There remain few places on earth where you can truly breathe. Where space is measured not in feet or miles, but in endless horizons. A place where nature is so powerful, so dramatic, a personal encounter can change you forever. Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou.
Why cruise Alaska?
Alaska is one of the last remaining unspoilt landscapes in the world and to cruise here is to discover true peace and tranquillity. With so much unchartered territory in the often barren landscape, cruising is by far the best way to explore Alaska, giving you access to some of the hidden gems that are difficult to reach by road or rail. A trip to the Tracy Arm Fiord or Glacier Bay National Park best visited by water and the wildlife and scenery in these places will take your breath away.
Cruises round Alaska all follow very similar routes with a few variations. Starting points include: Anchorage, Seward, Seattle and Vancouver all of which offer a great place to spend a few days at the start of end of your cruise. Cruises around Alaska typically take anywhere between 1-3 weeks and most will call in at the main ports including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Destinations on an Alaskan cruise feature:
• Anchorage • Icy Strait • Juneau • Skagway • Ketchikan • Vancouver • Seattle • Tracy Arm Fiord • Glacier Bay National Park • Seward • Kodiak • Hubbard Glacier • Sitka • Whittier
Who's sailing to Alaska?
There are a number of cruise lines operating in Alaska and who you choose to sail with will depend on where you want your trip to start and the places that are important to you whilst. With only a limited number of cruise lines allowed to enter Glacier Bay National Park, if this is on your bucket list be sure to choose wisely and pick a cruise that includes this magnificent trip. You can read more about this in our recent blog post about cruising in Alaska with Princess Cruises.
Depending whether the onboard food and entertainment is the most important element of the cruise, or the excursions and trips available there is sure to be a cruise line that meets your needs:
When is the best time to go to Alaska?
The Alaska cruise season operates May through September and this is the best opportunity to see the native wildlife at its best. This time of year is when Alaska is at its warmest allowing you to watch from on deck on comfortable temperatures of mid 20s and the further into the summer season you go, the better chance you have of seeing the native wildlife. The main season is June-August and things can get a little hectic in the port towns at this time of year with so many cruise lines operating in Alaska so May and September can offer a quieter alternative. The average high temperature in July is close to 19C and this falls quickly to 13C in September. The average rainfall in the summer months is around 7-15 days.
Find out more and book today
To choose your Alaska cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to Alaska. Happy cruising!