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There is a lot of hype around tropical cruises (for good reason, of course). But, sometimes, you may feel as though you need to branch outside of your comfort zone.
So, why not swap out the tropical sun for the magnificent glaciers, mountains, and wildlife of Alaska? Experience the local restaurants, museums, and historical landmarks that this great state has to offer on an Alaska cruise.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
In Western Canada lies Vancouver, one of the most diverse and cultural cities in the world. This idyllic town is the perfect backdrop to explore the local cuisine. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the town, visit the biggest urban park in Vancouver, Stanley Park.
You can also explore the city on foot and visit places like the vibrate and bustling Chinatown that was established back in the 1890s. Head downtown to Coal Harbor where you can enjoy one of the local restaurants and cafes right at the water’s edge.
Victoria, British Columbia
Located on Vancouver Island, this popular destination is home to gorgeous scenery and plenty of exciting things to see. Visit the Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria’s top attractions and one of the most highly regarded gardens in the world. You can meander around the different landscapes and enjoy vibrant flowers.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown is found in Victoria. Here you will gain an appreciation of its distinctive architecture as you explore the different shops and restaurants up and down the narrow streets.
You can also experience a shift in cultures if you decide to visit Hatley Castle on the same day! This historical site has been used in several films and shows such as Deadpool and X-Men.
Inside Passage (Cruising)
The waterway of Alaska’s Inside Passage is lined with glaciers and filled with incredible wildlife. You will witness orca, mountain goats, bears, eagles, puffins, and otters in their natural habitats.
Visiting in the summertime means that you will have more daylight hours to experience the resplendence of this magnificent scenery. Whether you are a photographer or not, you will be able to appreciate these once-in-a-lifetime sights as you cruise down Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
If you have an adventurous spirit, then visiting the Hubbard Glacier is a must! This natural treasure is 7 miles wide, 76 miles long, and is as tall as a 30-storey building. Take a 30-mile cruise north of Yakutat and enjoy the natural scenery as you make your journey.
This gargantuan glacier towers over you as you marvel at the phenomenon of massive chunks of ice breaking off of the glacier into Disenchantment Bay. All the while, you will have an onboard expert to tell you all about this magnificent phenomenon and help you to spot the wildlife.
Visit Alaska’s capital and experience the Last Frontier! The glacial scenery is beyond compare and you can enjoy it in the throws of a dog-sledge adventure. This experience is certainly not one to be forgotten. It is no wonder that Juneau has been called Alaska’s “peak experience”.
Immerse yourself in the wildlife as you kayak up to one of Juneau’s protected waterways or hike to see the Mendenhall Glacier only 12 miles outside of Juneau. If you’re looking for a bit more sophistication, you can tour the historic downtown or visit the Alaska State Museum.
Alaska is home to a rich culture and history that make for an engaging and educational experience.
With magnificent views and lush wildlife, Ketchikan has been dubbed “the Yosemite of the North”. You can enjoy the rich wildlife on a canoe or a nature trail through the rainforest. After your excursion, you will have the chance to sample some of the freshest salmon you have ever tasted! This truly is the “Salmon Capital of the World”.
Embrace the local culture as you enjoy the vast numbers of totem poles carved by the local Tlingit people. Once you have learned about the Tlingit’s ancestral home, end off your day by exploring the town and popping into one of the many dive bars for a drink.
Seward is a picturesque port town that is framed by the grand Kenai Mountains. You can enjoy the pristine wilderness as you cruise along the Kenai Peninsula.
Here, it is more than likely that you will get to see pods of humpback whales on the hunt for food. You may even spot some seals and sea lions lounging around on the rocky outcroppings. Not to mention the majestic bald eagles that you are sure to see!
In the late 1800s, Skagway was one of the starting points for over 40,000 miners hoping to get in on the gold rush. You can visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Park Museum to gain some better insight into the history of this event. You can also wander along Skagway’s boardwalk, which features replicated buildings from the days of the gold rush!
This town is full of exciting and interesting history. But, this is not all that it has to offer. You can go on a tour of the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad where you will get to experience fantastic views of Bridal Veil Falls, Glacier Gorge, and Dead Horse Gulch.
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
The adventurous spirit will find themselves right at home in Icy Strait Point. Here, the wildlife outnumbers the human population. Travellers get to view the likes of humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, and brown bears against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery.
There are also several restaurants available for your enjoyment at Icy Strait Point where you can enjoy some of the fresh, local seafood. This small town has no shortage of activities that you can take part in. From whale watching and kayaking to simply enjoying the local food, there is truly something for everyone.
