Glorious mountains, icy glaciers, wildlife and the majestic Pacific Ocean. Alaska will surely take your breath away.
The thousands of miles of scenic coastline make it a natural draw for cruise ships, cruising Alaska is the best way to experience it from a different perspective! Make sure to book in the summer months when the days are longer, and the weather is more predictable.
The most famous cruise lines to visit Alaska with are Holland America & Princess - you will get the picture perfect experience, and the amenities. However if you want more of an expedition feel then book with Un-Cruise Adventures where the focus is more on wildlife, nature and unique shore excursions.
Shoulder seasons, i.e. spring and autumn, are very good if you are looking to:
However, the best time to visit Alaska would be in winter: June to August:
There is a range of cruise lines that sail to Alaska. Here are some of the most popular ones:
Go with a smaller ship cruise line for intimate cruises, filled with luxury and ports that are hard-to-reach for the bigger ships:
Alaska cruises guarantee panoramic vistas of breath-taking beauty consisting of lofty snow-capped mountains and immense glittering glaciers.
Are you looking at starting or finishing a cruise in Anchorage and have some time to spare? If so, the Denali National Park is a must-see! It is home to Denali - the highest peak in North America and a fantastic variety of wild animals:
Taking the Alaska Highway south of Anchorage will take you through some of the best scenery in the region. The highway runs all the way from Fairbanks to Dawson's Creek in British Columbia (Canada).
Juneau is the capital of the US state of Alaska and is famous for its spectacular wildlife at sea and on shore:
There are no roads leading to Juneau directly, due to the fact that the city is surrounded by rugged terrain and glaciers - a fantastic sight for tourists. The most popular of the latter is the Mendenhall Glacier is a must-see.
Seward, located in southern Alaska, is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park - one of the most scenic places in the world. The park is home to:
The city of Seward itself is fascinating with its Alaska SeaLife Centre, that's full of species like seals and puffins, busy boat harbour, Waterfront Park and a variety of hiking trails.
Ketchikan is Alaska's fourth-biggest city and a very popular tourist destination, especially in the months between May and September, when around one million cruise passengers visit. There are several good reasons for that:
Alaska is definitely a bucket list cruise destination and is an absolute must-visit for everyone, especially nature enthusiasts. The region is so unique, its landscapes - untouched, and the wildlife - exceptional.
Alaska is the state of national parks, they are numerous and huge in scale. All in all, there are 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges in the state. Some of them are bigger than certain nations, others still have undiscovered places and all of them boast unprecedented views, spectacular landscapes and a fascinating abundance of flora and fauna.
Here are some of the most popular national parks for you to consider when selecting your cruise itinerary:
Cruising around Alaska, you will be encouraged to take part in a whole range of adventurous activities that are unique to the region and will let you get up close and personal with its nature:
Miles and miles of coastline, an abundance of rivers and, above all, the pristine waters in and around Alaska, allow all types of fish to grow and develop. The state is famous for its:
Getting outside and exploring is crucial on an Alaska cruise holiday, so it is important that you are well prepared. Here are a couple of tips:
For the most popular duration of 7-10 days in Alaska, the prices average between $1,500 and $2,000 per person (based on two people sharing a cabin). These will vary according to: