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A Wilderness of Wonders on an Alaska Cruise

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A Wilderness of Wonders on an Alaska Cruise

story by: Inspire Magazine

Experience unparalleled landscapes teeming with awe-inspiring glaciers, mountains and fascinating wildlife. It’s time to uncover Alaska’s icy wonders.

Alaska is one of the world's most spectacular destinations, featuring an array of stunning natural treasures you have to see to believe. The scenery is truly unbelievable, featuring thriving and lush forests, snow-topped mountains and charming, tranquil waterfront towns. Given this state's unique geography, a cruise is one of the most comfortable ways to experience it’s kaleidoscope of sites. Glide past dramatic glaciers and icy vistas taking in the breathtaking panoramas from your ship's decks, making memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

There are so many options for cruises, with specialty operators offering more intimate small-ship experiences that get you even closer to the renowned scenery of the region. They also tend to feature on-board experts who can illuminate your experience with more information on the wildlife and landscape as you travel. 

On the other hand, larger cruise ships can cover more ground and visit more ports, so you can catch a glimpse of more of this state's diverse landscape, culture and history.

At certain times of the year, usually at the beginning and end of the cruising season, you can even take a repositioning cruise, which can combine your Alaskan experience with an ocean crossing to destinations such as Hawai'i, the South Pacific, West Coast USA or the Panama Canal.


Alaska's Inside Passage cruises usually start and end in Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco, giving you access to Alaskan ports such as Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway. Sailing through the Inside Passage, you can expect calm, serene and protected waters, with smooth cruising conditions enhancing the tranquillity of your back-to-nature experience. 
The port of Juneau is a wonderful stop for animal lovers, with humpback whale watching, seals and sea lions being just some of the animals you can expect to see. Visit the impressive Pack Creek Brown Bear viewing area where you can spy these magnificent and fearsome creatures up close.

Then there is Ketchikan, an adventurer's paradise. Some popular activities include ziplining over the rainforest canopy, hiking through the verdant forest and even taking a trip down the lake on native American-style canoes. 

Skagway is famous for its White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, where you can cast yourself back in time and take a journey over historic tracks. Anchorage is teeming with fun and thrilling snow-based activities. Head out on a dog sledding adventure over the icy hills, take a flight over and land upon jaw-droppingly beautiful glaciers.

When you return from your day trips and port excursions, you will be warmly welcomed back by your ship's attentive service, extensive facilities and proximity to nature. Get cosy with a hot chocolate or unwind with a glass of red wine as you soak in even more scenery from the ship's viewing areas. 


The cruise season runs from May to September, and July and August are particularly popular featuring the warmest conditions. Spring and autumn offer good value when it comes to price, but be prepared for cooler temperatures. 

No matter the time of year, Alaska is a truly unique destination that will blow you away with its sheer scale, beauty and diversity. There's nowhere else quite like this wild paradise, with its bears, whales, glaciers and endless unspoilt views. See it for yourself and take a journey you will never forget. 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg! To explore more icy Alaskan voyages, visit, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.

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