Westward Cruise Ship, Alaska

Excellent crew and service

“This boat is nearly 100 years old and is in pristine condition. It goes where the big cruise ships cannot. The crew has the “hospi…”

Jayne B, United States United States
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  • Historic yacht with rich maritime history
  • Intimate cruise with only 8 passengers
  • Fresh Alaskan meals created from local ingredients
  • Explore stunning fjords, beautiful coves, and remote inlets

The MV Westward yacht offers exciting cruises to Alaska from May through September. Designed by the renowned naval architect L.E. 'Ted' Geary, and since her launch in 1924, her maritime history has been well documented. She is now listed with the US National Register of Historic Places. The MV Westward caters to just 8 passengers in 4 comfortable cabins, offering a more intimate cruise due to the few guests. Each of the cabins is fitted with a double and single bunk, settee, and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, and portholes that open to the sea air. Social areas include the main indoor salon and covered back deck. The back deck area is a perfect space to enjoy al-fresco dining or spectacular views whilst recounting the day's adventures. Meals aboard the Westward are an important part of the journey, and meals are created from fresh Alaskan ingredients; as many organic and unprocessed products as possible are used to create delicious, wholesome meals.

There is no AC aboard the Westward, but it is not needed. The ship is designed so that the cool night air flows freely, and you get a good night's sleep with only the sound of breathing whales and not a noisy generator.

Alaskan cruises aboard the MV Westward have been carefully planned over decades of local experience by the dedicated and passionate crew. The aim is to provide guests with the best of South East Alaska, and itineraries have been refined so that you can explore the best of the stunning fjords, beautiful coves, and remote inlets with no travel at night needed. Cruises to Alaska include visits to the Inside Passage, a 1000-mile saltwater channel home to thousands of islands, and itineraries exploring SE Alaska's Western Passages, where you can spot bears along the coastline, talk with locals, and learn their history.

Whatever trip you choose, your Alaskan cruise aboard the MV Westward will surely be remembered. Book online today to reserve your space.

The MV Westward also visits Mexico from December - April.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, National Park Fees, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide.

Optional Extras: Gratuities.

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

  • Library
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

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

Westward Alaska Deck Plan floorplan


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1924
  • Year renovated 2016
  • Length 86ft
  • Beam 19ft
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines Main Engine: 4 cylinder Atlas 9×12 diesel 110 h.p. at 300 r.p.m.
  • Max guests 11
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Water capacity 1000 gallons
  • Fuel capacity 3000 gallons

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

Westward Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jayne B
  • United States United States
A special treasure

This boat is nearly 100 years old and is in pristine condition. It goes where the big cruise ships cannot. The crew has the “hospitality gene,” works incredibly hard yet always makes guests feel welcome, valued, and capable. The food is spectacularly good. There is even a rooftop garden where salad greens and fresh herbs are harvested daily. Oh yes, the trip itself — bald eagles, whales, bears, glaciers, icebergs, and more — was wonderful.

Recommended for
The crew, the vistas we saw, the shared experience
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rosi H
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Once in a live time experience

Kayaking between ice floats/ Swimming in a glacier lake followed by dipping into hot pools situated above a waterfall. Gourmet food and caring crew. Thank you Cacey, Liam and Ben for a wonder experience.

Recommended for
1.Being looked after by a very dedicated crew.2. Old lady Westward and her beautiful layout.3.