Book an Alaskan cruise to see parts of the state that cannot by visited by land. Glide by Alaska's majestic glaciers while sailing the Inside Passage including the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay -- regarded as one of the best spots to watch the thunderous display of icebergs breaking off into the ocean. From the ship, catch a glimpse of Alaska’s abundant wildlife such as whales, sea turtles, black bears and moose.
Popular ports of call include Juneau, the state capital; Skagway, a historic town dating back to the Gold Rush; and Ketchikan, home to the Pacific Northwest's famous totems. Alaska cruisetours allow travelers to extend their cruise vacation on land and travel by glass-domed train to Denali National Park.
The Alaska cruise season starts in May and runs through September. The best Alaska cruise deals are found before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, with summer sailings priced slightly higher.
Most Alaska cruises sail roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver, making it convenient to book flights and arrange travel. Others sail northbound or southbound through the Inside Passage, sailing one-way between Seward or Whittier, Alaska, and Vancouver. These cruises go 500 miles further north through the Gulf of Alaska and offer additional glacier viewings. Travel Weekly named Princess Cruises the top cruise line in Alaska in 2014, but other popular lines include Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean.