Alaska Cruise Planning Guide

Our Guide gives you all the information you need to choose the right Alaska cruise for you. This pristine region offers some of the world's most spectacular scenery as you sail the fjords and channels of the Inside Passage. Alaska is the ideal cruise destination as so many ports are only accessible by sea or air. Sailing close to a glacier is one of the highlights of a cruise in Alaska. Either Hubbard Glacier, the Twin Sawyer Glaciers, Glacier Bay or College Fjord are included on Alaska itineraries to give you the thrill of visiting a tide-water glacier at close range. Shore excursions give travelers the chance to enjoy the local culture and history, watch sea and wildlife or participate in adventure activities. Flightseeing by helicopter is extremely popular as it enables visitors to discover even more remote areas, walk on a glacier or experience a dog sled camp. Add a land tour, pre- or post-cruise to see even more of this vast state. Our Guide features informative articles on Alaska cruising, a roundup of itineraries and reviews of specific cruises. Read on to discover all you need to know to plan your Alaska cruise vacation.

Alaska Shore Excursions A two-part article comparing cruise line and independent touring.

Pre and Post-Cruise Vancouver A week in Vancouver is almost as much fun as your Alaska cruise.

Sightseeing in Seattle This gateway to Alaska is worth a pre- or post-cruise visit.

The Small Ship Advantage Things to consider in choosing between a big and small ship experience in Alaska.

Alaska With Kids What to see and do on a family vacation in Alaska.

Copper River Princess Wilderness LodgeWrangell-St. Elias National Park is accessible from Princess' newest, luxury lodge.

Progress against Pollution
Eco-friendly technology for cruise ships in Alaska.

Packing for Alaska
For most cruisers, the most vexing question about an Alaska trip is "what to pack?"

Alaska by Land
Our reporter finds her RCI cruise was a lot better combined with a good selection of the line's tours.

The Alaska Cruise Experience: Articles on specific cruises

Two Ways to See Alaska
Our reporter finds her RCI cruise was a lot better combined with a good selection of the line's tours.

The Kuki Family in Alaska The looks of amazement and excitement that we shared on some of our Alaska adventures as a family I'll never forget...

Infinity in Alaska This Celebrity ship provides a great platform for seeing the scenery.

Celebrity's Mercury Special report on the Mercury in Alaska.

Vision of the Seas Day-by-Day Account CruiseMates Cruise Director Kuki gave an engaging account of life aboard RCI's "ship of glass" along with a photo essay of the journey.

Alaska Resources: Helpful sites on Alaska Cruising

Alaska Cruising Report Alaskan travel writer Mike Miller's comprehensive site includes all the small ships sailing within Alaska.

Vancouver Cruise Watch Valuable Alaska cruising resource especially for Vancouver cruise passengers. Includes Alaska's glaciers, photos, voyage reports and more.

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