Step aboard and see Alaska for yourself


Alaska is almost unbelievable

Everything is so much bigger than you imagined. The mountains reach from the sea to the sky. Tide-water glaciers calve crystal-blue skyscraper-sized icebergs into deep cold-water ancient fjords.  It’s a place where salmon-fed brown bears rule the forests, streams and tidelands. It’s a place where the explosive and towering breath of foraging humpback whales lingers to the horizon.

Alaska is breathtaking

A photo might capture the essence of Alaska, but not the emotion of standing on deck as mist from a waterfall cascading three-thousand feet down a glacier-polished granite wall settles onto your face. The way to really experience the emotion, and the powerful nature of Alaska is to immerse yourself in it — right up close. To walk quietly among the lichen-draped trees in an ancient forest. To breath in the forest’s rich mossy air as overhead a raven’s wing brushes past mature boughs. To paddle past the fantastic shaped icebergs where perched bald eagles watch your every move, or a brown bear previously hidden at the forest’s edge makes a gentle movement, and for a moment you watch each other before she blends back into the greens, browns and shadows of the old-growth forest. The way to really experience that powerful nature of Alaska is to listen to and watch a humpback whale resting at the surface while her growing calf breaches and splashes.

These are the kind of moments we can share with you.

You need to move slowly, and in a small group. The magic of these moments only happens when you have the time to pause, to look around and take in all that surrounds you. The pace of our small ship cruises on the David B is slow. We focus on the spaces between the destinations –the experiences, the emotions, the nature. This means you’ll see more, you’ll feel more, you’ll gain more.

Video Gallery

Check out what it’s like to cruise on the David B with some highlights from recent and past cruises. Or browse through some photo galleries from our cruises in Alaska, the Inside Passage and San Juan Islands,  as well as some photos of our great gourmet meals cooked on the David B’s wood-fired cookstove.

David B’s New Pilothouse!

Our 2017 season is going to be very special with the addition of the David B’s new pilothouse.

Alaska Small Ship Cruise new pilothouseWhat makes this special will be a spacious interior for wildlife and scenery viewing, inside access to staterooms, more lounging room and covered outside decks. We’re especially excited about this project because it will return the wheelhouse to it’s original foredeck location. For more videos and updates visit our Tin Hat Project page.

Open Boat on Sundays!
Want to see how the David B’s new pilothouse is coming along? We’d love to show you! Come by anytime between 4-6pm on Sundays until April 9, 2017. We’ll be there to show you around. Just be advised that it’s a construction zone, so don’t wear your Sunday best.  Here’s a link for directions to our slip in Bellingham.

For reservations or more information call us at 877-670-7863 or send us an email.