North Pacific Expeditions
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North Pacific Expeditions brings up to 12 guests on week-long, all-inclusive small ship adventure cruises in Alaska's in Prince William Sound and on the Kenai Peninsula. Activities include kayaking, trekking, beach combing, wildlife and glacier viewing, photography and for the most daring - polar plunging! Guests experience Alaska up close and personal - and far away from the big boat crowds.
Seward, Alaska
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Judy G
McLean, VA31 contributions
May 2022
I cannot say enough great things about my 7 day stay aboard the Sea Star. To begin, the 85 foot Sea Star, built in 1965, is absolutely beautiful and in pristine condition. The crew (Erik, Tracy, Steve and Misty) was amazing, fun and so accommodating. Your taste buds are going to salivate over the gourmet cooking. My cabin was comfy cozy. I really appreciated every cabin had it's own full bathroom. The place to hang out while onboard, besides the deck with its amazing views, is in the living and dining room salons. You will feel right at home.

I was on a photography tour of the Katmai coast. The Sea Star was the perfect home base. Captain Erik shuttled us ashore to photograph the brown bears just out of hibernation feeding on sedge grasses and clams. To be in the presence of such beautiful animals was an honor. To experience it aboard the Sea Star was an adventure of a lifetime!
Written October 8, 2022
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Thank you Judy! You were an absolute delight and I was so happy to meet you. When are we going to see you again? We've got more adventures in store for you!
Written November 16, 2022
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welchfam7
Newton, MA2 contributions
Jul 2022
After almost two years of planning and looking forward to visiting Alaska, our family of 8 arrived on July 4th, 2022 into Anchorage. On July 6th we arrived at Sea Star for our 5 days, 4 nights voyage. It was an amazing adventure! We did not have the best of weather but beyond that the whole voyage was above and beyond our expectations. The crew from Eric the owner to Tracy , Steve, Misty and Sarah made everything unforgettable. The Sea Star was our home for 5 days.
From Kayaking to voyages on land to explore the wildlife and vegetation, to getting up closer then believed we could to the tidal glacier to Steve's amazing meals it was a dream family vacation.
If you have the chance this is the boat and crew to book!
Written July 20, 2022
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Thank you Welch family! We loved having you onboard and were very impressed with how well you managed the rain. A continual smile on all faces! We hope to welcome you back for another Alaska adventure. Hopefully you'll get more time in the sun on the next one!
Written November 16, 2022
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Don H
1 contribution
Sep 2022
It would be hard to put a finger on any specific thing we liked best, as everything was supberb -- the meticulously maintained boat, the roomy staterooms with ensuite bathroom/shower facilities, the large and airy lounge and dining areas, the captain, the crew, the drinks, the meals, the scenery, the wildlife, you name it! Although it rained almost every day, that did not in any way detract from our enjoyment of the trip. I give credit to the captain and crew for helping make that happen, and to the captain in particular for his knowledge of where to go to maximize enjoyment of the wildlife and scenery while avoiding being around any other boats while we did so. We've traveled many palces around the world in both sail and power boats. This was a standout experience!
Written November 4, 2022
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Thank you Don! And we loved having you both onboard. We really enjoyed chatting with you about your maritime adventures. Hope to see you again! - Tracy
Written November 16, 2022
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polycoder
Seattle, WA298 contributions
Jul 2022
This cruise was from Whittier and returning to Whittier, 5 days and 4 nights. We explored the SW portion of Prince William Sound, staying in quiet bays such as Granite bay and Jackpot bay.
We explored beaches at low tide, kayaked, took short hikes, and used the skiff to look for wildlife in small inlets. Eagles, kittiwakes, otter, bear, salmon, puffins were all there. Waterfalls were everywhere.
On the hikes, we picked blueberries with which the chef made dessert that night. We also picked a berry that tasted like watermelon.
It was a perfect day to see the Chenega Glacier. We got close enough to hear it snap and crackle, with the occasional exciting calving. Hot chocolate with a dash of Bailey's was served.
The food, the crew and the experience were outstanding on the "Sea Star". Very comfortable ship even in the rare rough weather. The passenger list is kept small to maximize the experience for everyone. This is the only way to see the true beauty of Alaska, away from the crowds.
Written August 19, 2022
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Thank you Ed! We so loved having you and Fran join us for an Alaska adventure. The 3rd time certainly was the charm! I hope you decide to come back, maybe to see the Kenai? If so, give a shout. We'd love to have you!
Written November 16, 2022
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rickiboston
Boston, MA203 contributions
Jul 2021
We are frequent adventure travelers with high expectations for knowledgeable, experienced, and professional Captain and crew. Captain Erik, first mate Tracy, naturalist and mate Norris, and talented chef Steve, were everything we could have asked for. Our five day/four-night cruise on the Sea Star included beachcombing, kayaking, glacier viewing, hiking, and multiple opportunities for wildlife viewing with black bears, eagles, Dall’s porpoises, Steller’s Sea Lions, Kittiwakes, sea otters, jellyfish, leaping salmon, and much more. This journey is for those who love nature, are looking for an off-the-grid adventure and are happy to be flexible no matter what the weather, scenery, or mother nature throws at you. The boat was tucked into beautiful, quiet coves at night which provided opportunities for relaxation, a wheelhouse and engine tour, and even a 6 am skiff outing for photography. Each day’s activities were discussed with the passengers and adapted to the group’s preferences. There was no pressure to participate in anything if one just wanted to nap or take in the view from the lounge. This was the smallest boat I had been on (up to 12 passengers, although that would be tight,) and it felt just right for what we were doing. I would consider a future trip or a charter for photography or with friends. What a wonderful trip!
Written July 29, 2021
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Miriam C
3 contributions
Aug 2022
Being able to experience the stunning beauty of Alaska from the Sea Star was just surreal! The tranquility and serenity that we experienced lent itself to meditate on the wonders of God's creation!
Captain Erik and the staff were very professional and caring. The captain is knowledgeable and exceedingly competent. Tracy was full of knowledge of the local flora and fauna, Missy knew exactly were to take us kayaking and we always had a great adventure, Chef Steve was very creative with his recipes, Sarah was a very impressive and talented young lady. The captain, Tracy, Missy, Chef Steve and Sarah made us feel like we were amongst friends.
We had an amazing crew and travel companions. We were just like a family for the 5 days of the cruise.
We will always have fun memories of this trip!
Written October 7, 2022
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Thank you Miriam! And we so greatly enjoyed having you both onboard. You were so much fun and so excited for every day. Your energy was infectious! We hope to see you again soon!
Written November 16, 2022
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Carol V
Northampton, MA3 contributions
Jul 2021
If you have never been to Alaska, or visited by boat, this is a life time experience. Beautiful boat, kind and attentive crew, and wonderful food make this trip one to remember. You will not only visit glaciers, and waterfalls, but see so much wildlife. It can involve hiking, walking on beaches, kayaking, and great views from the deck. No pressure; you can do any or all. Alaska is so beautiful, especially from the water. And this experience was exceptional.
Written July 29, 2021
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Gerning4077
14 contributions
Jul 2022
We were on the Sea Star with a family of 8. The boat was magnificent! Capt. Erik and crew were spectacular! Experiencing Prince William Sound aboard this vessel was luxurious, breathtaking, exceptional and overall the trip of a lifetime. The boat was in exceptional shape, the food was unbelievable! Seriously, not 1 bad meal. Captain Erik and crew were so attentive, professional and fun. I cannot thank them for the once in a lifetime experience I/we had. I wish I could do this every year, but at least the memories will last me forever. Thank you all and please, if you can, spend some of your vacation with them.
Written August 11, 2022
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Thank you for your very kind review. Please let us know if you ever decide to return to Alaska. We'd love to welcome you onboard for another adventure!
Written November 16, 2022
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jschell2019
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I are experienced travelers. We have traveled extensively internationally and domestically. I can honestly say that our cruise of Prince William Sound with North Pacific Esxpeditions was the best travel experience we have had. The crew of the Sea Star was amazing. Not only were they accommodating, they designed the trip and each day to satisfy our interests.

