Approaching Alaska from the sea rewards you with a remarkable view. Voyagers get uninterrupted scenes of the ancient glaciers and untamed forests that line the shore. Get even closer to this pristine wilderness with a trip to Denali National Park. When you combine a cruise with a land tour, you can explore Alaska's wonders in the woods and on the water.
Princess, Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruises are the three largest companies offering cruises to Alaska. They offer two main trip choices. The first usually starts from Seattle or Vancouver; it takes you for a seven-night round-trip tour of the protected Inside Passage. The second option is a one-way journey that takes you through the Gulf of Alaska; this week-long trip goes through open waters, as well as ports on the Inside Passage.
While not stopping at striking ports of call or watching glaciers calve from on deck, there are lots of other activities on board your cruise ship. Cruise lines keep experts on board to tell you about the native plants and wildlife that you see along the way. A variety of fresh Alaskan seafood can commonly be found on the cruise menus.
Denali National Park
Tucked in the interior of Alaska is Denali National Park. Home to six million acres of wilderness and Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, Denali offers an array of natural wonders and ancient artifacts. Cruise ships put into port nearby; travelers then journey by train or motor coach to the park.
Article Written By Sarah Shelton
Based in Oregon, Sarah Shelton has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. She enjoys covering travel, home and garden, and automotive topics. Her articles have appeared nationwide with Internet Broadcasting, Adventure Travel and Real Estate Experts. With a major in biology, Shelton received her Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.