Magical Moments On Alaska Cruises

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Alaska cruises are extremely popular, thanks to a landscape that presents breathtaking beauty and natural wonders on a grand scale. The Last Frontier’s majestic landscape is perhaps best viewed on Alaska cruises, especially for first-time visitors.

On cruises to Alaska, marine life often accompanies ships sailing from Seattle or Vancouver. The vessels range from small ships carrying as few as a hundred passengers to large “resorts at sea,” capable of carrying a few thousand passengers — all intent on seeing Alaska’s largely unspoiled landscape. In port towns and cities along the Alaska coast, sightseeing options include salmon fishing, helicopter tours, flight-seeing, salmon bakes, glacier treks, panning for gold and scenic rail excursions.

Highlighting many Alaska cruises is Hubbard Glacier of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. On some Alaska cruise vacations, College Fjord, Tracy Arm and Mendenhall Glacier are featured, along with calls at such popular shoreside destinations as Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan.

Ships calling at Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier bring some of nature’s most awesome beauty up close. Passengers cluster on deck to experience the thunderous echo of glaciers calving a short distance from the ship.

Many passengers, especially repeat visitors to Alaska, opt to extend their cruises with an Alaska cruise tour that includes a visit to Denali by glass-domed train, stays in mountain chateaus and wildlife tours. Alaska cruise tours combine an ocean voyage with a fully escorted stay on land, and the cruise lines have streamlined Alaska cruise tours so that passengers pay one price for two vacations – one at sea, and the other in the Alaskan interior.

Passengers also get two travel experiences. While at sea, they gaze out at glaciers, fjords, and abundant marine life. In interior Alaska, those same passengers get up close to snow-capped mountains, wildlife and what many believe is “the real Alaska.”

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