Are you dreaming of emerald forests, towering glaciers, and majestic wildlife? Then an Alaska cruise is the perfect vacation for you! This scenic journey through the "Last Frontier" offers a unique opportunity to experience some of Mother Nature's most stunning landscapes and creatures. But with so many ports to choose from, how do you decide which ones will be included in your itinerary? Well, we've got you covered. In this blog post, I have compiled a detailed map list of all the Alaska cruise ports used by all major cruise lines. From quaint fishing villages to bustling cities, get ready to explore it all and plan your dream Alaskan adventure! So, sit back, relax and let us take you on a virtual tour of these magnificent ports waiting to greet you on your next Alaska cruise.
Ah, the beauty of Alaska. It's hard not to fall in love with the mesmerizing glaciers, breathtaking forests, and charming seaside towns. And what better way to experience it all than on a luxurious Alaskan cruise? Trust me, it's an experience like no other! Not only will you be surrounded by the stunning natural beauty, but you'll also get to indulge in top-notch amenities and entertainment onboard. As for the ports, get ready to be blown away by the likes of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, each one offering its own unique blend of culture, history, and natural wonders. I am most familiar with Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises in Alaska but have taken many Carnival Cruise's elsewhere in my past and know Royal Caribbean uses these ports too. These are the major ports used in an Alaska Cruise which could include stops in Canada. Pack your bags, folks, because this is one adventure you don't want to miss!
First stop on Map of Alaska Cruise Ports: Seward
Welcome to Seward, the ultimate gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, on the Kenai Peninsula! This bustling frontier port is the perfect launchpad to explore the majestic glaciers, abundant wildlife, and picturesque landscapes of the park. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a casual traveler, there's something here for everyone. Imagine cruising through the stunning fjords, kayaking alongside playful sea otters, and marveling at towering ice formations - all in one unforgettable adventure. My time in Seward was limited because this was my embarkation point for my cruise. I took the train from Anchorage, which I highly recommend. You will have a great chance to see wildlife and you will also see glaciers along the way. Seward is not just a destination, it's the beginning of an adventure that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for a journey of a lifetime!
Picture yourself surrounded by towering spruce trees, snow-capped mountains, and pristine ocean waters. This is what awaits you in Sitka, Alaska, the hidden gem of the Inside Passage. Sitka is a charming coastal town that offers a unique mix of Native Tlingit and Russian cultures, which you can see in the town's architecture, art, and traditions. If you didn't realize the United States took control over Alaska from Russia in 1867. Take a stroll downtown and you'll find boutique shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants serving up locally sourced seafood and craft beers. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, there are endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking, fishing, and wildlife watching. Don't miss the chance to visit the famous Sitka National Historical Park, where you can learn about the region's history and culture and watch native totem pole carving demonstrations. Experience the magic of Sitka yourself and discover why it's one of the most charming destinations in Alaska. The rugged landscape of Sitka is a nature lover's paradise. With a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from, adventure beckons at every turn. Whether you're an experienced hiker, a seasoned angler, or a novice kayaker, Sitka has something for you.
Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime because Juneau, Alaska has it all. Juneau is the capital of Alaska and is filled with rich history, beautiful nature, and thrilling adventures including whale watching and glacier trekking. Step into this charming city and prepare to be amazed by the stunning glaciers and breathtaking wildlife. Brace yourself for a thrilling whale watching experience as you witness humpback whales gracefully dive deep into the ocean. Ready for trekking? Take on the glaciers and be astounded by the grandeur of the icy landscapes. The main attraction of Juneau is Mendenhall Glacier. You should book an excursion even though the local buses in the summer can take you nearby. Those local buses are made for the locals, and they have asked that you do not use them to go to Mendenhall Glacier. This port of call also gives you a chance to see a salmon hatchery, a salmon bake, and Tongass National Forest, which is very popular in Alaska. You won't be able to resist the charm of Juneau, so pack your bags and get ready to explore!
