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Why a Cruise is the Best Way to See Alaska

Updated: Feb 27

Cruising through the serene waters of Alaska, with its breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring glaciers, is an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. The sheer majesty of nature's wilderness unfolds before your eyes, making cruising the ultimate way to discover America's Last Frontier.

As you sail past vast forests, fjords, and rugged coastlines, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Eagles soar overhead, whales and Steller sea lions grace the waters, and bears amble along the beaches. The cruise not only showcases nature's wonders but also brings you to extraordinary coastal towns, where frontier life and Alaska Native culture come to life.

Get up Close to Glaciers

Alaska's glaciers steal the spotlight as the most fascinating sight from the sea. Your cruise ship, maneuvered by a skilled captain, takes you up close to these colossal ice formations. Witness the startlingly blue and giant walls of active, advancing ice as your ship navigates past floating icebergs.

Experiencing calving is nothing short of visceral – the crack of the glacier, the thunderous sound, and the cool air on your cheeks as massive chunks of ice crash into the sea. Whether at Hubbard Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park or the dramatic Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm, these natural wonders showcase Alaska's pristine beauty.

See Amazing Wildlife From the Sea

The coastline of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska, with its snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, and fjords, creates a wilderness where wildlife thrives. Cruising offers the best vantage point to spot harbor seals on drifting icebergs, Stellar sea lions perched on craggy outcrops, and eagles soaring in the sky.

Your ship's naturalist keeps an eye out for wildlife, and announcements from the bridge alert you to distant whale sightings. From beluga whales near Seward to humpback whales in Icy Strait Point, the variety of species is astounding. Alaska's diverse landscapes offer glimpses of Dahl sheep, mountain goats, lumbering bears, and more.

Visit Fascinating Towns

Alaska's vastness makes exploring by land challenging, but cruising makes it easy. Coastal towns like Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Sitka offer a colorful tapestry of history, heritage, and quirky charm.

Delve into Alaska's Native culture, learn about the Gold Rush, and interact with locals who embrace the outdoors as a way of life. Authentic Russian dance performances in Sitka, tales from fishermen in Juneau, and the ambiance of Gold Rush buildings in Skagway provide a rich tapestry of experiences.

Endless Options for Exploration

Each port of call unveils a plethora of Alaska shore excursions, offering outdoor adventures, scenic views, culinary delights, and cultural encounters.

From flightseeing by floatplane to helicopter tours landing on glaciers, the possibilities are endless. Whether you opt for a dogsled camp visit in Juneau, a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in Skagway, or a culinary tour sampling local delicacies, Alaska's wonders are at your fingertips.

In Alaska, cruising is not just a mode of transportation; it's an immersive experience that unlocks the treasures of Alaska. From jaw-dropping glaciers to vibrant coastal towns, a cruise is the best way to savor the grandeur of America's Last Frontier.

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