Alaska Cruise Season Is Here!
Spring is the best time of year to take a cruise to Alaska. It’s not to late to book your cruise itinerary to “The Last Frontier”! Here are the must see places to look at when planning your cruise to the beautiful state of Alaska.
The Inside Passage
This is what Alaskan cruising is all about. Check itineraries to see how much time your ship will spend cruising there. Some ships sail mainly at night, which means you might not see as much.
Check out Creek Street when your ship docks here. It’s charming, of historic significance to the community and, when the salmon are running (July through September, peaking in August), you can watch them make their way up the creek to spawn.
If this enormous fiord south of Juneau isn’t on your ship’s itinerary, try to visit by floatplane (a wonderful adventure) or on a small boat when you dock in Juneau.
Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
You can take boat, helicopter, plane or dog sledding excursions here. Or take an easy four- to six-mile wilderness hike. One way or the other, don’t miss it.
Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau
Get a bird’s-eye view of lush rainforest and subalpine meadows on this tram ride, which ascends 1,800 feet from the cruise dock to the mountain. The ride is thrilling, and you can top it off with a hike on a panoramic trail.
See the ebb and flow of glaciers within this majestic 65-mile-long fiord, which has tidewater and alpine glaciers and is ringed by mountains, including the world’s tallest coastal range.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
This may be the No. 1 choice of cruise passengers. The White Pass trip includes a ride on the narrow-gauge railway that climbs out of Skagway, following the 19th century Klondike gold rush trail.
Hubbard, a whopping 40 stories high, weighs in as the largest and most active tidewater glacier on the Alaskan coast, dwarfing even the biggest cruise ships. Its phenomenal blue color is spectacular even from a distance.
This list is far from comprehensive and doesn’t mention many other only-in-Alaska sights: Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Misty Fjords National Monument, or activities such as floatplane, dog sled or salmon-fishing tours.
Happily, Alaskan cruise passengers have a dizzying array of choices. Perhaps that’s why as many as 40%, industry statistics say, make the trip more than once.