Take in Majestic Alaska on a Cruise You’ll Never Forget
Any cruise is going to give you a tremendous variety of vacation ideas, activities, and adventures. And while you can cruise to almost anywhere on Earth, there are some routes that are simply going to give you a stretch of landscapes, seascapes, and excursions that you’ll get literally nowhere else on Earth.
On such cruise route is to Alaska, and as cruise routes go, it’s simply unparalleled. The total cost can be paid upfront, so you’re not nickel-and-dimed at multiple restaurants, but eating well, even extremely well, and without breaking any kind of budget. In fact, one reason cruise vacations are so popular is because they are so much easier to budget for.
Alaska is has long been a mysterious and majestic, rugged land to the north. Too cold and snowy for much of the year, to travel there by sea is one of the great ambitions of the many more people who go each year. Let’s take a closer look at what they’re experiencing.
Most Alaska cruises will set off either from Seattle or from Vancouver. And most from Seattle will stop in Vancouver. Most Royal Holidaycruisers will set off on Princess Cruises, on the Ruby Princess of the Emerald Princess or on board the Holland America Line’s Koningsdam or Westerdam vessels. A few other cruise lines will make shorter annual runs off the Alaska coast.
If you’re making a stop, even for a day, don’t miss the Vancouver Museum, the Maritime Museum, or the city’s famous Aquarium. The Brockton Point Lighthouse is a great place to take in the city landscapes and for afternoon tea.
The Alaskan state capital is one of the most visited places in the state and the pier where cruise passengers disembark is as good as any introduction to the city. Visitors take to the museums, restaurants, and shops in what’s always one of the most interesting ports of call.
The State Museum of Alaska allows visitors to witness the native peoples of the state and to learn about sweeping changes across the region especially since the Second World War and the Cold War.
The Museum of the City Juneau-Douglas also maintains exhibitions telling the stories of gold mining, hydroelectric energy, skiing, outdoor recreation, fishing, politics, and the history of City.
The Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas is another popular stop and the nearby Mendenhall Glacier is just the first of the glaciers you’ll get to see.
Skagway is tiny but most of the village has been preserved since the gold rush era. Welcoming about one million visitors a year, most of them from Cruise Ships, it’s a sight to behold.
The Corrington Museum of Alaskan History will tell you some of Skagway’s storied past, but the likely haunted Golden North Hotel is another favorite. Even cruise passengers will have time for a narrow-gage railroad tour through the area’s impressive valleys and cliffsides.
The perfect place to meet the summering whales, Glacier Bay hosts more than just people during July and August. Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve is home to grizzly bears, grey bears, and all kinds of wildlife and it makes a wonderful place to stop off.
Popular with adventure tourists, they go in for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, and all kinds of more extreme activities, and most cruise lines will offer similar excursions. Many passengers will just watch the decks to catch ever more impressive views of the bays themselves.
As colorful village on the edge of a mountain as any you’ll find, Ketchikan is also home to the Saksman Totems Park. A wonderful introduction to some of Alaska’s native people, it’s also a striking collection of art and artifacts.
The Tongass Historical Museum and nearby, the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, will also give you at least a taste of the past. Even better, some of the regional restaurants are a great way to fuel up before visiting the wide-open natural spaces.
These are just a few of the most common cruise stops on the Alaskan itineraries. Each cruise line will give you options for trips into the cities, or nearby welcome centers.
Royal Holiday cruise vacationers will be some of your best shipmates, as they really do cruise everywhere, and many of them do it year after year. Alaska, just one of the most popular itineraries, promises adventure and jaw-dropping landscapes at every turn. It’s not the warmest route you can take, but it almost certainly promises some the warmest memories you’ll ever have to look back on. Bon Voyage!