Cruises in Alaska – Discover The Great Land’s Glaciers and Abundance of Wildlife
Ever wondered how Alaska got its name?? Well, it’s derived from the (Aleut) native language word “alyeshka” which means “The Great Land” for its immense scale and grandeur, as well as for the respect of native inhabitants towards the land. This northern frontier still boasts pristine landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline that is one of the most enthralling waterways in the world. With more than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles west to east, Alaska is truly a land of epic proportions. By any measure Alaska is a huge, spectacular and incredibly diverse land, one of the last and greatest unspoiled wildernesses on Earth.
Cruising Waters - Gulf of Alaska
Bordering Countries - USA & Canada
Alaska Capital - Juneau
Alaska Area - 1.718 million sqkm
Population - 741,894 (2016)
Spoken Languages - English 86.3%; Alaska Native languages 5.2%; Tagalog 3.4%; Spanish 2.9%; Others 2.2%
Widely used Currencies - USD & Canadian Dollar
Time Zone - GMT -09:00 / GMT -08:00 in Day Light Saving
Famous Glaciers - Hubbard Glacier, Margerie Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier
Major Ports of Call - Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seattle, Skagway, Vancouver, Victoria,
Best Experiences - Dog Sledding, Bear viewing, View of Glacier Calving, Whale Watching and many more
Major Airports - Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport | Fairbanks, Fairbanks International Airport | Juneau, Juneau International Airport
ALAKSA CRUISING SEASON
Best time to visit Alaska is from early May to mid September.
Average Temperature - 4ºC to 13ºC
What to expect? Weather is cooler and you can expect beauty of spring flowers and big waterfalls.
JUNE & JULY
Average Temperature - 8ºC to 17ºC
What to expect? Weather is warmer and these are longest days of the year. You can enjoy best bear views during this time and indulge in sumptuous Salmon.
Average Temperature - 6ºC to 15ºC
What to expect? Weather is cooler and rainier sometimes. This month is the best to experience berry picking in Alaska.
Average Temperature - 5ºC to 12ºC
What to expect? Weather is cooler and rainier and nights starts getting darker. Cruising season ends by 3rd week of this month.
Cruising in Alaska is a life time experience. For sure you would like to make it perfect by selecting the best suitable route. There are many different type of itineraries and one may get confused between which one is best for you. To help you with better understanding of each route and how they are different from each other; below are the routes explained by our Cruise Experts.
7 Days Roundtrip Seattle OR Vancouver | Inside Passage
This "roundtrip" itinerary makes it a very popular cruise vacation because of the convenient flight schedules in and out of Seattle OR Vancouver. The Inside Passage is popular for spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, vivid Native cultures and astounding history. Alaska's Inside Passage is an area that makes up the Southeast Region of Alaska. You will visit 3 or 4 Alaskan ports of call which would be either Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, sometimes Haines, Icy Strait Point or Sitka. You will normally spend a full day in each port of call allowing you to sample the local community or take a number of exciting excursions including trekking or dog sledding on glaciers, a seaplane or helicopter ride, city bus tours, whale watching, fishing and many more.
7 Days Northbound | Voyage of the Glaciers (From Vancouver to Anchorage)
The Voyage of the Glaciers sailing on board Princess Cruises is the top-rated Alaska cruise vacation. As the name suggests ‘Northbound’, the journey will be from South to North i.e. starting from Vancouver, British Columbia till Anchorage cruising through Alaska portions of the Inside Passage for more stunning scenery at every turn. Cruise over 500 miles farther north across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. Along the way, you’ll visit gold rush-era ports and enjoy two spectacular glacier viewing experiences — including Glacier Bay National Park and 16 glaciers at College Fjord! In this one-way journey you can expect glaciers, mountains, scenery and wildlife in abundance.
7 Days Southbound | Voyage of the Glaciers (From Anchorage to Vancouver)
This journey is similar to Northbound but as name changes to Southbound you will travel from North to South i.e. starting from Anchorage till Vancouver, British Columbia. Sailing south from Whittier (Anchorage), it’s easy to see why Voyage of the Glaciers sailing on board Princess Cruises is the top-rated Alaska cruise vacation. Enjoy two glacier viewing experiences — including Glacier Bay National Park and Hubbard Glacier— then head down Alaska’s Inside Passage en route to welcoming frontier ports, and finally sail through British Columbia’s portion of the Inside Passage — a stunning treat.