Set sail on the journey of a lifetime on a multi-day Alaska cruise. This elegant and relaxing option for travel is among the most preferred for travelers to Alaska, especially for their first trip. Cruise ships offer convenience, a wide range of services, and the ultimate in relaxation. Cruisers unpack once and get to visit multiple communities and national parks without hauling bags around or dealing with logistics.
While there are exceptions, Alaska cruises tend to feature weeklong itineraries from either Seattle or Vancouver to one of the ports in Southcentral Alaska – Whittier or Seward. From there, guests are treated to a scenic rail journey north to Anchorage, where they continue on land-based tours or fly home. The trips are also offered in reverse, starting in Alaska and ending in Vancouver or Seattle.
Along the way, Alaska cruise passengers are offered a dizzying range of tour options in port cities. These range from rail excursions to zip-line tours to wildlife viewing or sportfishing. Many ships visit marine wonderlands like Glacier Bay National Park and Prince William Sound, where guests watch glaciers “calve” into the ocean in dramatic geologic displays.