Alaska cruises, cruise packages that include land tours, and cruise shore excursions are famous for visiting America’s “last frontier.” Whether you want to enjoy the diverse amenities available on larger cruise ships or customize a more intimate small-ship cruise for a few dozen of your closest friends and family, the experts at Alaska Tours can help you create the perfect Alaska cruise vacation.
Whether your focus is cultural heritage, outdoor activities, or quiet luxury, Alaska Tours’ small-ship cruise offerings aim to please you. Itineraries start and end in Alaska and range from 7 to 14 nights. These itineraries include sights and experiences you won’t find on the larger ships, including up-close wildlife viewing, smaller coves and bays, and off-the-beaten-track communities. How small is small? These ships accommodate between 26 and 86 guests. While they may not have an onboard casino or multiple restaurants, they feature top-notch dining, spa facilities, naturalists, and plenty of guided activities like kayaking and hiking.
Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage is one of the most popular cruises in the world due to the dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and calm, protected waters in this region of Alaska. Quirky and colorful coastal communities add to the charm of an Inside Passage cruise. The entire southeast region in Alaska is part of the largest national forest in the country (the Tongass National Forest), which means outdoor recreation opportunities are nearly limitless.
One-way cruises can be combined with land tours to Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and beyond. The wide range of room types on larger ships fits almost any budget, and an extensive menu of tours in each port highlights the region’s best.
This is the crème-de-la-crème of the Alaska cruising experience. Eight-day Inside Passage cruise itineraries start and end in Juneau. Along the way, itinerary highlights are more about experiences than locations. At Icy Strait, humpback whales are plentiful; an onboard hydrophone will allow you to listen to and see them. Enjoy mountain biking through the temperate rainforest when you go ashore on one of the many secluded islands along the Inside Passage. Roll out your yoga mat for a blissful experience as you glide quietly through Glacier Bay National Park. Some onboard amenities include gourmet food, a wine bar, and a spa. You can also charter an Alaska yacht for a private cruise if you so desire.
Maybe you’re traveling independently in Alaska or are arriving or leaving from an Alaska city where you can enjoy a day cruise. Hop aboard! Wildlife, whale watching, and coastal views can all be yours on an Alaska day cruise.
A great way to experience Alaska is to hop off your cruise and take a land-based shore excursion to see Alaska’s fascinating ports. The sky’s the limit with options for touring Alaska’s famous National Parks, viewing diverse landscapes, hiking to glaciers, or photographing wildlife!
With all this in mind, the question isn’t whether to cruise Alaska; it’s when to do it and how often!
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