Alaska Cruises and Excursions

Alaska is still thought of as America’s last frontier, with much of the state still largely untouched by humans. It is home to wildlife, mountains, and some of the most pristine views in the world. The best way to see Alaska is from the comfort of a cruise ship traveling up the Inside Passage. An Alaskan cruise brings passengers in close proximity to wildlife and glaciers, with panoramic views from your balcony and decks. 

Highlights:

Inside Passage

The Inside Passage makes up the Southeast region of Alaska and is a sheltered waterway approximately 1,000 miles North of Vancouver. It is known for its beauty, calm, and scenic cruising. Once the center of the 19th century Alaska Gold Rush, today it is known for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and Native cultures.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

The glacier is about 12 miles long, and is located approximately 12 miles from Juneau. The ice extends up to 250 feet below the surface.

This glacier is amazingly beautiful due to its blue-colored hue, the ice absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue, which it reflects back.

The glacier’s melting process is known as ‘calving’ which causes large pieces of ice to break off from the glacier, forming icebergs on the Mendenhall Lake. It is possible to see this process on a visit to the glacier. You can take walking paths to get closer to the glacier in order to capture those once in a lifetime photos.

Mendenhall is the only glacier that is accessible around the year by highway.

Whale watching

Whale watching is one of the cant miss things to do while on an Alaskan cruise. While you may be able to spot some whales while cruising, the best experience is to schedule an excursion at one of your stops. The best time to see gray whales would be in Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak or Seward during the months of April and May. The best time to see the humpback whale is June and July. To see killer whales, June through September is the best time to see these majestic mammals.

Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord has it all. From tidewater to elevated glaciers, awe inspiring mountains, and sheer rock walls that are over a mile high.  The fjord also has waterfalls that tumble down to the emerald green water, and Alaska’s largest icebergs.

Along the way, be on the lookout for bears, whales, seals and eagles.

 

Port Highlights:

Ketchikan

There is something for everyone to do in Ketchikan which is located in the Tongass National Forest, a 17 million acre rainforest. Ketchikan is located at the southernmost part of the inside passage. The city has an active commercial fishery, and is known for its salmon fishing. The city is home to the largest number of totem poles in Alaska, a tradition that was passed down from the Native Tlingit. The city has an active art community and rich culture that was passed down from the original Natives.

Skagway

Skagway was Alaska’s largest town during the gold rush of 1889 with a population of around 20,000. Once known for its saloons and gambling houses, today it is home to less than 1,000 residents. When in port, Skagway offers a unique experience. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway and Davidson Glacier are top rated excursions. Guided salmon fishing charters are available. The current downtown offers a variety of shopping experiences.

Sitka

Sitka is located within a rainforest that covers Baranof Island, located on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage, where a diverse array of wildlife can be found such as the American bald eagle and Sitka’s black-tailed deer. Sitka is also home to the humpback whale, sea otters, and sea lions.

Sitka’s distinguishing feature is the cultural fusion of the Tlingit with Russian American influences.  This intermingling of two distinct cultures is seen from the local galleries, art, dance performances, downtown architecture and local museums.

Victoria

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is proud of its British heritage. It is also one of the most walkable cities in Canada. The city dominates the inner harbor near the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Parliament Building. Activities around Vancouver Island include a world-class scuba-diving destination, kayaking, and glass-bottom-boat tours which allow you to see the amazing marine wildlife around the island.

Not sure where to start with planning your Alaska cruise?  Let Elite Travel Team help you! Our qualified travel consultants will guide you every step of the way, and will work with you to customize your perfect Alaskan cruise and excursion. We are open 8am to midnight CST, 7 days per week.  Contact us today at info@EliteTravelTeam.com or 866-218-9188.  You can also book online at www.EliteTravelTeam.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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