My sister and I cruised the Inside Passage Sojourn from Sitka to Ketchikan Aug 27-Sep 4 2023. We each booked a room to ourselves using a single supplement waiver. All cabins have a window and view. I have had little interest in a large traditional cruise, and this trip exceeded my expectations.
I appreciated the small capacity, the intimate itinerary reaching into small places for culture, history, nature, and wildlife with a more relaxed schedule. The ages of the passengers were 12-80s. Yes, three lovely teens were onboard! They had a great time, and the crew made sure those of us older and/or with reduced mobility could still enjoy everything. They assisted us into kayaks and the skiff for animal viewing & beachcombing. There was a polar plunge at Glacier Bay that about 10 partipated in. The food was plentiful and very good. I was shocked by the variety offered for less than 40 passengers. Seafood at every meal (salmon plate at breakfast daily) plus several alternates, warm cookies and appetizers every afternoon. One night we had a great evening meal off ship at a gorgeous private island lodge with a bonfire.
They knew private coves, got us closer to glaciers, bears and whales than the giant ships could (we saw them in the distance - a Princess and a Holland America were on a similar itinerary to us), took us on several native islands to meet locals and be educated on totems, petroglyphs and lodges. Time in the port cities was a little off from the big ships, so we missed some of the crowds.
We arrived 2 days before our Alaskan Dream cruise on the Baranof Dream. It was wonderful to experience the town without any large ships in port. The Old Harbor Bookstore and coffee shop were fabulous, visited with an artist in the Artist Cove Gallery as we purchased one of her creations. We saw the Sitka National Historic Park, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Baranof
Castle site overlooking the harbor as well as multiple walks along the waterfront path - all without crowds. The restaurants were not too busy either. The town was transformed on our last morning there as two ships docked and within an hour or two - Wow! Sitka is a gem that you should try to experience