Seward Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park Tour

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  • 6-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Onboard wildlife guide
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Kenai Fjords Tours, 1304 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664, USA Please call us to schedule a pick-up at an area hotel or Seward Port within 24 hours of check-in please.
  • Please call us to schedule a pick-up at an area hotel or Seward Port within 24 hours of check-in please.
  • Seward Cruise Ship Terminal, Seward, AK 99664, USA
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately; layers are recommended
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and camera recommended
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is not recommended for travelers that need to board a cruise line before 5:30 pm.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 130 travelers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • You'll start at Kenai Fjords Tours Or, you can also get picked up See departure details
  • 1 Kenai Fjords National Park Stop: 6 hours In Kenai Fjords National Park, over half of the landmass is covered by the enormous Harding Icefield, a thousand-foot block of ice that dates back to the last Ice Age. The Harding spills out in all directions in the form of glaciers. Some stretch northwest into rugged hills of the Kenai Peninsula. Others—five of them, to be exact—reach as far as the sea along the craggy coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Read more Pass by Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
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celebrity cruise seward shore excursions

  • U840FJlaurenm 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles This is the tour your want to take! Incredible trip! We saw orca, humpbacks, dolphins, puffins, mountain goats, seals and lions. Very educational. We enjoyed seeing Alaska from the water. The weather great most of the time, just a little bit of rain/snow mix for about thirty minutes. My husband and I sat outside for the majority. If you choose that I’d recommend more clothing than you think you need - you’ll definitely need two layers of pants, and at least three up top plus a hat, scarf, and gloves. Food was good! Any additional food was reasonably priced. Crew members were so friendly and helpful! Read more Written May 7, 2024
  • juliebR961BK 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing Afternoon in Resurrection Bay An amazing day on the Glacier Explorer with a wonderful Captain Kenny and crew. Loved that a simple but yummy lunch was included! We saw SO much wildlife along with beautiful views. Can’t recommend this tour enough! Read more Written May 4, 2024
  • Mapletonmom2018 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Picture Postcard Views on a Perfect Day We took the 4 hour spring Resurrection Bay Tour with two other senior couples. The staff was excellent. The captain knew just where to go. We took so many pictures we used up all of our cell phone batteries. The colors of the blue/green water was just breathtaking. There were 75 passengers on our boat and it didn't feel crowded. The boat was clean, including the restrooms. They fed us a simple lunch. We saw SO many animals. Be sure to visit the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward first if you have time. It makes the cruise even more interesting. Grab a free Kenai Fjords Wildlife Guide brochure as you work your way to the front of the boat. Young families occupy the middle area. Bring a spare charger, snacks and a water bottle. Dress appropriately. I wore snow pants, a down jacket, a raincoat, gloves and ear covering. I also wore a prescription anti-nausea patch. Others in our group took OTC meds. If you are prone to seasickness take what works for you. The boat makes good time and at rest it rocks over its own wake. We rotated inside to get warm and outside to get great pics. Pictures taken thru the windows have too much glare, so enjoy the view and wait until you get outside to take more pics. The weather was perfect. Of course, Kenai Fjords Tours has no control of the weather, but blue skies, warm low 50's temps, and calm waters made for a memorable experience with dear friends. Highly recommend. Read more Written April 29, 2024
  • MrKevin1 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing Tour Kenai Fjords provided us with an incredible experience with the Spring Resurrections Bay Tour. This trip is highly recommended if you are in Seward and have the time to book a boat tour. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the all of the coves and wildlife that are around. Along with the breathtaking scenery we were able to spot a mother and baby whale, Otters, Sea Lions, migratory birds, and Bald Eagles. We had a wonderful time. Read more Written April 24, 2024
  • matthewruther4d 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles wow Amazing scenery, knowledgeable captain Mark that made for a fascinating journey. Excellent hot food and cookie at the end. Highly recommend. Read more Written April 21, 2024
