One of the greatest ways to tour Alaska is on a Gulf of Alaska cruise. These cruises are also referred to as Alaska Glacier Cruises by some cruise lines. See magnificent glaciers, photograph the incredible scenery and the amazing wildlife of Alaska, including whales, bears, and especially wolves on one way cruises through the Alaskan Gulf. These cruises aren't round trip, but north to south or south to north. The cuisine is delicious, and the ports of call which introduce passengers to the local culture and history are fascinating. Those interested in history and culture will love the shore excursions and the opportunity to explore Alaska's villages and towns. Several of the major cruise lines offer a variety of itineraries, including Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity.
Gulf of Alaska Cruise Options
The unique thing about a Gulf of Alaska cruise is that the itineraries allow passengers more time in Alaskan ports, quaint villages, and at Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Glacier Parks. Pre and post Alaskan cruise land packages are the perfect way to cruise the Gulf of Alaska as well as visiting the beautiful interior. Travel operators can often arrange for passengers to customize their cruise vacations so they can connect with cruise ships in Anchorage, Whittier, or Seward. Among the most popular land/sea packages are tours that include Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Talkeetna (South Denali), and Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Seward. Northbound cruises sail from Vancouver through the Inside Passage to Whittier or Seward. When passengers disembark, they can either fly home or continue with the land portion of the tour. A trip to College Fjord is just one of the options. Among the ports you may visit are Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines, and Sitka.
While on your Gulf of Alaska Cruise, enjoy a multitude of ship board activities. During the day, the scenery and wildlife are the biggest attractions, but passengers can also take advantage of spas, fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment, and swimming pools with retractable roofs on many ships to enjoy the water even in inclement weather. On some ships, you'll find miniature or computerized golf. Naturalists and historians come onboard for enrichment programs, and often local performers come onboard to provide passengers with an evening of entertainment. Dining in fine restaurants with excellent cuisine, or enjoying the entertainment in one of the lounges. While on the ship, arrangements can be made for day excursions.
Excursions to glaciers, experiencing a dog mushing tour in Juneau, or taking an exciting helicopter tour are among the fascinating options. Wrangell-St. Elias is North America's largest national park. Experience the park, the St. Elias Mountains, and mammoth Hubbard Glacier. See the Misty Fjords by air, or visit Sitka to learn about the culture of the Tlingit. By booking onshore excursions, you can explore the areas and cultures that interest you the most up close.