Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cruising to Alaska

If you're thinking about taking a vacation this summer, this is a great time to start planning. Looking for a “bucket list” worthy destination? Here's why you should consider a cruise to Alaska.

For the outdoorsy, adventurous traveler, it doesn’t get any better than a cruise to Alaska. The shore excursions are amazing! And if you’re traveling with teens, there’s so much for them to experience they couldn’t possibly be bored! There’s hiking, kayaking, glacier trekking, dog-sledding, fishing, ice-climbing, white water rafting…

Alaska is rich in Native culture. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian live in Southeast Alaska. You can learn about them by visiting museums and cultural centers as well as   taking the time to view the towering totem poles that showcase the artistry of their people. Today, the craftsmen of the region are also known for their handmade dance masks, decorative paddles, button blankets, and finely-woven cedar bark and spruce root baskets.

History buffs can immerse themselves in Alaska's Gold Rush history. Back in 1898, prospectors flocked to the Klondike, hoping to become instant millionaires in one of the biggest gold rushes in history. Remnants from the Klondike Gold Rush remain and make for a fascinating history lesson as you travel the White Pass Railroad or try your hand at gold panning.

People come to Alaska to view the diverse and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat.   Whether its eagles soaring above your head or seals sunning on the rocks, the wildlife is everywhere. With humpbacked whales, orcas, otters, gray wolves, moose, dall sheep, mountain goats, and brown bears, no state is as “wild” as Alaska!

Have I mentioned the majestic landscape? Whether walking, flight seeing, or viewing it from the deck of your ship, words cannot adequately describe the sheer drama of Alaska’s scenery. Lofty mountain peaks covered in snow, ice-sculptured craggily fjords, crystal blue glaciers, and the lush green forests will take your breath away. Need I remind you to pack a camera?

The cruising season for Alaska is quite short. Now is the time to book your cruise for the May to September season, while the cruise lines are running great booking promotions and a good choice of cabins are still available.

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