What are Alaska Cruisetours?
Alaska Cruisetours are an incredible and unique vacation experience created by bundling an Alaska cruise with either a pre- or post-cruise inland tour package. For example, you could spend a few days exploring the rugged Alaskan wilderness via railway or motorcoach before embarking on a scenic 7-night Southbound cruise alongside towering glaciers.
Cruise vs. Cruisetour
Alaska is a huge destination and a cruise is definitely the best way to see the region’s amazing glaciers and coastal cities, but there’s even more waiting to be discovered inland. This is why Alaska Cruisetours have become so popular! Basically, Alaska Cruisetours build upon the Alaska cruise experience by adding an inland component. You end up with more bang for your buck on a trip that could feature railway travel aboard glass-domed trains, wilderness lodge accommodations and access to the enormous Denali National Park. When comparing vacation values for Alaska, you can’t beat a cruisetour.
Top five things to do on your Alaska Cruisetour:
#5 – Ride the Alaskan Railroad
Never miss a second of Alaska’s scenic landscape as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad. Comfortable glass-domed railcars carry you over the rivers and through the woods on an adventure you’ll never forget. Enjoy bistro dining on Wilderness Express’ lower level, and never-ending mountain and forest views from up top.
August 18, 2015 2 Comments
Alaska is one of the most unique – and most popular – cruise destinations in the world. Alaska cruises highlight the Last Frontier’s fascinating cultures, rich history, majestic wildlife and natural beauty, including mountains, rivers and, of course, glaciers. There are many factors to consider when planning an Alaskan cruise, and careful consideration of each will ensure a memorable experience. When should you book, and when should you sail? Which ports should you visit, and which sites should be highest on your list of priorities? Should you take a cruise-only vacation, or add an in-depth land tour?
We’ll tackle these questions and more in our guide to Alaska cruises.
September 16, 2014 2 Comments
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Yukon and Double Denali: 10-Day Cruisetour: Vancouver to Anchorage from $1,499!*
Sailing on the ms Zaandam: May 16 through September 5, 2014
Triple Denali: 12-Day Cruisetour: Anchorage to Vancouver from $1,599!*
Sailing on the ms Oosterdam: May 11 to August 31, 2014
May 21, 2013 No Comments
Alaska is known as The Last Frontier and nothing exemplifies that motto more than the Iditarod race, which is in its 40th year. The race pays tribute to the 49th state’s sled dogs, which helped settle the state by transporting mail, groceries and even gold across the state’s vast wilderness.
The Iditarod has become one of Alaska’s most popular events and many cruise lines have excursions and cruisetours that put you right in the middle of the action. There are opportunities to try your hand at mushing. You can talk with former Iditarod winners and meet some huskie dogs that have or will participate in the race.
Keep reading to find out more about The Iditarod.
March 9, 2012 No Comments
By Kris Spealman, Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
When most people hear “cruisetour,” the first places they think of are Alaska and Europe. And it’s no surprise that cruisetours here are very popular because Alaska and Europe are beautiful places to visit. However, there are other destinations that deserve the same attention: South America, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/New Zealand or even Canada and historic America. Historic America? Yep, you can see Washington DC, Gettysburg PA, Philadelphia, and New York City coupled with a Canada and New England cruise. Land and sea at a great value, the best of both worlds! Does that sound like fun to you?
If Canada and historic America are not your speed, then how about a cruise to South America with a tour to Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls? You can cruise Cape Horn – which some say is just as beautiful as Alaska – with its glaciers and fjords full of wildlife, like penguins and whales. Some tours even allow guests to take a peek at Antarctica while they’re down there. This is very limited stuff and it goes very fast, so book early!!! [Read more →]
January 18, 2012 2 Comments
By Jennifer Crivelli, Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States, over twice the size of Texas. Yet the majority of cruises to Alaska only visit the lower sixth of the state, including the major cities along the Inside Passage. To truly experience Alaska, you need to head inland, into the wilderness and away from the coast. The best way to do this is through an Alaska Cruisetour.
I recently visited Alaska on a Royal Caribbean 11-night Alaska Cruisetour starting from Fairbanks, Alaska aboard the beautiful Radiance of the Seas. Our flight landed in Fairbanks late in the evening and despite the late hour, the sun was shining bright. After our transfer to the Pike’s River Lodge, we enjoyed a late dinner on the outside deck overlooking a river, while the sun remained high in the sky. Visiting Alaska makes you appreciate the black-out curtains, provided in our private cabin at the lodge. [Read more →]
January 18, 2012 4 Comments
On October 20, 2010, The Cruise Web sales team attended Holland America’s annual Moose Mobile training for a hands-on experience inside the cruise line’s motor coach. The Moose Mobile, which offers adventurous trips through Alaska in a luxurious and comfortable motor coach, spent the day parked outside The Cruise Web office. The team was educated on everything from the different Alaska cruises and cruise tours, to the best places to see wildlife and the peak of the fall colors. [Read more →]
November 17, 2010 2 Comments
Courtesy of Princess Cruises.
This year Princess Cruises offers passengers some fresh ways to experience Alaska up close and personal with a variety of new shore excursions for the summer. Among the 20 new options is a unique opportunity to join a scientific expedition while in Juneau to help study climate change and wildlife behavior patterns.
Passengers can also get closer to the dramatic glaciers of Tracy Arm, pilot their own zodiac on a tour of Ketchikan or enjoy the opportunity for animal encounters at a film trainer’s wildlife park. These new options join Princess’ extensive shore excursion program, which currently offers 215 different Alaska tour options for passengers starting in May.
“Alaska offers so many thrilling experiences for visitors — there’s beautiful scenery nearly everywhere you turn, great opportunities to encounter wildlife, an intriguing Native culture, and of course the towering glaciers,” said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. “These new excursions showcase some of the many wonders available throughout this amazing state, and offer visitors a number of ways to get a very personal Alaska vacation.” [Read more →]
February 18, 2010 6 Comments
Courtesy of Princess Cruises.
For the tenth year, Princess Cruises is ending the Alaska season by recognizing top-rated local tour operators with the line’s C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards for best shore excursion experiences, based on passenger feedback.
The annual awards, which underscore the important role that Alaska and Northwest tour operators play in a passenger’s cruise experience, celebrate the most popular tours, individual guides and dock representatives in the communities where Princess ships call. Winners are determined primarily by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys throughout the season, and are chosen from the extensive line-up of more than 200 Alaska shore excursion options offered on Princess ships. [Read more →]
October 1, 2009 No Comments
by Kevin Sweigard, Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.
Alaska is one of the most scenic places on earth. Snow-capped mountains, giant calving glaciers, bald eagles, glacier-carved fjords, abundant wildlife, and quaint little towns – now that’s Alaska! It’s nature at it’s best. And the best way to see Alaska is on a cruise or cruise tour.
View this spectacular nature and the awesome scenery as you cruise the inside passage.
You may see black bears or grizzly bears along the shore line, or seals lounging on floating icebergs. You’ll get an even better view of this unforgettable wildlife with binoculars — so don’t forget them! Be sure to also bring a camera with zoom capabilities to capture this amazing scenery!
February 25, 2009 6 Comments