We are huge fans of Alaskan cruises. You can ditch the huge crowds while seeing some of the most amazing sights on the planet. Sure, you may not get the same type of relaxation that you’ll get on a Caribbean getaway, but the excitement that Alaska offers is unmatched. If you’re not convinced yet, no worries. We have a list of our favorite things to do on Alaskan cruises, and we’re sure that you’ll be a believer after checking them out.
Visit the National Parks
The National Park System is one of the best things about America, and it’s just as incredible (if not more so) in Alaska. There are eight total National Parks in Alaska, and every single one offers sights that you just have to see to believe. The most famous is Denali, a park featuring the highest mountain in all of North America. If you’re a thrill seeker, Denali is definitely a place you need to check out. However, the lesser known parks are equally impressive. Glacier Bay is filled with (you guessed it!) glaciers, and sailing by one a ship is one of the best ways to check them out. If you get the chance to book an Alaskan cruise that takes you to even just one of the National Parks, you won’t regret it.
Go whale watching
Is it really an Alaskan cruise if you don’t go whale watching? Well, yeah, but we still seriously recommend this activity. Orcas and humpbacks are common sights in the state, and they will really take your breath away. Whale watching in Alaska also has the added benefit of taking you to remote areas that other travelers may not see. That means that the excursion will be worth it even if you don’t see a single whale! Oh, and let’s not forget about the chance to see dolphins and seals as well.
Hit the historic small towns
We’re all familiar with larger Alaskan cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks, but cruises often stop by some smaller towns to really give you a taste of Alaskan culture. Towns like Skagway can really give you a sense of the history of the state, and they are less likely to be filled up by tourists. You can shop local, hike through scenic areas, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery of these towns from the ship if that’s more your speed. No matter how you choose to experience the small towns of Alaska, no Alaskan cruise is complete without a visit to one of them.
Whether you’re into the mountains, the wildlife, the culture, or just the feeling of adventure, you’re bound to find something for you on an Alaskan cruise. And the best part? Almost all major cruise lines offer Alaskan itineraries. Go check out your favorite cruise line’s website today to find the perfect Alaskan vacation for yourself.