Alaska Cruises – Experience Alaska’s Natural Beauty Up Close

AlaskaMountainsAn Alaska cruise offers an incredible and unique vacation experience. America’s 49th state and its “last frontier” – Alaska – is one of the world’s most beautiful and unique destinations with breathtaking sights at every turn. Marvel at majestic Mt. McKinley, icy blue glaciers as they calve and thunder into the sea, rainforests, fjords, dramatic landscapes and a host of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Popular Alaska itineraries include the scenic Inside Passage and the incredible Northbound/Southbound cruises, sometimes referred to as Gulf of Alaska sailings. The North and southbound itineraries offer a convenient jumping off point for Alaska CruiseTours to such places as Denali, Fairbanks and the Yukon.

INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISES

The scenic Inside Passage is a sheltered waterway between Pacific Coast islands. Cruises here are typically a roundtrip seven-day itinerary that includes Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan and may also feature the towns of Seward, Icy Strait Point,  College Fjord, Seward, Victoria, B.C., Haines and Tracy Arm Fjord. Spectacular scenes can be enjoyed as you sail through Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage. Some 14-day sailings are also offered, and are usually from San Francisco.

Inside Passage cruises provide a classic and relaxing experience. Enjoy a variety of excursions or just sit back and watch the stunning coastal scenery pass you by from the comfort of the open decks or from your balcony stateroom.

NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND CRUISES

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Another popular cruise itinerary is the Northbound and Southbound Alaska cruise routes. These seven night cruises are generally one-way itineraries sailing between Seattle/Vancouver and Seward/Whittier (the gateway for Anchorage), sailing either north or south. Some two-week roundtrip voyages are also available.

The northbound/southbound cruises allow for more time in Alaska ports or National Glacier Parks at Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay than the Inside Passage route. Highlights include College Fjord in Prince William Sound, lined with 16 glaciers, beautiful Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, a seaside town with a Russian influence. Some include also include the ports of Hubbard Glacier and Valdez.

The northbound southbound itineraries sail further north and therefore offer more coastal and glacier scenery. The most important difference between the Inside Passage cruises and the northbound/southbound cruises is that the northbound/southbound cruises provide access to land tours that include sights such as Denali National Park. The land portion of the cruise tour itineraries last from four to seven days.

CRUISE TOURS

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See the state’s magnificent interior when you take Alaska CruiseTours which combines a land tour before or after your Alaska cruise. Journey in luxury domed railcars across the immense Alaska wilderness. Highlighting any Alaska CruiseTour is Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the highest peak mountain in North America. View an abundance of wildlife including bears, caribou, moose, sheep and more. As you journey along through the incredible landscape, marvel at the ice bridges, pristine glacier streams and massive ice fields.

Experience a multi-night fully-escorted land journey to the spectacular Alaskan interior. Immerse yourself in its amazing culture, history, flavors and sounds.  Some favorite Alaska cruise tour packages combine a seven night cruise with a 3- to 5-night Anchorage/Denali/Fairbanks tour, a 4- to 7-night Yukon tour, which takes you to Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks or you can take a 5- to 7-night fascinating tour of the Canadian Rockies.

EXCITING ACTIVITIES

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Alaska cruises are ideal for families and all age groups with a variety of activities that will enhance your vacation experience. Cultural tours may include panning for gold, where you can feel the excitement of the Gold Rush. Feel the excitement of traditional gold rush towns as families have an unforgettable time competing to see who finds the most. Salmon bakes are also a popular choice and offer a delicious traditional meal. Visit museums and wildlife conservation centers, including those for raptors and other birds.

More adventurous travelers may take a thrilling helicopter ride or flightsee over ice blue glaciers. You can also experience Alaska’s nature first hand as you go dog sledding, salmon fishing, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, whitewater rafting and glacier trekking.

Highlights of an Alaska cruise for many is whale watching, where you may get to see Humpback and Minke whales, Orcas and more. June and July are the best times to see bubble-netting Humpbacks. Another unique excursion includes taking a tram ride to see incredible and unique views such as hanging glaciers and wildlife.

