Top 10 Alaskan Shore Excursions
Offering something entirely different, an Alaskan Cruise is a truly unique experience. Set against a stunning backdrop of soaring, snowy peaks and glacial waters, you are able to observe nature at its rawest. The fascinating views are not the only amazing feature about a cruise to Alaska, the shore excursions are equally incredible.
1. Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Skagway
This exciting excursion offers you a fun climbing adventure on the smooth granite walls of the White Pass. There are many stunning views on your climb including Skagway River, the White Pass Route Railway and beautiful surrounding areas. The tour will start with a short drive through Downtown Skagway and your hike will begin from the Klondike Highway. There are various routes to choose from and different levels of climbs, each ending with an amazing view of the Skagway River. This excursion is perfect for those looking to do something different.
Enjoy the views whilst rock climbing on: Regent Seven Seas Navigator
2. Helicopter Ride and Glacier Trek, Juneau
There is no better way to discover the huge areas of Alaska and all of its natural beauty than by seeing it from above. A helicopter ride over this stunning area really is a special experience. As you ride over the incredible views, your tour guide will point out the main places of interest before you touch down on the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield. Once you exit the helicopter you are given all of the correct equipment and can set off to explore the icescape.
3. Whale Watching, Icy Straight Point
The Icy Straight Point part of an Alaska cruise is one of the best chances for you to see whales, so a whale watching excursion here is a must. One of the best ways to do this is to take a catamaran tour, as they will be on specially designed catamarans, allowing you to see the whales from all around and underneath the boat. To see whales naturally in the water is truly amazing and there is no better place to see them than in Alaska. You will be able to see humpback whales feeding at the surface, pairs of whales catching fish together and sometimes you will see a super-pod of around 20 whales together.
4. Dog Sled Ride, Seward
This excursion is a real Alaskan adventure and fun for the whole family. You are strapped into a comfortable sled, along with your tour guide, and navigated around by 13 beautiful and powerful husky dogs. The ride is just over two miles and takes you through the un-spoilt and stunning Alaskan wilderness, before finishing up at the base of Resurrection Mountain. The tour guide will excite you with stories along the trail as you experience the raw power of the Iditarod sled dogs.
5. Mountain Point Snorkelling Adventure, Ketchikan
Snorkelling is not something you would typically think to do in Alaska but this excursion is a unique experience that has definitely earned its place in our top 10. Mountain Point has shallow tide pools heaving with marine life. After you have donned your wetsuit and snorkelling equipment, immerse yourself in Alaska’s breath-taking underwater world as you snorkel in these clear and calm waters.
6. Whitepass Rail Road, Skagway
This train will give you an unforgettable journey and offer you the chance to see some of the world’s best scenery. You will board the train in Skagway, close to where the ship docks and finish at the summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation! The train allows you to relax in a vintage-style carriage while enjoying the panoramic sights of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sights. The journey will include a narrative guide who will re-trace the steps of Alaskan history.
7. Bear Watching, Ketchikan
Experience a trip of a lifetime at this world renowned bear observatory. The tour starts on a floatplane that will fly you from Ketchican, over the stunning mountains and lakes, then arrive at Traitor’s Cove. A short guided hike will then lead you to the observation platforms that overlook Margaret Creek Falls, this is where you will be able to closely see many bears. They can be seen fishing, playing and relaxing in the falls. This is an experience that brings pictures to life.
Go bear watching on: Star Princess
8. Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, Seward
This excursion is extremely popular when cruising in Alaska and provides an in-depth experience of Kenal Fjords with its wildlife, alpine and glaciers. The tour will take place on a two-deck boat that travels through the heart of the beautiful National Park. You will cruise through rocky coastlines and glaciers so be sure to look out for sea lions, puffins and other sea birds. You may even be lucky enough to see Humpback and Minke whales.
Visit Kenai Fjords National Park on: Celebrity Century
9. Alaska Zipline, Juneau
Located in the beautiful Alaskan rainforest this excursion gives you the opportunity to learn about Alaska as you are zipping over salmon spawning streams and beautiful mountains. The ziplines are in series and you go from one tree to another, plus walk across aerial suspension bridges. This excursion offers a different way to see Alaska and takes you deep into the forests that you may not be able to see otherwise. On completion of the adventure you will return to a traditional lodge where you can purchase a locally brewed Alaskan beer!
Ride the Alaska Zipline on: Celebrity Century
10. Tongass National Forest Jeep Tour, Ketchikan
Taking control of a four wheel drive Jeep and driving through the back roads of Tongass National Forest is an excursion you will want to tell everyone about. This forest is one of the largest national foresst in the world and surrounds the famous Inside Passage. A fun and exciting excursion that gives you the chance to see eagles, bears, salmon and up close views of wild Alaska. You will have the opportunity to stop for Alaskan-style snacks and take pictures.