Alaska Cruising 2016

From early May through September each year, cruise ships head for Alaska giving us the chance to discover this wondrous state. Travel in luxury and comfort as you sail the serene waters of the Inside Passage, calling at impressive glaciers and fascinating towns. With a variety of ships and itineraries for 2016, this year’s Alaska season offers something for everyone wanting to see the untouched wilderness of the Great Land.

You don’t want to miss cruising to Alaska. One of the world’s most scenic cruise destinations is also one of the best destinations for adventure activities and experiencing nature.

Excursions from your ship take you on some extraordinary day trips for everything from hiking and wildlife viewing to kayaking glacial lakes and ziplining through the forest. At every turn you will combine exhilarating fun with unsurpassed natural beauty making Alaska a very rejuvenating experience.

Don’t miss out on the unique character of your port for the day. Just walking from your ship brings you in touch with the Alaskan way of life and the intriguing history of these frontier towns.

Your ship will also take you to witness tide water glaciers in action as giant chunks of ice break off and crash into the water below. These magnificent natural wonders are best viewed from the deck of a ship.

Life on board is beyond comfortable and luxurious as you savor the food and entertainment of your modern cruise ship between ports of call. You may also be lucky enough to see whales, dolphins, seals, eagles and sea birds as you sail the peaceful Inside Passage. For sure there is magnificent scenery every step of the way.

Many of our preferred cruise line partners are returning to Alaska this year sailing from Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco on a range of voyages from seven to 14 nights. Ultra- luxury line Crystal Cruises returns in 2016 with Crystal Serenity sailing to Alaska from Vancouver, May 22 to August 6.

Royal Caribbean will send Explorer of the Seas to Alaska this year, the largest cruise ship to have ever plied these waters at 138,000 tons and carrying 3,835 passengers. Explorer will sail weekly from Seattle while the smaller Radiance of the Seas home ports in Vancouver.

At the other end of the size scale are the small adventure ships of Lindblad Expeditions in association with National Geographic. These educational expedition sailings aboard the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion include Zodiac landings and kayak paddling from the ship.

Of course between the mega-ships and expedition ships there’s a range of enticing options aboard mid-sized vessels whatever vacation style you have in mind.

Extend your vacation by discovering more of Alaska and British Columbia on a pre or post cruise tour available in conjunction with your cruise. Take a rail journey to Denali National Park and Preserve, visit the Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks or the Copper River area. Visit charming Victoria, the ski resort of Whistler and travel to the Okanagan wine region or Canadian Rockies. There are certainly many exciting options to add to your Alaska cruise.

Are you ready for a rejuvenating vacation? You’ll certainly want to consider an Alaska cruise this year to arrive home refreshed and renewed.

Photo: Ketchikan, Alaska
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