Explore the breath-taking beauty of Alaska’s untouched, rugged wilderness with our Alaska cruises. From the snow-white tips of gleaming glaciers to the cobalt blue, crystal-clear seas; only on an Alaskan cruise will you find yourself surrounded by the stunning and serene scenery that our natural world has to offer.
This untouched region is famed for its monumental landscapes, undisturbed wildlife and awe-inspiring views. An Alaskan cruise is an ideal getaway, that’ll put you in touch with Earth’s greatest offering – unspoiled flora and fauna that’s unlike any other in the world.
To experience this exquisite North American state in all its glory, there is no better way than by sea – as the jagged, mountainous peaks descend into cool, calm waters, you can get up close and personal with it all on day excursions and guided tours. Alaska cruises are teeming with opportunities for the seasoned, outdoor adventure-seeker, with rugged, back country treks and hikes in the beautiful national parks. For those who want to enjoy the vast views from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship, you can sit back and relax – and maybe do some whale watching seeing them breach the vast blue ocean on the horizon.
Alaskan cruises are generally divided into two types; Inside Passage cruises and Gulf of Alaska cruises. The Inside Passage has been the traditional way to cruise Alaska, with most ships sailing round-trip and cruise from Vancouver or Seattle. These cruises normally navigate through the glacier country, reaching as far north as Skagway or Juneau. Gulf of Alaska cruises covers more territory as they travel from Vancouver through the Inside Passage and up to Seward/Anchorage (or the reverse).
Only accessible by ship or by plane, Alaska’s capital city Juneau gracefully blends frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair. Visit the Mendenhall Glacier, an immense river of ice measuring1.5 miles in width and over 6 miles in length.
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Juneau Icefield. Peaks of ice called ‘nunataks’ push through the ice – the highest peak is known as Devil’s Paw, straddling the Alaska-Canada border and standing at 8,584 feet (2616 m) tall.
22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park lays Icy Strait Point, the perfect place to spot eagles soaring through the skies or an elusive brown bear in its natural habitat. You’ll also have the chance to spot majestic humpback whales breach the water, as their magnificent tails create crashing waves in the distance.
Hop off your luxury liner and visit Skagway. Retrace the steps of the fortune-seeking prospectors and learn how gold was discovered in the Klondike in 1896. Keep your eyes peeled for glittering on the ground; you might just find a stray nugget for a souvenir. Will you get gripped by Gold Fever?
The unspoilt ancestral home to the Tlingit people, carvers of the world’s largest collection of totem poles, Ketchikan stems from the Tlingit phrase “katch kenna”. This roughly translates as “spread wings of a thundering eagle”, in homage to the hundreds of eagles that nest in the mountains nearby.