Tips On What to do In Alaska: Alaska Cruise 2020

In this article am going to share with you six crucial tips if you're thinking of going on Alaska cruise that will ensure that you have a phenomenal cruise.

First of all, when is the best time to go? The Alaska season is relatively short It runs from May to September, with May and September being the cheapest months to go. The peak season is June - July time and it's also the time when you like to see the most wildlife.

Tips On What to do In Alaska: Alaska Cruise 2020

The important thing to know about Alaska is to assume when you go, no matter which month you go, is that it's going to rain. May is probably your chance of having the least amount of rain and also September. So the peak of the season tends to have a lot of rain, and in the packing tips, I'll write a little bit about how you deal with that.

 The second tip I have is around choosing your itinerary, There are two basic itineraries, the first of which is the Inside Passage, and the second is the Gulf of Alaska.

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On an Inside Passage cruise there are four main activities that you'll do:
 You call at Juneau, which is the capital of Alaska and it is the only capital in North America that you can not reach by road. It's very much linked to the Gold Rush.

You call at Skagway, which is the northernmost place that you can go to and visit which is a very small town that only has around about 900 people in winter and about 1200 people in summer. It was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush.

You'll also visit Ketchikan, which used to be the salmon capital of the world, and you'll normally spend a day cruising through one of the glacier inlets like glacier Bay. The pros of an Inside Passage Cruise is it gives you a great overview of Alaska and you'll get to see some of the really interesting and important places and you'll get to see the stunning scenery and great glaciers.

The downside it is a round trip and go to Vancouver to Vancouver or Seattle to Seattle and so you double back on yourself and so you have two days just cruising through the Canadian Inside Passage, and so does a little bit repetitive.

 The other itinerary is the Gulf of Alaska cruises. They also tend to be one way so they are northwards or southwards normally between Seattle or Vancouver in the south anchorage in the north.
The pros of these is not only do they spend about four days in the inside passage (so you'll get to see the similar things) but you'll also see much more like other places such as the Valdezor the Hubbard glacier or the College Fjord.

The downside is it probably means two flights. You're either going to fly into Seattle or Vancouver and you're going to fly in or out of Anchorage as well, so there's more flying. A third tip is who should you go.

 There's a huge amount of choice. There are normally in a season up to 29 ships doing Alaska, lots of different cruise lines.

I went with Holland America Line and the reason for Holland America Line is they are the company that has been operating in Alaska for longer than anybody else. They have been in Alaska for over 70 years.

One of my tips though when you decide on who to go with is looking at the cruise line and look at the ship and make sure that particular itinerary is going to take you into Glacier Bay. Only two cruise ships are allowed per day into Glacier Bay.

Tips On What to do In Alaska: Alaska Cruise 2020\

That's really important that you go into Glacier Bay because it is absolutely magnificent, but certainly, I would recommend taking a look at the Holland America line just because they have been going there for such a long time and are knowledgeable and also very important they can also get you into Glacier Bay.

My fourth tip is around what cabin, One of the things I would recommend that you look at if you can afford it is getting a balcony cabin.

The scenery is quite remarkable in Alaska, even just cruising along on sea days it's beautiful scenery. So actually having a balcony cabin is pretty magnificent.

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 Which side of the ship should you be on? If you're on a Gulf of Alaska trip as you head northbound you should actually be on the starboard side (or the right-hand side) of the ship because the scenery is all going to be on the right-hand side of the ship. If you're heading southbound being on the port side (or the left-hand side) because all the scenery's going to be on the left-hand side.

Tips On What to do In Alaska: Alaska Cruise 2020

If you're doing an Inside Passage it's probably less critical. However I was on the port side(the left-hand side) and certainly in Glacier Bay that was a real plus being on the port side as you cruise to glaciers there the way that the ship was positioned for much of the time, the important places you want to look at are going to be on the left-hand side (or the port side).

