Alaska is known for its spectacular natural wonders and beauty; there is the clear blue ocean, majestic glaciers, wilderness and wildlife, mixed with plenty of fresh air and gorgeous scenery. And what better way to take it all in, than going on a relaxing cruise in the waters of Alaska. As part of the cruise you will also have the opportunity to explore some of the land during shore stops. And you could always extend your vacation by adding on a couple of days of site-seeing more inland after the cruise is over.
As you may know, modern cruise ships are like large traveling cities, with every imaginable form of entertainment available and every other facility you may need. Most have a selection of restaurants, bars, shops and theaters. You will be able to go to the gymnasium, enjoy all kinds of deck activities during the day and in the evening you can enjoy fine dining and a Broadway-style show. Or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Do not miss the opportunity for whale watching.
You can find an itinerary to suit your needs to and from Alaska from most major cruise lines. Many cruises originate in Anchorage, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia. Your itinerary will probably include stops at some of the cities along the way where you can explore some more. The big highlights of any cruise to Alaska will include the Prince William Sound and Glacier National Park.
The most popular cruise lines to offer cruises to Alaska are Holland America and Princess Cruises according to Alaska Tour and Travel. There are also a limited number of choices available from Celebrity Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Naturally you will have to consider the time of year you want to go, preferable between May and September, and your travel options to get to your city of departure. Alaska Airlines is a good option for flying to and from major cities in Alaska. Or if you enjoy road trips, and the time of year is right, driving will give you some more time to enjoy the scenery.
You will need to plan and book well in advance for your dream Alaska cruise, as they are getting very popular. Visit the websites of the cruise lines mentioned to get specific information on cruises they offer. Pack your camera and enjoy the beauty of the 50th state.