The accommodations on the Sea Star were more than comfortable. We found that sleeping while anchored in a different cove.every night was restful and almost spiritually quiet. Turning off the generators eliminated noise and give over to a gentle rocking and a good night's sleep.

The food was excellent and professionally prepared by Klause. Every meal was a delight.

As a photographer, the crew found ways to get unique shots of the ocean and some very close up views of more than one glacier. We got close enough to hear the cracking and witness calving and close encounters with icebergs. Very exciting.

Captan Eric and Captan Ralph could not have been better guides and hosts. We got tours of the engine room, the galley and all the living accommodations on the Sea Star. Together they took time to show us on a map the daily destinations and many dramatic land and seascapes and fjords. Also, I have been on many ocean-going boats -- the. Sea Star was the cleanest and most sea worthy ship I have seen in a long time.

Tracy, was the best. She was the host that made the trip easy to plan, arrive, enjoy, and sad to depart. There are lots of things to do on the boat, so come prepared to enjoy the kayak, the big and little boats, and contact with wildlife and the wilds of Alaska.

We cannot recommend North Pacific Expeditions any higher. Great group of people.
Written September 24, 2019
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danayers4
San Jose, CA2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
The Captain and First Officer did a wonderful job of calling the smooth crossing of both the Dixion Inlet and the Queen Charlottesville Are Windows were short in time. They were precise.We had smooth sailing and little wind. A scenic and very enjoyable trip south.
Written September 4, 2019
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Capt_Tracy
Thank you Dan! That means a lot coming from such a seasoned mariner. We enjoyed the trip immensely and are so glad you did too. I'm looking forward to having you onboard again soon! Until then - take care!
Written September 6, 2019
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