Alaska Yacht Charters
Discover the magic of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard an unforgettable Alaska yacht charter. There is nothing like experiencing breathtaking vistas firsthand as you cruise through narrow fjords and past towering blue glaciers.
From its vast landscapes to its labyrinth of wildlife, Alaska is where you go to connect with nature. It is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and Admiralty Island, which has the largest concentration of brown bears in the world.
Renting a crewed yacht frees you to explore the wildlife and natural wonders. A private yacht charter in Alaska offers a completely different type of experience compared to other destinations, but it is nothing less than awe-inspiring; there’s a reason why so many people put Alaska on their bucket lists!
Alaska Yacht Charter Highlights
- A staggering mix of wildlife and stunning scenery
- Wildlife encounters with whales and bears
- Breathtaking fjords and glaciers
- World-class fishing, notably for salmon and halibut
- Remote communities offer a glimpse of frontier life
When to Go
Alaska Yachting Season: mid-May through mid-September
Alaska holds major appeal for those looking to reserve a tour on a private yacht charter, but its greatest shortcoming is its extreme weather, making charter season only a few months long – from mid-May through mid-September.
Summer temperatures are pleasant with highs generally between 55-78° Fahrenheit. Nights are comfortably cool as the temperatures drop to the 50s, meaning you can spend your evenings outdoors or on the deck of the yacht, but you will need a jacket.
Aside from longer days and warmer temperatures, the summer months are the best time to visit because Alaska’s landscape is in full bloom. The wildlife is active, flowers are blossoming, trees are filled with new growth, and everything and everyone seem active and alive. The warm months in Alaska make for a magical and scenic escape.
Area Guide – Alaska Inside Passage
Alaska’s Inside Passage is the most popular destination for private boat rentals. The Inside Passage encompasses 1,000 islands and thousands of coves and bays and boasts magnificent fjords and lush rainforests. The coastal mountain ranges and islands of the Inside Passage offer opportunities for fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and hiking.
Private yachts offer flexible itineraries, based on guests’ preferences. Here are samples of two popular charter routes:
What to Do and See in Alaska
There’s no better way to truly experience Alaska than onboard a crewed luxury yacht. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should book a private yacht charter in Alaska and experience the magic first hand:
1. From a yacht, you can witness wildlife in its natural surroundings
Cruise through ancient forests and see wildlife in its natural habitat. Look for majestic creatures like black bears, grizzly bears, deer, and bald eagles on land. As your private vessel glides through the water, keep your eyes peeled for signs of aquatic wildlife. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you’ll be privy to a variety of whales in the water, such as humpback whales, orcas, and you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a rare blue whale. More commonly, while you’re aboard one of our Alaska charter boats, you might spot porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, or sea otters on the water.
As your crewed yacht slowly passes Admiralty Island, keep your binoculars ready in anticipation of spotting giant brown bears, a species that inhabit the island. Along the shoreline, you may spy a black bear picking berries from a bush or a gracious moose ambling to the water for a drink.
2. Alaska will surround you with nature’s most spectacular beauty
The scenery in Alaska is unmatched. On Alaska yacht adventures you can see ice-capped mountains surrounded by lush forests with rushing waterfalls cascading into the deep blue ocean waters. You can kayak to a clear mountain lake that is fed by a melting glacier. Your Alaska crewed yacht charter will take you to Glacier Bay, Misty Fjords, and Baranof Warm Springs.
Alaska’s best attraction is most definitely a natural one: the outdoors. Home to the largest national park in America (Wrangell-St Elias), the largest national forest in America (Tongass), and the largest state park in America (Wood-Tikchik), this part of the world is where travelers spend 20-hour days – because in Alaska, it’s rarely dark – climbing mountains, trekking through five-mile-wide glaciers, paddling canoes, and fishing for salmon, which is aplenty.
3. On your Alaska yacht charter you can get up close and personal with a glacier
Most of the time your vacations include warm tropical waters, but this time around you’re in for something completely different. Nothing is more magical than cruising past towering glaciers while icebergs float on the water and chunks of frozen water crash into the sea below. Inside Passage glacier charter will bring you past walls of ice, stunning waterfalls, and wildlife sunning on floating chunks of ice as they take a break from splashing around.
4. Alaska is a bird-watcher’s paradise
In addition to the numerous types of wildlife to be found on land and sea, you’ll find tons of animal activity in the Alaskan sky. Southeast Alaska has a wide array of bird species, including many varieties that migrate through the region. Each fall and spring sees the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world, a site not many could dream of witnessing during their lifetimes. Puffins, known as the “sea parrot,” stand out as some of the region’s most vibrant birds, with their black and white bodies, brightly-colored bills, and webbed feet.
5. Alaska has an amazing history and culture
The culture of Alaska Natives is unique and memorable. Attend art exhibits, tour museums, and visit cultural centers on your yacht rental vacation to learn about the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people.
Ketchikan is a cultural center with sites such as the Tongass Historical Museum and the Totem Heritage Center, which has an impressive collection of totem poles. Misty Fjords National Monument was created by an ancient glacier and features native rock art on the monument walls accented by gorgeous waterfalls. Wrangell, the third-oldest city in Alaska, includes the Chief Shakes Tribal House historic site on Shakes Island and Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Petersburg is a quaint fishing town that ties Alaska to its Norwegian roots, in which you can explore how the Scandinavian country has left its mark on the state.