A cruise to Alaska ventures deep into one of the world’s wildest frontiers. In this vast realm, nature reigns supreme and promises unparalleled adventure and exploration. The snow-frosted mountains, great calving glaciers, and puffing whales are jaw-dropping when seen from the deck of the ship, but get up close, and you’ll feel genuinely embraced by nature. Here we look at some of the most incredible wild adventures Alaska can offer cruise ship passengers.
Meet the Wildlife
All across Alaska, wildlife thrives, from the vast mountainous inland to the long craggy coastline. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest brown bears in the world, so where better to watch these magnificent animals as they gorge on plump summer salmon and dig for clams in the coastal shallows? Rugged and remote, Kodiak is the largest island in Alaska and is home to 3,000 grizzly bears, whales, seals, sea lions, and otters. Alaska’s chilly Arctic waters are teeming with marine mammals, and in Juneau, you can hop aboard a small ship and go in search of huffing humpback whales and pods of orcas.
From the port city of Seward, the Kenai Fjords National Park promise a day of unforgettable wildlife experiences. In the shadow of gargantuan glaciers, spot orcas and whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, and majestic eagles.
Feel the Power of Glaciers
Glaciers, living relics from the Ice Age, dominate and shape the landscape of Alaska. To hear the crack of thunder as they calve into frosty seas is a noisy and humbling experience, and the aptly named Icy Bay near Prince William Sound makes for one of the most remarkable up-close glacier experiences. Kayak through the narrow fjord, which gets clogged with vast icebergs, for spectacular views of Tiger and Chenega glaciers.
Inland and Denali National Park is caked in over one million acres of ice, its glaciers snaking down the steep slopes of the indomitable Mount Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). Take to the skies in a helicopter from Seward and swoop across a land threaded by over 600 rivers of ice before landing on a crevasse-filled glacier. To walk along the top of a glacier feels like stepping into a prehistoric landscape, and with Denali’s wildlife-laden lands spreading out below, it’s a breathtaking experience.
Explore Coastal Rainforests
Roads are few and far between in Alaska, proof of how man has been unable and unwilling to tame this great wilderness. In the Misty Fjords National Monument, part of the Tongass National Forest, some 2.3 million acres of pristine landscape unfurls in a mix of blue glacial lakes, coursing waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. Embark by floatplane from Ketchikan to soar over the landscape, spotting jaw-dropping sights such as the 1,000-foot waterfall flowing from Big Goat Lake before hiking through the rainforest in search of black bears. Alternatively, cruise the maze of deep natural canals whose shores are inhabited by moose, marten, wolves, and river otters.
Whichever Alaska cruise you choose, adventure awaits at every port. Get in touch, and together, we can tailor your vacation into an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
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