Cruises in Alaska are the perfect way to explore this spectacular destination. Not only is there breathtaking scenery and unusual animals to see, there are also so many activities you can do in Alaska that you couldn’t do elsewhere. If you are going to visit Alaska, you can get the most out of you holiday by going on a summer cruise. Here are the five best reasons to cruise Alaska.
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First of all, the scenery is stunning: not only do you have the opportunity to cruise right up to some of the most amazing glaciers, and even to hike or cycle on them, but also during the summer months, Alaska’s vegetation is lush and green, its waters beautifully clear, and its towns and villages as pretty as a picture. And if scenery is your thing, you can combine cruises to Alaska with a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, crossing the Rockies from Banff to Vancouver before joining your ship.
Reason number two – the wildlife. On cruises to Alaska you can expect to see amazing wildlife on land and at sea including bears, vultures, sea otters, whales and Orcas, and the amazing spectacle of the salmon running upriver to their annual spawning grounds. Cruises to Alaska typically start as early as May, and run right through to September. Identify what you particularly want to see, to ensure you choose the right month.
Reason number three – the Native American history and folklore. Alaska cruises help you to understand more about the local people, whose lives are dominated by the sea. Like them, you can be overwhelmed by the wilderness as you travel from place to place by water. If you’re a history lover, ensure your cruise includes a call in Ketchikan to see the totem poles.
Reason number four – the ports of call. The ports of call on an Alaskan cruise can include a fascinating variety of incredible locations. You might stop off in the state capital Anchorage and check out the Museum of History and Art, before visiting the beautiful Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, and heading for some rafting in the Kenai Peninsula.
Reason number five – the outdoor activities. There are various types of Alaskan cruises available to suit all types of adventurers. Fancy skiing, fishing, hunting, camping, whale-watching, seaplane riding? Not only can you do all these things in Alaska, you can do it surrounded by the some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
With a passion and thirst for adventure, Karl’s love affair with The Last Frontier began after a summer cruise to Alaska where he enjoyed fishing in Prince William Sound and hiking the Chugach National Forest.