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Alaska Adventure Cruises

American’s 49th state is an absolute wonderland of almost everything that goes into a memorable cruise – a traveller’s delight of amazing sights, scenery, vibrant wildlife, ancient cultures, friendly folk and nature – LOTS of nature.

For this is where you can enjoy huge great helpings of rich, raw nature at its very best, from the towering mountains which form much of the backdrop to the waters that seemingly teem with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, salmon and sea otters.

With much of south-east Alaska accessible only by sea, a cruise is the ideal way to take in the horizon-to-horizon majesty of the region, sailing either from San Francisco in California, Vancouver in Canada or Seward near Anchorage; or round-trip from rugged state capital Juneau.

Other ports of call include the ‘totem pole capital’ of Ketchikan, where the native Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures are more than 800 years old; the former Russian outpost of Sitka; frontier gold-mining town Skagway; and tiny, isolated Wrangell.

Fjords and glaciers are the other hallmark of an Alaskan voyage, with Glacier Bay and Hubbard offering amazing ice-laden views while the likes of Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords feature the ‘Norway of the West’ canyons, cliff-faces and cascading waterfalls.

But wherever you voyage through this scintillating panorama, from the major ports to little-seen bays and coves, there are always attention-grabbing charms waiting around the next corner and, ultimately, it is hard to take your eyes off this ever-moving visual feast that is sure to enchant and enthrall in equal measure.

Best time to travel to Alaska: Summer season is mid-May to September, best from June-August.
Weather: Temperatures range from 10° to 18°C, rain is common for much of the summer.
Flight times: 12.5 hours from London to San Francisco or 11 hours to Vancouver or Seattle.
Recommended Alaska Tours: Take a scenic rail journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer or head up to explore the wildlife of the Denali National Park. We can also arrange plane/helicopter landings on the glaciers, guided hiking and jet boat safaris.

Recommended Alaska specialists:

American Safari Cruises: Delightfully small-scale and thoroughly personal and efficient, American Safari Cruises are capable of taking either12, 22 or 40 passengers on their fleet of 3 yachts. Specialising in Alaska tours, American Safari boast an excellent array of tour guides and fully-inclusive shore excursions. More about American Safari Cruises

Lindblad Expeditions: Offering an engaging travel experience, Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska expedition cruises are tied-in with the National Geographic Society, adding even greater depth to their tours of Alaska. Their two ships, the National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird are often compared to large private yachts. More about Lindblad Expeditions

If you would like more information on adventure cruises in Alaska, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.


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