OVERVIEW OF ALASKA

From the massive glacial fields to the stunning grandeur of scenery and wildlife, there’s no shortage of adventures in Alaska to excite your senses. Known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, you’ll have plenty of daylight hours to explore the vast lands. If you are ready to begin the ultimate Alaska vacation, we have 21 Alaskan cruise tours — a combined cruise vacation and land tour — for you to choose from. You’ll be delighted to know that most schedules allow for the inland tours before or after your cruise.

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Millions of years ago, southbound glaciers carved out the Inside Passage, leaving majestic fjords, islands and bays in their wake. Today, the spectacular views will leave a lasting impression on you. From the lush greenery of Tongass National Forest - the world's largest and northernmost temperate coastal rainforest - to the brilliant blue glaciers, you'll see jaw-dropping beauty everywhere you look.

As you venture inland on an Alaska Cruisetour, one of the most popular stops is in the town of Alyeska, Girdwood. Here you can see the beautiful Mt. Alyeska and get a real taste for the great outdoors, Alaska-style.

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, and it's no accident that many of our cruisetours begin and end in this major metropolis. As locals say, "Anchorage is great. It's only 20 minutes from Alaska." Here, you'll find everything you would find in a city in the lower 48. But it serves as a great introduction to Alaska, too.

Without question, the main attraction in Denali is Denali National Park - in fact, it ranks as Alaska's most popular destination - which is why all of our cruisetours visiting Denali include a park tour. The park itself is slightly larger than the entire state of Massachusetts and is filled with wildlife.

Endearingly nicknamed "Alaska's Golden Heart," the city of Fairbanks sits just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Here you can pan for gold, take a leisurely cruise down the Chena River or take off on an amazing Arctic Circle Flightseeing Tour.

The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier is also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. And since our ships are designed to provide our guests with the best viewing possible, you'll be able to see this massive natural wonder, with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship.

Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port's connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon.

Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island. Misty rain forests and ghostly blue fjords. And spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage.

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel.

Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town's major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike.

 

Seattle is often characterized by its laid-back attitude and rainy climate, but this thriving metropolis also offers one-of-a-kind architecture, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and a unique urban sophistication.

 

Seward is not only one of Alaska's oldest communities, it's also one of its most scenic. Visit and discover this picturesque town known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. You'll find a historic downtown district filled with quaint shops and art galleries, and some of the most exciting outdoor adventures imaginable.

When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska), it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898.

Talkeetna is known as a mountaineering town where thousands have come to climb Mt. McKinley, which looms majestically in the background. Cruisetours to this quaint town allow for plenty of time to explore the area and get to know this beautiful corner of Alaska.

Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings.

 

Most recently ranked by The Economist as the number one most liveable city in the world, Vancouver is a picturesque city surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snow capped peaks of the Coast Mountain range.

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