Canada cruise travel is popular for several reasons – Canada has hundreds of lakes to explore, it offers access to two vast oceans, and Alaska is on just about every Canada cruise itinerary. One of the most popular Canada cruises is the Canada/Alaska cruise. More than 1 million people choose a Canada/Alaska cruise each year and the majority of these popular cruises depart from the beautiful City of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Alaska is by far one of the most pristine places on the planet to visit and one of the best ways to experience all its beauty is on an Alaska Cruise. Alaska cruises offer a front seat to more than 100,000 gleaming glaciers, 16 of the country’s 20 tallest mountains, and wildlife beyond your wildest dreams. The Canada/Alaska cruise itinerary allows the passenger to get up close and personal with amazing sea life such as the elusive humpback whale and natural wonders like brilliant crystal glaciers, all from the comforts of a city at sea. You don’t need a dumpy down coat and oversized boots to experience Canada and Alaska. The weather can be absolutely wonderful in both places during certain times of the year, so the only things you’ll need are a few cotton layers, binoculars, a camera and some sunscreen and you’re ready to explore!
After departing from Canada, the majority of Alaska/Canada cruises will cover Far North Alaska (Barrow, Nome and Prudhoe Bay), Interior Alaska (Denali National Park), Southcentral Alaska (Anchorage, Kenai and Seward) and Southeast Alaska (Juneau, Skagway). Juneau, Nome, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Nome are popular ports of call and the “Gulf of Alaska Cruise” is the most popular cruise itinerary among the most popular Canada/Alaska cruise lines.
The “Gulf of Alaska Cruise,” offered by Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises , Princess Cruise Line , Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Cruise Line is typically a week long cruise sailing between Anchorage and Vancouver, B.C. Visitors will tour the glaciers of College Fjord, the mountains of Juneau and the coastal islands of Glacier Bay. Land excursions will cover the endless amounts of shops and restaurants available at every stop and the many architectural sights of Vancouver.
The vast majority of Canada/Alaska cruises offer excursions including activities such as bear watching, fishing, hiking, kayaking, rafting and visits to Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. There are also a variety of wildlife tours featuring opportunities to watch everything from sheep, moose and grizzlies to polar bears, bald eagles and caribou interacting in their natural habitat.
Base prices for most Canada/Alaska cruises will include: accommodations, onboard entertainment, activities, meals, and standard facilities. Expect to pay for alcohol, gambling, tips and extras such as spa treatments as well as port fees and taxes. Unless you book an “air and sea” package, you will also pay for airfare from your town/city to the Vancouver B.C. If you want to save money, best bet is to book online. Most cruise lines offer amazing Internet deals and discounts as well as specials for purchasing excursions in advance.
Whether your goal is to explore Canada’s lakes, bask in the midnight sun, gaze at the Northern Lights or catch a rare glimpse of a wild grizzly, a Canada/Alaska cruise has it all!