When it comes to quaint culture and beautiful attractions, few states have it in the way Alaska does, and one of the best ways to get there is to visit Alaska by cruise ship. Alaska is a wonderful place to visit, and your cruise ship could provide some pleasant surprises when it comes to ports of call, wildlife and entertainment.
Glacier cruises are, without a doubt, among the best ways to go on an Alaskan cruise. While Alaska’s glaciers may look intimidating to the sight, they are nonetheless spellbinding to look at, and with over 5% of Alaska’s terrain covered by ice, there are more than enough sights for everybody to see. This natural beauty can be seen from many top tourist destinations of Alaska including Juneau, Valdez, Seward and the Matanuska Valley, but is usually only fully appreciated with an up close and personal view that only a cruise can afford. See the numerous wildlife species gallivant around the icy water, such as sea lions, orcas, dolphins and humpback whales, or the majestic bald eagles as they fly across the landscape, while being undoubtedly amazed by the king-sized (try 100 feet thereabouts) glaciers from your unique point of view on the ship.
When looking for cruise options, you can certainly consider the Gulf of Alaska. Many cruise lines offer week-long cruises from Seward to Vancouver or vice versa. Some of the best ports of call on this cruise include Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway, while you can suck in the beauty of nature in places including College Fjord and Glacier Bay National Park. The above ports offer a slew of activities that are not to be missed out on, such as sightseeing, standard guided tours and the coup de grace – a helicopter trip where you could actually land on one of the glaciers!
The Alaskan inside passage, as you may know by now, is a wonderful sight to behold, albeit one that is only accessible by plane or boat in most cases, which makes it even more telling when you consider that these cruises are among Alaska’s most popular attractions. From the start of your travel from the waterway of the Alaska inside passage to the end of it, we wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself catatonic as you marvel at the rain forests, tidewater glaciers and fjords that are as piercing blue as the bluest of eyes. As for wildlife, some of the interesting creatures you can spot along the way are humpback whales, sea lions and different species of seabirds.
As a sweetener to the deal, many Alaska cruise liners add land packages onto their standard cruise offerings. These are optional packages you can add on to your existing cruise, and would give you up to a week’s time exploring Alaska on foot and imbibing more of the state’s natural beauty. Guided tours cover national parks and cities, and could also cover sport fishing and mining locations – if you’re an avid fisherman, this option just might be for you!
It’s as clear as day, the number of Alaska cruises is, in fact, innumerable, and all of them promise excitement and amusement like you’ve never known it before. Which one is perfect for you? We’ll leave it up to you – hey, you’re the would-be traveler and not us!