Alaska Cruises 2019 - 2020
Majestic glaciers. Unique wildlife. Stunning fjords. Cruise Alaska now!
Unearth the magnificence of nature on a cruise vacation to Alaska. Journey through rugged snowy mountain ranges, behold spectacular arctic glaciers and meander lush forests in some of the most blissfully remote environments on Earth. Voyage through the stunning Inside Passage or spot icebergs, bears, moose or whales as you cruise through the iconic Tracy Arm Fjord. With its fascinating flora, exotic fauna and charming local cultures, Alaska will seduce you with its mysterious allure.
Aside from a spectacular wilderness, there is so much to explore in Alaska. Visit the charming gold rush town of Skagway, wander adorable historic townships like Juneau, ponder native heritage in Ketchikan, appreciate historic totems in Totem Bight State Historic Park or witness the majestic Northern Lights from Fairbanks. Alaska cruises depart from a variety of ports, including Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seward and Whittier.
Named after Captain George Vancouver, Vancouver has been voted as the best city for quality of life for two years in a row. This vibrant city is located in southwestern Canada between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain ranges and offers an exciting range of interesting attractions, quirky districts and fascinating cultural heritage to discover.Highlights of Vancouver
- Visit the historic Steam Clock and indie bar scene in the edgy Gastown district
- Sample delectable local seafood in the historical Grandville Island district, which is filled with charming boutiques, cute cafes and quirky art galleries
- Fall in love with Vancouver’s natural charm from Stanley Park’s historic seawall
Juneau is nestled at the base of Mount Roberts in Alaska’s picturesque mountainous southwest. Arguably the most scenic capital city in the United States of America, the city is so remote it is only reachable by plane or ship. Home to some of the world’s most impressive glaciers and variety of wildlife such as bears, bald eagles and humpback whales, Juneau is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers.Highlights of Juneau
- Explore Juneau’s hiking trails and the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier
- Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most majestic marine life on a whale watching tour
- Witness breathtaking views of Juneau on a ride up the Mount Roberts tramway
Ketchikan is a small fishing town in southeast Alaska known as the “salmon capital of the world.” All five species of native Pacific salmon can be found here, and visitors won’t want to pass up the opportunity to dine on fresh-caught fish, crab and oysters in one of its many restaurants. The area also boasts a rich cultural history of Alaska Natives, housing the world’s largest collection of totem poles and the opportunity to learn about local tribes at the Totem Heritage Center. Adventurous travelers will relish the opportunity to make an excursion into the rugged Alaskan wilderness by land, by sea or by air.Highlights of Ketchikan
- Discover magnificent waterfalls and breathtaking views at the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument
- Explore Alaska Native culture at the town’s Native American museums and art galleries
- Enjoy fresh seafood year-round
Located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and a popular cruise line destination. The city maintains its British heritage with restored Victorian architecture, colorful gardens, and double-decker buses. Awarded as the most romantic city in Canada five years in a row, Victoria is the perfect cruise destinations for couples and honeymooners.Highlights of Victoria
- Explore historic landmarks such as the Royal British Columbia Museum and British Columbia parliament buildings
- Wander the 55 acres of vivid floral displays at the charming Butchart Gardens
- Visit the harbor at night, when more than 3,500 light bulbs illuminate the picturesque seafront
Photogenic Skagway is nestled in the mountainous, northernmost corner of the magnificent Inside Passage. The former gold rush town has retained much of its charm, featuring wooden boardwalks and colorful restored buildings that now part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Despite a population of just 1,000 residents, Skagway hosts over 1 million visitors each year and is home to the most photographed building in Alaska, the Arctic Brotherhood Hall.Highlights of Skagway
- Admire majestic views and historic sites of the White Pass and Yukon Route in a vintage rail car
- Explore the magnificent Lynn Canal, which at 100kms in length is North America’s longest fjord
- Walk in the footsteps of history as you hike the Chilkoot Trail
Sitka is a remote town situated on the outer edge of Alaska’s Inside Passage and is accessible only by air and sea. Framed by snow-capped mountains and rich in culture, Sitka was once known as the ‘Paris of the Pacific’. A part of Russia until as late as 1867, Sitka’s Russian influence remains in the city’s architecture, including the traditional Russian-orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral.Highlights of Sitka
- Discover Sitka’s native heritage with Tlingit performers and their traditional story telling dance
- Play golf at the Sea Mountain Golf Course and enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka’s Harbor
- Spot humpback whales and celebrate the region’s rich marine environment at the Sitka Whalefest
Nestled on Chicagof Island, picturesque Icy Strait Point is one of Alaska’s top cruise destinations due to its rich culture, striking wilderness and lush wildlife waiting to be explored. Cruisers can visit Icy Strait Point’s restored salmon cannery, experience the culture of Alaska’s largest Tlingit population or ride the world’s biggest and most breathtaking zip line against a spectacular scenic backdrop.Highlights of Icy Strait Point
- Spot humpback and killer whales meandering the Inside Passage from the shores Ice Strait Point
- Keep an eye out for grizzly bears – the has the highest density of brown bears anywhere in Alaska
- Take a wilderness kayaking tour to Tenakee Springs and enjoy the natural therapeutic hot springs