  • Pam K 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Beautiful afternoon trip! This was a wonderful way to see some of the beautiful Alaskan coast and its wildlife! Felt very fortunate as we saw sea otters, North Pacific humpback whales, stellar and harbor seals, eagles, cormorants, sea ducks and mountain goats. The captain was very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend layering clothes and bring binoculars. The chicken burrito seemed to be corn, but maybe I received a vegan one by mistake. The hot cookie at the tail end of the trip was a nice touch. Read more Written April 20, 2024
  • gabbyadavis5 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 10/10 everyone was super nice and friendly! my friend and i didn’t feel great half way through and everyone was helpful and attentive! Read more Written April 19, 2024
  • poulenctrio 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Stunning views and a lovely tour experience We visited Seward in mid April and had a lovely 4-hour boat tour. The boarding process was easy, staff was friendly and the boar was very comfortable. The captain was great at finding and pointing out wildlife (porpoises, otters, seals, birds, even mountain goats!), explaining natural features like glaciers, and making sure we had time to take many photos and videos. Lunch onboard was delicious. Overall a high point of an unforgettable trip to Seward. Read more Written April 18, 2024
  • cindyrinker 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Costal Explorer Kenai Fjords Tour My Husband and I loved this tour! The marine life was amazing, we loved the Dall Porpoise. We were lucky enough to catch site of Killer Whales! The history and conservation information was really well done. Thank you for such a Great experience!!! Read more Written March 29, 2024
  • charleen3011 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Unforgettable experience The tour was amazing, staff was so adorable at every point, helped my friend that was struggling with seasickness. We got to see many animals and I was just in awe with each and every landscapes we get to see. I really recommend booking this experience and would definitely come back if I ever have the occasion to do so! Thanks! Read more Written March 24, 2024
  • Elizabeth S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent adventure! This was one of my favorite things we did while in Alaska. It was their first day operating for the new season and it did NOT disappoint! We saw SO much wildlife including killer whales. It is not a guarantee that you will see anything, because as the Capt said, "It's not Sea World". This is in the wild, their natural habitat. But the day we went, the animals were showing off! We actually stayed out for about 45 minutes longer because there were SO many whales and they were just playing all around the boat! We also saw sea lions, an otter, a lone mountain goat, bald eagles and other animals. I highly recommend this tour. Even if you don't see any whales, the mountains and other scenery is absolutely beautiful! Read more Written March 17, 2024
  • athenarotzler 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles excellent trip. they did the best they can do.we loved it.the captain has so much knoledge.he went out of his way and extra 30 minutes to assure us whales.we saw whales.everyone on the boat had faces of happiness after the whates!! Read more Written March 16, 2024
  • redfrog7375 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing 4 hour cruise We did the 4 hour spring cruise and even though it was very early in the season we managed to spot quite a few marine animals. The captain of the cruise was also happy to extend our cruise and modify our route just so we could catch sight of killer whales. The food provided in the cruise was also much better than we anticipated. Overall my family had an amazing experience and we’d definitely take another cruise if we come back in the summer. Read more Written March 16, 2024
  • Brittany S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Experience! We loved this tour and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the scenery and the wildlife along the coast. The tour was great and included glaciers, whales, seals, sea lions, puffins, otters, eagles, and so much more. A highlight was getting to hold a piece of a glacier and drinking a cocktail made with glacier ice! Read more Written February 2, 2024
  • KS80537 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Experience My notes from the Resurrection Bay Tour With Fox Island (which we called "the wildlife tour"): Nice, knowledgeable, professional crew. Sea otters, bald eagles, seals, mountain goats. The boat gets amazingly close to the shoreline. Arrive early to get a good seat on the boat. The only less than excellent was the meal on Fox Island. Otherwise, A+. Read more Written January 16, 2024

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An exploration of Alaska’s Inside Passage, glaciers, and ports. Accompanied by an onboard guide, while enjoying a boutique cruise line experience in the evening.

PORTS OF CALL (OVERNIGHTS)

Day 1 — SEWARD (EMBARK SHIP) Day 2 — HUBBARD GLACIER Day 3 — JUNEAU Day 4 — SKAGWAY Day 5 — ICY STRAIT POINT Day 6 — KETCHIKAN Day 7 — AT SEA Day 8 — VANCOUVER (FLY HOME)

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Designed as a fully guided exploration by large ship with your John Hall’s Alaska guide while visiting the highlights of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage combined with enjoying the luxurious and relaxing lifestyle of onboard cruise life.

