Alaska’s breathtaking icy scenery provides a magical backdrop to a relaxing cruise, with glacial field, mountain ranges and giant blue and white glaciers that can be viewed from the ship’s deck or from a private balcony. Many Alaska cruises pass the Hubbard Glacier, the state’s largest tidewater glacier, composed of an incredible 1,350 square miles of ice. While Alaska’s ice giants are a spectacular sight in their own right, they have also played an important part in shaping the landscape, channelling out stunning areas of natural beauty such as the islands, bays and fjords of Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Alaska’s wonderful scenery is not limited to the water, with other fantastic landscapes such as the extensive tundra and Tongrass National Forest, a temperate rainforest on Alaska’s coast that can be visited on shore excursions. With such a varied landscape, Alaska is home to a large, diverse range of wildlife, including a number of rare species that visitors are given the chance to see living in their natural habitat on a cruise to Alaska. The Inside Passage alone is a wildlife lover’s paradise, supporting an astounding amount of wildlife, including puffins, bald eagles, otters, bears and humpback whales and offering some fantastic photo opportunities. Other great places to visit on a shore excursion from an Alaska cruise include Ketchikan Creek and Falls, providing the chance to see local wildlife such as moose and eagles in the beautiful wilderness that surrounds the area.
While some of Alaska’s major attractions are focused on its natural charm, there are also a number of cities to explore on excursions from a cruise to Alaska. The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is home to a variety of shops and has plenty of character, with narrow streets to explore and a number of restaurants offering fresh seafood that has been caught in the local waters. A number of Alaska cruises also offer visits to Anchorage, the largest city on Alaska. Anchorage is a cosmopolitan city with a wealth of shops, restaurants and entertainment on offer to suit all tastes. One of the major attractions in Anchorage is the Imaginarium Discovery Center’s Anchorage Museum, with a variety of interactive exhibits that give visitors an insight into local wildlife, industry and the famous Northern Lights. Often referred to as the land of the midnight sun, this part of the world benefits from long days, areas such as Anchorage receive 22 hours of daylight per day in the summer, allowing visitors to make the most of the fantastic attractions that Alaska has to offer.