarah, “helping” our photo guide

📸 Photography

Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors are on hand to help you maximize photography skills and capture fantastic trip photos!

🐻 Flexibility

At one point, our captain turned the vessel around when he spotted a bear on shore. We watched him for 30 minutes, just because we could.

🧘‍♂️ Casual & Relaxing

Lindblad cruises provide a casual & relaxed atmosphere. Pack jeans, yoga pants and a fleece, and you’ll fit right in. No need to dress up. There are no theme nights or formal dinners.

4 women on glacier in Alaska

👨‍👩‍👦 For All Ages

The “Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness” trip is ideal for anyone. Any age with a love for nature and a desire to unplug and soak in pristine landscapes and crystal clear water.

Small boat on shore with cruise ship in background

👧 Kid-Friendly Activities

The National Geographic Global Explorers Program, an exploration of wildlife and nature, is led by field educators and offered for all kids onboard.

Additional Alaska Expeditions

In addition to Lindblad’s cruises to Alaska, you can maximize your time with a pre- or post-cruise stay.

  • take a rail journey
  • visit a cultural museum
  • helicopter to a glacier to see a sled dog camp

Sarah standing on glacier with helicopter in background Dogs pulling sled in Alaska

Packing Tips for an Alaskan Cruise

  • Lindblad Expeditions offers a boot rental service—RENT and EMBRACE the Boots. They are indestructible and awesomely practical for every hike! I hated to say goodbye to them.
  • Layers, layers, layers. Typical Alaska summer day clothes include: a light base layer, sweater or fleece, down jacket, waterproof layer (if necessary). Jeans, yoga pants and rain pants, if needed.
  • Hats, gloves, sunglasses, wool socks—yes to all!
  • Dry bag (for kayaking & on zodiacs) to keep camera gear, binoculars & phones secure and dry.

Group on small boat in water in front of glacier

Planning an Adventure to Alaska?

We’d love to help! Whether we get you connected with Lindblad Expeditions, or plan your own Alaska cruise, we’d love to help you experience Alaska’s vast coastal wilderness. Get in touch today →