Alaska Cruise Vacation Guide

An Alaska cruise will totally blow you away. It really is the vacation of a lifetime.


I’ve helped countless people plan their Alaska cruises, and time and time again, these people have told me the same thing – their Inside Passage cruise actually exceeded their expectations.

In fact, for many of these people, their Alaskan cruise is their favorite vacation ever. It’s more than just the beauty of the place that makes it so special. It is also the amazing and abundant wildlife, the vast expanses of unspoiled land, and the sense of serenity you can only find in a place this remote and peaceful.

There’s simply no denying it, Alaskan cruises are incredibly special experiences that stay with you for the rest of your life.

What makes an Alaskan Cruise so unforgettable?

In Alaska, you can see enormous, translucent-blue glaciers as they calve huge chunks into the pristine bays of the Inside Passage.
You can sail through steep, misty fjords, their walls covered with lush vegetation and seemingly endless waterfalls plunging down their steep, lush sides.

You can cross streams so filled with salmon you could literally step from one fish to another.

You can hike through virgin stands of absolutely lush and primordial temperate rainforest, looking out over enormous ice fields that seem to shimmer on forever.

You can see whales. Bears. Dall sheep. Bald eagles. Migrating salmon packed into crystal-clear streams.

And, most of all, you can kick back on the deck of your vast cruise ship, relax and take in the most breathtaking scenery that you’ll ever experience.

Working in travel and having traveled extensively, I have seen a lot of amazing and beautiful places.

But there is no place else I have visited that has had such a profound impact on me – I truly fell in love with this place. Alaska is one of those rare places that wins over even the most jaded of visitors. It seems literally everyone falls in love with the place.

Through this site, I’ll take you on a virtual Alaskan cruise:


There is something magical about this region and its affect on those who are fortunate enough to travel there. And because so much of the coastal area of Alaska is inaccessible by car, bus, or train, a cruise is not only the best way to see it, it is pretty much the only way to see it.

Several years back, most people would plan trips through travel agents, who would help plan a special vacation, giving personalized advice on the best things to see and do.

Yet as the large web-based booking portals have come to dominate the market, that personal, one-on-one relationship with a knowledgeable travel agent has been lost.

That’s exactly why I created this site – to allow you to access the type of personal, insider information and advice you would receive from a travel agent.

I believe that the details of a vacation are what make it truly memorable.

That’s why on this site you’ll find information and advice such as:

  • my favorite shore excursion
  • my pick for the best AK cruise line and best cruise ship
  • my suggestions for what you absolutely MUST pack
  • which Alaskan cruise lines passengers picked as their favorites
  • the one inland tour you really should take
  • the one AK cruise destination you really shouldn’t miss
  • the top ten myths about Alaska cruises

You can utilize this site as your Alaska tourism resource. Here you will find information to help you plan every facet of your vacation, from choosing your cruise line to planning the perfect shore excursions.

Most of all, I created this site in order to share with you this place which is so special to me, a place I’m sure you’ll fall in love with too.

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Amelia Johnson January 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

My parents went on their Alaskan Cruise at the ages of 86 and 89! They wished they had done it much earlier in life so that they could have enjoyed the stops along the way also. Alaska is such a beautiful state!

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Alaska Cruise Advisor February 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

It truly is a beautiful place, isn’t it? I’m glad they got to see it together. Cruises really are a great way for people of all ages to experience Alaska.

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Sandy Seely January 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

On any of the cruises is there a port stop that we could then take a day off of cruise and go on a fishing trip?

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Alaska Cruise Advisor February 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

In most ports, you can book a fishing trip or charter during your day in port. You can do this in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, among other places. You can usually book these day trips either through your cruise line or directly through the charter operator (which is often less expensive).

But if you do book the trip on your own, make sure to let the charter company know which cruise you are on and when your ship will be leaving. Missing your boat can really ruin your trip (and cost you a ton of money too).

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Sandy Seely January 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

We would like to do the cruise but we would also like a couple days of saltwater fishing. Do you have anything that would work for both of these interests?

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Alaska Cruise Advisor February 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

The easiest way to do this would be to book a one-way cruise between Vancouver and either Whittier or Seward. You can book salt water fishing trips out of both these Alaskan ports either before or after your cruise.

We don’t book cruises directly on this site, but you can generally find good prices on cruise.com , or, if you would like more help planning your trip, you could try Travel Wizard, which specializes in more personalized attention.

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cookie February 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

What month is the best weather to cruise to alaska? Is the cruise starting in Vancouver/Seward, better then Seattle/Seattle?

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