An Alaska cruise is one of the most popular ways to visit this spectacular state. For many people it's a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. Alaska is America's last frontier with millions of acres of unspoiled wilderness, thousands of miles of dramatic coastline, and an abundance of diverse wildlife both on land and at sea.
Any visit to Alaska is grand, but an Alaska cruise offers some advantages.
Alaska is the only state in the U.S. to have a capital city that cannot be reached by road. Juneau is accessible only by boat or plane. The seaside towns of Ketchikan and Sitka, as well as Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier are also roadless destinations.
An Alaska cruise provides access to otherwise difficult-to-reach places along the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska, with breathtaking scenery, exotic wildlife, and historic port towns.
Deep glacier-carved fjords snake into rugged, snowcapped mountains. Blue glaciers wind through the mountains to the ocean. Icebergs, with enormous calving slabs of ice, provide resting places for harbor seals and gulls. The cold, nutrient-rich ocean water provides ample food for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, otters, eagles, puffins, and more.
Native Alaskans inhabited the area for thousands of years before Russian fur traders, gold seekers, loggers, and fishermen arrived to take advantage of the wealth of resources in the area.
An Alaska cruise showcases this and much more.
Planning an Alaska vacation can be time consuming and difficult. Coordinating transportation, accommodations, sightseeing, and meals can be a complex logistical challenge. An Alaska cruise takes care of these details for you.
Accommodations range from comfortable to luxurious, and dining choices are varied and numerous. These, along with onboard entertainment, are generally included in the cruise fare.
You travel from one destination to the next while you sleep, arriving at ports early in the day so you have time and energy to explore, and most cruises have naturalists on board to provide information on the geology, plants, and animals of the area.
By taking care of all these details, an Alaska cruise allows you to focus on your exploration and experience of this magnificent place. Cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other travel experience. Let us help you plan your Alaska Cruise Vacation.
If you have the time, we strongly encourage you to pair your Alaska cruise with a land-based tour for a more complete Alaska experience. Land tours allow you can see Alaska's thriving cities and cultural centers, where Alaskans live, work, and play. You can visit six-million-acre Denali National Park, the most visited destination in Alaska, and possibly view the peak of Denali (Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain in North America. An inland tour is the perfect complement to an Alaska cruise.
At Alaska Denali Escapes we are Alaska travel experts and Denali National Park specialists. Our Pre-Cruise Alaska Vacations and Post-Cruise Alaska Vacations connect easily with cruises through our Alaska Cruise Transfers.
For more information, browse our Alaska cruise guide, which includes a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to Alaska cruises. Explore the different cruise lines and itineraries, and take a look at our Alaska Family Cruises for great ideas on cruising with your family.
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We can help you arrange Alaska cruises departing from Seattle, Vancouver, Seward, and Anchorage (Whittier) on the following Alaska Cruise Lines:
Mid-size ships carry fewer guests ensuring quiet corners and expansive views of Alaska's majestic landscape and wildlife.
Immerse yourself in the flavors and cultures of America's Last Frontier with Princess, The Consummmate Host®.
Depart from Vancouver and visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Tracy Arm Fjord.
Visit rugged and rustic Alaska in comfort and luxury when you take a cruise through the Inside Passage.
The most inclusive luxury Alaska cruise includes round-trip airfare and unlimited shore excursions.