So when it comes to packing, think of layers, First of all, you start with your comfort layer. This is a t-shirt or undershirt and comfortable trousers like a pair of jeans.

Secondly what you need is your warmth layer. So sweater, sweatshirt or an all-weather puffy coat, a nice warm hat, scarf or a neck warmer and some nice thick socks. Pack some long johns if you are going onto glaciers.

Third, you have your protective layer. Some sort of raincoat ideally with a hood or poncho with hood. Also what I strongly recommend in the protection layer, particularly if you are going hiking or on to glaciers, is some waterproof over trousers. Make sure that you have waterproof gloves.

 Now what some people have recommended is actually having under gloves which are texting gloves so gloves that are it will enable you to use your mobile phone or to manipulate your camera if you want to take pictures. Bring sunglasses particular if you're going on to things like glaciers or snowy areas.

 In terms of shoes what I recommend is to make sure that you take leather shoes, because it's going to be wet. They're going to get wet and obviously, if you have some kind of canvas shoe then that's going to be a real problem.

Obviously, if they've got more of a hiking spin to them that's good as they've got a bit of ankle protection. That's really good if you're out hiking or walking. If you go out to the glaciers you will be given over boots to put over whatever type of shoes you're wearing.

 My sixth tip is a really important one and one, unfortunately, that is probably going to blow your budget. There are some phenomenal excursions and things to do. However, it could end up costing you quite a lot of money.

There are basically five main types of excursions: whale watching really really popular place, glacier based excursions whether that's just going and viewing them, walking on them going dogs sledding, activity-based excursions so things like ziplining, kayak, hiking, eating and drinking going to salmon banks or touring local breweries and then there are cultural immersion ones where you get to experience some of the Alaskan cultures.

 If you really want to see things like glaciers and whale watching there is quite a hefty cost associated with many of those, but I would strongly recommend to try and budget to do one trophy excursion and perhaps one other excursion which is going to be memorable unique and distinctive in Alaska.

So for example in Juneau, although you can do this in some of the other ports, dogs sledding.
You can do them on the Menden hall Glacier here or you can do them on Norris Glacier. But they can cause anything up to $650 per person. Getting onto glaciers either hiking or doing dog sledding is a thing that you will definitely never forget.

Another thing I would strongly recommend you do in Skagway is on the White Pass and Yukon railway. This is a very historic railway. It's a narrow-gauge railway that was built in the 1900s and you can do it in standard carriages or you can also do it in premium carriages.

That's going to cost you between $120 right up to about $320. In Ketchikan I would recommend you go to the great Alaskan lumberjack show, That's going to cost you about $35.

There are of course many other things that you can do in Alaska which are going to cost you much less money or you will find in some of the ports there are Trolley Tours or simple walking tours you can do.

Tips On What to do In Alaska: Alaska Cruise 2020

In Juneau, you can go up the Mount Roberts Tramway which is not going to cost you very much money. So what are your options? You can obviously go with the Cruise Line, one of the options that many people will go with because they know that if any of the tours are running late the ship will wait for you.

There are independent providers which will also offer excursions - often many of the same excursions or very similar excursions. They will tend to be a lower cost. They will meet you at the port and they do promise to help sort out if anything runs late and they don't get you back to the ship on time.

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You can simply go and self explore, A lot of these towns are quite close to where the ships dock and then just get off where you'll find there are local tour operators offering similar tours - often a lower cost.

Do bear in mind that dream excursion may be canceled because of poor weather, normally not because of rain as Alaskans and Alaska tours are used to rain - it is more if there are things like fog they cancel because it's not safe to fly.
So those things hopefully will help you have an incredible Alaskan cruise, Certainly, those tips are things that I learned from my study and I know knowing these before You go will make your Alaska cruise even better.


The Alaska experience is phenomenal. I absolutely loved it.I'm glad that I budgeted for and did some of those magical excursions because they did make the experience just quite incredible.

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