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The Small Ships

North America's Waterways

Alaska

Lindblad Expeditions has been a leader in adventure travel since 1979. Their journeys are expeditions, not tours, consisting of small groups that always have a close, personal view of wildlife and cultural sites. Their itineraries are always well planned yet have the flexibility to take advantage of special opportunities. Their collaboration with National Geographic further enhances the shipboard presentations. The naturalists are what really distinguish Lindblad Expeditions. They staff the vessels with experts in various disciplines to better enhance your appreciation of the area. They are noted for being personal and entertaining as well as knowledgeable. Daily programs are diverse to allow guests to participate at their own comfort level and evening recaps allow all to share experiences and learn. Choose to sail among the wildlife-rich islands and channels of Southeast Alaska on the 8-day expedition Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness; or go further to discover the wildness and culture of British Columbia & Haida Gwaii. The15-day Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii expedition includes Alaska’s Inside Passage, an exploration along the coast of British Columbia and an opportunity to visit Haida Gwaii, the ancestral lands of the Haida people, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Travel accompanied by a National Geographic photographer andLindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors—for the ultimate field shooting experience departures in May and September 2017. The eight-day Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness route will operate May through September 2017 between Juneau and Sitka on the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion. Complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska available on select sailings May & June 2017 departures booked by December 31, 2016 and may be extgended at the line’s discretion. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Contact TravLtips for latest offers.

American Cruise Lines operates the 100-passenger American Spirit on 7-night cruises in the inland waterways of Southeast Alaska. Five departures every 7 days in 2017 from June through August. The voyage is a round trip from Juneau and includes a day in Glacier Bay, Haines, Skagway, Petersburg, and Tracy Arm (Sawyer Glacier). The program features wilderness, history, and native culture all in the immense wonderland of Alaska's natural beauty. An 15-night Alaska Inside Passage voyage between Seattle and Juneau features two departures June 10 and August 19, 2017. Ship amenities include spacious cabins - most with private balconies, single-sitting dining, elevators to all decks, and four lounge areas. Contact TravLtips for latest offers.

Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises and InnerSea Discoveries) offers Adventure Cruising by expedition vessel or boutique yacht. Three Wilderness expedition vessels, which accommodate 60 or 76 guests, have been recently refurbished with interiors to complement the wilderness outside and a kayak launch system to facilitate water activities. The Northern Passages & Glacier Bay itinerary is eight days between Juneau and Sitka and includes two days exploring Glacier Bay National Park including hiking and kayaking expeditions. Two other eight-day itineraries are Inner Reaches Eastern Coves from Juneau to Ketchikan and Inner Reaches Western Coves from Ketchikan to Juneau. These itineraries can be combined for a 15-day Ultimate Adventure, round trip Juneau. The season runs late April through mid-September 2017 .Discriminating travelers can choose an inclusive boutique yacht cruise in Alaska’s Inside Passage with adventurous activities and exceptional amenities. Adventure yacht cruise vessels (SAFARI ENDEAVOUR, SAFARI EXPLORER & SAFARI QUEST) provide an alternative to traditional large- and small-ship cruises by taking guests into areas that are not accessible to larger ships, and on excursions, and to activities that are exclusive, private, and unavailable to most other travelers. Yachts anchor every night in pristine coves or dockside in small villages so guests can explore by water and on foot. Daytime cruising to secluded coves, islands and seldom-visited areas yield unique opportunities to experience—by kayak, launch or on foot—a rich variety of wildlife and local cultures. With only 22 to 86 passengers, the itineraries are flexible and can be altered at a moment’s notice to maximize wildlife and scenic viewing opportunities. Adventure yacht cruises are inclusive: shore excursions, activities, on-yacht meals and premium wines and liquors are included in the price of the cruise. Discoverers’ Glacier Country is an eight-day round trip from Juneau, offered late May through September 2017, which includes two days in Glacier Bay.

East Coast & Great Lakes

Blount Small Ship Adventures: Go where big ships cannot in a style reminiscent of private yacht vacations of a bygone era. Travel with no more than 88 guests and enjoy a wonderful vacation on America's waterways. Blount vessels GRAND MARINER and GRAND CARIBE feature an exclusive shallow-draft ship design, ideal for cruising rivers, canals and coastal waters. 2017 itineraries feature two brand new routes, Charleston to Warren spring re-positioning for 12 days (May 3 on the Grande Mariner and May 6 on the Grande Caribe) and the 14-day Saguenay Cruise (Aug 28 and Sep 12. Other 2017 routes are Islands of New England (7 days, r/t Warren RI, Jun 30, Jul 5, Jul 13, Aug 11 and Aug 19); Great American Waterways (16 days between Warren RI & Chicago, May 31, Jun 17, Jul 8, Jul 21, Jul 25 and Sep 3); Magical Lake Michigan (8 days, r/t Chicago, Aug 7, Aug 16 and Aug 25)); Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast (14 days between New York and Montreal Sep 23, Sep 29, Oct 8 and Oct 14). Contact TravLtips for current specials on select 2017 departures.

