From the awe inspiring beauty of a glacier field, to the incredibly unique wildlife, cruises to Alaska are unlike any other vacation.
Alaska’s landscape is one of the United States’ natural treasures. Much of the state is protected from development by law, which ensures that the breathtaking scenery you see on your all inclusive cruise will be unlike any other you’ve experienced. Explore America’s last untouched frontier in a responsible and luxurious way. Your Alaskan voyage can include trips to: glaciers, mountains, forests, quiet local towns, and wildlife preserves.
Sailing to Alaska is like sailing to a whole new world. Unlike many typical cruises, where you can expect to spend many of your excursions visiting popular tourist spots, the Alaskan frontier provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, dog sledding and exploring the place that has been nicknamed “The Last Frontier.”
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Alaskan cruises afford a different kind of experience than any other type of cruise. As your ship sails towards Alaska, don’t be surprised if you see whales, dolphins or other sea life swimming alongside your ship. Approximately 5% of Alaska, or 25,000 square miles is covered in glaciers year round. The rest of the land offers a variety of different outdoor experiences. Depending on the type of cruise that you choose, you will have a chance to see rainforests, mountains, and lovely wildlife. During much of the year, the Northern Lights are visible from Alaska cruise ships, which is another unparalleled experience.
Alaska is home to Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Rising 23,320 feet above sea level, the native name for this mountain is Denali, which means “The Great One.” Many cruises Alaska offer excursions to the Denali National Park, which is a prime spot for seeing black bears, bald eagles, and other wildlife, beautiful fields of flowers, and some of the most incredible views of Denali.
Preparing for Your Cruise
Alaska cruises are unlike any other cruise, which means that you should pack differently from any other cruise. While summers in Alaska can actually be quite comfortable and temperate, don’t forget to bring a windbreaker jacket, sunscreen, hiking boots, and lots of layers so you will be prepared for the variety of activities available during the cruise.
These Tours display an array of wildlife and unspoiled wilderness, and the amazing culture.
There are a number of Alaska cruise deals available including:
- Vancouver to Seattle: 7 nights sailing the inside passage
- Vancouver to Seattle: 7 night cruise (Northbound)
- From Whittler or Seward: 7 night cruise (Southbound)
- 14 night ultimate Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage round trip from Seattle.
- At certain times of year it is possible to get cheap Alaska cruises so it is always wise to keep an eye out on the specials.
Because Alaska’s terrain is so rugged and challenging, it is a cruise destination that begs to be explored. Navigating the state’s maze of glaciers, waterways, forests and fjords is a daunting task, and therefore adding on a tour to your Alaska cruise ensures that you won’t miss out on any of the heralded natural attractions.
Extend your stay
From various ports of call, throughout Alaska, Canada and the Northwest United States, cruise travelers can disembark to extend their stay in many of Alaska’s wondrous places.
From Anchorage: travel in style on a train or coach tour and spend 3 to 12 days exploring such wonders as the Denali State Park. The park consists of 6 million acres of rugged tundra, giving travelers the opportunity to glimpse both mighty mountains and delicate flora for days on end.
From Vancouver, take the Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer Train through the magnificent Canadian Rockies, as well as Lake Louise and Banff Springs, before arriving in Jasper
All of these cruise options can be specialised for your personal interests and extended to include additional excursions. Just speak to your travel consultant about making your Alaska cruise perfect for you!
Activity & Adventure Excursions
- For the active cruise traveler, Alaska cruise excursions can be a great chance to combine the pleasures of a cruise with the exhilaration of outdoor activities unique to the Alaskan landscape.
- Mountain Point in Ketchikan: snorkeling.
- Freshwater fishing for wild trout and salmon in Ketchikan.
- Raft the Mendenhall River in Juneau and conquer the rapids under the shadows of glaciers and mighty mountaintops.
- Take a canoe on Mountain Lake and catch glimpses of native wildlife in Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan.
- Experience the thrill of dog sledding across the Godwin Glacier in Seward.
- From delicious locally caught fish to traditional native arts, Alaska is a wealth of cultural attractions.
- In Juneau, taste the fresh abundance of the rivers and lakes at a Gold Creek Salmon Bake.
- Watch the soaring kings of the skies, such as bald eagles and owls at The Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka.
- Enrich your cruise with educational trips to Anchorage museums, like the Artic studies Center, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and Wolf Song of Alaska.
- View original totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan.
- In downtown Juneau, shop for unique items, such as handmade Native jewelry, carved totem poles and other crafts
- Anchorage is the place for antiques, both Russian and American Indian. Shops offer a variety of rare items, from jewelry to paintings to historical memorabilia.
Alaska Nature Excursions
- Immerse yourself in the world’s largest temperate rainforest in Juneau via forest trekking.
- Hire a jeep to explore the lush rainforests and spectacular mountains of Revillagigedo Island in Ketchikan.
- Ride aboard an old-fashioned parlor train car to White Pass Summit in Skagway.
- For a taste of Alaskan history, visit the following places on your Alaska cruise: Downtown Juneau’s St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
- Explore Sitka and see Castle Hill, the Russian Blockhouse, the Russian Bishop’s Orthodox Cathedral and Victorian-style homes.
See Alaska from the air
- From your cruise, connect to the skies and take a flight over the incredible Juneau ice field and the Taku, Hole-in-the-Wall and Dead Branch Glaciers. Soar above the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan.
- Experience the aerial view of Skagway’s Chilkoot Trail, and onto the Klondike Gold Fields.