Top 6 Reasons You Should Cruise to Alaska

With more coastline than the rest of the United States combined and more inland water than any other state, a cruise to Alaska is one of the most immersive ways to enjoy the wonders of the vast state. From stargazing under the Northern Lights to breathtaking outdoor adventures, there are so many reasons to add Alaska to your bucket list. We’re sharing our top 6 reasons to take a cruise to Alaska:

Wildlife Access:

Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities to witness wildlife in their native habitat. A cruise will give you an interrupted view of bears catching prey, an otter navigating the coast’s edge, and an up-close view of the surrounding land. Glacier Bay houses 3.3 million acres of land on which pristine coastline resides, snow-capped mountain ranges are plentiful, and abundant wildlife beckon travelers. Alaska is home to extraordinary breeds such as white wild moose, humpback whales, bald eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, and so many more.


Alaska’s largest city and the first stop on our cruise contains 300 miles of trails cultural museums, and wildlife sighting opportunities, deeming it the most culturally diverse city. Perhaps you’ve heard of Chugach Park, the most centrally located wilderness area, that offers ample stunning trails and mountain ranges. Chugach Park provides travelers with 9,000 square miles of land to get lost in hiking, rafting, or simply enjoying the view.


Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to take a cruise to Alaska is the irreplaceable view you encounter when you see glaciers up close. You can marvel at snow-capped summits and thundering waterfalls as the cruise ship cruises the coast.

Enjoy the Midnight Sun:

From mid-March until mid-September, Alaska’s sunlight glistens throughout the night providing more light than anywhere in the other 49 states. Interestingly enough, in the state’s northernmost community, the sun doesn’t set for more than 2 and a half months! Take advantage of the ample sunlight and you might be lucky enough to spot remarkable wildlife or, exert your energy snapping photos of incredible trail views.

Denali’s Thrilling Adventures:

Denali is the highest mount peak in North America, encompassing a summit that stretches over 20,000 feet above sea level. Immerse yourself in the mountain’s breathtaking view and take pride in knowing you are gazing at the third most prominent and isolated peak on Earth! After experiencing a rare site, take a ride through history on The Rocky Mountaineer, the same railway that first linked Alaska’s broad stretches of land together. Witness sensational view through panoramic windows as you get swept away by the awe-inspiring winding rivers and the charming scenery. Denali is one of the few places that houses a stopping point for travelers to experience unmatched lake and rugged peaks. Plus, the railway makes a daily departure in the summer so you’re sure to catch a ride.

Canadian City Views:

Let’s not forget Alaska is just a stone’s throw away from Vancouver. This culture-filled city offers majestic parks, abundant museums and art galleries, and broad coastal beaches. Specifically, Granville Island offers a thriving local market, quaint shops, and theatrical performances, and scenic boats that sail around English Bay. As our final destination on the cruise, take advantage of Vancouver’s bustling city life.  

With 34,000 miles of vast coastline, Alaska embellishes America with its austere grandeur of mountain scenery. This rare yet inescapable stretch of land seems to have everything you could imagine. From Native History Museums to rugged coastline, and phenomenal landscape every step of the way, Alaska encompasses innumerable opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. Cruise with us along around Alaska next May and witness the unmatched views up close and personal!

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