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Guests who enjoy the popular Celebrity Cruises experience traveling Alaska’s Inside Passage from Seward to Vancouver can customize a trip by adding on shore excursions (additional cost) while in port. A full selection of shore excursions are available by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com .

Pair an Inside Passage experience with a land tour

If matching one of these cruises with a land tour we are happy to help you reserve extra hotel stays and exciting optional excursions to fill the time between your land tour and the start of your cruise. For most land tours, the cruise will begin the following day and extra overnights/activities are not required.

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Depart Anchorage and head south on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm where your luxury cruise ship awaits. Spend the next seven days sailing through Alaska’s Inside Passage waters.

Dinner On Board

celebrity cruise seward shore excursions

Today’s voyage takes you to the massive ice wall of Hubbard Glacier. Hubbard is the second most active tidewater glacier in Alaska. Watch glacial ice cascade down into the ice choked waters below.

Meals On Board

celebrity cruise seward shore excursions

Dock in Alaska’s Capital City, Juneau. Optional shore excursions are available to purchase at this port including the Mount Roberts Tram, experience Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter, or whale watching excursions.

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Welcome to the “Gateway City to the Klondike Gold Rush!” This historic community still has the feel of an 1898 boom town. Enjoy touring this unforgettable and historic town. Shore excursions are available for purchase including the Skagway Street Car, White Pass and Yukon Route Railway and Dog Sledding by helicopter.

celebrity cruise seward shore excursions

Just 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Point is the only native owned and wilderness port in Alaska. It has been the homeland of the Hoonah Tlingit natives for thousands of years. Optional shore excursions are available for purchase including the mountaintop gondola, North America’s ZipRider and ATV adventures.

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Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, this vibrant community offers a number of adventures for its visitors. Optional shore excursions are available in this port including the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Trip, visiting Totem Parks and fishing.

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Hug the coastlines of Alaska and British Columbia taking in the scenery offered by the Inside Passage. Keep an eye open for marine wildlife during your day at sea.

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Dock at Canada Place Pier this morning. Disembark and pass through Canadian customs before being transferred to the Vancouver or Seattle airport.

Breakfast On Board

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CELEBRITY CRUISES: Accommodations; fully-guided service; airport transfers; daily activities; meals, baggage handling, and corresponding gratuities; port charges and taxes; and personalized John Hall’s Alaska’s signature windbreaker. When added to one of our interior Alaska land tours, the price also includes transfers to/from the vessel.

LAND TOUR + CELEBRITY SUMMIT: When added to one of our interior Alaska land tours, the price also includes the transfer to Seward for embarkation. Pricing also includes transfer to Vancouver or Seattle, WA Airport

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Celebrity Ports of Call: Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan

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Onboard Dining: Every meal served on board the Celebrity Summit is a casual dining experience. During mealtimes, guests are seated in the main dining room with any choice of seats.

Large Parties : Please contact our office if you are traveling with a larger party who requires triple or quad pricing and/or multiple cabins.

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A deposit of $500.00 USD per person is required within ten days of booking your reservation. Deposits are fully refundable up until 90 days prior to departure.

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LAND TOUR + CELEBRITY SUMMIT CRUISE : When added to an interior Alaksa land tour, the price includes the transfer to Seward for vessel embarkation.

CELEBRITY SUMMIT CRUISE ONLY: The cruise itinerary begins in Seward, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, Canada. Guests will need to arrive Anchorage before 11am on day 1, however it is recommended to fly in a day prior to the start. On day 8 flights may depart Vancouver after 12pm or Seattle after 5pm.

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The 16 best alaska cruise excursions for 2024.

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The Best Alaska Cruise Excursions

Tour attendees looking at crabs on the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour.

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A cruise to Alaska is one of the best ways to visit many parts of the 49th state, including the Inside Passage and the southeastern port towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. You can also see dozens of glaciers on a cruise, plus remote places reachable only by water, like Glacier National Park & Preserve. Traveling by ship allows you to get closer to one-of-a-kind experiences in Alaska's interior, especially if you extend your vacation with a cruisetour (a package that includes the cruise and a land portion either before or after your voyage).