Icy Strait Point
Looking for a true Alaskan adventure? Look no further than Icy Strait Point, also known as Hoonah! This secluded destination is a hidden gem, offering visitors an authentic taste of Alaskan culture and an unforgettable outdoor experience. From bear watching to fishing, and cultural performances, there's something for everyone here. And with its remote location, you can truly immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty that Alaskan wilderness has to offer. So why not leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life and head up north to Icy Strait Point? It's sure to be an adventure you'll never forget! I did a tour that almost guarantees you will see brown bears in their natural habitat, and of course I did. It is a walk around on a boardwalk area though a forest that passes by a stream full of Salmon. This area is known for having tons of bears. Everyone I have talked to say whale watching excursions are amazing here.
Nestled in the heart of Alaska lies Skagway, a historic gold rush town turned into a beloved cruise destination. As you step onto the land, you'll be greeted by the preserved heritage buildings that tell the tales of the prospectors who made this place their home. But Skagway isn't just a place for history buffs - outdoor adventurers will be just as enchanted. From kayaking in the glacial waters to hiking up to the stunning viewpoints that overlook the town, there's no shortage of heart-pumping excitement to be had. And if you're looking for a more leisurely way to appreciate the beauty of Skagway, nothing beats simply taking a stroll through the quaint streets and soaking up the charm of this unique Alaskan gem. There's never a dull moment in Skagway, and you'll find that you'll want to stay forever in this mystical town. The best excursion in Skagway is the White Pass Train that travels up the steep slopes of the mountains, the way all the people from the gold rush came and traveled to the mines. This Train will actually take you to British Columbia where you can take a bus and explore the neighboring Yukon territory of Canada for an excursion. I highly recommend this.
Exploring Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay National Park is a wondrous place where nature truly reigns supreme. Imagine witnessing massive icebergs the size of small buildings glide effortlessly across crystal-clear waters, or gazing at rugged, snow-capped peaks jut out into the horizon. Or better yet, listening to the heart-stopping sounds of ice calving off a glacier and plunging into the sea below. It's these awe-inspiring moments that make exploring Glacier Bay National Park a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. And with over 3.3 million acres of pristine wilderness to marvel at, you'll never run out of incredible sights to see or experiences to cherish. This is not a port of call, but more of a day of sailing. So, it is an Alaska Glacier Cruise today. You will spot several massive glaciers, although they may not be as large as Hubbard Glacier which is mentioned below and usually on a different cruise line route. For the best ocean view where it is not near as crowded, avoid the top deck. Use the Promenade deck usually on level 6 or 7 it will be less crowded. If you have a balcony room, that will be great for viewing the glaciers. Be prepared to be amazed by Mother Nature's sheer power and magnificence. Trust me, this destination is not to be missed.
Embarking on the journey to the Hubbard glacier is a thrill like no other! With its towering walls of ice and crystal-clear waters, this natural wonder is truly a sight to behold. As you make your way along the breathtaking Alaskan coastline, you can feel the excitement building with each passing moment. The air is crisp, the sky is blue, and you can't help but feel a sense of wonder at the sheer beauty of it all. My day at Hubbard was amazing, but chilly and foggy, as you can tell by my picture. As you finally arrive at the glacier, you're left speechless by its beauty and grandeur. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'll never forget! As the cruise ship glided towards Hubbard Glacier, I could feel my heart beating with anticipation. I had heard about this natural wonder, but nothing had prepared me for the magnificent sight that lay before my eyes. The ice was a breathtaking shade of blue, as if it were holding onto the secrets of the universe. The glacier towered over me, and I felt a sense of awe and humility. The sound of the creaking ice and the calving, the movement of the water, and the crisp air added to the enchanting experience. For the best views stay on an outside deck. Like I mentioned earlier I prefer the Promenade Deck to view Glaciers, unless I have a balcony room. Witnessing the grandeur of Hubbard Glacier is a moment that I will cherish forever. It's a reminder of the beauty that nature holds, and the power it possesses to leave us spellbound.
