February 28, 2018

Top 10 Things to See and Do on Alaska Cruises

  1. One of the main things that you must decide before booking your Alaska Cruise, is your chosen or desired date of travel. This will affect what you are likely to see and experience, and will also have a significant effect on your budget. My personal favorite time to cruise Alaska, is in late May – early June. The reason being, this is still early enough in the season for the inside passage to have snow on its mountain caps. This is also main season to see whales and other wildlife. There is another advantage of going in May – this is one of the cheapest times to go as the weather can be a little clearer. If you go in July and August, the weather is warmer and more expensive. You also have more chance of seeing Bears roaming its natural habitat as well.
  2. When visiting Juneau, the capital of Alaska, take the town tour bus. This is a lot cheaper than the organized tour and will leave you at the Mendenhall Glacier.
  3. Take a cruise that visits more than one glacier if possible. These glaciers can be as large as 12 miles long, but are subsiding up to 200 meters per year.
  4. If you can afford it, upgrade to a balcony cabin. When cruising, you never know what will pop up in front of you as you cruise this magnificent area.
  5. When visiting Ketchikan, do your major shore excursion here. The town does not have a lot to see or do, however, they offer the chance to jump on a boat-plane and fly over the breath-taking Misty Fjord – or even go whale watching.
  6. If you can afford it, take lots of money and do as much as your budget allows. Alaska is a place where the more you put in, the more you get out.
  7. In Skagway, follow the gold rush by taking the bus instead of the train. The bus ride follows exactly the same route, but is 75% less in price.
  8. Make certain that you do a land stay and tour before or after you cruise. The cruise terminals for Alaska Cruises , invariably are the great cities of either Vancouver or Seattle. Stay 2 to 3 nights to explore them. In Vancouver, make sure you visit Grouse Mountain, The Capillano suspension bridge. We can also recommend the one day Whistler Mountaineer train journey.
  9. If you can afford it, take either the Amtrak Train from Chicago to Seattle, which goes through the Cascade Mountains or take the world famous " Rocky Mountaineer ", starting in Banff.
  10. If you are going on the Rocky Mountaineer, pay the extra and go for Gold Leaf. You will be thanking us come the end of it. Gold Leaf is a custom designed, bi-level, glass-domed Gold Leaf coach, which will put you right in the middle the amazing and awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the beautiful and dazzling vistas upstairs, and enjoy delightful meals downstairs. From the friendly service provided by your hosts, all the way to the gourmet meals prepared by the award-winning chefs – the Gold Leaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

Source by Ian Gilder

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