Alaska

“The Last Frontier”

Alaska isn’t known as the “Last Frontier” for nothing. Even the name itself tells you everything you need to know about Alaska. It’s derived from the Aleut word “Alyeska,” meaning the “great land.” What a great land indeed! Care to know just how “great” Alaska really is? Alaska comprises more total area than the next three largest states (Texas, California, and Montana) combined!

Sail away to Alaska

But, Alaska is not just “great” in the sense of size. Alaska is also “great” in its natural beauty, the diverse possibilities it holds for travelers, and for the way its friendly people embrace visitors to their home.
Due to Alaska’s appeal, virtually every cruise line has Alaskan itineraries. Some lines have even created purpose-built ships explicitly designed for cold climate destinations like Alaska. While it’s only one state, Alaska offers nearly as many options as European or Caribbean cruises. The choices can be overwhelming, but not with Extraordinary Adventures by your side. We’ll do the heavy lifting, so you can enjoy the majesty of the great land called Alaska!

What you will have to decide, however, is how you want to travel to Alaska and what you’ll want to see when you’re there. While almost every cruise line ventures to Alaska, they’re not all equal in what they offer onboard or where they can go in Alaska.

The megaships, for instance, can’t get you as close to the glaciers as the smaller vessels can. Nor will they be able to make unplanned stops when Mother Nature shares spontaneous displays of her extraordinary wildlife. Still, they can offer considerably more to do onboard. Are you traveling as a family, for instance? You might want to select from Disney Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, or Norwegian Cruise Line. They all offer numerous amenities for everyone in your traveling party.

On the other hand, maybe you enjoy most of the things megaships offer, including dining, entertainment, spa services, and a casino. However, you still desire deeper immersion in the Alaskan culture and environment. Then, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, or Oceania Cruises may be a good choice for you.

Or, you could be craving serenity and indulgence with small-ship luxury. Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, or Silversea Cruises would be a perfect fit for you. Not only do they serve up exemplary service, dining, and accommodations, but they can also offer you a more intimate look at Alaska’s magnificence. With submarines, zodiacs, kayaks, and more, small-ship Alaska cruises are a true “Last Frontier” adventure!

Now that you’ve determined how you will see Alaska, it’s time to figure out what you want to see.

The most common places cruise ships visit in Alaska are Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Seward, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm, Whittier, and the Inside Passage.

Of particular note is Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay has the most tidewater glaciers on earth, which is why it’s considered a must-see destination by Alaska enthusiasts. However, access to Glacier Bay is significantly limited, meaning not every cruise line can go there. According to the National Park Service, the ones who can are Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruises, Cunard Line, and Viking Ocean Cruises. If Glacier Bay is on your bucket list, we can help you select which of those six cruise lines is most suitable for you.

You’ve chosen how you want to visit Alaska and what you want to see. The only thing left is when. Unfortunately, the Alaska cruise season is short. It only lasts five months, from May through September, and there are best times to visit. That’s another reason why you’ll need Extraordinary Adventures to help you plan the most extraordinary Alaska cruise adventure ever! Call us today!

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