Lindblad Expeditions: Per-person rates for Lindblad Expedition Cruises include all meals, guided shore excursions and use of kayaks, sports and weather gear. Eight-day Alaskan cruises begin at $5,990 per person, double occupancy. Not included are alcoholic beverages and some outfitter-guided shore tours, mostly in Sitka and Juneau (; 1-800-397-3348).

More cruise lines: Other companies offering small-ship excursions in Alaska include the following:

Un-Cruise Adventures:; 1-888-862-8881

Fantasy Cruises: www.small; 1-800-234-3861

Silver Seas Cruises: www.; 1-877-276-6816

Anne Z. Cooke