Orca Point Lodge Review

Alaska Dream Cruises exclusive Orca Point Lodge One of the benefits of cruising on Alaskan Dream Cruises is access to Orca Point Lodge. This truly spectacular venue is located on Southwest Colt Island, which is about 30 miles by boat from downtown Juneau and nine miles by boat from the Allen Marine/Alaskan Dream Cruises facility in …

Alaskan Dream Cruises Chichagof Dream Review

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Icy Strait Point ready for 2015 Alaska cruise season

Icy Strait Point readies for 2015 cruise season When Norwegian Sun arrives to Icy Strait Point on May 11 it will mark the official first day of the 2015 cruise season. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Ponant will make 77 ship calls on …

Video: Alaska Photo Expedition Excursion with Lindblad

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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for Pre or Post Cruise

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Photo Tour: Cruising Alaska

Photo Tour: Cruising Alaska

I thought it might be fun to take a virtual world cruise and discover some interesting things about the places and ports that cruise ships visit. Starting with the first letter of the alphabet, our tour begins in Alaska. Although the cruise season runs from May through September, travelers looking to book their dream cruise to Alaska should do so in the late Fall and early Winter to get the best deals and availability.
So where have you thought about cruising?
Leave a comment below or keep reading to discover some ideas about where you might want to cruise next.

Cruise Alaska

The hardest thing about cruising Alaska is deciding on what itinerary to choose. My favorite option is a pre-cruise land tour that includes a visit to Denali National Park then a 7-day southbound cruise to Vancouver or Seattle. I have two iVoyage trip journals for you to review if you want to discover how to cruise Alaska.

Soaring above Mendenhall Glacier. Port of call: Juneau

It’s all about the glacier experience.

Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier from scenic cruising Tracy Arm Fjord.

Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay

 

Alaska Nature and Wildlife

Cruise visitors have plenty of chances to explore the natural wonders found in the great state of Alaska including its waterways, wildlife, and plants of the rainforest.

Rain Forest. Port of call: Ketchikan

Whale sighting in Auke Bay. Port of call: Juneau.

Highlights

Season:  May to September
What to do:

  1. Learn about glaciers from the ship and on foot via a shore excursion
  2. Take photos of wildlife: look for bears, bald eagles, moose, and whales
  3. Experience a Helicopter Glacier Trek
  4. Go flightseeing in a fixed-wing airplane
  5. Learn about the Gold Rush and the history of the state
  6. Hike in the forest
  7. Go fishing
  8. Take a ride on the Alaska Railroad
  9. Get into the interior and visit Denali
  10. Crab Fishing Adventure

 

Culinary Options on Holland America Line’s Oosterdam

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Holland America Line Oosterdam Alaska Explorer Cruise Review

Holland America Line Oosterdam Alaska Explorer Cruise Review Although the itinerary from Seattle with port calls to Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan offered a lot of time on the water (not my favorite), I did settle into a good sea day routine, which you can read about at the bottom of this post. Cruisers that dislike …