Alaska Cruise General Information

Alaska Cruise General Information
Alaska is an exciting destination that welcomes adventure travelers throughout the year. An Alaska cruise is an effective way to explore America's 49th state and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you sail through its picturesque coastal landscapes. Additionally, Alaskan cruises offer an array of shore excursions that include visiting national parks, viewing local wildlife and learning about the rich history and culture of Alaska.

Best Time

The cruise season in Alaska begins in the middle of May and runs through September.

Ports of Call

Most Alaskan cruises depart from Whittier (Anchorage), Los Angeles, Seattle, San Fransisco and Vancouver, British Columbia. The most common stops are in Sitka, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Hubbard Glacier.


You may choose to take an Inside Passage Cruise or a Gulf of Alaska glacier cruise. Both luxury cruises and smaller expedition-style adventure cruises are available.


Ketchikan is exceptionally rainy, but other popular ports of call are relatively dry in the summer months. Temperatures can range from 54 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the month of travel and the port of call you are visiting.


Most Alaskan cruises are seven days; however, cruises ranging from six to 30 days are available.

Article Written By Jessica Morelock

Jessica Morelock began her professional writing career in 2007, after a three-year stint as a producer and co-host on Sirius Satellite Radio. She has also worked for the airline industry and as a travel agent. She completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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