Guide to Alaska Cruises: What to Do In Alaska Cruise Ports Part II
Learn about the best excursions at Alaska cruise ports before heading on your next cruise!
Are you getting ready to head to the Last Frontier? If so, you won’t want to miss part two of our Alaska cruise ports highlights – showcasing a variety of shore excursions suitable for every personality type. Alaska cruises are highly favored in the cruise community, and often top a cruise-lovers wish list. While they offer a range of exhilarating activity options, Alaska is truly one of the last wild regions in the United States. With vast open spaces and an opportunity to see nature and wildlife in all of its glory, our tips can help you have the best Alaska cruise experience possible!
In part one of our guide to Alaska cruise ports, we took a closer look at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Today, we will highlight some of the best Alaska cruise shore excursion options for Anchorage, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay and Fairbanks. From adventurous to low-key and relaxing, you are sure to find shore excursions that speak to you on the following list:
Anchorage is known for having a little bit of everything, making it one of the top tourist destinations in Alaska. Once you disembark from your ship, and step away from the typical touristy attractions, you truly have your pick of exciting options. For those who want to see more of the city, consider a city tour where you will visit Bootleggers Cove, Earthquake Park, Flat Top Mountain and more. In addition to city tours, wildlife and glaciers tour abound in this area of Alaska. Plus, a full day of adventure awaits with a railroad and iceberg hike tour that takes you by Spencer Glacier.
Cruise stops to Alaska’s Glacier Bay offer visitor’s unforgettable views unlike any other. Sailing around Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, covering 3.3 million acres, is a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Here you can witness glaciers, harbor seals, brown bears, mountain goats, sea otters, and a variety of birds – the perfect place for nature and animal lovers!
Denali National Park
Denali National Park has become one of the most popular Alaska cruise ports stops in the past few years. This untamed park encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness and offers a variety of excursions to cruise travelers. Experience setting foot on a remote glacier through a private helicopter tour, enjoy an authentic Iditarod husky mush tour, or zipline over parts of this majestic wilderness. You can also see the park via ATV, or stop in the Chena Hot Springs (via a small plane ride). With so many ways to explore this park, this Denail is sure to be one of your most unforgettable ports of call.
Considered the largest city in Alaska’s interior region, Fairbanks is home to an exciting arts scene, the Northern Lights Aurora Season, an Alaska Native heritage and variety of activities that will get your heart-pumping. When Fairbanks is among your Alaska cruise ports of call, here are a few things to consider doing: Visit the stunning Artic Circle – the Yukon River alley and Brooks Mountain Range – by air or land thanks to a variety of tours. These tours can teach you about the Nunamiut Eskimo Villages, wildlife in the area, and more about the Artic tundra.
If you are ready to pack your bags but aren’t sure what is the best Alaska cruise for you, here are a few cruise tours to consider. These tours give you both a land and sea experience:
- 12 Days Northbound Alaska Cruise tour – Enjoy 12 magical days in Alaska aboard Holland America’s ms Noordam or ms Westerdam. You will spend 7 days at sea and 5 on land, giving you plenty of time to explore Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Anchorage, Denali National Park and more! Sure to be one the best Alaska cruises of 2018, you won’t want to miss this journey!
- 10 Days Southbound Alaska Cruise tour – Spend 3 days on land and 7 days aboard the Celebrity Millennium on this memorable Alaska cruise tour from Celebrity. Enjoy time in Denali National Park, Talkeetna, Seward, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Straight Point, Ketchikan, and more.
- 14 Days Northbound Alaska Cruise tour – Explore Alaska at your leisure with this 14 day cruise tour on the Golden Princess or Star Princess from Princess Cruises. With 6 days at sea and 8 at land, you will visit Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Anchorage and other Alaska cruise ports.
Whether you are searching for an Alaska cruise from Seattle, Vancouver or another cruise port, let the experienced agents at www.CruiseExperts.com help you find the perfect cruise tour for you!
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