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A cruise to Alaska is far from the stereotype of beaches and cocktails by the pool. It swaps sand for ice, swimming for spectacular scenery and you can still have the cocktails but you might prefer to drink them in a warm bar. However, just because it is different to a tropical cruise doesn't make it any lesser- an itinerary taking in the fjords, glaciers, wilderness and wildlife of stunning Alaska is a unique experience but an incredible one. Read more
The many options for an Alaska cruise
There's no shortage of ships and lines offering Alaska cruises. Royal Caribbean, Holland America, P&O Cruises and Celebrity are commonly spotted in the state's ports, and Princess Cruises offer Alaska cruise tours which combine sea and land for a comprehensive experience. Luxury lines like Silversea are also in on the action, and often make use of rigid-hulled inflatables to get you up close and personal with glaciers, icebergs and wildlife.
Glaciers galore: scenic cruising
Alaska cruises usually depart from Seattle or Vancouver, and head up the coast for a one-way or return voyage, stopping in to visit some of the picturesque towns and cities along the way. The Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay feature on the majority of itineraries for scenic cruising, meaning you won't stop but can observe orca, eagles, whales, glaciers, waterfalls, icebergs and more from the warmth of the ship.
Getting off the ship in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Seward gives insight into these isolated but thriving communities and also allows cruisers to explore the forests, mountains and rivers which lie inland. The towns and cities themselves, most set in spectacular locations between mountain and fjord, are fantastic places to visit - did you know that Juneau is the only state capital not accessible by car? You can't drive there, but you can cruise there!
The USA's most northerly state has one of the very most beautiful coastlines in the world, and an Alaska cruise makes for an unforgettable holiday. Take a look at our cheap cruises from Alaska and you could be seeing it all for yourself.