The beauty of Alaska is unbelievable.  Exploring Alaska by sea and land is one of the top must-see trips on many bucket lists.  Alaska’s breathtaking remote wilderness, pristine national parks, glaciers, and charming seaside towns make for an adventure ideal for a multi-generation family trip and unrivaled by other cruises.

When you Google Alaska cruises, you’re inundated with a variety of cruising options.  Where do you start?  We choose Princess Cruise Lines for our Alaska tours for the quality of our travel experience, the quality of the ships, variety of cruise dates and land tour options, direct rail access to our land tour destinations, and the location and quality of Princess’ exclusive lodges.

Our ideal Alaska tour is 12-14 days, including two travel days, seven cruising days, and a four- or five-day land tour.

What to See – Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Mt. McKinley, Hubbard Glacier, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau are just some of the places you can visit on a tour of this length.

Activity Level – The activity level of an Alaska cruise and land tour is moderate.  Enjoy a leisurely pace dictated by your own preferences.  Do as much activity as you want on land, take a stroll through town, or stay on the ship.

What to Wear, Gear to Take – Dress-up dining is option, with most dining at a business casual level.  Outdoor activities dictate what you wear.  We recommend dressing in layers and wearing water repellent outdoor gear and shoes.  Binoculars and a good camera ensure you see the detail in the landscape and capture the best images of Alaska’s beauty.

A Good Time to Book – Although Alaska cruise season runs from May to September, mid-summer is the best and peak time.  Cruises early or late in the season will yield lower rates, weather will be cooler.  Booking your cruise seven to eight months in advance is the best time to be sure you get the travel dates and tour choices you want.  There are lots of land touring options, so working with your travel agent (Hurley World Travel) to craft your land travel experience ensures you utilize your time to best advantage.  A 12-14 day Alaska cruise and land tour will cost $3,000 to $4,000 per person + airfare and will include your ship stateroom, dining on board, land lodging, land tour options, rail travel, transfers, and travel insurance.