Cruises are an excellent way to travel because almost everything is included--dining, entertainment, accommodations and more. Cruising to Alaska provides you unparalleled access to views of amazing glaciers, animals and scenery. Off-ship excursions will allow you to hike, whale-watch and more.
What to Pack
Unlike sun-drenched itineraries, expect cool weather on Alaska cruises. Pack warm sweaters, thick pants, hiking shoes, exercise clothes, protective hats, comfortable sleepwear, and one or two nights' worth of formal attire, depending on your ship's itinerary.
Exercise in the state of the art fitness center, take an aerobics class or use the on-deck walking trail. Some ships have climbing walls and heated pools.
Off-ship experiences are only limited by your imagination. For example, Carnival Cruises offers the opportunity to work with a master glassblower, ride a fishing boat from the TV adventure series "The Deadliest Catch," take an eco-rainforest adventure (including zip-lining) and interact with reindeer.
You will have access to three daily buffets (breakfast, lunch and dinner), 24-hour room service, nightly gourmet multi-course meals, and evening entertainment such as a chocolate buffet and chef's ice carving.
Cruise Line Choices
Almost all the major cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, etc.) offer Alaskan itineraries; check their websites or your travel agent for more information. Cruise message boards and forums are also a good place to get tips (see Resources).
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