What is a cruisetour?
A cruisetour is a vacation package that combines a cruise with an escorted land tour. It affords you with the time to explore the best of both worlds, and it is the only way to fully experience Alaska!
Your cruisetour price includes:
- Cruise portion: Onboard accommodations, meals and 24-hour room service, nightly entertainment and port charges.
- Land portion: Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach, glass-domed trains, or both; accommodations at convenient hotels and lodges, baggage handling, some meals and activities.
Why choose a cruisetour over just a cruise?
- Value: Top activities, amenities, and destinations are packaged together for the best prices.
- Convenience: Ground transportation, accommodations, entertainment, and more are all included in one simple reservation.
- Time: A cruisetour makes the most of your time in Alaska by helping you see and do as much as possible while you’re there.
- Flexibility: Free time on your own alternates with group excursions, plus knowledgeable guides help you customize your itinerary.
What are some not-to-be-missed sights?
- Denali National Park: Many of our hand-picked cruisetours make a stop in this extraordinary six-million-acre preserve (bigger than the state of Massachusetts). Expert guides lead the way to awesome Mount McKinley, point out a grizzly tending to her cubs, and teach about the delicate sub-artic tundra. Other activities include flightseeing. river rafting, dog sledding, and much more.
- Glacier Bay National Park: Stretching northward from Alaska’s Inside Passage to the Alsek River, this 3.3-million-acre area teems with flora, fauna, and wildlife. It is the perfect place to hear the thunderous sounds of a calving glacier and witness the creation of mammoth icebergs.
- Kluane National Park: If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to veer off the beaten track, then this is the park for you. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to five of the seven tallest peaks in North America.
- Kenai Fjords National Park: A fjord is a narrow inlet of sea between cliffs or steep slopes and many are concentrated within the Kenai Peninsula. This scenic region is a great place to spot bald eagles, sea otters, whales, and explore the town of Seward.
- Inside Passage: Located in the southeast region of the state, the Inside Passage is home to several national parks and is lined with towns popular with cruise passengers, including Ketchikan, Haines, Juneau, and Skagway.
- Talkeetna: This quaint mountaineering town, located in the shadow of Mount McKinley, sits at the junction of three rivers. It’s a great launch point for an awe-inspiring flightseeing trip, a breathtaking hike, or world-class salmon fishing.
- Fairbanks: Here, you can check out Alaska’s cultural and natural history, visit upscale galleries, shop for native crafts, bask in the late-night sun on a hot-air balloon ride, or pan for gold. This town is also known as one of the best places on earth to view the Northern Lights, which are sometimes visible in late August.
When can I go on an Alaska cruisetour?
The Alaska cruise season begins in May and ends in September. The longest and usually warmest days fall in June and July. No matter when you travel, it’s best to dress in layers. You might bundle up for a glacier trek one day and dress in shorts for a bike ride through Ketchikan the next.
What type of stateroom should I reserve?
A balcony stateroom is the best way to enjoy privacy, space, and freedom. Thankfully, today’s modern ships are built with balconies in mind. Have a cup of coffee while watching a pod of Orca whales swim by. Get out the camera as a calving glacier cracks and crashes into the sea. Roll out of bed and enjoy your own personal view of Alaska’s constantly changing landscape. With your own balcony, you won’t ever have to compete for deck space or a lounge chair.