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What can be seen on an Alaska Cruise?

18th October 2017

For many people, Alaska remains a far-off land full of mystery and intrigue, and as such, it can be found on many a bucket list. Thankfully, more and more cruise lines are introducing Alaska itineraries, bringing this fascinating destination closer than you might think.

If you have booked, or are thinking of booking an Alaska cruise, you might be wondering just what this northernmost American state has to offer. It is well known that the scenery here is spectacular, but what exactly are you likely to see?

 

 

Stunning Wildlife

Alaska is home to some beautiful creatures, both on land and in the surrounding waters. When cruising in Alaska, ships will stay close to the shore, allowing you the optimum chance to see all kinds of wildlife.

As soon as you begin to approach Alaska, keep your eyes peeled for fantastic animals such as humpback and killer whales, dolphins, porpoises, puffins, and bald eagles. Then, when you get closer to the shore and on any days spent exploring on land, you might see mountain goats, grizzly, brown, and black bears, wolves, moose, porcupines, and salmon among others.

 

 

To see Alaskan wildlife in its natural habitat is a truly wonderful experience. Sightings will help you to appreciate the complexities of the different interactions within the Alaskan environment.

Beautiful Landscapes

Supporting all these creatures is a majestic land which boasts some incredible vistas. Aside from the crystal clear waters that border the region, visitors will come across some very pretty lakes, rivers, and streams – many of which have waterfalls.

 

 

In Alaska, your average view – whether in town or in the countryside - will generally contain commanding mountains, pine tree-filled forests, or extensive green plains, if not all of them. Even when in the centre of a busier area, such as the capital city Juneau, the pretty and colourful buildings only serve to complement the wider scene.

True Wonders of Nature

Visitors to Alaska are often blessed with the sight of some real natural spectacles. There are over 600 official glaciers found all over the state, but in fact, there are an estimated 100,000 altogether. These are breath-taking to see, and it is sometimes even possible to see great portions of ice cascading away. You might also see floating icebergs in the seas around Alaska, which are remarkable to watch.

 

 

Some lucky tourists are fortunate enough to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. It is thought that the best time for this is between September and April, and of course, they can be seen on land or from your cruise ship.

Considering everything that can be discovered in this enriching part of the world, it is no wonder that so many people feel the need to explore it. If you are among these, have a look at our Alaska cruises today, or for more information, sign up to receive our new Alaska brochure.

 

Let Norwegian Cruise Line show you Alaska

 

Among the cruise lines visiting this alluring destination is the fantastic Norwegian Cruise Line. This family-friendly line offer a range of itineraries in Alaska across their fleet, with the youngest – Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy – among these.

 

 

These state-of-the-art vessels are sister ships and boast many of the same onboard facilities. From a wealth of dining choices to some world-class entertainment options, there is certainly plenty onboard to suit all tastes. Here’s a snippet of what you can find;

 

  • Laser Tag. An activity for cruisers of all ages, laser tag is a great way to meet fellow cruisers or even compete against those you’re travelling with!
  • Aqua Park. Not only will cruisers love the spacious pool area and hot tubs, but it’s also possible to let loose in this fun waterpark complete with slides and a drench bucket.
  • Mandara Spa & Salon. One for the grown-ups, this luxurious space provides the perfect setting to indulge and unwind. The salt room and snow room are particular favourites.
  • Food Republic. One of many restaurants onboard, Food Republic is a great option for a group with a variety of tastes. You’ll find scrumptious cuisine from all over the world.
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    Of course, in addition to enjoying all these onboard treats, your cruise itinerary will incorporate plenty of chances to enjoy the incredible setting that is Alaska. Excursions can include experiences like dog-sledding with Alaskan Huskies, and kayaking to explore glaciers and spot wildlife.

    See our range of Norwegian Cruise Line Alaska itineraries, or talk to our sales team to find out more.


    We interview Wade Bush, one of Rocky Mountaineer's longest serving employees

    6th March 2017



    Delving deeper into what life is like onboard the impressive Rocky Mountaineer, we interview Wade Bush - who has been with the organisation a mighty 22 years! Now working as Train Manager, Wade shares his favourite aspects about the onboard experience...

     

    What do you enjoy most about working onboard Rocky Mountaineer?

    The people; our guests, colleagues onboard, the wider team at Rocky Mountaineer and our partners. Our train travels through some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The scenery is incredible, but it’s the people who make the trip truly memorable.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Cruise & Stay

     

    If you could choose one, what is your best memory working onboard?

     I remember a young black bear standing to smell the of fresh pastries of the dining room, placing her paw on the side of the GoldLeaf car while it was stopped near McBride, British Columbia. Despite how many times I’ve passed by Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, it still impresses me. Ultimately though, I think its connecting with guests from around the world and being part of their journey that is truly memorable. 

