What’s New in Cruising
Cruising s the most popular way to see Alaska, and, with so many options, it’s easy to see why!
Cruise enthusiasts will be excited by new cruise ships plying Alaska waters in 2019. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are launching brand new ships, and Princess and Viking are expanding their Alaska offerings with ships new to the Alaska market. If you’re looking for a cross-Pacific adventure, Cunard is offering a new sailing from Japan to Alaska in 2019! Don’t forget about the shoulder seasons – companies often provide discounts on early- and late-season cruises.
Small ship cruising is big, too, with a number of companies offering new multi-day itineraries and shore excursions exploring the Inside Passages’ more remote islands and bays.
Even a four-night itinerary can take you on a round-trip journey between Vancouver to Alaska’s first city, Ketchikan. But why stop at just four nights? Seven-day cruises take you to past old growth forests and calving glaciers to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, while longer itineraries take you across the Gulf of Alaska to Seward or Anchorage. Add on land excursions to see Denali National Park and Fairbanks to round out your trip. There’s lots to see by sea!
Popular Shore Excursions
Shore excursions take you to local attractions and generally include all fees, gear, and local tour guides. From mild to wild, choose a shore excursion that fits your interests - you’ll definitely want to sign up for some of these amazing adventures.
- Discover Alaska’s wildlife on a bear viewing tour or whale watching small boat excursion
- Take a train trip along historic gold rush trails
- Sign up for a helicopter tour and land on top of a glacier
- Try your hand at dog mushing
- Hit the trails on a guided walk through the Tongass National Forest
- Zip through old-growth trees on a zip-line adventure
- Explore arts, history, and culture on a city walking tour
- Charter a fishing trip
If you’ve been to Alaska before – or even if you haven’t – there’s always something new to try.
Photo tours: Yes, you can always use your cell phone to capture that special Alaska moment, but avid photographers – or just people interested in learning photography – can sign up for a professionally guided photo tour focusing on wildlife, landscapes, or the northern lights. From one-day to multi-day backcountry trips, hone your creative skills in some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Fat-tire biking: What’s the difference between biking and fat-tire biking? Fat tire bikes, with their 3- to 5-inch wide wheels, take you off road with ease. The wider, lower pressure wheels give you a softer ride for pedaling on dirt trails, rocky shores, or snow. Rent a fat tire bike on your own or take a tour of the trails.
Alaska Native cultural tours: Cultural tourism is growing with new tribal tourism offerings delving into Tlingit and Aleutiq history and culture. Or, attend classes on art, storytelling, or sport at one of the museums and cultural centers focusing on Alaska Native traditions.
Food tours: Foodies will be excited by the growing number of food and beverages tours being offered throughout the state. From local foods, craft breweries, or distilleries using locally-grown products, there’s something to tempt every taste bud.
Winter travel is heating up in Alaska! If you’re looking for a new way to see Alaska, come up during our winter season.
Try riding the rails with the Alaska Railroad’s expanded winter service between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks, or try one of the new adventure tour excursions by fat-tire bike, snowshoe, snowmachine, or dog-sled. And, if you’ve ever wanted to try northern lights photography, now is your chance! Photographers and non-photographers alike will enjoy guided northern lights photography workshops.