American Cruise Lines specializes in a unique style of small ship cruising along the inland waterways and rivers of the United States. 2017 itineraries include the Great Rivers of Florida (7 nights, r/t Jacksonville, departures Six departures February 25 through March 25), Historic South & Golden Isles (7 nights between Charleston & Jacksonville, Four departures February 18 through March 11), Chesapeake Bay (6 or 7 nights, r/t Baltimore. Five departures May 6, May 13, May 27, Oct 29 and Nov 4 and East Coast Inland Passage (14 nights between Jacksonville & Baltimore. Four departures April 22, May 13, November 4 and Nov 11) American Cruise Lines vessels INDEPEDENCE, AMERICAN STAR and AMERICA GLORY carry no more than 150 guests onboard, passengers experience each port of call up close and personal. Vessels have comfortable lounges, large observation decks and spacious staterooms with picture windows and roomy baths; many have private balconies. Contact TravLtips for details

Pearl Seas Cruises, the new sister brand of American Cruise Lines, operates the 210-passenger PEARL MIST, a new ship that accommodates guests in cabins 300 square feet or more, many with balconies. 2017 itineraries include Canadian Maritimes (11 nights between Portland and Quebec City departing Sep 24 and Oct 5); Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway (14 nights, between Toronto & Portland, May 17 and Sep 10); Great Lakes & Georgian Bay (11 nights between Chicago & Toronto, May 31 through Aug 30); Great Lakes (7 nights between Chicago, & Toronto, Aug. 18, 25); New England Foliage (7 nights, r/t Boston, Oct. 17). Contact TravLtips for details.

Pacific Northwest

American Cruise Lines operates the 100-passenger AMERICAN SPIRIT on 7-night cruises in Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands with departures March 18 through November 25, 2017. The 7-night voyage is a round trip from Seattle and includes Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Poulsbo as well as a day cruising the intriguing San Juan Islands. A small ship is the only way to enjoy these majestic cruising grounds. Ship amenities include spacious cabins - most with private balconies, single-sitting dining, elevators to all decks, and four lounge areas.

Lindblad Expeditions operates the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion on a Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey in September and October 2017. The seven-day route is between Portland OR and Clarkston WA and emphasizes the area’s history and native culture, and features local cuisine including regional wines and craft brews. Lindblad’s renowned naturalist staff will lead Zodiac tours and conduct daily recaps. Sightseeing and fees are included in cruise fare. Kayaks and hiking available. Contact TravLtips for details and latest offers.

Un-Cruise Adventures operates their inclusive boutique Adventure yacht-cruises on the British Columbia's Yachters' Paradise, an 8-day voyage roundtrip from Seattle that operates April-May and September-November 2017. Explore the islands and inlets in Washington’s San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, including the stunning Princess Louisa Inlet. Dramatic scenery abounds. Wander Victoria’s picturesque streets with its stately British heritage, inspiring Butchart Gardens, and colorful seaside towns. The 22-guest SAFARI QUEST will meander along intricate waterways and tuck into hideaway coves where you can kayak, explore by skiff, stroll sandy beaches, and hike in spectacular wilderness areas. The expedition vessel WILDERNESS ADVENTURE (76 guests) explores Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands in April & May 2017 and again in October and November 2017. Eight-day voyages are roundtrip from Seattle and offer adventure opportunities in Olympic National Park, Mt. Constitution, and the San Juan archipelago.

Un-Cruise Adventures operates a replica coastal steamer on the Columbia & Snake Rivers. The eight-day Legacy of Discovery is round trip from Portland on the 88-guest SS Legacy and now offers a longer season with departures every Saturday April 1 through November 18, 2017. Itinerary includes Columbia Gorge, Snake River cruising, Clarkston and Hells Canyon jet boat ride, Walla Walla, Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Astoria and Fort Clatsop. The popular Rivers of Wine itinerary will operate Apr 15, Apr 22, Jun 24, Jul 29, Aug 5, Aug 26, Oct 14 and Oct 21 featuring on-board wine presentations and tastings and tours and tastings at 9 wineries. All Legacy departures include fine wine and spirits onboard, expert daily narrations, and land excursions.

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