The appeal of Alaska cruises is simple. The state’s beauty, unspoilt wilderness, vast glaciers, snow covered mountain ranges and diversity of wildlife make it unlike any place you’ve been before.
In between fine dining and indulging in the best cuisines the world can offer on your Alaska cruise, you can watch breaching whales and grizzly bears in their natural habitats, whilst the state’s stunning landscape of mountain peaks and far-stretching forests become the beautiful backdrop to your evenings on-board.
Choose to soak in an outdoor hot tub, relax on deck with a drink, or settle down beside a fireplace in one of the many inviting lounges. And though there’s ample scenery to sit-back and be awed by, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore Alaska too. Experience a seaplane trip over 1,500 square miles of solid ice, paddle a canoe across a remote lake, or take yourself mountain biking through a rainforest – this truly is the holiday of a lifetime.
There are many cruise providers and ships sailing to Alaska this year. The decorated Celebrity Solstice includes five restaurants, luxury spa treatments and the impressive Sky Observation Lounge.
The Celebrity Solstice’s Grand Epernay Dining room serves World and Continental cuisine and boasts a two-story high glass wine tower as well as chandeliers. At the Tuscan Grille restaurant you can enjoy the ultimate feasting experience with a selection of grilled meats, salads, and fine Italian wines.
An Alaska cruise typically lasts for 7 nights, and visits Alaska’s most popular and fascinating destinations. Juneau is one of those – and as the second largest city in the US by area there are plenty of things to do here. From casual sight-seeing to adrenaline-pumping white water rafting, you can decide to take Alaska easy, or take it full throttle!
One sight that most itineraries are sure to include is the Hubbard Glacier. Over six miles wide - it can take approximately 400 years for a glacier of this scale to form – its scope so vast that it often calves off icebergs the size of large buildings. Passengers can enjoy the glacier from the safe distance of their cruise ship where you’re close enough to appreciate its magnitude.