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The Boat Company Cruises

Exterior shot of MV Mist Cove sailing calm Alaska waters at sunset

About The Boat Company Cruises

The Boat Company was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit educational organization, meaning the company takes its profits after-expenses and puts them back into eco-friendly, conservation-minded initiatives in Southeast Alaska.

The company operates a fleet of two ships: the 1952-built Liseron, and its modern near-replica fleetmate, Mist Cove, which entered service in 2000. Both vessels offer plenty of nautical charm, with wooden accents, polished brass, and cozy cabins and interior spaces.

Carrying between 20 and 24 passengers apiece, both vessels are geared towards providing a classic small ship experience in Alaska. Meals are taken on a heated, enclosed outdoor deck on the ship's fantail stern, where 180-degree views can be enjoyed in all weather conditions.

Kayaking, fishing, and hiking are the order of the day once each vessel has reached its remote anchorage. And, other than a scheduled arrival and departure time, the rest of the itinerary is created on-the-fly, and according to the local weather conditions.

The Boat Company has some nice little touches that help set it apart. Pricing includes a one-night pre-cruise stay in either Sitka or Juneau, depending on departure, along with fishing permits for those interested in reeling in the catch. For those who do, the ship's crew will even cook and prepare it right onboard, or pack and freeze it at no extra cost.

An open-bar, featuring top-shelf alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, is on offer onboard each vessel.

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  • Do I have to dress up on a The Boat Company cruise?

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Who goes on The Boat Company cruise ships?

Passengers who want to get to know the "real Alaska" through soft adventure activities like hiking and kayaking. Except for arrival and departure, vessels rarely dock in towns or villages, so this is a chance to see Alaska's stunning wilderness as opposed to visiting chain souvenir stores.

Do I have to dress up on a The Boat Company cruise?

Casual is the word of the day, with an emphasis on dressing for the conditions. Layers, waterproof clothing and good active outdoor wear are the order of the day, both onboard and ashore.

Is everything free on The Boat Company cruises?

No. Things like roundtrip airfare to and from Alaska, late-arrival or early-departure from the vessel via floatplane, highly-personalized fly-fishing gear, gratuities and travel insurance are not included in the price of the journey.

What are The Boat Company’s most popular activities?

The Boat Company offers kayaking, hiking, and even fishing while in Alaska, as conditions allow.

Why go with The Boat Company?

  • Small-ship cruise itineraries from Sitka to Juneau
  • Non-profit, educational, eco-minded tours
  • Two-ship fleet with classic nautical touches

Best for: Eco-minded cruisers looking for small-ship, off-the-beaten-path voyages in Alaska.

Not for: Those needing the bells and whistles (and space) of a larger ship.

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