When it comes to excursions, many cruise lines offer the same experiences ashore for larger ports of call, often with a slight variation in the itinerary. The most popular tours highlight the best activities and attractions, such as the Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour in Juneau, the Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan and the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in Skagway. You'll also find entertaining offerings from cruise lines that call on smaller, less visited ports, like Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Sitka, Seward and Haines.

While some tours cost less than $100, don't be surprised to find over-the-top experiences that run about $750 per person – such as heli-flightseeing tours, where you'll land on a glacier and go dog-sledding with a team of Alaskan huskies. If you're comfortable with going it on your own, you might find lower prices on some excursions by booking directly with tour operators. Alaskan outfitters are used to working around cruise ship arrival and departure times, so their tours tend to fit into those schedules.

U.S. News has compiled this list to help you find the best Alaska cruise excursions, from the most popular (and affordable) options to once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

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Even though it's surrounded by water and mountains – and there's no road into town – Juneau is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. You'll find plenty to do in Alaska's capital, including whale watching tours, salmon bakes and more.

Mendenhall Glacier

View of Mendenhall Glacier.

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the top attractions in Juneau, so many tours include a visit to the Tongass National Forest to view the 12-mile-long sheet of blue ice. Some cruise lines, like Princess Cruises , offer self-guided trekking excursions that include a ride on the Juneau Goldbelt Tram, which affords views of the Chilkat Mountains and other panoramic scenery. You can also opt to see the glacier from the water by boat or kayak, or on a float trip.

However, if you're going to splurge on any one excursion, it's this one: Sign up for a helicopter landing on Mendenhall Glacier, followed by a dog-sledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies. During the approximately 30-minute helicopter ride, you'll fly over rainforests and spectacular summits, but the real fun is when you arrive at the camp to go zipping through the snow led by your team of dogs and a professional musher.

The Mendenhall Glacier helicopter excursion is offered on Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises.

Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest

A humpback whale breaching out of the water in Alaska.

Whale watching is another top activity when visiting Juneau, and many cruise lines offer several options for tours. Holland America Line has a five-hour, small-group excursion for just 20 guests; you'll search for humpback whales on a safari vessel, then hike on Mendenhall Glacier where you can look for beavers, Arctic terns, porcupines and black bears. If you prefer an even smaller group, Princess Cruises offers a 3.5-hour private whale watching tour for six people. Possible sightings include humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, eagles, harbor seals, lighthouses, glaciers and maybe even a bear along the shoreline.

One of Viking Ocean Cruises ' excursions, the Best of Juneau, lasts more than six hours and takes guests on a naturalist-led whale watching cruise by catamaran. Before heading back to shore, you'll have a lunch of local wild-caught Alaska salmon on remote Colt Island, followed by a scenic drive to Mendenhall Glacier to end the day.

Alaska whale watching and wildlife excursions are offered on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Taku Lodge Salmon Bake

Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 3.5-hour Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast excursion that will tick several quintessential Alaska adventures off your bucket list. After flying over the Juneau Icefield (the fifth-largest ice field in North America) in a classic De Havilland seaplane, guests will land in the river at the historic Taku Glacier Lodge across from Juneau's largest glacier, the 5-mile-wide Taku Glacier.

A traditional Alaska salmon bake (with all the fixings) and drinks made with glacier ice are another highlight of the day. You might even see a black bear sniffing around for leftovers after your feast. Following lunch, take a walk in the lush Tongass National Forest before heading back from the wilderness.

Salmon bake excursions are offered on Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Ketchikan, Alaska, on a clear morning.

Ketchikan sits at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's Inside Passage. It is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Visitors come to this part of the state for the beautiful scenery, Alaska Native culture and fresh seafood, including Alaska salmon and king crab. And they just might enjoy an entertaining lumberjack show or floatplane ride to kick off their day while in town.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Closeup of ax resting on a lumberjack's foot.