Ketchikan a southeast Alaska Port, known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" The mere mention of its name conjures up images of a quaint fishing town nestled along the shores of Alaska. That's just one small part of its charm. For starters, the gift shops are unlike any you've ever seen before, filled to the brim with unique trinkets and treasures that you just can't find anywhere else. Walking Creek Street is the best! But perhaps the most striking feature of Ketchikan are the totem poles. Emblazoned with intricate designs and vivid colors, these towering structures tell the stories of the indigenous Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes that call this place home. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or just someone looking for a good time, Ketchikan is the perfect destination for anyone in search of adventure and a little bit of magic. You can rent fishing poles and get a fishing license from Dolly's that is located on Creek Street and fish nearby during different times of the year. There is a lumberjack show in town that is a great cheap excursion from a cruise ship. My favorite was taking the Aleutian Ballad out into the ocean for a crab fishing learning experience. While out there is a chance you will see whales, but you will see many marine animals that live off the Alaskan Coast. Ketchikan is my favorite port city in Alaska.
Exploring the Inside Passage
There's nothing quite like exploring Alaska's Inside Passage. It's a route that many cruise ships take to navigate through the state's rugged coastline, and for good reason. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! Craggy cliffs give way to misty fjords. And let's not forget about the wildlife! Chances are, you'll spot some whales, sea lions, and bald eagles as you journey through the Inside Passage. I spotted 12 whales while on deck for an hour and a half. It's a truly unique experience that will leave you feeling awed and inspired. So why not take the plunge and book your Alaskan adventure today? You won't regret it! When traveling the inside passage, you are less likely to get seasick, which is a great thing to know if you suffer from the side effects of the sea.
Delightful Victoria British Columbia. We leave Alaska behind and visit Canada where there might be a couple different stops on an Alaskan Cruise. The stunning coastal city boasts breathtaking Victorian architecture and lush gardens that are enough to wow anyone. Whether you're a history buff or just a casual visitor, the museums will draw you in and hold your attention for hours. And if you're a foodie, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the culinary delights on offer. Trust me, there's nothing quite like indulging in fresh seafood while admiring the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Usually with Princess Cruise Lines, they typically make this an evening stop for this port city. Wrapping up with Victoria will leave you with fond memories and an eager desire to come back for more.
Vancouver British Columbia
In a city as vibrant and bustling as Vancouver, it's easy to forget that stunning nature and parks are just a stone's throw away. But trust us, it's worth tearing yourself away from the hustle and bustle to explore some of the breathtaking scenery around here. From the majestic old-growth cedars of Stanley Park to the expansive Pacific Spirit Regional Park, there's something for every nature lover. Hike through lush rainforests, bike along sprawling waterfront paths, or simply soak up the sun on a grassy meadow. Vancouver Island's outdoor playground awaits.
The only other ports that might be used for an Alaskan Cruise is the port of Seattle or San Francisco. There is just so much to see and do in Seattle or San Francisco they deserve their own blog. But if you have some time in Seattle visit Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. If you are in San Francisco visit Pier 39 or Alcatraz.
Explore the unparalleled beauty of Alaska through a one-of-a-kind cruise experience that will take you to diverse ports, each with their unique character, history, and stunning landscapes. From the charming and colorful town of Ketchikan, dubbed as the "Salmon Capital of the World," to the vibrant city of Juneau, home to the impressive Mendenhall Glacier, and the breathtaking vistas of Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier, among others. Cruise lines offer a variety of options that cater to different preferences, budgets, and interests to maximize your Alaskan adventure. Every port is a new adventure waiting to unfold, and you'll be spoiled for choice with thrilling excursions, delicious local cuisine, cultural experiences, and up-close encounters with wildlife. I do hope this blog post gives you an idea what to expect at each port so you can decide which cruise itinerary fits you the best. So, get ready to embark on an unforgettable Alaskan cruise adventure and explore the beauty of this remarkable destination like never before.
As we come to the end of this exciting journey through Alaska's stunning coastline, it's clear that there's something for everyone on an Alaskan cruise.
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