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Alaska Cruises

Cruise from Alaska
Dramatic, savage beauty, the Last Frontier - these are some of the words that come to mind when you think of Alaska. Alaska is the land of glaciers and spectacular scenic beauty. Wildlife roams free in the Denali National Park and Ketchikan has the largest collection of totem poles in the world. The Hubbard Glacier is the largest piece of ice mass and the hump backed whales at Juneau is sight to see. Experience the serenity and sheer beauty of the Inside Passage, admire the spectacular sights of the glaciers of Tracy Arm Fjord and the Glacier Bay National Park. Need we say more? Alaska is truly a voyage of discovery.

Highlights of the region:
 • Take a dog sled ride!
 • Get a spectacular view from a helicopter of the Juneau Ice Fields
 • Explore the Inside Glacier on mountain bike – promises to be an exhilarating experience
 • Experience the beauty of Alaska- take a scenic train ride on the White Pass and Yukon route
 • Visit Creek Street in Ketchikan – kitschy shopping and entertainment

Departure Ports
Typically the cruise departure ports for an Alaskan cruise are Vancouver, Canada and Seattle or Seward in the USA. Repositioning sailings start in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A repositioning sailing is good value for money as prices are rock bottom and also normally offer more days at sea.
Ports of Call
Seward is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park and a mesmerizing old town with fabulous scenic views. Easy access to the Exit Glacier makes it a great adventure option and the Alaska Sea Life Center is where one can observe marine life in their natural habitat.

Skagway, Alaska
Remember the Gold Rush? The spirit of it still lives in this small town where some of the buildings are still intact and there is feeling of being transported back in time to the days of yore. The Historical Museum houses the finest collection of artifacts from that time. From Skagway, one can also take trip to the White Pass and the Yukon Trail.

Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is the longest ice mass in Alaska – at 6 miles wide and a whopping 75 miles long. Keep a watch on it while passing through, as you may see a part of it break off and fall into the sea. The Hubbard Glacier is known to advance at quite a pace – sometimes 5 feet per hour!

Even though it is remotely located at the Inside Passage, Juneau attracts thousands of visitors. Picturesque Juneau has something for everyone. Adventure, wildlife and panoramic beauty all round make Juneau a popular haunt with tourist looking for that special experience.

Ketchikan is known as the salmon capital of the World and is a jump point to the wilderness of the Misty Fjords National Monument. The largest collection of Totem Poles is at Ketchikan and so is the presence of the native Tlingit Indians that make the social fabric of this pretty little town so interesting.

Seattle is set against the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains and lined by the waterfront on the other end. Seattle, the home of Starbucks and the Space Needle is an interesting city with lots of atmosphere – find it in the lively cafes in Pike Market Place or in the city’s well stocked museums. Seattle is a wonderful city to lose yourself in.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Multicultural Vancouver is a beautiful city surrounded by water on the three sides and set against the Coast Mountain Range. Take in the greenery of the Butchart Gardens or check out the art galleries in the city. For a whole of fun, visit Gastown to shop or grab a glass of beer at a happening bar there.

Cruise Lines Sailing in Alaska:
Carnival Cruises
Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Holland America Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Silver Seas

Best Time to Cruise
The cruises in Alaska only operate in the summer months May through September with the peak season being June, July and August. This is when the weather is at its best and holidaymakers flock to Alaska to take a cruise in the region.

Best Time to Book
The earlier you book, chances are the better rate you will get. To get a good deal, the best time to book would probably be in January – February which in cruise parlance is known as the ‘wave season’ as this is the time cruise lines normally offer good rates. Sometimes a last minute booking throws up a chance to get a good deal too! For Alaska cruises though, since they are so popular, the super peak sailings in July and August get sold out six to eight months in advance.

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