The Alaskan cruise season runs from May to September, with July and August the most popular months. A cruise to Alaska is a fantastic experience, with amazing scenery and wildlife to see. You will generally embark in Vancouver or Seattle, and travel through the inside passage to Alaska, and your cruise will generally be a 7 night round trip. Alternative itineraries run one way from Vancouver or Seattle to Seward or Whittier, with the reverse itineraries on alternate weeks.
The main ports of call are Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, and there will usually be a visit to Yakutat Bay or Glacier Bay, where you will have an opportunity to see a magnificent active glacier.
There are a good number of excursions available including helicopter flights up to land on a glacier, a flight in a float plane, a coach trip up into the Yukon, or a train ride from Skagway.
It is possible to combine your Alaskan cruise with a land tour through the Rockies, with a stay in a Wilderness Lodge in a National Park.
Many cruise lines offer a cruise in Alaska including: –
- Holland America Line
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Royal Caribbean International
- Carnival Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas
- Disney Cruise Line
- Princess Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
(Page updated July 2013)