From a rich Native American culture to sparkling glaciers, regional wildlife, and more, there is so much to see and go in the Alaska Gulf!
Experience breathtaking fjords (such as the Kenai Fjords or Misty Fjords) up close and personal!
Bears, eagles, whales, seals and more...Alaska Gulf is a photographer's dream!
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If Alaska is one of your dream destinations and you want to see as much of it as you can, then you might consider booking an Alaska Gulf Northbound or Southbound cruise. From a rich Native American culture to sparkling glaciers, regional wildlife, and more, a Gulf of Alaska cruise will not disappoint the adventurous traveler.
Gulf of Alaska cruises are when a cruise ship travels northbound or southbound between Vancouver and Anchorage or Seattle and Anchorage. The benefit of taking an Alaska Gulf cruise is that you can easily add on a pre- or post-cruise land tour, since Alaska Gulf itineraries start and end in either Whittier or Seward. You can experience Anchorage by land, as well as visit Denali National Park, the Fairbanks, Homer, and the Kenai Peninsula. It is also a great opportunity to ride on the Alaska Railroad. While Gulf of Alaska cruises may include Alaska Inside Passage ports, you will likely see port stops such as Valdez, Kodiak Island, and the Hubbard Glacier, on your itinerary.
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The following are just a few of the many things to do while sailing in the Alaska Gulf Northbound & Southbound:
National Parks and Forests
Sailing aboard a Gulf of Alaska cruise means that you will get to witness some of the most majestic natural wonders in the world. You’ll pass by places such as Glacier Bay, the Kenai Fjords, the Misty Fjords National Monument, and Tongass National Forest. You’ll be able to spot bears, eagles, whales, and even native residents. If a shore excursion allows (or if you’ve booked a cruise tour), Denali National Park and Preserve is another must-stop along the Alaskan Gulf. Your mind will be blown by the untouched beauty of these places.
Connecting with the land is just another highlight of cruising in Alaska. Alaska Gulf cruises provide you with a high chance of running to bears, eagles, whales, seals, and more. It’s a photographer’s dream, and an incredible experience for all. You may encounter natural wildlife during tours and excursions or simply by hanging out on the top deck of your ship.
Juneau is located along Alaska’s Inside Passage, but may also be a stop during Alaska Gulf itineraries (and can also be accessed through a cruise tour). Juneau is the capital of Alaska and one of the largest cities in the state. When visiting Juneau, you can sample world-fresh seafood, local brewpubs, and learn as much as you can about Native American culture. While you are there, you can check out all of the bars, galleries, and shops that you wouldn’t find anywhere else! If you have time, a stop at the Alaska State Museum is always an exciting experience.
The following cruise lines offer Alaska - Gulf Northbound/Southbound Vacations:
Premium Cruise Lines
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Specialty Cruise Lines
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Mainstream Cruise Lines
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Deluxe Cruise Lines
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Luxury Cruise Lines
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Until you personally experience the five-star service for which Celebrity Cruises is acclaimed, you won't know what it means to be treated not simply as a passenger, but as an honored guest. Fabulous service, great food and entertaining shows are all available onboard each Celebrity cruise ship. AquaClass accommodations, balcony staterooms with special spa amenities and access, are now available on most Celebrity ships. Canyon Ranch, one of the world’s leading spa and wellness brands, has partnered with Celebrity to bring you the indulgent Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard ten of their state-of-the-art ships. Consistently rated as one of the best cruise lines in the world, you simply can't go wrong with Celebrity Cruises.
Award-winning Holland America Line has been among the leaders in cruising for over 140 years. This premium cruise line has a fleet of modern yet classic ships that combine to offer over 500 cruises a year, sailing in all seven continents! While on a Holland America cruise, guests can count on world-class entertainment, a variety of onboard activities to choose from, remarkable service, tastefully appointed accommodations, and fantastic dining. Select ships have special venues such as Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club, as well as gourmet restaurants like the Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind (a Pan-Asian venue that has been praised by Condé Nast Traveler as having cuisine "that rivals the top restaurants on land."). Other onboard venues include several bars and lounges (serving masterfully crafted cocktails), the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, a fitness center, swimming pools, and a casino that offers a variety of games. The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine® magazine offers cooking demonstrations from guest chefs and food and wine experts.
Part of Hurtigruten Group, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers expedition-style cruises to some of the most remote destinations in the world. Their small ships take guests up close to the wildlife and landscapes of those areas, including Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Arctic. An expert Expedition Team provides wonderful onboard enrichment lectures, and a variety of unique, exciting shore excursions (such as dog sledding, kayaking, and snow mobile safaris) are available during each Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise,
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is proud to present Freestyle Cruising, aboard one of the youngest fleets of cruise ships in the world. Enjoy open seating dining, where you can dine whenever and with whomever you wish. Don't want to pack formal wear on your vacation? With the resort casual evening attire, you don't have to! All of the Norwegian ships feature a slew of specialty restaurants and entertainment venues. An NCL cruise is perfect for guests of all ages, and includes complimentary youth programs. Their award-winning entertainment options include Broadway-style production shows, world-class acrobats, and much more. The Haven by Norwegian™, available on select ships, is an exclusive enclave for suite guests staying in NCL's most luxurious accommodations. Some Norwegian cruise ships have Studio accommodations, designed and priced for solo travelers. NCL is the only major cruise line to offer year-round Hawaii cruises.
Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is one of the the world’s leading deluxe cruise lines. The finest cuisine at sea, award-winning itineraries and outstanding value define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product and have positioned the company as the cruise line of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Experience a different and magical way of cruising. Ponant prides themselves in providing modest-sized yachts that will transport you where most larger ships cannot reach. Included on board are restaurants that prepare the finest in French-inspired cuisine, as well as a well-trained and discreet staff whose goal is to provide you with the best service possible. For those who enjoy the luxurious life, some of their ships have butler service (for guests staying in select suites). All this and so much more is offered, along with all the privacy you could ask for. Come experience cruising "A la Française", the tasteful style of this company.
Princess Cruises has taken cruising to a whole new level, with spacious and accommodating ships packed with amenities. You'll always find the freedom to chart your own course. The Princess fleet includes a variety ships, from mid-sized to large feature-filled vessels, and features a wonderful Personal Choice Dining® program where you can choose between Traditional (assigned) and Anytime (open) dining setups to enjoy their great service and cuisine.
The five small to mid-size ships in Regent Seven Seas' award-winning six-star fleet include: the intimate all-suite 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator; as well as the all-suite, all balcony 700-guest sister ships, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager, the recently introduced Seven Seas Explorer and upcoming ship Seven Seas Splendor. Regardless of which ship you choose, you're going to be on a luxurious vessel that's staffed with an ultra-attentive staff and gourmet all-inclusive setup, in which gratuities as well as select wines and spirits are included.
What type of traveler is Royal Caribbean right for? All types! Royal Caribbean is popular with families, seniors, couples, honeymooners, singles, and large groups (regardless of travel experience). Why? Because there's something for everyone on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Royal Caribbean has one of the largest fleets in the world, consisting of some of the most beautiful and modern ships in the cruising industry. Their ships are destinations within themselves! Possibilities aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship include Broadway-style shows, casinos that will make you think you're in Las Vegas, a variety of dining venues, great programs for children, as well as (depending on the ship), innovations like surfing simulators, sky-diving simulators, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, and much more.
Silversea's all-inclusive ultra-luxury vacations appeal to discriminating travelers accustomed to plush accommodations and attentive, individualized service. Distinguished by its award-winning, all-suite ships and impeccable service, Silversea's all-inclusive fares include round-trip airfare (from select gateways), a pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay, all beverages including select wines and spirits, gratuities, transfers, and a special shoreside event, The Silversea Experience, on select sailings.
Viking Ocean Cruises is the sister company of world-renowned Viking River Cruises. This line launched with one vessel, Viking Star, in 2015, with 3 sister ships to follow (in 2016-2017). Itineraries include 10- to 50-day adventures all over Europe. All staterooms on Viking Ocean cruises have a veranda, so you can enjoy the sights and smells of the open ocean at all times. With a concentration on ports with rich heritages and plenty of local experts to learn from, cruises on Viking Ocean Cruises cater to those yearning to learn as they vacation. There's a great value here, with meals, guided shore excursions, WiFi, select beverages, hotel accommodations during city portions of your Viking Ocean Cruises itinerary (if you purchase a cruise tour), as well as lectures and various live performances all being included in the pricing.
Windstar was created with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar passenger sees the world with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. Well known for cruising off the beaten path and pampering without pretense, they sail to exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships can't access. Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts and three power yachts, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.
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The following are just a few of the more popular tour operators that offer Alaska - Gulf Northbound/Southbound Vacations. Use the search box that's higher up on this page, or contact us, if you're interested in pricing, availablity and our special deals on other brand.
The tour operators that we list as offering a "Budget" product are those that tend to have pricing that is considered more economical, and as a result often include components (i.e. accommodations and tours) that are good but not quite top tier.
An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.
Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).
When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.
These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.
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Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Cosmos provides affordable, budget-priced, escorted tour packages. Their packages may include air, accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, many meals, and the services of a Tour Director for much less than if you booked them all on your own.
One of the world's leaders in luxury travel, Globus has been arranging tours since 1928. By booking a Globus tour (referred to by them as "journeys") you'll gain VIP access to many sites visited during your journey, special excursions that are included in the price of your tour, access to an expert Tour Director that has unique knowledge about the destinations, and you'll stay in first-class and above pre-selected hotels (with breakfast and dinner usually included), located in prime areas. Portage is included with all Globus tours, so you won't have to worry about lugging your luggage from one place to another. Some tour operators over-schedule you, but Globus weaves in just the right amount of free time for individual exploration.
Insight Vacations provides the finest Premium journeys with several touring styles that include Easy Pace, Country Roads®, Regional Experiences and Discovery Journeys. Guest travel in a luxury escorted coach, enjoy included sightseeing, and stay in centrally or scenically located hotels. Insight Vacations offers over 120 itineraries, traveling to over 50 countries in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, USA, Canada, India and Africa (Egypt and Morocco).
One of the world's leaders in premium guided travel, cruise, riverboat and family travel adventures, Tauck was founded in 1925. This family-owned, three-generation, award-winning company offers over 100 fantastic vacation packages throughout the world. Every detail of a Tauck tour is handled perfectly, including your luggage being brought to your hotel room ahead of you, preferred seating at shows, meals being included, staying at distinguished hotels in premium locations, and the expert knowledge of an insightful Tour Director. Rest assured, that although your itinerary is planned for you, there will be time experience the destinations on your own too.
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