Alaska Cruises offers you a chance to be one of the very few to discover a land untainted by the modern world. Imagine the other worldly experience of viewing the hump back whales breaching in the icy water against a backdrop of breath-taking blue and white glaciers and awe inspiring mountain ranges, all of which enjoyed from the comfort of your cruise ship. Visualise being surrounded by the lush greenery of the rain forest, thrilled by the sheer size and magnificent strength of the bears lumbering around; one of the many cruise shore excursion trips available.
Journey through the Clouds, Sonora Resort & Alaskan Frontiers
Regent Seven Seas
Alaska & Canada's Rocky Mountaineer
Holland America Line
Jul 2017 - Sep 2018
Grand Canadian Rockies Tour & Alaskan Cruise
Holland America Line
Jul 2017 - Sep 2018
Alaskan Bliss - Premium All Inclusive
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Jun 2018 - Sep 2018
Glaciers & Geysers
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
U.S. Rockies Rail Journey and Alaskan Cruise
Aug 2017 - Sep 2018
U.S. Rockies, San Francisco & Alaskan Adventure
Aug 2017 - Sep 2018
Reasons to choose an Alaskan Cruise
You will encounter rarely seen wildlife
An Alaska cruise allows you the chance to be a true explorer and view the mysterious creatures of the deep, a variety of migrating whales in icy water: humpback, gray whales, killer whales, blue whales and beluga whales. View endangered species such as bald-headed eagles spreading their wings and circling above you, and observe the amusing characteristics of otters and seals as they tumble in the water or play on the shore. Go on shore excursions where you can watch species up close, including grizzly or brown bears as they feed from the salmon streams or lumber around in the rain forest.
You can capture epic photos of America’s final frontier
Alaska's stunning vistas present endless opportunities for stunning landscape photography, but be careful not to become overwhelmed by its natural beauty. As your cruise ship passes the Hubbard Glacier, composed of an incredible 1,350 square miles of ice, you may find yourself so awestruck that you forget to take a picture!
Make sure you have a good camera to capture the dazzling spectrum of blues, pinks, and yellow reflections dancing across the surface of glaciers and the soaring heights of the snowy mountains. You’ll find so many photo opportunities when you cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage with its beautiful islands and fjords. For a change of scenery, trek through misty trails in the fertile green rain forest, with trees coated in moss and lichen, surrounded by colourful fauna.
You can immerse yourself in a rich and cultural history
Retrace the last steps of the gold rush at Skagway. Be part of the unique melting pot of Sitka – made up of Alaskan Natives and Russian. Learn about First Nations culture at Ketchikan.
Main departure and arrival points for Alaska cruises
Alaska cruises differ to most cruise holidays as they tend to be round trips, which is good news for you as it means flight tickets will be cheaper and booking can be less hassle. The majority of Alaskan cruises start in the US or Canada which means you will have a fantastic opportunity to start or end your trip with an exploration of iconic landmarks, regional cuisine, and the culture of exciting cities. There is a delightful choice of Vancouver, Chicago, Seattle, or San Francisco. Or for something truly extraordinary you could book the only cruise which starts in Reykjavik, Iceland and end up in Vancouver with Royal Caribbean.
Alaska Cruise Add Ons
The great advantage of going on an Alaska cruise which starts or ends in Seattle of Vancouver is that you can add on a train trip of the Canadian Rockies, considered one of the greatest journeys in the world. You pass through parks which have been given the UNESCO World Heritage classification for the area’s “exceptional natural beauty”. Trips usually from 4-7 days.
The best time to cruise Alaska
Alaska cruises start from late April to September and it will be a remarkable trip no matter the month you choose. However, there are best times to go, depending on your priorities.
On a budget or want to avoid the crowds?
Due to the unpredictable weather, late April, May and September are the least popular months to visit Alaska and therefore tend to be cheaper. May in particular is considered off season and prices tend to be the lowest. Due to the changeable weather, there is a chance that shore excursions could be cancelled unfortunately offering a little less opportunity to see the wild life.
Alaska’s warmest months
June to August are Alaska’s warmest months with temperatures ranging from 60 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is worth noting that the temperature in Alaska is changeable; the day may start out cold, even freezing and by the afternoon you could be treated to glorious sunshine. The sun sets very late in Alaska, at around 8 pm - 10 pm, so you can enjoy many hours of beautiful views.
Passionate about wildlife
In Alaska, you can catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife all year round, but if it is bears you are looking for, you are most likely to see them during the salmon runs during July and August. This is also the time seals and sea lions give birth, which is an amazing sight to behold.
Due to the variety of whales inhabiting the waters surrounding Alaska, you should be able to spot them any time, especially if you go on a specific whale excursion. To book any of our fantastic shore excursion please fill in the form on this page.
See the Northern Lights
It's not guaranteed, but there is a chance you could glimpse the elusive 'Aurora borealis in September.
A few things to note...
Expect the weather to change rapidly during your Alaska cruise, it could be scorching and then suddenly become extremely windy and cold. We recommend wearing layers that can quickly be shed or put on, and make sure to also pack waterproof clothes. It is also worth noting that you will also be in freezing conditions when viewing the glaciers and will therefore need thermal wear.
You may be disappointed if you forget to bring binoculars as they will allow you to really zoom in on the spectacular wildlife. We would also recommend investing in a high-quality pair of polarized sunglasses to cut the glare on ice and see all the colours vividly.