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Nicknamed the last frontier, nowhere gives you wild experiences like Alaska. In this stunning North-American cruise destination, every moment is an experience, from gazing out in wonder from the ship at glaciers and whales to visiting the fascinating nature reserves and local cultural sites such as the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan. Alaska is also a top destination for cruise and stay packages with Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys a real highlight, allowing you to take in all the best wildlife and natural beauty spots from the comfort of your railcar.

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The hidden jewel of the northern hemisphere and the perfect getaway cruise to discover another world, an Alaska cruise is ideal for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. From stunning scenery to incredible wildlife, action-packed outings to tranquil waters, there’s something for everyone in America’s largest state. Whether you’re looking to discover hidden wonders like the intrepid prospectors of old, or go whale watching, everyone leaves modern day Alaska with a bountiful catch of tales and a horde of memories. With endless possibilities on how to spend your time on this unique part of the planet, it’s no surprise that Alaska cruises have become so popular.


Best time for an Alaska cruise

You'll be pleased to know that Alaska cruises are available year round, meaning you can choose the itinerary and the time of year that best suits what you want to see. With changing seasons comes changing scenery and wildlife, so read below and see what time of the year will be best for you:

  • Spring- at this time of year, trees begin to bloom, rivers fill with fish as their banks rise and new-born wildlife emerge into the open, so if you'd like to see Alaska in blossom without the crowds, this is the perfect season for an Alaska cruise.
  • Summer- this is peak season in terms of nature and wildlife watching, as the new-borns start to roam further and the landscapes fill with colour. The considerably warmer weather means that more places are accessible on your trip, and a near-guarantee that seasonal attractions will be running. Whale watching is best during the warmer summer months too, as humpback whales migrate from the Southern Pacific and bring with them marauding families of orcas. However, it's important to bear in mind that at this time of year Alaska cruise fares may be higher and crowds bigger.
  • Autumn- once summer ends, the stream of tourists shrink to a trickle as the salmon migrate to their breeding grounds. With this, however, comes great value for money for your Alaska cruise.
  • Winter- if you're looking for front-row seats to the Northern Lights, an Alaska cruise in winter is the best option for you. The famed Aurora Borealis is mostly seen from September to April, with the peak season through the coldest months. It’s best to look out for this ethereal phenomenon on clear, moonless nights, around midnight from an inland location as far north as you can get.

What to do on an Alaska Cruise

During an Alaska cruise the things you can experience are as varied as they are exciting, with some of the highlights including:

  • Whale watching
  • The Northern Lights
  • 11 National Parks and Nature Preserves
  • Native American culture and heritage
  • Dog sledding across frozen tundra
  • Climbing the Rocky Mountains

If you'd like to make your Alaska cruise even more special, why not see what more it has to offer by train. With the Rocky Mountaineer you’ll see all the extremes of North America’s vast nature and the iconic Rocky Mountains from the comfortable luxury of these charming train carriages. As you gaze out of the dome roofed window, you’ll be waited on by fantastic staff, who are as informative as they are attentive, to ensure you have a smooth ride and can take in all the dramatic beauty of the forests, lakes, rivers and ravines.

If you'd like to find out more about what you can do ashore during your cruise, read our guide to the top Alaska shore excursions.

Inside passage Alaska cruise

For some of the best Alaska cruises, choose an inside passage cruise. This is the most popular way to take in the wonders of this part of the world as the deeper waters makes it more accessible for large cruise ships. Along the way you'll be able to visit historical destinations, Alaska's capital city, Juneau, and even Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World.

Top Alaska Cruise Destinations and Shore Excursions

Alaska cruise to San Francisco

While San Francisco may be a long way away from the first port of call in Alaska, it is a popular point of departure for Alaska cruises, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore one of America's most iconic cities. There’s no shortage of renowned sights in San Francisco as you head up the city’s iconic slopes in a retro tram from the movies. To cap it all off, the infamous island prison of Alcatraz will captivate you, while the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge gives the perfect photo opportunity to show your loved ones back home.

Alaska cruise to Vancouver

Just over the border from US territory in Canada, you can make a trip ashore to discover the big city attractions and brilliant outdoor pursuits of Vancouver, such as the glittering views of the Puget Sound and the magnificent Cascade Mountains. Explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the cobbled streets of Gastown, Vancouver's historic district, which features restored heritage buildings, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Alaska cruise to Juneau

A few days sailing from Vancouver lies Alaska’s capital city, the awe-inspiring port of Juneau. Here you can hike or take a cable car ride over the stunning landscape as you marvel at the mighty Mendenhall Glacier set against the imposing backdrop of Mt. Juneau.

Alaska cruise to Sitka

Sitka gives you a real taste of Alaska’s history and scenery. The town’s orthodox cathedral sports a Russian onion dome, and the nearby battle ground - marked by a path of totem poles - was the scene of Alaska’s first colonial rulers’ victory over the native tribes. Meanwhile, the backdrop of the Sitka National Park boasts some of the most iconic views in all the Inland Passage.

Alaska cruise to Anchorage

Anchorage serves as a fantastic gateway to the surrounding wilderness of mountains, fjords, forests and tundra that make up Alaska’s nature reserves. Having said this, the fascinating city has many sights to see on your way through. Whizz on a ride on the world’s longest zip wire from Icy Point for amazing views over the bay or learn about the local history and culture at the Native Heritage Centre.

Alaska cruise to Ketchikan

On an Alaska cruise, see the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan which boasts the world’s largest collection of traditional Native American totem poles, with thirty three unique and original totems on display at the exhibit. Here, you can take a guided tour around the fascinating exhibitions to learn the story of the local people’s history and culture through their most famous art creations. For any thrill seekers, there's also the chance to take a zip line journey across the rainforest canopy.

Alaska cruise to Tracy Arm

While there's no shortage of amazing scenery on your Alaska cruise, Tracy Arm offers some of the most incredible sights. Included on many itineraries, or accessible by a small-boat excursion, this huge fjord provides unbeatable up close views of the natural beauty of this part of the world.

Alaska cruise to Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve is a must on an Alaska cruise for anyone wanting to see the wonders of inland Alaska. The landscape offers a breath-taking panorama from the various peaks of the hills onto the tundra below. Whether you strap on your hiking boots or take a tour bus, you’re sure to see a host of critters on your way, from grizzly bears and caribou to bison and wolves.

Alaska cruise to Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay is a vast and impressive sight to take in from your ship. As you journey up the fjords and stare up at the sheer glacial cliffs you’ll feel like your ship is really no bigger than a canoe. For the more intrepid travellers, other smaller watercraft are also available during your Alaska cruise to help you get up close and maybe even spot the local wildlife including humpback whales blowing spray and slapping the surface with their giant tails.

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