- Dance under the midnight sun at a deck party with live music.
- Indulge in local cuisine like fresh Alaskan seafood and dishes from local dives.
- Cuddle with sled dogs during its Puppies in the Piazza event.
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Alaska — a land of gorgeous glaciers, rich Indigenous culture and forests teeming with incredible wildlife. Is America’s last frontier calling your name? Get up close and personal with this arctic beauty on a cruise to Alaska.
Most cruises to Alaska sail through the Inside Passage, which is a network of passages that weave between islands lining the Pacific Coast.
Inside Passage ports of call typically include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay National Park. Popular Gulf of Alaska ports include Hubbard Glacier, College Fjord, Whittier and Seward.
The classic Alaska cruise is one-way between Vancouver or Seattle and Anchorage, with stops along the Inside Passage, and is usually seven to 10 days long. You can also find round-trip journeys that could help you save on one-way flight costs, especially if you’re not interested in doing a land tour.
In general, the best time to cruise to Alaska is June through August — summertime (you’re probably not surprised).
If you’re excited about shore excursions through the wilderness, cruise in July or August, as the wildlife will be easier to spot, the fish easier to catch and the weather most conducive to your outdoor exploration plans. Shore excursions in May and September sometimes get cancelled due to storms and choppy water.
However, you’ll find the cheapest fare on cruises to Alaska in May and September, plus fewer tourists and more opportunities to take pictures of snow.
When it comes to cruise excursions in Alaska, it’s hard to go wrong. Many of the best things to do involve diving headfirst into its vast wilderness — but not the Pacific Ocean. You probably shouldn’t dive headfirst into that.
Here are some of top adventure picks:
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered onboard dining and weighed the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
Cruising through Alaska is a jaw-dropping — not to mention efficient — way to see the region. Before booking your trip, check to see if you can snag a discount for your fare.
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