Alaska – Grandeur and Glaciers
Alaska is one of America’s majestic frontiers offering breathtaking panoramas, spectacular wildlife, and a wide range of activities to enjoy and explore. From the Inside Passage to Alaska's national parks, an Alaska cruise offers an ideal opportunity to take in all that Alaska has to offer.
Alaska is nothing short of grand, Mother Nature at her very best! There is so much to see -- incredible mountains, age-old glaciers and historic gold rush towns, where the excitement of those who came here to strike it rich still fills the air; sky-blue lakes, waterfalls, saltwater fjords and endless evergreen forests. Those fortunate enough, will get to view the spectacular Northern Nights. Alaska is one of the most incredible places on earth, with incomparable sights, such as monumental glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. Glacier Bay is one of the most active and the magnificent twin Sawyer Glaciers form a massive wall which highlights the beauty of the legendary Tracy Arm.
Alaska's Incredible Wildlife
One of the best parts of this beautiful destination is its wildlife. Grizzly bears, caribou, Bald Eagles, Sitka Blacktail deer, moose, Dall sheep, lynx, marmots, fox, puffin, snowshoe hare and wolves call Alaska home. And there is something very special about seeing them, at a respectful distance, in their own environment.
An Alaska cruise is the perfect way to visit these unique ports and get an up-close look at wildlife while being taken in comfort from one breathtaking area to another. See the sights from a private veranda while gliding past snow-capped mountains, Humpback whales frolicking in the water and endless unspoiled wilderness. Cruise past natural wonders so close, it will feel like you can reach out and almost touch them.
Onboard, expert naturalists will offer information to enhance the cruise experience on such topics as geography, history of Alaska's rich culture and diverse local wildlife.
America's Last Frontier
Known as America's "last frontier," Alaska is awe-inspiring. It is no wonder that America’s “49th state” has attracted adventure seekers for over a century, when gold was discovered here and why so many choose to cruise here now. Visit villages that recreate life as it used to be. Alaska is a perfect selection for cruisers of all ages who want to explore and great for families looking for exciting fun activities, while learning about history. What an adventure for all!
Many choose an Alaska cruise to see the wildlife and hopefully, the whales. As whales begin their northbound migration to Alaska in February (the southbound trek begins in late October through December), with the cows and calves starting about April and continuing through May, if you visit Alaska between June and early September, there is a better chance of seeing these magnificent creatures.
There are Humpback and Minke whales, Orcas, Pacific White-Sided dolphin, Dall’s and Harbour Porpoises. June and July are the best times to possibly site bubble-netting Humpbacks. Popular whale watching tours take passengers on a small boat to look for whale pods. What an exciting experience! Lucky guests will spot the whales right from deck or their private balconies.
Flight-see over ice blue glaciers, pan for gold, view majestic wildlife in their natural habitats, or visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Other Alaska excursions include kayaking, dog-sledding, mountain hiking, river rafting, salmon fishing, bird-watching, and many other incredible experiences. Alaska visitors can zipline through the treetops, soar over the horizon in a floatplane, see authentic totem poles, ride an enclosed tramway gondola for breathtaking views, tour an authentic gold mine, or partake in a genuine salmon bake. Alaska CruiseTours offer the opportunity to visit Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. Experience one of the most beautiful regions in the world, right here in America -- Alaska!
Alaska Cruise Tours
To see more of Alaska and its incredible interior, Alaska CruiseTours are the perfect choice. Explore the vast Alaska wilderness from the comfort of an elegant domed railcar. Passengers may choose to extend their vacation by adding a land tour at the beginning or end of their Alaska cruise. These land tours offer the opportunity to experience Denali National Park, home of awe-inspiring Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America. Not only does an Alaska cruise present the opportunity to see nature at its best, with wildlife, glaciers, rainforests, mountains and fjords.
Alaska Port Highlights
Hubbard Glacier:A beautiful area to cruise in, Hubbard Glacier is one of Alaska’s largest tidewater glaciers in North America, moving about two to five feet per hour. Perfect for calving!
Juneau: Alaska's capital, Juneau is home to lush green mountains and the monumental Mendenhall Glacier. Visit Tongass National Forest and the Alaska State Museum for a sense of Eskimo life featuring artifacts including authentic hand-carved totem poles, ivory and kayaks. The Totem Heritage Center features the largest collection of original 19th-century totem poles in the world. Another great experience is taking Mount Roberts Tramway for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Ketchikan: The ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who carved the largest collection of totem poles in the world. Totem Bight Historical Park, which boasts not only breathtaking water views, but the opportunity to see Native American Totem Poles, which were built to tell stories and commemorate life events, such as births, marriages, anniversaries. Misty Fjords National Monument is here and offers spectacular scenery with fjords soaring as high as 3,000 feet. With mountains shrouded in mists, waterfalls, lake and beautiful evergreen forests, this is truly a magical place.
Haines: Lying in the upper northern reaches of the Inside Passage, Haines is an important access point for the Yukon Territory and Interior Alaska, with breathtaking scenery.
Sitka: Across the water from snowcapped Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano, the charming port of Sitka is home to an onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral. Also located here is The Alaska Raptor Center is a Bald Eagle rescue to help injured birds, is located in Sitka and offers a great educational experience.
Tracy Arm (Twin Sawyer Glaciers): In the magnificent Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm offers some of the most stunning views in North America, including the spectacular Twin Sawyer Glaciers. There are also waterfalls and tidewater glaciers along the way. Those fortunate enough, will catch glimpses of the majestic Bald Eagle, a bear, mountain goat or seals lounging on icebergs!
Experience the natural wonders of America’s largest state, Alaska, a pristine masterpiece and one of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world. Explore the rugged Inside Passage and magical Gulf of Alaska from the vantage from the luxurious comfort of a cruise ship. There is no better way to see this majestic land of adventure and natural beauty. Create memories on a cruise of awe-inspiring Alaska that will last a lifetime.
Typically, Alaska cruises are divided into two types, the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska. The Inside Passage itineraries sail roundtrip from Vancouver or Seattle and range from seven to twelve days. These exciting voyages may include such ports as Juneau, Skagway , Cruise Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C.,Canada. Gulf sailings are usually seven-night one-way itineraries, between Seattle or Vancouver, B.C. to Seward or Whittier, Anchorage's ports, however, there are some longer 10- and 12-night sailings also. These itineraries also include Inside Passage ports, such as Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway.
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