Step into the wilderness and see even more of Alaska on a land and sea tour.
Stunning scenery and lush landscapes are the recurring themes when you go on a cruise to this region. The unspoilt views really are breathtaking, from giant glaciers to the greenest of forests. Picturesque log cabins dotted along the coast and the impressive wildlife on offer also add to your experience. Discover some of the most attractive cities in the world on a Canada cruise. Whether it’s the less-visited city of Victoria, or the bustling seaport of Vancouver, you’ll definitely want to leave deck and explore these stunning locations.
Highlighted below are the key ports you could be visiting on your cruise, or if you have already decided to plan a trip why not check out our latest offers now? Call our cruise specialists to book your Alaska cruise, or if you have any questions they will be happy to answer them.
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Infinity, 13th Aug '17, 7 nights, sailing from Vancouver
Holland America Line, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, 16th Sep '17, 7 nights, sailing from Vancouver
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sun, 5th May '18, 7 nights, sailing from Seattle
Royal Caribbean International, Explorer of the Seas, 18th May '18, 7 nights, sailing from Seattle
Princess Cruises, Coral Princess, 6th Jun '18, 7 nights, sailing from Vancouver
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Infinity, 17th Jun '18, 7 nights, sailing from Vancouver
Royal Caribbean International, Radiance of the Seas, 22nd Jun '18, 7 nights, sailing from Seward
Constantly voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the seaside city of Vancouver is made up of majestic mountains, sparkling waters and the greenest of rainforests. Its unique setting means that towering peaks and rivers are constantly visible, along with modern buildings and transport links. In the winter (December and January) you can experience its ski slopes and in the summer (July and August) Vancouver’s beaches are packed with sun-seekers. After a day of sight-seeing there’s plenty of restaurants to relax in - enjoy everything from Dim Sum Tasting Tours to top Oyster bars, and sample traditional Canadian cuisine including Fraser Valley Cornish Game Hen, Deep Bay Manila Clams and Vancouver Island Lingcod.
Discover nature at its most beautiful when you stop off at Glacier Bay National Park. Cruise along shore lines that were covered in ice around 200 years ago. Be mesmerised by the snow-capped mountains, glaciers and icebergs en route. It’s not just the landscape that will leave you breathless; experience Alaska’s wildlife including bears, mountain goats, sea lions, seals and whales. Whale watching is a popular excursion you can witness everything from giant humpback whales to magnificent orcas (killer whales). Timing is everything when whale watching and anytime between May and September is when you’re most likely to spot these giants of the ocean.
Alaska’s capital city offers unique experiences for any visitor. Sample local drinks, including the roasted coffee, or try something a bit stronger at the Alaskan Brewing Company. Bag yourself a souvenir including 'Glacier Smoothie Soaps', which contain glacier silt! If you have the time then a trip to Medenhall Glacier is also worth taking. Located 12 miles from Juneau, this spectacular glacier is best viewed from the visitor centre, where you can also learn the history of the area. A walk to the nearby waterfall takes around 45 minutes and is well worth it, or you can choose to explore this landscape in style and hire a dog sled. Another natural wonder in the region is Tracy Arm Fjord – around 45 miles south of Juneau. This narrow waterway is surrounded by towering mountains and glaciers and you can spot seals, bears, eagles and whales here too.
This small Alaskan city is famous for its gold - the gold rush of the late 19th century made the city the largest in Alaska back in 1898. If discovering gold doesn’t get your heart rate going, and you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, then there’s plenty of sport on offer too. From rock climbing, to mountain biking, dog sledding and river rafting, adventure is abundant in Alaska. After a busy day make sure you relax in one of Skagway’s many restaurants where Thai, seafood and local cuisine are on offer, and after your meal head to one of Alaska’s famous saloons.
Choose to begin your Alaska cruises in this Californian seaside city and you’ll be thoroughly entertained throughout your stay. Whether it’s taking the tour of the city on one of the famous cable cars (which you can jump on and off); having your picture taken on the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge; or journeying to the notorious prison of Alcatraz (a short ferry ride away) - San Francisco offers so much more than fabulous restaurants and tasty seafood. If you are a lover of seafood then a short walk down to Fisherman's Wharf offers a multitude of restaurants and cafes. In fact, San Francisco has the highest number of restaurants per capita in North America. Fancy doing a spot of shopping before you head to the isolated glaciers then you’re spoilt for choice? Union Square, Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, upper Fillmore, the Mission, Sacramento Street, Chinatown and downtown's San Francisco Shopping Center all offer a great variety.
If you’re a food lover then choose Seattle as the start or end port for your Alaska & Canada cruise. The friendly Pike Place Market offers local produce and fresh food and it is a great place to begin your day. Have breakfast in one of the many bakeries on offer, or grab a coffee in the original Starbucks. For your evening meal the tastes of Seattle’s famous cuisine, focusing on farm-to-table ingredients and a fusion of international flavours, are worth a try. Wash your meal down with one of dozens of award-winning Pacific Northwest wines. To see this city at its best take the lift 520 feet up and experience the views from the Space Needle’s observation deck. Back on solid ground explore Seattle waterfront, with its views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
It’s impossible to visit Ketchikan and not experience some native art and culture. Three indigenous Pacific Northwest Indian tribes - the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, have lived, travelled and traded in this area. Because of this, Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles, which can be spotted around the town - see if you can spot carvers continuing the tradition. Add to your Alaskan experience by eating fresh seafood caught in the icy cold waters of the Pacific Ocean including salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp, oysters and clams. If you’re looking for some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery then a trip to Misty Fjords National Monument is a must. As well as offering fantastic views it also provides perfect conditions for kayaking and exploring this region on the water.
Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada meaning the gardens are in constant bloom, hence its nickname the ‘City of Gardens.’ Beacon Hill Park is Victoria’s main urban green space, covering 75 hectares and from around March each year over two billion flowers bloom around this Canada cruises port of call – to prove it there’s an annual flower count! You’ll also spot baskets hanging off lampposts, an old tradition that begins in June to mark the beginning of summer. As well as the colourful outdoors, Victoria is also a shopper’s paradise, from galleries and antiques, to local designers and luxury boutiques. Government Street is where you’ll find the perfect souvenir, sample some handmade chocolate or buy some locally-produced jewellery.
The best way to see this spectacular landscape is on the water. From the size of the glaciers to the incredible wildlife – it really is a once in a lifetime experience.
Alaska’s driest months are between April and June, while September and October tend to be the wettest. Summer temperatures reach a high of 15 degrees while in winter they drop to single digits during the day and can reach as low as -25 degrees at night time. If you plan to go whale-watching then choose to go between June and September when you’re most likely to spot them.
You can choose to depart from either country as ports include Vancouver and Whittier. If you fancy flying to the USA for a spot of sight-seeing first then choose from western ports including Seattle or San Francisco. It will mean you need to consider booking a flight with your cruise. Call CruiseDeals now to find out more and book your fly/cruise trip.
A number of our key partners sail to the region including Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line, Silversea and Carnival Cruises.
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