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Alaska Cruises

From huskies to halibut, a cruise to Alaska is a diverse and enchanting vacation option. Alaska is a special cruise destination because of the incredible wildlife and natural attractions you will encounter. Imagine watching the graceful whales breech the freezing waters. Envision the bears lumbering the tundra, and the Caribou traveling through the mountains.
Why else is Alaska a great destination for a cruise vacation? Mountain climbing during the day, hot springs to relax at night. Sled with the Alaskan Huskies, or fish for halibut and King Salmon. Cruise to Alaska for an adventure you’ll never forget! 


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Alaska offers a landscape unlike any other in the United States of America. This rugged state is filled with wildlife and the prospect of adventure. While the snow peaks may be covered with snow, you’ll be surprised to find out that during the summer months Alaska can get into the 70s and sometimes up to the 80s at its peak. 


Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • The waters surrounding the coast of Alaska are littered with amazing glaciers. Be sure to experience the Mendenhall glacier and Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll also be delighted to sail through Tracy Arm a 30-mile long fjord near Juneau.
  • Experience the unique culture of Alaska with a ride on a dog sled pulled by a team of huskies. You will also learn about the history of the yearly dog sled race, the Iditarod and spend some time with Husky pups.
Caribou in Denali Nation Park, Alaska
  • Taste the fresh flavors of Alaska at a typical Salmon Bake or at a Crab Feast. Both of these quintessential outdoor events offer authentic Alaskan cuisine served in typical Alaskan fashion.
  • Spot caribou, grizzly bears and eagles as you tour the expansive landscape of Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. The park also is a great spot to go fly fishing.
Totem pole in Alaska Heritage Center
  • Discover the stories behind Alaska’s natives through their striking totem poles carved into tree trunks, depicting family legends, events and beliefs. Ketchikan is home to the Totem Heritage Center and the Totem Bight State Historical Park.
  • Get a grasp on this land by heading up above the clouds in a small plane for a flight seeing adventure. This is truly an adventurous experience to spot the unspoilt landscape from an Eagle’s vantage point. 


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Frequently Asked Questions About Cruises to Alaska


What is the best time to take an Alaska cruise?

The peak season for Alaska cruises is from May through September. The most popular months are July and August when the weather is warmest and drier. May and September offer slightly cooler temperatures and the chance to see fall foliage, but also more affordable pricing.


What kind of clothing should I pack for an Alaska cruise?

Pack layers of warm clothing like sweaters, fleece jackets, hats, gloves, and waterproof jackets/pants. Temperatures can range from the 40s to 60s Fahrenheit. Also bring comfortable walking shoes, swimwear for the ship, and dressier outfits for formal nights onboard.


Can I see whales on an Alaska cruise?

Yes, it's very common to see whales from the cruise ship or on whale watching excursions, especially from April through September during the peak whale feeding season. Other wildlife like bald eagles, sea lions, and bears may also be spotted.


Do I need a passport for an Alaska cruise?

A passport is required for any cruise that begins or ends in Canada (Vancouver). For roundtrip Seattle cruises, a passport is highly recommended but other documentation like a birth certificate and photo ID may be accepted by the cruise line.


What are the chances of seeing the Northern Lights on an Alaska cruise?

The cruise season from May to September has long daylight hours, so the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are quite low. Late season cruises in September offer slightly better odds if conditions are right with clear, dark skies.


Will I see Denali when on an Alaska cruise?

No, you will not see Denali from a cruise ship during an Alaska cruise. To see Denali, you need to book a cruisetour package that includes an inland portion to Denali National Park. The cruisetours to Denali range from 7-14 nights total when combined with the cruise portion. Ask your cruise consultant for more information on Alaska cruisetours!


Can I go fishing when on an Alaska Cruise?

Yes, you can go fishing while on an Alaska cruise. Most major cruise lines offer fishing excursions and charters as shore excursions at ports like Ketchikan, Juneau, Seward, and others. One of the most popular fishing excursions is salmon fishing, where you can try to catch salmon. These are typically done from smaller fishing boats or charters that take you out into prime salmon fishing areas. For a more specialized experience, some cruises offer fly fishing excursions. These take you by float plane or boat to remote rivers and streams to fly fish for trout, salmon, arctic grayling and more. Popular fly fishing locations include areas around Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks.


Where do Alaska cruises depart from?

Most Alaska cruises depart from Seattle, Vancouver, or Anchorage/Whittier. The "one-way" Gulf of Alaska cruises sail between Vancouver and Whittier.


What are the most popular cruise excursions in Alaska?

Top shore excursions include whale watching, glacier viewing, dog sledding on a glacier, flightseeing, river rafting, hiking, and cultural/history tours in port towns.


Are Alaska cruises wheelchair accessible?

Most cruise ships are designed to be wheelchair accessible with accessible staterooms, restaurants, pool areas, and shore excursions available. Let the cruise line know of any mobility requirements when booking.


How do I start planning my Alaska cruise?

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Alaska: Cruise Lines

Whether it’s in the popular, premium, or luxury sector of cruising, it’s important to choose the right cruise line for your Alaskan cruise. Learn more about the cruise lines that can take you sailing through Glacier Bay and so much more by clicking one of the pictures below.

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Alaska: Departure Ports

The vast majority of cruises that travel to the rugged American landscape of Alaska leave from the West Coast. Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver are all great starting points for a cruise where you’ll hopefully spot bald eagles, trek on a glacier and possibly pan for gold. A few cruises begin in the great wilderness of Alaska in cities like Anchorage and Juneau and the picturesque port city of Sitka. All of these ports offer an insight into different aspect of Alaskan culture like totem poles, fisherman and dog sleds. 

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