We wanted a small boat experience to do the Inside Passage and chose the Safari Explorer which had a capacity of only 36. Fortunately from Seattle to Ketchikan there were only 12 of us as it was the first cruise of the season, and 26 from Ketchikan up to Juneau - this made their service even better.
The staff were helpful, knowledgeable and professional in every sense. Our excursions on the skiffs and kayaks plentiful, we saw humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, seals, and grizzlies. Often there would be a choice of activities including hiking (where the pace was quite slow) and 'bush-wacking' which was fun.
The food and bar service was excellent and flexible to cope with the various food requirements of the varied guests - nothing was too difficult for them.
They has an extensive supply of waterproof jackets and trousers, wellingtons, and binoculars.
It was expensive of course, but worth it.