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Why Choose an Alaska Cruisetour?

Planning that perfect trip to Alaska? Here's why an Alaska Cruisetour from Alaska Cruise Sale offers exactly all that you dreamed about for a vacation to "The Last Frontier".
Alaska glacier with snowy mountain in background
Experience Alaska
You might imagine that Alaska is big, but think BIGGER. The largest state in the U.S., Alaska is immense at more than 663,300 square miles. It is bigger than the next three largest states (Texas, California, and Montana) combined. With such a vast and spectacular destination, you need to make the most of your time while here. It's a chance to be immersed in a world of wilderness and wildlife, home to mountains and glaciers and boasting a fascinating indigenous culture. Sail Alaska's Inside Passage, filled with fjords, tidal glaciers, island landscapes, and wildlife, on your way to towns and cities that welcome visitors to explore its history and culture of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Alaska Native peoples. Go beyond the shore to Alaska's intriguing interior to discover a vast wilderness of mountains, wildlife, and a life dominated by the land.
Alaska glacier with snowy mountain in background
Find the Best of Both Worlds: Land and Sea
Traveling by cruise ship may be one of the most popular ways to visit Alaska, but the best way to see the most you can while in Alaska is on a Cruisetour. This is when you add a land tour to a cruise before or after your time at sea to truly encompass all that this state has to offer. This seamless way to travel is available through most major cruise lines, with a choice of Alaska Cruisetour options. The cruise features port stops along the way, such as Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, depending on the itinerary, and often onboard naturalists who offer educational talks about the land, wildlife, and culture. Generally, the land portion will feature tour guides who offer their own insight plus a host of outdoor adventures that get you upclose to Alaska's unmistakable beauty. Plus, the Cruisetour packages hotel and lodging accommodations—including those within Alaska's magnificent national parks, and scenic rail and motorcoach travel. Add on even more during your trip with hotel stays pre- or post-cruise in Vancouver or Seattle.
To experience Alaska to the fullest, there's only one way: a Cruisetour.
Alaskan husky dog
Choose Your Alaska Ports and Destinations
Cruise ports vary by itinerary, but every port stop offers a glimpse into Alaska's unique world. Each cruise line will offer an abundance of shore excursions that will get you off the ship and experiencing the destination at your desired pace, interest, and adventure level. Pan for gold and ride the White Pass Rail in Skagway. Take a helicopter onto a glacier and go dogsledding while in Juneau. Explore the totem poles of the Saxman Native Village or get your own catch prepared and served after a fishing shore excursion while in Ketchikan. Head into the Knik Valley on an ATV while in Anchorage. More than 90 percent of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve visitors are from cruise ships. If your cruise itinerary features a day-long adventure here expect to get up-close to the famed park's tidewater glaciers to watch for calving and experiencing “White Thunder”. Opportunities here and in other parts of Alaska can get you taking in the great outdoors via kayak, river raft, or whale watching boat.
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Discover Denali and the Interior
An Alaska Cruisetour is the best way to see the incredible Denali National Park & Preserve and Alaska's interior. This is where Alaska's true “Last Frontier” feel and the wildness of this special part of the world shines. This six-million-acre park is home to home to 37 species of mammals and 130 different bird species. It is the chance to view Alaska's “Big 5” of wildlife including bear, moose, caribou, wolf, and Dall sheep, that excites many of its visitors most while visiting the park. Alaska Cruisetours typically offer accommodations in cruise line-run lodges that combine adventures with guided tours and land excursions.
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Ride the Rail Car
One of the most scenic and relaxing ways to see Alaska is traveling by rail to Denali, which if offered by many cruise lines. Sit back and enjoy dome rail cars while you pass stunning scenery and listen to commentary from your tour guide. Sip on a beverage or enjoy a meal along the way during this special experience.
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Explore the Canadian Rockies
Another land option to add on to an Alaskan cruise is one that ventures into the majestic Canadian Rockies, featuring Vancouver, Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Lake Louise. A highlight of these Alaska Cruisetours is also traveling through the Rockies by rail.
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See the Northern Lights
One of the additional bucket list experiences of traveling to Alaska is the potential opportunity to see the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis. Nature's spectacular light show can be seen when you venture far enough inland. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Alaska during the Cruisetour season is in August and September.
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Go North or South
Once you make the decision to see both Alaska's beauty along the sea and within its interior, you need to decide which you'd like to experience first. Alaska Cruisetours are available as northbound or southbound itineraries. Northbound Alaska Cruisetours have the cruise portion first and are generally less expensive than a southbound itinerary. Southbound Alaska Cruisetours first head inland for a land adventure before ending their trip along on the water. Alaska Cruisetours are available late May through early September, the same time as cruise season in Alaska. A big plus about traveling during this time to “The Land of the Midnight Sun” is also the possible opportunity to experience more than 20 hours of daylight in parts of Alaska depending on the day and month.
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Alaska Cruise Sale Makes it Easy!
Alaska Cruise Sale can help you find the perfect Alaska Cruisetour. The itineraries—both by sea and land—vary by cruise line, interest, and budget. To ensure that you book the ideal Alaska Cruisetour, work one-on-one with an Alaska Cruise Sale specialist who knows every cruise line's offerings. They'll book your expertly-crafted trip stress-free from beginning to end exactly as you imagined it to be.

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