Cruising the Last Frontier
Embark on a cruise to Alaska and unlock a world of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From sailing through icy bays to spotting majestic whales, the possibilities are endless. Experience the thrill of dog-sledding in Skagway, where these adorable Siberian Huskies will steal your heart. Encounter wildlife like otters, eagles, bears, and whales as you explore this untouched paradise. Cruise through the Inside Passage and marvel at the azure sky mirrored by the stunning lakes below. Explore the wonders of Denali National Park, where wildflowers bloom, rivers rage, and serene lakes offer moments of tranquility. Brace yourself for the thunderous calving of icebergs as you encounter breathtaking wonders like the Hubbard Glacier, Endicott Arm Dawes, and the twin Sawyer Glaciers.
Alaska cruises showcase some of the most magnificent sights in the world, and whether you choose to cruise on a larger vessel that offers all the amenities you need, or opt for a more intimate expedition cruise that allows you to get up close with the region’s natural wonders, you’ll be in for a cruise of a lifetime.
Alaska can get pretty cold and snowy during the winter season, which is why the Alaskan cruise season kicks off in May and winds down by the end of September. If you’re after milder temperatures, the months of June, July, and August are highly suggested for cruising because the weather is at its peak, plus you’ll have the chance to observe abundant wildlife. However, if you’re seeking cheaper rates and less crowded experiences, the shoulder seasons of April, May, and September might be better suited for you.
Popular Cruise Lines
When it comes to cruising in Alaska, two names instantly come to mind – Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. These incredible cruise lines have been the mainstay of Alaskan voyages for many years. But, now Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line also offer a plethora of fabulous itineraries that explore this stunning region, so there are plenty of remarkable options to choose from.
For those seeking a touch of luxury, we invite you to peruse the itineraries on offer from Cunard Line, Azamara, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, and Silversea. These exquisite cruise lines will pamper you with utmost elegance and provide an experience beyond compare.
Highlights of Alaska
North America’s largest tidewater glacier, Hubbard Glacier, is a definite trip highlight. Stretching 76 miles long and seven miles wide, it easily dwarfs even the largest ships in the region. As you sail into the serene and picturesque Yakutat Bay, you will be able to spot the breathtaking Hubbard Glacier in the distance. It’s a mesmerizing experience to witness massive chunks of its translucent blue ice crashing into the bay with a powerful boom, a sound that the Tlingit people rightfully call ‘White Thunder’. En route to this stunning natural wonder, you’ll pass miles of sandy beaches that offer a glimpse into the coastal beauty of the area. Keep a keen eye out for charming harbour seals, as they often lazily bask on buoys or elegantly swim alongside your voyage.
Key Ports to Visit
⚓ Juneau, Alaska
Journey to a destination that can only be reached by air or sea, where snowcapped mountains meet misty rainforests and massive glaciers carve out a majestic landscape. From helicopter sightseeing to sea kayaking amidst glaciers, the adventures in Juneau are endless. Explore the vibrant culture, visit historic landmarks, and let the relaxed atmosphere of Alaska’s remote capital capture your soul.
⚓ Skagway, Alaska
Step into the small enchanting town of Skagway, located in the Yukon Territory near the Canadian border, and let the mesmerising beauty of the snow-capped mountains and mirror-like lakes take your breath away. When your cruise ship docks in this port, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the local history and immerse yourself in the area’s incredible natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Gold Rush era and embark on thrilling adventures, from exploring the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park to witnessing the magnificent wildlife of Alaska’s rainforests and fjords. End your day with a refreshing craft beer at Skagway Brewing Co. – a taste of history that will leave you longing for more.
⚓ Ketchikan, Alaska
Situated on Revillagigedo Island, this bustling city is home to around 8,000 residents and is one of the larger cities in the state. Nestled in the breathtaking Tongass National Forest, with its serene setting, vibrant culture, and exhilarating adventures, this hidden gem is a magical corner of the world. Known as the “canned salmon capital of the world, it’s an absolute dream destination for fishing enthusiasts. Thrill-seekers will jump at the opportunity to board a a floatplane or catamaran to the magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument. And nature enthusiasts seeking an up-close and personal experience, will love venturing into the Tongass National Forest, the largest of its kind in the United States.
Alaska’s weather can be best described as unpredictable. The summer months, from May to September, are widely favoured by travellers who enjoy warmer temperatures, longer days, and the opportunity to witness wildlife up close. That is why this is peak cruise season. However, during this time, the weather can vary greatly, ranging from pleasant and sunny days, to chilly and rainy days where the temperature barely reaches double digits. As August and September roll in, temperatures gradually cool, setting off a magnificent display of vibrant fall colors across Alaska’s tundra and forest landscapes.
Consider booking a cruise tour to really make the most out of your Alaskan experience. A number of cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, provide cruise + land tour packages. These packages combined one of their amazing cruise itineraries with a scenic train journey, offering an unparalleled fusion of land and sea. From soaking in the awe-inspiring sights from the open decks of your cruise ship, to encountering Alaska’s “Big 5” – moose, bears, Dall sheep, caribou and wolves – as you journey through the untamed wilderness via rail, you’ll delve deeper into the heart of Alaska than if you were to do just a cruise or just a land tour. It an adventure beyond your wildest imagination.