Best Alaska Cruise Itinerary

By: David Friel

Nearly a million people explore Alaskas waters each year by cruise ship. They are all captivated by the scenery within the famous Inside Passage that they cruise again. 

The Alaska Cruise Season

  • Cruise Season starts from April to September
  • High seasons are from June to August
  • There is no best time to go
  • June, July and August are the warmest months
  • July and August can be quite rainy

Cost of a Cruise?
A 7 day Alaska round-trip cruise cost from $580 to $2,660 for an interior cabin per person, double occupancy, depending on sailing date, choice of stateroom and cruise line.

Cruise Lines to Consider

  • Holland America Cruise
  • MSC Cruise Ships
  • Norwegian Cruise
  • Oceania Cruise
  • Princess Cruise
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruise
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise
  • Silversea Cruise

Once your cruise starts, here are the must see destinations;

  • Your cruise ship will pass by thousands of densely forested islands totaling 40,000 miles of coastline, all kissed by the placid waters of fjords, coves, and bays created by the chaos of glacial gouging millions of years ago. 
  • You will witness Mountain tower as high as 15,000 feet above the seashore, waterfalls tumble down their faces, and bald eagles soaring high above. You are in the homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians, and your ship may dock at Canadian ports along the way. And your Ice Age odyssey has only just begun.
  • The first Alaskan port is Ketchikan, where a wealth of traditional Native American culture awaits, including the worlds largest collection of totem poles. Nearby, you will be mesmerized by Misty Fjords National Monument and Tongass National Forest, a temperate rainforest abundant with animal life and ancient conifers one of the worlds rarest ecosystems and the largest national forest in the U.S. 
  • Highlights of the your northern passage include Sitka, the Russian capital of Alaska from 1808 to 1867, Juneau, featuring the massive, glacierinfested Juneau Icefield, and Tracy Arm Fjords picturesque waterfalls. 
  • Choose an Alaska cruise that sails to Skagway, and you will float upon the glassysurfaced Glacier Bay, a 72mile stretch of pristine beauty unlike any in the world. Sailing past frosted cliffs towering high above the water, you might see a pod of humpback whales breaching the surface, a brown bear lumbering along the shore, and a sea otter floating on its back while devouring a meal. 

    As you encounter glacier after spectacular glacier and hear the powerful explosion like sounds of mammoth blocks of ice crashing into the emerald water below, its like witnessing the Ice Age of a distant past.
  • Disenchantment Bay is home of the creaking, groaning, constantly calving Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier In Alaska, covering 76 miles from its Yukon source, Mt. Logan, to the head of Yukatat Bay. 

There are lots of choices for Alaskan Cruise Itinerary. Perhaps that's why as many as 40%, make the trip more than once.

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