Watch Alaska's hearty lumberjacks battle British Columbia's tough woodsmen in a head-to-head competition to see who can win the title of "Bull of the Woods." The thrill-a-minute show – a guest favorite – features a 50-foot tree climb, ax throwing, log rolling, buck sawing and springboard chopping, along with plenty of lumberjack lore. Some lines, like Princess Cruises, offer just the show; it lasts a little over an hour, so there will be plenty of time for a self-guided tour of Ketchikan before heading back to the ship. You may also be able to book a combination tour that includes the show and an ax throwing lesson (plus a competition of your own), or a trip to Totem Bright State Park, where you'll learn about the significance of totem poles and the Native Tlingit and Haida cultures.

Holland America Line offers a tour with the lumberjack show and a feast of local Dungeness crabs. For another culinary option, check out the 3.5-hour excursion with Norwegian Cruise Line . It includes a visit to Saxman Native Village, where you'll sample smoked wild game meats, dine on chef-selected dishes prepared with regional ingredients, and taste local wines and beers.

Lumberjack shows are offered on Alaska voyages with Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises , Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

A man holding a crab on the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour.

Embark on the Aleutian Ballard, the Bering Sea fishing boat made famous by the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" television series. The approximately three-hour excursion gives guests a firsthand experience of what it's like to sail on the vessel as a Bering Sea crab fisherman and catch massive king crabs, octopuses and other marine life with 700-pound crab pots. The boat may also stop at nearby Annette Island, where you'll have the chance to see whales, sea lions, seals and bald eagles soaring overhead (one may even try to snag your catch!). You may also get to watch local fishermen at work.

Some lines that offer the fisherman's tour include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Misty Fjords by Floatplane or Cruise

Alaska

The more than 2 million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the top attractions in Alaska . Described by naturalist and author John Muir as "the Yosemite of the North," the awe-inspiring destination is best viewed from above on a floatplane. From the sky, you'll see towering 1,000-foot waterfalls, the volcanic Revillagigedo Island, snowcapped peaks, verdant forests and 3,000-foot walls of granite descending into the fjords. On a floatplane tour, you'll also have the chance to land on the water and take in the spectacular scenery from another viewpoint.

If you're not a fan of small planes, some lines offer the option of taking a cruise from Ketchikan's harbor. You'll sail into Behm Canal surrounded by the scenery of Misty Fjords, and you may even see wildlife or bald eagle nests. You'll also cruise by Eddystone Rock, a massive volcanic spire emerging from the sea, as well as waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs sculpted by glaciers.

Cruise lines that offer floatplane or cruisetours of Misty Fjords include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

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Street in town of Skagway, Alaska.

Skagway is another busy and popular cruise port in Alaska. It's one of the most popular towns on the Inside Passage itinerary; its fascinating Klondike Gold Rush history dates back to 1897. Take notice of the historic false-front shops reminiscent of the gold rush days as you explore. Many of these buildings are part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and you may even see people strolling down the streets dressed in period costumes.

White Pass & Yukon Route

Alaska

One of the top-rated attractions in Skagway is the White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad journey through Alaska's wilderness. The narrow-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark – an honor shared by the Panama Canal, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Dating back 125 years, the historic railway features vintage rail cars and climbs to a steep 2,865 feet at the summit over just 20.4 miles. Along the way to the summit – located at the official international border between the U.S. and Canada – you'll listen to the history of the Klondike Gold Rush while passing by Inspiration Point, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. After making a loop at the top, the train will head back down the mountain. You might even see snow on the ride if your cruise to Alaska is early in the season .

Excursions on some lines combine the rail journey with other activities, like biking on the Klondike Highway from the summit or visiting Liarsville, a gold rush trail camp. Others include a stop (and a cold beer) at the Skagway Brewing Company. In addition, some cruise providers offer the train ride in a luxury class rail car, which includes complimentary beverages, snacks and a private guide who will explain the history of the railroad as you watch the scenery pass by.

Norwegian Cruise Line's six-hour excursion features a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route, a salmon bake at Liarsville and an adult beverage with one of the "madames" at the renowned Red Onion Saloon. Meanwhile, Silversea Cruises ' new 5.5-hour tour includes the train ride; a trip to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, which sits 65 feet above the white water rapids of the Tutshi River; and a hearty lunch of bison chili.

