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Cruising to Alaska

There are few places in the world as breath-taking and captivating as Alaska. Allowing you to travel through glacier walls, sail alongside whales and become mesmerised by untouched landscapes, this is a truly unique part of the world.

Bordering the pristine edges of Canada, with the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, it is the largest state in the United States. With a coastline longer than all other US states combined and a land area over twice the size of Texas, Alaska has a beautiful grandeur that waits to be explored. Everything in Alaska is different to the rest of the world - sunlight shines at midnight, animals outnumber people and nature has been left to run wild. Best explored on a cruise, Alaska makes for one of the most exciting sailing regions in the world.

Alaska's wildlife is one of the most appealing aspects of this enchanted land. Capture sights of humpback whales breaking the surface of the water, moose grazing on fresh grass or eagles nesting on river banks. The wildlife here is abundant and allows you to connect with some of the rarest animals in the world. Home to ten national parks, you will witness unique wildlife in its natural habitat, soaring mountains and glistening lakes that breathe life to the crisp aroma. Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park are among the most popular to visit. Like an unread story book, Alaska invites you to explore. A cruise to this fascinating part of the world guarantees to create ever lasting memories and leave you truly exhilarated.

Alaska and neighbouring Canada are destinations that should be explored by air land and sea, and an extended journey can see you combining a Rocky Mountaineer train journey with an Alaska Cruise. Rocky Mountaineer offers an unforgettable luxury experience through the Canadian Rocky Mountains which can be enjoyed as part of a tailor-made rail and cruise holiday. Learn more about expedition and adventure cruising.

Things to do

One of the great things about Alaska is the fantastic range of things to do. When you are not exploring the ship or capturing the awe-inspiring views that pass by, you will have the opportunity to choose from a large range of shore excursions that allow you to delve into this curious land even further.

From helicopter rides, whale watching and forest ziplines there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer to explore in a relaxed style or don your adventurous hat, Alaska has it all.

Some of our favourite excursions include:

  • Dog Sled Ride A traditional Alaskan experience and fun for the whole family. Enjoy sitting in a comfortable sled as powerful huskies glide you over frozen surfaces and take you to exclusive parts of Alaska's wilderness.
  • World's Largest Zipline Perfect for thrill-seekers, this zipline promises the ultimate adventure. Flying through the stunning Alaskan rainforests, between mountains and over salmon-infested streams, don't forget to look down!
  • Helicopter Tour The best way to see a destination is from above and Alaska is no exception. Hovering amongst mountain peaks you will be able to capture magical views of amazing Alaska.


The best time to visit Alaska is during the summer months between June and September. During these months you will experience pleasant temperatures and longer days with lower latitudes.

Between June and September the average daytime temperature will be 60 deg F - 80 deg F. However, temperatures will vary depending on where in Alaska you are, so ensure you pack a range of clothing to cater for the adjustment in temperatures.

Alaska's summer can bring some rain showers and tends to get rainier as the summer progresses. By August the chance of rain is just over 50%.

The main thing to remember is that the Alaskan weather is fairly unpredictable so pack accordingly, t-shirts as well as jumpers and coats will be needed.

Special Events

  • Alaska State Fair, Early autumn. The Alaska State Fair is the celebration before summer gives way to the long Alaskan winter. It is one of the largest annual events and sees thousands of people gathering to enjoy nightly concerts, carnival rides and local exhibitors.
  • Girdwood Forest Fair, July. A festival celebrating Alaskan music, arts and crafts, the Girdwood Forest Fair attracts people from all over Alaska. The event is about the community coming together and encourages visitors to join in on the fun.
  • Seward 4th of July Celebration July 4th. On the 4th of July, Seward population rockets from 2,500 to 40,000. The main street is blocked off and streets filled with stalls, presentations, floats and celebrations.
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