Most cruise lines offer a variety of sailings, mainly 7 night durations. Your next decision is where to begin and where to cruise. Many begin in either Seattle or Vancouver, sailing North up the Inside passage. The Inside Passage is a waterway of islands than run along the Pacific coast of North America. This is a perfect itinerary for a first time cruiser as the waters tend to be calm and sailing through offers spectacular scenery. The main ports of call are Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan
Alternatively you can cruise further afield up to the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage, most itineraries start or end here and Vancouver. Still experiencing the Inside passage this opens up a world of glaciers and opportunities to add on a land tour to Denali National park or visit the Kenai fjords.
There are 2 very different types of cruising here depending on what type of experience you are looking for. The larger mainstream cruise lines such as Celebrity, Holland America and Princess offer the most flexibility on itineraries and tend to have 3-4 ships here every Summer. Here you get to experience the best of both worlds. The luxury of a cruise with your food and entertainment combined with the excitement of cruising to such a destination
Alternatively you have the very small expedition ships, these only carry a few hundred people, but means that you can experience a true Alaskan holiday getting closer to nature. Many of these have experienced guides and zodiaks, small boats that take you as close to the shoreline and wildlife as is possible. These don’t have any of the features of the larger ships but will give you a whole new perspective on your holiday
For this weekend only Celebrity cruises have an Alaskan sale with prices starting from as low as £1699p/p for a balcony cabin in May on their Solstice flagship. These offers also include a complimentary all inclusive drinks package, so whether its a glass of wine to celebrate what you have seen, or a steaming cup of coffee to warm you up after a long day out, everything is catered for.
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