With more coast line than any other state, Alaska is an ideal location to explore on board a cruise ship. With whales, salmon, bears, moose and eagles Alaska provides an opportunity to see nature up close and untouched. Further, extended land excursions before or after your cruise provide the opportunity to see the interior of this great state. From seeing Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park or venturing as far north as Prudhoe Bay, the cruise lines provide many options to thoroughly explore the 49th state.
The famed Alaskan inside passage is a 500 mile series of passages between the mainland and coastal islands of Canada and Alaska. This is the southern panhandle of Alaska that extends south toward Washington state. This area includes a thousand islands and 15,000 miles of shoreline. This is a unique area for cruising in that you can see land from both sides of the ship. Common ports of call on the Inside Passage include Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and Ketchikan. Cruising in this area also allows ships to explore various fiords and see glaciers up close. Generally smaller ships are allowed closer to the glaciers and deeper into the fiords. All Alaskan cruises visit the Inside Passage.
While some cruises return to the Seattle or San Francisco after visiting the Inside Passage, making a roundtrip, others proceed west to Seward or Whittier, Alaska. This serves as a jumping off point for numerous inland excursions. About half of the passengers cruising Alaska add a land segment to their cruise. There are literally dozens of options to add 1 to 7 additional nights to your vacation. At The Pauer Group, we will happily help you sort through the various options and assemble a spectacular vacation. If you need to return home, Anchorage is nearby and provides many convenient flights back to the lower 48.
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