When planning a vacation to Alaska, a cruise offers visitors an excellent way of experiencing the state’s beautiful scenery, wildlife, culture, and history by allowing them to visit a variety of cities.
One of Alaska’s major port cities is Anchorage, which offers visitors a wide array of activities from the Anchorage museum to walking and biking. Just outside of Anchorage are Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords. Denali National Park and pserve, another nearby attraction is often included on p- or post-cruise tours to Alaska.
Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Kodiak, and Sitka are popular port-of-calls for cruise ships to Alaska. In Ketchikan you can kayak in the Misty Fjords or see the world’s largest totem pole collection. Kodiak, known as Alaska’s Emerald Isles, offers scenic views, fishing expeditions, and World War II history. Sitka is considered Alaska’s most exotic port and boasts the most Russian architecture in America.
The Harbor town of Seward has the motto of “Alaska starts here.” It is easily accessed from Anchorage and is the starting and ending point for many Alaskan cruises. It is a terminus for the Alaskan Railroad and the starting point of the Iditarod sled dog race.
Many cruise lines operate in Alaska. Among them are Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Holland American, Disney, and Princess Cruises.
Alaskan cruises often start out of Anchorage, which also has Alaska’s major airport. You can also fly into Anchorage and begin your cruise out of Seward. Other starting points for Alaskan cruises are Seattle, Washington and parts of British Columbia. Cruises are typically about a week in duration and can be combined with land tours.
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