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Interview

     

    What can you recommend to guests to make their time onboard a little bit more special?

    Always have your camera ready because you never know when you’ll catch sight of a bear, moose or mountain goat - but also remember to enjoy the scenery first-hand. Our onboard team is well versed in the passing region, so they give plenty of notice to enjoy the sights and capture photos of lakes, rivers, mountains and other notable features.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer

     

    When is your favourite moment of the day?

    The all aboard call! We start each journey with a train whistle, followed by the group shouting “all aboard.” For me, this tradition signals the start of another adventure, which is always exciting.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Alaska

     

    What is your favourite meal served on Rocky Mountaineer?                      

          Honestly, I can’t pick just one favourite! From savoury breakfasts to gourmet lunches and decadent desserts, our onboard menus are mouth-watering to say the least. The slow cooked beef short ribs are incredible and the salmon is cooked to perfection.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Wade Bush

     

    Do you have a favourite route and why?

    Each of our four rail routes offers something special; from the Pacific Ocean coastlines of Coastal Passage to the historic rail route of First Passage to the West, to the glacier-fed lakes and rivers of Journey Through the Clouds. However, the route that is dear to my heart is Rainforest to Gold Rush as it passes through lush rainforests and my hometown before heading on to historic gold rush towns and the majestic Canadian Rockies.  

     

    Rocky Mountaineer life onboard

     

    Do you have time to enjoy the scenery and what is your favourite view?

    I take time to enjoy the scenery whenever I can. There is an incredible rawness to the wildlife you can see from the train. Black bears foraging for food near the tracks, soaring eagles overhead, mountain goats nimbly scaling near vertical mountainside; it is all amazing. I will never forget the image of a massive bull moose wading in turquoise green river waters as we passed by.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer wildlife cruise

     

    Feel like you would want some fond Rocky Mountaineer memories of your own? Why not take a look at our best Rocky Mountaineer cruise and stay packages.

    More information on Rocky Mountaineer.





    Delving deeper into what life is like onboard the impressive Rocky Mountaineer, we interview Wade Bush - who has been with the organisation a mighty 22 years! Now working as Train Manager, Wade shares his favourite aspects about the onboard experience...

     

    What do you enjoy most about working onboard Rocky Mountaineer?

    The people; our guests, colleagues onboard, the wider team at Rocky Mountaineer and our partners. Our train travels through some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The scenery is incredible, but it’s the people who make the trip truly memorable.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Cruise & Stay

     

    If you could choose one, what is your best memory working onboard?

     I remember a young black bear standing to smell the of fresh pastries of the dining room, placing her paw on the side of the GoldLeaf car while it was stopped near McBride, British Columbia. Despite how many times I’ve passed by Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, it still impresses me. Ultimately though, I think its connecting with guests from around the world and being part of their journey that is truly memorable. 

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Interview

     

    What can you recommend to guests to make their time onboard a little bit more special?

    Always have your camera ready because you never know when you’ll catch sight of a bear, moose or mountain goat - but also remember to enjoy the scenery first-hand. Our onboard team is well versed in the passing region, so they give plenty of notice to enjoy the sights and capture photos of lakes, rivers, mountains and other notable features.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer

     

    When is your favourite moment of the day?

    The all aboard call! We start each journey with a train whistle, followed by the group shouting “all aboard.” For me, this tradition signals the start of another adventure, which is always exciting.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Alaska

     

    What is your favourite meal served on Rocky Mountaineer?                      

          Honestly, I can’t pick just one favourite! From savoury breakfasts to gourmet lunches and decadent desserts, our onboard menus are mouth-watering to say the least. The slow cooked beef short ribs are incredible and the salmon is cooked to perfection.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer Wade Bush

     

    Do you have a favourite route and why?

    Each of our four rail routes offers something special; from the Pacific Ocean coastlines of Coastal Passage to the historic rail route of First Passage to the West, to the glacier-fed lakes and rivers of Journey Through the Clouds. However, the route that is dear to my heart is Rainforest to Gold Rush as it passes through lush rainforests and my hometown before heading on to historic gold rush towns and the majestic Canadian Rockies.  

     

    Rocky Mountaineer life onboard

     

    Do you have time to enjoy the scenery and what is your favourite view?

    I take time to enjoy the scenery whenever I can. There is an incredible rawness to the wildlife you can see from the train. Black bears foraging for food near the tracks, soaring eagles overhead, mountain goats nimbly scaling near vertical mountainside; it is all amazing. I will never forget the image of a massive bull moose wading in turquoise green river waters as we passed by.

     

    Rocky Mountaineer wildlife cruise

     

    Feel like you would want some fond Rocky Mountaineer memories of your own? Why not take a look at our best Rocky Mountaineer cruise and stay packages.

    More information on Rocky Mountaineer.




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