If you've always dreamed of going to Alaska, stop putting it off. And if you've been once and think you've crossed it off your list, think again. Alaska is a cruise destination unlike any other, showcasing a side of the United States that's rarely seen: still truly wild and open to endless adventure. The reasons to go -- and go now -- quickly outweigh the mundane cons of time and money. (You can make both!) If you're considering a first-time or repeat cruise to Alaska, the following are seven reasons to book sooner than later.
Alaska by Sea & Land – The Best of Both Worlds
Into the Wild – On an Alaskan cruise, you can participate in thrilling or educational shore excursions at every port of call. Many cruise lines also offer cruise-tours—two or three-day adventures into the wild before or after your cruise. These tours can involve stays at unique wilderness lodges, rides in glass-domed railcars and visits to land-locked Denali National Park, home to mighty Mt. McKinley.
What a View – It’s easy to witness the sublime beauty of the Last Frontier from a cruise ship. The deck and your private verandah give you unfettered views to breaching whales and towering glaciers, which you simply cannot access by car.
Amazing Ports – The ports on an Alaskan cruise are some of the most colorful and historic places you can experience in America. Towns like Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway tell remarkable stories about the gold rush days, Russia’s influence and native culture.
Get the 411 – Alaskan cruises typically have park rangers and wildlife experts onboard to lead fascinating seminars and answer all your questions.
More great reasons to make your next vacation a cruise vacation:
So Much Included – Your cruise fare includes onboard meals, entertainment, activities and much more. Some cruise lines even include shore excursions and alcoholic beverages.
So Much Variety – You have a multitude of options every second you’re onboard—from different restaurants (buffet, Italian bistro, steak house) and bars (jazz, piano, karaoke) to performances (Broadway, comedy, acrobats) and activities (shopping, ice-skating, wine tastings)—giving you the ability to customize your cruise to perfectly fit your interests and activity level.
So Easy – A cruise vacation is a safe and hassle-free way to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations. Shore excursions with licensed and insured travel providers make it easy for you to step off the ship and into the port’s history and culture.
So Many New Friends – There are plenty of places onboard for you to escape for some personal time, but why would you? A cruise ship is filled with fascinating, like-minded world-travelers like yourself, making it a breeze to make new, life-long friends.
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