Cruise America's last unspoiled frontier
Why cruise to Alaska?
Besides the breathtakingly beautiful scenery, bountiful wildlife and Native American culture and history, an Alaskan cruise, gives way to a bucket-list type adventure that is sure to please the eyes and spirit.
Alaskan cruises are fascinating to say the least. Where else can you view a massive nature wonder, like glaciers, float by majestically from the deck of a cruise ship? And the wildlife is simply amazing and abundant, which can be viewed and appreciated, from a safe distance aboard an Alaskan cruise.
An Alaskan cruise offers up so much beauty as well as seeing one of our countries most rustic states. Cruising to Alaska used to be predominantly a bucket list destination but has transformed into a popular multi-generational cruise scene catering to travelers and families of all ages. Add in the fact that an Alaskan cruise offers you the opportunity to view some of the most pristine and untouched coastline all from the comfort of your cruise ship deck.
Alaska Cruise - A natural wonderland.
Though Alaska cruises are a bit more pricey than Caribbean cruises, and lack the white sandy beaches and balmy warm weather, the price differential is well worth it when you consider the value of this unique destination. Alaska cruises typically run May through September with temperature highs of 75 degrees and give way to unique shore excursions in more uncrowded locations where you can interact with the native people of this state. Small, mid-size and large cruise ships cater to the Alaskan area giving you the opportunity to cruise in the ultimate luxury or get more up-close-and-personal with the natural wonderland that is Alaska.
For your viewing pleasure, most Alaska cruise lines usually have special cabins with their own private verandas, huge observation lunges and heated indoor and outdoor pools. Taking an Alaska cruise gives you an American wilderness experience without having to "rough it".
Just imagine being surrounded by picturesque snow-capped peaks, massive glaciers, whales, bears, bald eagles and other various wild life while cruising through a serene fjords dotted with quaint fishing villages. How about a shore excursion that takes you to historic gold mining locations inland to tempt those with a hankering for history. Alaskan cruises have it all and are a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should try to do.
When it comes to more bang for your buck, an Alaska cruise, allows you more pre or post-cruise stay options with interesting home ports like Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco that offer up exquisite U. S. shopping, eating and exploring to expand your whole overall vacation experience.
Another great reason to consider a cruise to Alaska is the simple fact that this last frontier has rapidly changed over the years due to global warming. The majestic glaciers that once dominated the Alaskan seas have receded, and continue to decline, which could lead to a complete disappearance someday. Also, in an effort to protect the wildlife, new laws have been put in place to soften the environmental impact of cruise ships in Alaska.
Popular Alaska cruise destinations.
An Alaskan cruise is typically divided in three specific types: Inside Passage cruises, Gulf of Alaska cruises and small expedition style small ship cruises. Each style of cruising in Alaska offers the utmost in scenery with the smaller cruises more intimacy with the local Alaskans, wild life and natural delights that this area offers. And while there is a veritable smorgasbord of shore excursions the most popular ports include the following:
Juneau: This capital city port offers those on an Alaskan cruise the opportunity to drive, float or take a helicopter to the Mendenhall Glacier amongst the backdrop of monumental lush green mountains. Other popular cruise destinationas include the Tongass National Forest and the Alaska State Museum, tours of the Alaska Brewing Company, and an opportunity to prospect for gold at the original site of the Alaskan gold rush.
Ketchikan: This rustic Inside Passage cruise port town comprises a boat-filled harbor with snow-capped mounts as a backdrop. This popular Alaska cruise destination has been deemed the totem pole capital of the world and offers tours that feature restored city streets from pioneer days, the world's oldest totem pole collection at Totem Heritage Center, salmon cannery tours and many natural excursions for sport fishing, hiking, kayaking, seaplane rides and bear watching.
Skagway: Along the Inside Passage Alaska cruise ports this is the norther most and heavily reflects the towns mining past. Tourists can experience railway excursions through the majestic White Pass summit and the Yukon territory or get a close-up view of the Chilkoot Bald East Preserve and Glacier bay with kayaking tours. Ship excursions offer helicopter tours as well as panning for gold!
Sitka: Alaskan cruises for Sitka include shore excursions emphasizing wildlife viewing, sea kayaking, and sport fishing with city adventures also available by foot or bike. This snow-capped charming town is picturesque and exciting. You'll find a Russian Orthodox cathedral from it's czarist past and a thriving fishing town with a brilliant and interesting history on this Alaskan cruise destination.