One of the best ways to see Alaska's Inside Passage is aboard a small ship cruise. They allow the passengers to travel much deeper and get into bays and rivers not accessible to large cruise ships. My experience was with AdventureSmith Explorations, on the MV Westward, recently renovated and equipped with her original slow-turning diesel engine. Built in 1924, the 86′ boat was modeled after a traditional salmon cannery tender. The rear fantail is characteristic of many workboats in the Pacific Northwest during that era. Over the years, the boat has seen a who’s who of the rich and famous. Myself and 7 other guests will see Alaskan wildlife and adventure we had only imagined.