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Breathtaking scenery, gleaming glaciers, abundant wildlife, and Native American culture are only a few of the spectacular attractions that draw cruise vacationers to Alaska.

Alaska offers a rugged landscape unlike any other in the United States, filled with the prospect of adventure. Popular spots include the exquisite beauty of the Inside Passage, the wildlife haven of Denali and the Gold Rush legacy of Skagway. You’ll also be delighted to sail through Tracy Arm a 30-mile long fjord near Juneau. The waters surrounding the coast of Alaska are littered with amazing glaciers. Be sure to experience the Mendenhall glacier and the frozen rivers of Glacier Bay National Park.

The highlight of an Alaskan tour is undoubtedly the wildlife. Spot caribou, grizzly bears and eagles as you tour the expansive landscape of Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. If the weather serves, try kayaking and hiking. The park also is a great spot to go fly fishing. From your ship, you’ll be close enough to shore to spot sea lions and sea otters floating on their backs, or a black bear emerging from the forest. Using binoculars you’ll be able to spot birds, humpback whales, dolphins and other animals.

A ride on a dog sled pulled by a team of huskies is a unique adventure. Taste the fresh flavours of Alaska at an authentic outdoor Salmon Bake or Crab Feast. Discover the stories behind Alaska’s native tribes through their striking totem poles carved with family legends, history and beliefs. The town of Ketchikan is home to the Totem Heritage Centre and the Totem Bight State Historical Park.

While the snowy peaks remain white, in the summer months Alaskan temperatures can reach 26°C. For climate and sunlight purposes, cruises to Alaska sail in summer, from early May to mid-September. June, July and August are peak season.

WHERE CAN YOU CRUISE?
Click here for a list of Alaska’s top cruise ports.