Glacier Bay (Cruising)
Glacier Bay National Park is part of Alaska’s Inside Passage and covers about 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains. It encompasses some of North America’s most incredible scenery and wildlife. One can take a cruise to experience the awe-inspiring glaciers and wildlife that Glacier Bay has to offer.
This United Nations World Heritage Site is also a place of scientific research. You might see some research vessels out and about on your cruise of the national park. There is a diverse array of wildlife residing at the park including wolves, bears, humpback whales, and a plethora of birds. It is no wonder that these scientists are doing everything they can to learn about and preserve this beautiful natural environment.
Seattle is for the cosmopolitan traveller. Home to unbelievable architecture, you can enjoy all there is to see from the vantage point of the futuristic Space Needle. Or, if you prefer, you can book an architecture tour where you will learn detailed information about the buildings which make up this metropolis.
From museums and cultural tours to art and history tours, there is an inexhaustible array of things to do in Seattle.
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Cruising)
One of the main reasons why visitors come to Alaska is to behold the magnitude and magnificence of its glaciers. Part of the fun in seeing the glaciers is the journey that it takes to get there. The cruise to Dawes Glacier starts at Stephen’s Passage and then travels through Endicott Arm. This 31-mile fjord features extraordinary granite walls and waterfalls.
You will have to keep an eye out for the seals, bears, mountain goats, and whales. The glacier itself is a sight to behold at 600 feet tall. It is constantly receding, which means that huge chunks of ice fall into the ocean. It is a dynamic and thrilling experience to see this glacier in real life.
San Francisco, California
Home to the famous Golden Gate Bridge, this city is alive with the hustle and bustle of its inhabitants. Head down to the waterfront where you can enjoy some of the best restaurants in the world.
There is no shortage of things to do. You could visit Alcatraz Island or take a ride on a cable car to get a better view of the city.
Los Angeles, California
Affectionately nicknamed “La La Land”, this city is home to the stars and there is plenty to explore. To see as much as possible in the shortest amount of time, a bus tour might be the most efficient way to spend your time.
Los Angeles also has some of the best food in the world and is famous for its food trucks. So, grab a taco, head down to Hollywood Boulevard and see what this magical place has to offer!
Puget Sound (Cruising)
With unbelievable Pacific Northwest scenery, using Seattle as a start-point to reach Alaska is perfect for sightseeing. On the Puget Sound cruise, you will enjoy the views of ice-capped mountains juxtaposed by the sight of the cosmopolitan city that is Seattle.
You will cruise through the San Juan Islands where you will be privy to some more amazing wildlife. Whale and orca sightings are not uncommon and the beautiful landscape is not something that you will soon forget.
Scenic Cruising Stephens Passage
Stephen’s Passage cuts through Southeast Alaska in a straight line. Ships and various forms of wildlife (like humpback whales and seals) often use it as a shortcut.
This passage is also connected to Frederick Sound, which is one of the most prolific whale-watching spots in Alaska. Who knew a shortcut could also be the scenic route?
An Alaska Glaciers cruise on the College Fjord is the best way for you to get up close and personal with some glaciers. You will witness something known as “calving” where large chunks of ice break from the glaciers and crash into the sea below. It is truly spectacular to witness.
If you were curious about the name of the College Fjord, it is because of an expedition that took place in 1899. Ivy League colleges funded the expedition, such as Yale and Harvard. Many of the glaciers themselves are named after colleges. You will note that the glaciers on the left side feature the names of women’s colleges and the ones on the right were named after men’s colleges.
Along the Prince William Sound sits the remote village of Whittier. Again, bringing along a camera is essential so that you can capture the orcas, otters, and eagles that you are sure to see here.
The tiny village has a population of only 220 people, but several activities are available for visitors. You can enjoy kayaking, hiking, scuba diving, fishing and more.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali is a mountain that rises to 20,310 feet above sea level. The sheer magnitude of the national park that encompasses the mountain already makes it an incredible sight to behold. It is reason enough to book an Alaska cruise tour!
In addition to this, the park is abundant in wildlife. There is simply too much to see in one day so you might consider staying for about three nights. This way, you can experience everything North America’s tallest mountain has to offer.
Fairbanks is Alaska’s second-largest city and was established during the gold rush era. This is why it has the nickname Golden Heart. This city is filled with a rich and exciting history that you get to explore when you take an Alaska cruise.
Join in as the locals commemorate the city’s past during July’s Golden Days. If you find yourself in town in February and March, you will get to check out the World Ice Art Championships where sculptors from all over the world gather to show off their ice-sculpting prowess.
Book An Alaska Cruise Today!
The combination of sophistication, wonder, and ruggedness of the Great North is unparalleled. Book an Alaska cruise and enjoy the resplendent array of wild animals against the backdrop of breathtaking glaciers and mountains. It is an adventure that you will never forget!