Cruise lines that offer the railroad (and combination) tours include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Discovery

Two sled dogs in harnesses in Alaska during the summer.

If you want to cuddle with Alaskan husky puppies, then this excursion is for you. Norwegian Cruise Line's approximately three-hour excursion takes guests to a professional musher's summer camp in Dyea Valley, where they train sled dogs for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races. After a thrilling ride into the rainforest on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you'll head out on a summertime dog sled with 16 Alaskan huskies at the helm. Before puppy play time, you'll learn how the mushers care for the dogs and prepare for the races. Depending on the cruise line, some tours may end with roasting s'mores by the fire.

Some lines that offer this excursion are Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Adventure

Alaska

The historic Chilkoot Trail was the main route for those in search of untold riches during the famous gold rush years. Today, the trail, located in Gold Rush National Historical Park, is a rainforest full of birds and wildflowers. Excursions to the park include hikes with river floats on the Taiya River (there are no rapids) or bike tours of the trail. There are also wilderness kayaking outings to Chilkoot Lake, which is home to the five species of Pacific salmon, waterfowl, bald eagles and one of the largest brown bear populations in southeast Alaska.

Some cruise lines that offer these excursions include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Sitka, at dawn, with mountains in the background and water in the foreground.

Sitka is the only community in the Inside Passage that sits on the Pacific Ocean. The small city – home to just 8,500 residents – was owned by Russia before the U.S. purchased the land in 1867. Today, you'll find remnants of this Russian heritage, like onion-shaped domes and Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Sitka also has a strong Tlingit culture. In terms of shore excursions, you'll find plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing surrounded by pristine landscapes.

Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest

Seat otters resting in the Pacific Ocean just off of Sitka, Alaska.

Royal Caribbean International's three-hour jet boat cruise on Sitka Sound features panoramic scenery (including snow-capped peaks) and the chance to see abundant wildlife. During the tour, look for playful sea otters, whales and brown bears walking along the coast. The line also offers another tour – Sea Otters, Raptors and Bears Oh My – that features a naturalist-guided catamaran cruise followed by visits to the Alaskan Raptor Center (a rehabilitation center for birds of prey) and the Fortress of the Bear (a rescue operation for orphaned bears).

In comparison, Carnival Cruise Line 's VIP wildlife quest in search of whales, sea otters, coastal brown bears and more concludes with a feast of wild salmon cooked over a wood-fired grill, Alaska crab and prime rib at the Fin Island Lodge. Following a wildlife Zodiac cruise around the archipelago, Holland America Line's version of this excursion also visits the lodge for lunch in partnership with Food & Wine magazine.

You can find this excursion on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

The Best of Sitka

Totem poles in the Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska.

Several cruise lines offer a version of this tour, which features an exploration of the top attractions in Sitka. On this excursion, you'll visit the Fortress of the Bear in Tongass National Park to learn about the facility's work with orphaned bears. There's also a stop at Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska" between the Russians and the Tlingits was fought. Here, you'll see handcarved totem poles created by skilled Tlingit artists and get to meet local Native artists to learn more. The excursion also includes a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Beach and cruise ship ramp at Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

Icy Strait Point in Hoonah may be a much smaller port than others on this list, but it is a jumping-off point for endless outdoor explorations, including whale watching tours and searching for coastal brown bears. Icy Strait Point is Alaska Native-owned and -operated and is home to the largest Native Tlingit village in Alaska. While here, explore the wilderness areas of Chichagoff Islands, visit the 1912 cannery museum, and grab lunch with fresh Alaska king and Dungeness crabs before taking a ride on the world's largest ZipRider. (Or, play it safe and plan to take that ride down the mountain before lunch.)

Whale Watching & Bear Search

Humpback whales bubble net feeding in Icy Strait, Alaska.

