The 49th State, the largest in the U.S., is perfect for cruisers, with numerous opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, as well popular ports such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that's not accessible by car. Or travel further north to the Kenai Peninsula and nearby Anchorage, a perfect jumping-off point for cruise tours to Denali, Fairbanks and Canada's Yukon. Maybe you'll see a bear!
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With so many cruise options in Alaska, you have a lot to consider before you book. Do you want to soak up the scenery from an elevated vantage point on your ship's topmost deck or from a kayak, where you're close enough to touch a glacier? Do you prefer to stick to the major ports or venture off
Alaska cruises certainly aren't anything like a day at the beach. So when it comes to packing, what ends up in your luggage likely won't resemble the bikinis and Hawaiian shirts you'd choose for a tropical getaway. We were curious about what our members thought were the most essential items to pack
While an Alaska cruise checks many items off that bucket list -- think whale watching, glacier calving and dog sledding -- there's no denying that the typical Inside Passage itinerary barely scratches the surface of what the state has to offer. If you're fascinated by Jack London novels or Gold
If you've heard the adage "a drinking town with a fishing problem," it applies to many ports you will visit on your Alaska cruisetour. The craft beer craze that's been sweeping the nation is certainly alive and well in Alaska, which refuses to be outdone by the Lower 48. Forget simply having beer
Carnival Cruise Line has long been known for its short, party-hearty sailings to warm-weather locales, with the Caribbean and Mexico getting the lion's share of the attention. While Carnival regulars weren't complaining, the line recognized that it needed to provide a bit more variety, and in 2015
To introduce cruise travelers to the Alaskan interior, several cruise lines organize cruise tours: three- to eight-night land extensions available before or after one-way Alaska cruises. Cruise tours offer a broader look at this rugged state, from the wildlife and glaciers of the Kenai Peninsula to
It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? The answer depends on many variables. Fall foliage enthusiasts, for instance, will find September and October the best time to take that Canada/New England cruise, whereas water sports-lovers (and families) much prefer to sail the region in the summer when school is out and temperatures are warmer for swimming. The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights. For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise. High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays). However, the best time to cruise weather-wise is usually not the cheapest time to cruise. The cheapest time to cruise is when most travelers don't want to go because of chillier temperatures or inopportune timing (too close to holidays, the start of school, etc.). But the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you'll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here's a when-to-cruise guide for popular destinations.
The anticipation leading up to my second cruise -- to Alaska -- nearly killed me. The day my travel documents arrived from Princess Cruises I raced home, plopped down on my living room couch and read through them page by page. I booked my shore excursions, memorized Sapphire Princess' deck plan, read member reviews here on Cruise Critic (we have the best readers in the world!), and researched our beautiful 49th state online and in travel books.