It is possible to cruise Alaska at any time of the year. However, the most popular time of the year is between May and September. Alaska typically doesn’t handle the amount of tourists the same way as other popular vacation destination spots. Therefore availability can be limited at times and it’s important to book your trip as early as possible so that it doesn’t sell out.
There are many advantages to traveling to Alaska in May. May is considered to be the early part of their tourist season.
1. The weather in May is considered to be the best time of the year in Alaska.
2.The wildflowers in Alaska are in full bloom in the spring.
3. May is also a good time to view the wildlife in Alaska. The snow has melted in the lower elevations causing the larger breeds of animals to start migrating, making them fairly easy for tourists to view.
There are also many reasons to visit Alaska in September.
1.The leaves on the trees in Alaska are in full bloom by Labor Day.
2.The ground will be dry in September, but there will be fresh snow on the mountain peaks. It’s a beautiful view.
3. Large breed animals are out and easy to view in lower elevations, they are in their feeding time as they try to gain weight for the winter months.
Picking a cruise line to fit your needs
You can have different vacation experiences cruising Alaska depending on which cruise line you pick. If you go with Holland America you will have the most traditional cruising experience. Formal dining rooms, assigned seating etc. If you are looking for a less traditional cruising experience then Norwegian Cruise Lines is the best option for you.
There are many cruise lines that make the trips to Alaska. People have numerous options available to them.
1.Carnival Cruise Line
2. Celebrity Cruises
5. Holland America Line
6.Norwegian Cruise Line
8.Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
9. Royal Caribbean International
Another, slightly more expensive option, is a smaller boat that holds only 75-114 passengers. These smaller ships can be found within Cruise West Cruise Lines and they do have some advantages that the larger ships can’t offer. For example, closer sailing to glaciers with a very casual atmosphere onboard. For example, you can dine when and with whom you chose. Travelling on these smaller ships tend to cost more than the bigger cruises on the bigger ships.
The length of Alaskan cruises can vary from 6-30 days, depending of course on the amount of time you have and the amount of money you want to spend. Many people choose to extend their trip by also adding a land tour to their vacation. This can be done at the beginning or the end of their trips. The land tour allows tourists to see the interior parts of Alaska they wouldn’t have access to on the ships ports. For example, Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park and the city of Fairbanks. These land tours range in time between 3-16 days.
It is suggested that if you want to visit Alaska on a cruise ship that you spend a little more money and get a room with a balcony. When you cruise the Caribbean or the Bahamas the view stays the same throughout the trip. When you cruise Alaska the view is always changing. Depending on where you are cruising you could see glaciers, waterfront communities, mountains, whales, and even wildlife. Also, remember that because of the extended daylight hours of Alaska you can enjoy these views a lot longer than other places. A private balcony is also a great way to enjoy the views with some privacy. While up on the main decks you will be fighting the crowds to catch a glimpse of the view, while you could be enjoying the view in privacy.