The waters surrounding Icy Strait Point host the largest summer population of humpback whales in the state, especially around the Point Adolphus area. If you purchase a tour directly with the Icy Strait Point website, they'll even guarantee you'll see whales – or they'll refund your money. During the tour, look for orcas, Steller sea lions, porpoises and seals. But be sure to also gaze overhead for bald eagles and search along the shore for bears; the Spasski River Valley in the remote wilderness of Chichagof Island has one of the highest densities of coastal brown bears in the world. Some cruise lines offer a variation of this excursion that includes a boiled seafood feast back on shore at Icy Strait Point.

You can find this excursion on voyages with Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Scenic Mountain Ascent & World's Largest ZipRider

Thrill-seekers (who love heights) will jump at the chance to ride the world's largest and longest zip line, which sits more than 1,300 feet above sea level at the top of Icy Strait Point. The ride to the summit on the SkyGlider mountaintop gondola is also a rush, but the real excitement comes as you zoom down 5,330-foot zip lines with five other riders at 60 mph – with views of the forest below and Glacier Bay National Park in the distance. A break-activated landing on the beach brings riders safely back to the ground. The price also includes unlimited rides on the gondola.

Cruise lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises , Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Cars parked along the street in Seward, Alaska.

A less visited port than some others on this list (according to CLIA), Seward is the ancestral home to the Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people. Its breathtaking natural beauty – with mountains on one side and Resurrection Bay on the other – has been shaped by glaciers over thousands of years. Top attractions in Seward include the Alaska SeaLife Center and a charming downtown area. It also offers access to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

The port side of a small cruise ship with Kenai Fjords National Park's sea stacks in the background.

During your stop in Seward, take a full-day excursion to see the astounding beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park. The impressive fjords are surrounded by mountains standing more than 6,000 feet tall and an ecosystem rich in wildlife. While there, watch for a variety of whale species, sea otters, porpoises and sea lions, and onshore, you might see bears and mountain goats. There are also 191 documented species of birds in the park and many glaciers. As you get up close to Holgate Glacier, listen as chunks of blue ice calve into the water.

Some cruise lines, such as Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, offer this as an individual tour, while others like Holland America Line include it as part of a cruisetour. You can also book the excursion directly with a local tour operator if you're embarking or disembarking in Seward.

Haines, Alaska, in the evening reflected tidepools.

Haines, a small port about 20 miles north of Skagway, is best known for its Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The 49,000-acre preserve has the largest natural gathering of eagles during the late salmon runs and boasts pristine forests, marshlands and rivers brimming with wildlife.

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

A view of Davidson Glacier in Alaska.

Norwegian Cruise Line's five-hour excursion takes guests on an adventure into the wilderness by boat while cruising North America's deepest and longest fjord, the upper Lynn Canal. You might even see breaching whales and playful sea lions en route to Glacier Point, where you'll disembark at the beach upon arrival. After a drive through the forest and a hike in the woods, you'll have unforgettable, up-close views of the Davidson Glacier by canoe.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises. Holland America Line offers this excursion from Skagway.

Eagle Preserve Rafting Float Adventure

An eagle flying the sky of Alaska.

Look for bald eagles soaring overhead as you raft down the gentle Chilkat River through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The waters are overflowing with salmon that come to spawn, serving as food for as many as 400 bald eagles living in the Chilkat Valley. Don't be surprised to see brown bears or 1,600-pound moose coming to feast along the riverbank during your rafting adventure.

Some lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Lin e. Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises host this excursion from Skagway.

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Our most popular cruise in kenai fjords national park.

The cruise will travel through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay and continue around Cape Aialik into Aialik Bay to view Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend time in front of the glacier to watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Our experienced captain will fully narrate your journey and will point out the spectacular sights while providing information on the area's wildlife, history, and geology. While in the protected waters of Aialik Bay we will begin providing complimentary deli lunch. This hearty deli lunch will keep you fueled for your full day of adventure on the water. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided. Snacks, beverages, and full bar drinks are available for purchase during the cruise. Depending on the time of year, we will explore the Chiswell Islands (part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge) or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat close to the seabird nesting areas, providing great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Included: Deli lunch and complimentary use of binoculars while onboard. Life jackets and life rafts are onboard in case of emergency. This cruise is not recommended for those who are prone to seasickness since it travels through the open Gulf of Alaska. Deli Lunch Menu: Turkey, Roast Beef, or Vegetarian* sandwich (Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese) Chips, Granola Bar Chocolate Brownie or Cookie One Complimentary Soft Drink Complimentary Coffee, Tea, and Water *Gluten-free bread is available for those with dietary restrictions (GF). Gluten-free bread must be requested in advance, at the time of reservation.

