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Alaska Cruises

Alaska is known as the ‘Last Frontier’ of the US, and the state certainly lives up to its nickname. 

On an Alaska cruise, you can awaken your sense of adventure in a land of wild landscapes and snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers and blue-tinged glaciers. There’s lots of wildlife here too, including moose, grizzly bears, polar bears and humpback whales. 

To complement Alaska’s spectacular natural attractions, there are equally impressive urban areas. Old gold rush towns, culturally vibrant cities and villages rich in native heritage are all waiting to be explored. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Alaska’s coastline is longer than the rest of the whole US mainland.
  • Dog mushing is the state’s official sport.
  • 17 of the USA’s 20 highest mountains are located in Alaska.
  • One third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
  • Alaska is home to an estimated 100,000 glaciers.
 

Highlights

Seaside towns

Sitka is a beautiful seaside town with rich Russian heritage. You can visit a selection of museums and the St Michael Cathedral, home to a wealth of Russian Orthodox art just a few minutes’ walk away.

Located in southeastern Alaska, the small port city of Skagway is full of character. The city boomed during the gold rush period and you can see vestiges of this history at the Skagway Museum, in the city centre saloon bars, or on the White Pass & Yukon Route railway, which climbs into the mountains along the old gold prospecting route.

History

Ketchikan city is teeming with history. There’s no shortage of museums here and you can spend your time learning about the region’s past at the Totem Heritage Center, the Tongass Historic Museum or the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. And if you fancy some sporting activity, you can take to the waters in a kayak to admire the picturesque wooden buildings standing on stilts in Ketchikan Creek or head out on a fishing trip. Known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’, Ketchikan offers first-class fishing and excellent seafood restaurants too. 

 

Landscapes

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Alaska is a dream come true for any budding photographer. This is the kind of place where one photo after another comes out looking like a masterpiece. 

The Alaskan Inside Passage is a sea route of fjords, islands and bays, and one of the most scenic cruise journeys in the world. Spectacular mountain ranges overlook quaint towns and lush islands are dotted through the deep blue sea.  

Sitka’s natural landscapes reveal its true beauty. The town is located within the Tongass National Forest, and an incredible mountain vista offers a scenic backdrop to quaint buildings. You can take your pick of natural discovery here – from whale watching, to salmon and halibut fishing, hiking in the rainforest surrounding the town or getting up close to birds of prey at The Raptor Center.

And you don’t just have to admire these landscapes from afar. An Alaska cruise offers many activities that get you up close to its stunning natural scenery. Whether that’s hiking a glacier, canoeing down a river or zip lining through forest canopies, you’re sure to experience the many joys of nature on an Alaskan adventure.  

 

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Cruises visiting Alaska

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