Gorgeous views and an unforgettable experience undoubtedly await passengers on Luxury cruise ships to Alaska. Will you be one of them next season?
We all know Alaska is cold and known for its ice so many tourists opt for the mid-summer months to ensure a pleasant and warm experience. Cruises in Alaska are seasonal, typically operating from May to September, though the summer months, specifically June, July, and August, are the most popular.
There is some flexibility in the months- for example, in May the weather is only starting to warm up but the locals have more patience for tourists and the crowds are low. In September, most of the tourists are headed home and some attractions may be closed.
There are a few different routes cruise ships can take in Alaska. Due to their size, larger vessels can be limited to where they go as they need larger ports to dock and accommodate them. Smaller ships can more easily fit through narrow straits or smaller ports so that they may have a slightly more off the beaten path options. The leading cruise itineraries include either the Inside Passage or the Gulf of Alaska. The Inside Passage is what it sounds like- a sheltered waterway that spans from Seatlle up to Juneau. Glaciers carved out this passageway long ago, so you are in for some truly spectacular sights. This route typically takes about seven days to complete, and major ports include Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau.
The Gulf of Alaska takes a slightly different route, though it also lasts about seven days. This route will mean you will have a couple of days of purely scenic cruising. Don’t worry; you won’t be at a loss for what to do with all the stunning and peaceful nature surrounding you. For this cruise, you will likely fly to Anchorage, and from there, depart on your cruise hitting ports like Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Haines, and Icy Strait Point