Celebrity Cruises have added some very clever innovations on board as well as luxury land tours which you can add on to your amazing Alaska cruise.
Alaska is known as the Last Frontier. The last US state to be explored, developed and settled, but one which is growing hugely in popularity as more and more TV shows take fascinated viewers into the heart of this rugged and pristine land – and sea.
I’m a sucker for lifestyle shows and find myself quite addicted to the Alaskan ones, watching the perils and finally the delights of building a log cabin in the woods with astonishing views, scampering to get the roof on before the weather turns. Or driving big rigs through the snow and finishing at a cosy pub where fishing through ice holes is a necessity not a pastime. Alaska is like no where I’ve ever been before.
I’ve always said, if you have one cruise in you make it Alaska, and this post is about how you can do that in style. No pilgrim wagons or tennis racket-sized snow shoes for you! Take a Celebrity cruise and you can join excursions to get up close with 30-ton whales, zip-line through nature to the Mendenhall Glacier or take off in a float plane from the sea and soar over snow covered mountains.
The Alaskan cruise season is short: May to September and if you go in June you you’ll get to experience the summer solstice with almost 24 hours of sunshine!
Cruises sail the south east coast line of Alaska from Seattle or Vancouver so you can drink in the beauty of untouched landscapes where forests climb up mountains shrouded in mist and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see bears, caribou and bald eagles hanging out on land and whales leaping into the deep from your cabin window.
Three Celebrity cruise ships offer sailings to Alaska with extended port stops in many places, so you’ll really get to experience each town, and the shoulder season (May and September) offers the best deals when the weather’s a little bit cooler and schools are still in.
But imagine going on a cruise which not only show cases everything you’ve heard about Alaska on the sea: the whales playing metres from the ship, the ice glaciers frozen in suspense cascading down hillsides and into the sea, the seals and sea life calling and diving and working on their next meals – but a cruise which also allows you the chance to experience the best of Alaska through luxury land tours which you can add on.
If you combine your cruise with a Celebrity Alaska Cruisetour you’ll uncover a lot more than your standard pull in, see a town, pull out, kind of cruise.
Add on a fully escorted small group land tour and explore unspoiled inland wilderness, travel on remote roads and in luxury railway carriages, stay in the finest lodges of Alaska’s interior, eat the freshest local cuisine under the midnight sun (depending on when you travel).
You’ll be with local guides who are passionate about their home and happy to let you in on their secrets of their favourite places and tell you all you want to know about life here – including building that mountain cabin you saw on HGTV!
You can go fishing for salmon or take a kayak out in an icy lake or try your hand at dog sledding. These Celebrity cruisetours are so much more than a shore excursion with every aspect designed to immerse you into this remarkable, once Russian-owned, US state.