Astounding ice-capped mountains welcome the cruising traveler to Juneau. Alaska is called the Land of the Midnight Sun, and its capital shines with a wide selection of delicious dining and native Alaskan art shopping.
For more than 100 years, Ketchikan, Alaska has been the gateway to the North. Ketchikan cruises dock along the famed historic waterfront.
Walk in the footsteps of pioneers and profiteers on Carnival cruises to Skagway. Gold seekers stampeded to the Klondike more than 100 years ago and built Skagway, Alaska as their lawless outpost of brothels, saloons, and gambling dens.
GLACIER BAY, ALASKA
A destination eons in the making, Glacier Bay’s pristine landscape makes it one of the top spots on an Alaska traveler’s must-see list. Your Glacier Bay cruise takes you through this protected national park spread across 3.2 million acres of southeast Alaska… home to 15 active glaciers, countless seabirds, otters and humpback whales.
VICTORIA, BC, CANADA
Carnival cruises to Victoria, British Columbia call on this genteel provincial capital, which you’ll find perched on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Packed with reminders of its rich British heritage, Victoria is fronted by water, filled with gardens, and backed by mountains. All the finest sights on Victoria cruises are clustered around the Inner Harbour, from a world-class museum to scenic waterfront parks… plus a deliciously decadent setting for afternoon tea.
TRACY ARM FJORD
One of the most spectacular cruise destinations on earth, Tracy Arm Fjord is actually made up of two separate fjords. Each fjord is over 30 miles long, and a full one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. With hundreds of waterfalls, giant chunks of sliding ice and a huge variety of native wildlife, you won’t even want to blink as you cruise past this natural wonder.
Located right along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales as you cruise the passage to the historic Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
The Alaska cruise season runs from May to September, with high season typically June through August. However, the best time to go is rather subjective. June, July and August are the warmest months (highs: 50's - 70's), but they also can be quite rainy.
Alaska is a natural wonder through and through, and the coastal panhandle region is perhaps the most stunning. On an Alaska cruise, you'll find not only quaint towns and scenic harbor vistas, but the best of nature including fjords, wildlife and mountains galore. Mother Nature now you're just showing off.
No journey stays with your mind, body and soul like an expedition through Alaska. From the blue ice of massive glacial fields, to the stunning grandeur of the scenery and wildlife, everything in Alaska is big, bold and absolutely breathtaking.
Other adventures include fascinating land excursions by train or helicopter, humpback whale sightings, dog sledding and exploration of 15 active glaciers.
Wondrous Wilderness & Outdoor Playgrounds
Wilderness – land free of strip malls, traffic jams and McDonald’s restaurants – is the best attraction Alaska has to offer. Within Alaska is the largest national park in the country (Wrangell-St Elias), the largest national forest (Tongass), and the largest state park (Wood-Tikchik). This is where people play outdoors. During 20-hour days, they climb mountains, canoe wilderness rivers, strap on crampons and trek across glaciers. In July they watch giant brown bears snagging salmon; in November they head to Haines to see thousands of bald eagles gather at the Chilkat River.
Call of the Wild
Pure, raw, unforgiving, and humongous in scale, Alaska is a place that arouses basic instincts and ignites what Jack London termed the 'call of the wild’. Yet, unlike London and his gutsy, gold-rush companions, visitors today will have a far easier time penetrating the region's vast, feral wilderness. Indeed, one of the beauties of the 49th state is its accessibility. Nowhere else in North America is it so easy to climb an unclimbed mountain, walk where – quite possibly – no human foot has trodden before, or sally forth into a national park that gets fewer annual visitors than the International Space Station.
People-watching takes second place to wildlife-spotting in a state where brown bears snatch leaping salmon out of angry waterfalls and curious moose pose majestically on national park roadsides. But the real thrill for wilderness purists is to go off in search of fauna in its natural habitat. Fly out into unguarded backcountry and you'll quickly get the sense of swapping your seat on a bush plane for one in the food chain. The landscapes of the far north might be the domain of musk oxen, gray wolves and bears, but, keep your wits about you, and they’ll quietly accept you as a guest.