The Alaska cruise season runs May to October during the northern hemisphere summer when the scenic wonders of America’s largest state are on full display.
The word Alaska is derived from an Aleutian word alaxsxaq, which translates to “object toward which the action of the sea is directed.” Or, where the mountains meet the sea.
And with over three million lakes and 3000 rivers, there’s certainly plenty to explore.
The ultimate nature lovers’ destination, Alaska’s untouched forests and snow-capped mountains provide a vast array of accessible holiday options.
As you glide through the glassy waters, have your camera with you at all times as the breathtaking scenery is endless and marine wildlife abounds.
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The most frequent mammal sightings include humpback whales and orcas, sea lions, otters and porpoises.
Ports of departure include Anchorage, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles with a variety of cruise lines navigating these waterways every season. Typically lasting 7 to 12 days, most cruises will visit ‘Inside Passage’ coastal towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, with some itineraries including Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia.
For a deeper exploration of Alaska, Princess Cruises has a seven-night itinerary that begins in Vancouver and ends with a thrilling three to eight-day land excursion through the Alaskan countryside, taking in the natural sights and wonders of Denali National Park.
Cruise Lines in Alaska
Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America have some of the largest vessels touring the region with Carnival, Disney, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines also offering a great selection of dates and itineraries through the popular cruise season.
Seriously consider paying that bit extra for a balcony cabin for your Alaska experience. While temperatures may be a little cool, there is nothing more spectacular than incredible scenery gently floating by as you enjoy room service with a view.
There are several direct flights between Australia and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver, with convenient connections to Seattle and Anchorage.
Airlines serving these cities include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Air Canada, United and Hawaiian Airlines. Extend your stay in one of these cities before your cruise departure.
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