Animal-lovers will be thrilled by the diverse wildlife in their natural environment. Grizzly bears, Bald Eagles, caribou, Sitka Blacktail deer, moose and Dall Sheep call this home. Lynx, marmots, fox, puffin, wolves and snowshoe hare also live here.

The Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and the Anchorage Museum is perfect for families. Here children and adults alike will enjoy all of the exhibits and the kids will love the Imaginarium Discovery Center.

Fascinating Ketchikan is the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who hand-carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Learn about their history and culture through their Native American Totem Poles that were created to tell stories and commemorate life events at the Totem Bight Historical Park 

Most of the major cruise lines offer Alaska cruises. They include Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises.

Whichever cruise ship you select and wherever you go in Alaska you are sure to see and experience something unique, special and beautiful. Discover this pristine natural masterpiece from the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship and you will never forget the beauty and grandeur of this great land.

To book your amazing Alaska Cruise visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our Alaska cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours – Where Beauty and Adventure Await You

Alaka Cruise Tour Alaska is one of the world’s most unique and beautiful places to visit. It evokes a sense of awe that is unmatched and an Alaska cruise is one if the most enjoyable ways to experience this wonderful destination. Behold sights that are so stunning they will take your breath away. Alaska is truly nature at its very best.

Pass majestic Glaciers as they calve and thunder into the sea. Alaska boasts an estimated 100,000 glaciers. The glaciers are alive, rivers of ice flowing from ice packs high in the mountains. As they flow the spectacular blue glacial ice carves the land as it expands and recedes. Cruising through Alaska is really one of the best ways to experience the magnificence that Alaska bestows.

An Alaskan cruise brings you face to face with nature. It is not often that one gets the opportunity to view graceful and magnificent Humpback whales. These majestic creatures range from 39 to 52 feet in length and weigh approximately 79,000 pounds. You might even get the opportunity to see an Orca whale. Alaska’s Inside passage is also home to many other impressive creatures including sea lions, otters, brown bears, mountain goats and the truly impressive Bald Eagle, all of which you can see on an Alaska cruise.

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Alaska is a nature lover’s paradise and an Alaskan cruise provides the opportunity to experience them all. The salmon fishing is world class and fishing trip in Alaska will leave you with wonderful memories and you can even ship your catch home and have a taste of your trip for weeks or months to come. Other activities include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, zip-lining, whitewater rafting and glacier treks. For a truly awe inspiring experience take a helicopter tour of the glaciers or a flight-seeing tour of the Alaskan fjords. For those seeking a “once in a lifetime” experience a dog sled excursion is incredible.

Alaskan culture is a unique blending of two distinct groups, the Native American descendants and those who came to Alaska seeking adventure and fortune. The Native heritage history and culture can be found in such diverse places as Ketchikan and Anchorage as well as in many villages where people live in traditional ways. A series of fur, timber, gold, fishing and oil booms and busts have marked Alaska’s history and culture and brought with them a diverse mix of pioneers that have shaped Alaska’s society. A cruise to Alaska brings that rich culture and history to the forefront.

Alaska CruiseTours are an ideal option for those seeking even more adventure into the Alaska wilderness. Combining a seven day cruise with a land tour, an Alaskan CruiseTour brings Alaska’s impressive terrain to life. Travel in luxury domed railcars across the vast Alaska wilderness. Denali National Park is one of the highlights of an Alaskan CruiseTour. Home to North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley, stands at 20,320 feet. Denali is also part of natural ecosystem which is a home to moose, sheep, caribou and bears. As you travel through the landscape you will marvel at the massive icefields, ice bridges and glacier streams.

What is the best Alaska cruise? Many cruise lines offer cruises and CruiseTours to Alaska including Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean and Silversea. Each of the itineraries are somewhat varied as are the ship sizes and amenities. Cruises and CruiseTours range from seven to ten days and will take you to one of the most incredible places on earth.

Get your best Alaska cruise deal by booking online or by contacting one of our cruise experts at 866-257-1489 or watch an Alaska cruise video to learn more.