Updated July 2017
FOCUS ON: THE GREAT LAND OF ALASKAAdventure into the Wilderness.
Planet Cruise introduces you to Alaska, one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Here you can experience wildlife up close, the thrill of dog-sledding over a glacier, or sample a local crab feast as you mingle with the locals; there are a million reasons to visit, and every one of them will create memories to last a lifetime.
The Inside Passage
This network of winding passages weaves its way from south eastern Alaska, through British Columbia, to the State of Washington. The Inside Passage epitomises a trip to Alaska for most travellers. The spectacle of the landscape is constantly changing, from narrow waterways to wide open bays. On a typical itinerary, you’ll spend a few days sailing this dramatic route as you make your way to the ports nestled inside.
Icy Strait Point
Combining enchanting local culture and natural landscapes, Icy Strait Point is uniquely Alaskan. Nearby Hoonah is the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, where you can find traditional arts and crafts and learn more about the culture. Alternatively, take a high-speed cruise to Point Adolphus, a premier Humpback whale viewing spot, or Chichagof Island for brown bear spotting.
Ketchikan is known for its picturesque wooden huts, salmon canneries and sawmills, as well as an outstanding collection of totem poles. It’s also the gateway to the Alaskan wilderness, so you’ll enjoy a wide choice of excursions. Some of our favourites include a hiking expedition into the Tongass Rainforest, an authentic Lumberjack show, and a picturesque cruise of George Inlet followed by a crab feast.
This aptly named port is home to the largest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world. Not all cruise lines can sail into this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but for those who can it is a real highlight. Cruise through the emerald waters as glaciers drop colossal icebergs into the water. Breathe in the fresh air and look out for the abundant wildlife including humpback whales, black bears, porpoises and sea otters.
Home to three of the biggest mines of the gold rush, Alaska's capital city - Juneau - is famed for its gold. As a result, you’ll find a large number of jewellery shops here – the perfect stop to pick up a special souvenir. It’s also the access point for the breathtakingly beautiful Mendenhall Glacier, with many excursions centred on this. Take a dog-sledding tour, helicopter ride, or hiking tour to fully experience the natural beauty.
With echoes of the gold rush era still ringing out from this historical and sleepy town, Skagway has plenty of fascinating attractions to keep you entertained. This town was once the gateway to the gold fields, and you can relive this bygone era by panning for gold or with an incredible ride on the White Pass & Yukon railway route, also known as the ‘Scenic Railway of the World’.
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Discover Alaska with Norwegian Cruise Line
The popular, family-friendly Norwegian Cruise Line offer some incredible itineraries in Alaska with the two youngest ships of their fleet – Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy. These sister ships are near identical, sharing many of the same onboard features and facilities. Here are a few of our favourites;
Both ships offer Alaskan itineraries visiting the aforementioned ports, during which you can have amazing experiences. Imagine waking up to see a school of whales passing by, or spotting a majestic bald eagle flying way overhead? If you’re feeling inspired, take a look at our range of Norwegian Cruise Lines Alaska cruises.