Island Spirit Cruise Ship, Alaska

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Built in 1978 and renovated in 2002, the Island Spirit can accommodate up to 32 guests, in 17 cabins, for each of its trips around Alaska. Each comfortable en suite cabin has a large window and ample storage space. There’s no need to worry about missing out on any incredible views whilst you sleep; the Island Spirit remains anchored at nighttime in various pretty areas. The boat carries skiffs and kayaks for adventure on the waters. There’s a covered outdoor lounge area as well as seating on the rear open deck. You can enjoy tasty western food in the stylish dining room, and watch the world go by through the large windows as you eat. The comfy sofas in the indoor lounge are the perfect place to relax with a drink from the onboard bar and chat with other guests on your small ship cruise.

The Island Spirit offers explorations of the Inside Passage between Juneau and Sitka. Places visited on the magical journey include Skagway, Haines, and Hoonah. As well as marveling at out-of-this-world scenery, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with an array of fascinating wildlife. From whales, bears, and moose to wolves, numerous bird species, and more, there is much to see on the land and in the waters. Whilst the cruise does follow a rough itinerary, the captain is flexible and will take you to the best wildlife-viewing spots, and away from the tourist crowds. Another bonus of cruising with the Island Spirit is that it is the only small-cruise vessel to spend a full 24-hour period in the magnificent Ford Terror wilderness area. Though the area is only accessible at high tide, you can use kayaks and skiffs to discover the area’s delights and lap up the vistas.  

The accommodating and friendly crew members of the Island Spirit will be delighted to welcome you onboard for a marvelous cruising vacation in Alaska. Call us or book online to avoid disappointment.


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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, All meals, Towels Provided, Naturalist Guide

Excluded: Airfare, Tips, Insurance, Expensive tours not included in the itinerary ie: Helicopter tours, Flightseeing, Wines/beer at lunchtime. Crew tip USD 250 per guest.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Leisure Deck
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Onboard kayaks
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Observation deck

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Island Spirit Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1978
  • Year renovated 2002
  • Length 130ft
  • Beam 25ft
  • Max guests 32
  • Number of cabins 17
  • Number of bathrooms 17

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Island Spirit Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 2 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.0
  2. Crew
    9.0
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Activities
    9.0
  5. Value
    10.0
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Martin K
  • United States United States
I would go again

Kayaking early in the morning, with eagles flying about, in Takrat Bay 22 miles of interaction with orcas nearby Bubble net whale feeding, with ten or more whales Dawe’s glacier calving Touring Sitka—St. Michael’s church, raptor center, heritage park with many totem poles

Recommended for
Kayaking in secluded coves, proximity to wildlife in their natural setting, compatible group of fellow travelers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Claude A
  • United States United States
Far exceeded our expectations, providing spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing

The kayaking was made accessible to all, no matter the age, with an ingenious entry/exit platform with bars that was stable and easy to use. Dawe's porpoises loved to surf in front of the boat, we were able to get close to glaciers and go places that large cruise ships can't; few passengers made for easy wildlife viewing, with no crowding at the rails to get good photos. The rooms were small but comfortable with room to store luggage and a built inn dresser to use while on the cruise. The private bathrooms were great too. The crew was totally customer service oriented, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent, with a chef and pastry chef on board. We really felt spoiled and it was a fantastic introduction to Alaska. What's more, there were several passengers for whom this was a repeat cruise on the Island Spirit, one person having taken this same ship four times, which speaks volumes. We will certainly b back in the future and will recommend to all of our family and friends.

Recommended for
Small number of guests (22) allowed for personalized vacation, incredible up close encounters with whales, orcas, sea lions, a bear and her cubs, etc., great food available at all times!