Seattle, known as the Emerald City for its surrounding evergreen forests, is the largest city the Pacific Northwest. As impressive as its natural beauty, Seattle’s 10,000-year history dates to the glacial period, carrying with it a rich cultural heritage to discover. With more than 3,000 restaurants and 1,600 cafes producing an incredible range of cuisines, Seattle is a must-visit cruise destination for foodies.Highlights of Seattle
- Watch fishmongers toss around fish at the Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the United States
- Admire the panoramic views from the Space Needle, which at 605-ft high is Seattle’s most iconic landmark
- Capture the beauty of Renaissance Revival architecture at Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace and first neighborhood
Situated 120 miles south of Anchorage, Seward is one of the oldest and most scenic destinations in Alaska. Seward lures nature lovers to its shores with a variety of adventurous activities, such as kayak tours, world-class fishing, bird watching and hiking trails.Highlights of Seward
- Cruise along the coast of Seward and watch in awe as glaciers break off into the sea
- Kayak through the Kenai Fjords for the opportunity to discover the fjords and wildlife up close
- Fishing enthusiasts should take a tour to Resurrection Bay for the chance to catch silver salmon or halibut
Located in the southeast of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the magnificent Glacier Bay is the largest protected marine sanctuary in the world. Nature lovers flock to Glacier Bay for the opportunity to discover diverse rich wildlife and diverse landscapes that includes dramatic fjords, majestic glaciers, lush riverside trails. The best time to visit Glacier Bay is between late May through early September.Highlights of Glacier Bay
- Witness the staggering Margerie Glacier, one of the world’s few advancing glaciers
- Spot Glacier Bay’s humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions and puffins by boat or Kayak
- Go birdwatching in search of more 281 species including the American Three-toed Woodpecker
The Hubbard Glacier is a 76-mile long and 1,200 feet deep tidewater glacier, making it the largest in North America. Located in the region of Yukon and Yakutat Bay, the advancing Hubbard Glacier is a popular excursion destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers looking to explore the region by foot, boat or air.Highlights of Hubbard Glacier
- Spot seals resting on mini icebergs from on board your cruise
- Witness the majesty of the Hubbard Glacier caving into glacial waters from up close
- Explore the natural beauty and uniqueness of nearby Yakutat Bay by kayak
Prince Rupert is a picturesque port city straddling British Columbia’s northwest coast. Surrounded by untamed wilderness, Prince Rupert is the perfect destination for ocean fishing, with salmon and halibut some of the city’s best catches. Home of a rich aboriginal history, a visit to the Museum of Northern British Columbia for an impressive collection of First Nations cultureHighlights of Prince Rupert
- Visit the North Pacific Cannery and enjoy a historically-inspired lunch
- Wander the city to discover stunning street murals by artist renowned local artist, Jeff King
- Take a boat to the Khutzeymateen Inlet and watch grizzly bears come down to the water’s edge to eat
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is a popular cruise destination as it offers all the perks of a big city with a proximity to the great outdoors. Visit Anchorage to indulge in fine dining restaurants, a vibrant cultural scene and enjoy countless outdoor attractions. The gateway to the wilderness is just a short drive from some of the world’s best hiking spots, spectacular ski areas and pristine natural parks.Highlights of Anchorage
- Stop by the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn about native history and culture
- Explore a glacier with the Alyeska Resort aerial tram up to the mountainside
- Visit Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane base
Why cruise to Alaska?
Big, beautiful, and breathtaking. Alaska is a destination unlike any other – and cruising is one of the best ways to experience it.The allure of adventure merges seamlessly with the comfort of a hotel stay on an Alaska cruise. You can see miles and miles of untouched wilderness and take in the awesome beauty of the Alaskan coast, all without ever leaving your ship. Or sail right up into the heart of mystical glaciers and stunning fjords and see the most beautiful features of Alaska’s geography. Top destinations like the Hubbard Glacier, Icy Straight Point, and Glacier Bay await.
On land, you can visit charming fishing villages like Ketchikan and Seward, learn about the culture and traditions of the native Tlingit people, or set out into the wilderness in search of bald eagles, wolves, moose, and bears. Combine your Alaska cruise with a land tour to visit Denali National Park and Reserve. Your Alaskan cruise adventure can be as adventurous or as comfortable as you like!
When is the best time to cruise to Alaska?
The Alaska cruise season runs from May to September, with the most ships sailing between June and August. The weather is warmest in June, July, and August, so if you plan on hiking or doing lots of shore excursions, this is the best time to go. In late April and May as well as September you’ll find some of the best cruise deals as you can take advantage of off-peak rates. Here, the crowds will be thinner and the ports less full, but you run into more of a chance of having snow on the ground, which may impact some of your land tours or shore excursions. Seas also tend to get a bit choppy in September, particularly if you’re cruising the Gulf of Alaska (as opposed to the Inside Passage, which is more protected), so keep that in mind if you’re prone to motion sickness. But cruising in the off-season has its advantages, too: Late summer is the best time for viewing wildlife, and September is the best time to see the Northern Lights.
Which cruise lines go to Alaska?
Princess Cruises was the first cruise line to popularize Alaska cruises, and today, nearly every major cruise line sails there. Top cruise lines for Alaska cruises include Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruises.
Alaska is also a great destination for an expedition cruise. Untouched forests, icy blue lakes, hidden waterfalls, and glacial valleys await for those who dare explore.
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