The trip was incredible, almost unbelievable....
We anchored in amazing places,
saw so much wildlife
and ate so well,
it's almost impossible to describe.
Each day we traveled, looking for whales,
so close we could almost touch them.
There were sea lions and porpoise,
and we saw bears!
Most days we went ashore,
and explored where few had ever walked.
or some days we paddled,
to the sound of waterfalls.
We ate and ate,
endless meals from Christine's wood stove.
Hand-made pasta, one night,
then pain au chocolat on the last morning.
I wished it would never end.
You should come with us next time...
You really should.

Small Ship Cruises Go Where the Mega-Cruise Ships Don’t — and Often Can’t

Our style of cruising is slow-paced and we focus on the spaces between the destinations. We anchor each night so you get to feel and experience the quiet coves and bays on your cruise with us. This is in sharp contrast to the industrialized mega-ship cruise lines where you are shuffled from destination to destination with thousands of other people. While the cruise ships are running through the night with their casinos, bright lights, loud public address systems, dance halls, movie theaters and hair salons, you’ll be listening to the gentle lapping of water against the hull of the David B and the occasional breath of a seal surfacing just a few feet off in our secluded anchorage.


The Motor Vessel David B, provides specialty cruises in the San Juan Islands, the Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska for small groups and couples. The M/V David B is a beautifully restored 65-foot wooden workboat that has been converted to carry up to six passengers on weekend and extended cruises. Check out our schedule page for dates, rates and availability.


The Inside Passage has a reputation of being difficult to navigate because of swift currents, and open ocean crossings. Because many boat owners and bareboat charterers welcome the chance to gain new knowledge about the Inside Passage before embarking on their own adventures we now offer a 12-Day Learn to Cruise educational trip that has both onboard classroom study and hands-on learning.New! Learn to Cruise the Inside Passage Article Series
If you are planning your own cruise in the Inside Passage and are looking for tips, check out our new series of informational and educational articles we’re writing for


More Faster Backwards 1st Place Journey Award - True Action and Adventure
More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B – Wins 1st Place Journey Awards in True Action/Adventure from Chanticleer Book Reviews! Read Chanticleer’s review….Buy your copy of More Faster Backwards in paperback or eBookYou can also follow Christine, Jeffrey and the David B on Christine’s Blog for Yachting Magazine.


Inside Passage Cruises | M/V David B | Crew Christine and Jeffrey SmithCaptain Jeffrey and Christine Smith started Northwest Navigation Co. Inc. in 1998 with the vision of providing a relaxed luxury cruise emphasizing nature, local history, and gourmet foods. Jeffrey and Christine share their passion for the David B both on and off the boat. You can share in their enthusiasm either traveling with them aboard the boat, or meet them at one of their many presentations they do around the country.