The cruise industry is one of the most innovative sectors in the maritime world, constantly evolving and changing, offering new surprises, even for the most experienced cruiser.
Leading cruise lines continue to listen to their customers' needs and feedback, be that the introduction of new technology, or sailing to more exotic or unusual destinations.
Alaska is truly the last frontier, as many places in Alaska can only be reached by boat or seaplane. The remoteness of some parts of Alaska are ideal for exploration by cruise ship, and exploring Alaska by cruise ship is easy.
Each port stop allows you to get off the ship and explore on your own, or you can take an excursion (tour) to get some first-hand experiences with nature. Taking a cruise to Alaska allows you to visit some amazing ports such as Juneau, Icy Straight Point (Hoonah), Haines, Skagway, Seward and Ketchikan. From Seward you can take a bus or train to Anchorage, and then onto the interior or Denali National Park by train, bus, or car.
Cruising to Alaska can be done in several ways such as seven days round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver, seven days northbound one-way from Vancouver or Seattle, seven days southbound one-way from Seward, Anchorage, or Whittier, or a combination of the last two for a roundtrip fourteen-day cruise, and some cruise lines offer longer cruises from Vancouver, and other port departures such as San Francisco. The Alaska cruising season runs late April to mid-October.