Cruising Alaska: Everything You Need To Know

Posted August 3rd, 2015

Alaska may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about cruising. Don’t let that put you off though – this beautiful corner of the world has a lot to offer cruisers.

What Is The Best Time To Go?

The peak season for cruising Alaska is between the months of May and September, but that isn’t necessarily the best time to go – that really depends on what you want to do.

As the warmest months with the longest days, June and July are highly popular, offering cruisers the most opportunity for viewing glacial activity.

You are also more likely to see wildlife in these months. For the budget-conscious, May or September cruises are worth checking out. As shoulder months, the cruise fares are often lower.

Added bonus: the cruises themselves are often less crowded!

Alaska is one of the most incredible cruise destinations

What Cruise Lines Go There?

There is a cruise line for everyone when it comes to Alaska cruises. If you yearn for a small ship offering luxury service and close-up views, check out Oceania Cruises, Silversea, Crystal Cruises or Lindblad Expeditions.

Of course, you might want a bigger ship that can take you further in the same amount of time – if that’s the case, you may want to opt for Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International or Carnival Cruise Line.

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What Are The Must-See Destinations?

While Alaska might not have the reputation of destinations like the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, it is extremely rich in natural wonders, culture and experiences.

Soak up all Alaska has to offer and enjoy its landmarks and cities.


This city is known as the gateway to Alaska’s world famous Inside Passage (a network of waterways that wind through some spine-tingling natural scenery).

Apart from the incredible wilderness surrounding this city, you can enjoy a taste of its strong fishing culture, rich Alaska Native heritage and vibrant art scene.


If you’re going to be near Alaska’s capital, you can enjoy the opportunity to participate in a number of activities including kayaking, canoeing and hiking close to Mendenhall Glacier.

Ketchikan - Alaska

Juneau - Alaska

White Pass and Yukon Railroad

If your cruise takes you to Skagway, you will get to experience more than the gold rush history and yesteryear atmosphere – you can book through your cruise line to head out on a Railroad excursion.

These excursions take you along the same route that the Klondike stampeders travelled in 1898. Get a feel for the local history with this authentic trip!

Scenic cruising

No matter where you go in Alaska, this is sure to be a highlight of your itinerary. From the Inside Passage and Tracy Arm, to Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier, scenic cruising offers an amazing opportunity to view glaciers calving, spot aquatic life and birds, and take in gorgeous scenery.

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Glacier Bay - Alaska

If you are looking for something different, an Alaskan cruise could definitely be the answer! Call one of our helpful cruise experts today on 1300 954 661 and let them help you organise every detail of your next cruise.

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