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Inclusions:.

  • Complimentary use of binoculars
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  • Multiple viewing decks
  • Deli-style lunch

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  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 6 hours (Roundtrip for local tour office.)

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  • This tour meets at the 4th Avenue check-in office. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible. Catamarans used for this tour are wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only. Please leave a comment during checkout if accessibility accommodations will be required. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests day of.

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Tours can be canceled for any reason up until seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund unless otherwise noted on the individual tour product page in the Things to Know section. To cancel a tour, please use the cancelation request link within your e-ticket that was emailed to you OR send an email to  [email protected] with the following information:

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Within 0-7 days before the tour date, cancelations are eligible for a full refund only in the following scenarios:

- The tour is canceled by the tour operator for any reason (for example: bad weather or mechanical issue)

- You experience a medical emergency during this window and can provide documentation (documentation must be submitted within 30 days to receive a refund)

- Your ship changes port itineraries causing you to miss an excursion

All refunds are processed through Alaska Shore Excursions, and will not be processed through any cruise line or local tour provider. Refunds will appear under Alaska Shore Excursions on your bank/credit card statement. Credit card refunds are processed within 10 business days of the request. Exceptions to the refund policy include multi-day packages and some day tours. Please refer to the specific refund policy listed on the individual tour product page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our guests stay on the boat for the entire cruise to maximize glacier and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Guests are urged to dress in layers, including a warm rain-proof coat, hat, gloves, and comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. Guests are welcome to stay in our heated cabins, but warm clothes are recommended for guests who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.

Cameras (tripods are prohibited) and extra batteries.

Our cruises go out rain or shine. We only cancel cruises due to unsafe sea conditions, in which case we will notify you as soon as possible. We reserve the right to cancel or re-route our cruises based on weather or other conditions. If the route of the Kenai Fjords National Park tour is limited to the confines of Resurrection Bay, we will refund $50 per adult and $25 per child.

The boat used for this tour is wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only.

You are welcome to store your luggage in our office during your cruise.

Pets are not permitted onboard unless your dog is a Service Animal needed due to a medical reason. Service dogs that are trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability are permitted. Emotional support or comfort dogs are not allowed. There are several doggy daycare/boarding facilities in Seward.

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Josephine w, on jul 2023.

Wonderful ride, excellent sandwich for lunch! Saw lots of sea animals!

On May 2023

Great crew, very helpful and friendly. Outer bay, enroute to Holgate Glacier was rough so Captain elected to change the planed route and avoid going around/south of Chiswell Island. Orca, humpback whales, sea otters, Holgate Glacier and kayakers. When in Seward BE SURE to spend an hour or two at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

On Sep 2022

Taking a six-hour tour to the glacier was a great experience, sea swells and all. The views and many stops to see the many species in their natural habitats was awesome. The staff was also amazing from the commentary about the various items we saw to helping everyone on the ship ride that needed assistance. I highly recommend this tour.

On Aug 2022

Absolutely loved everything about my trip to the Kenai Fjords. The staff on the boat were fabulous and I saw a whale which jumped out the water, amazing! Would highly recommended

On Jul 2022

Incredible tour! We were so lucky to see amazing wildlife during the day and we had sunny weather! More than that, the crew was so nice and personable. the ship was comfy and clean, and Captain Nicole was incredible. I would likely recommend this to anyone visiting Seward!!

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Denali Express Cruisetour 11A

Included Experiences — Denali Natural History Tour, Railway Talkeetna to Anchorage

2025 Departures — May 9, May 23, Jun 6, Jun 20, Jul 4, Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 29

Talkeetna Treasures Cruisetour 1A

Included Experiences — Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Denali Natural History Tour, Rail Anchorage to Talkeetna

Talkeetna Treasures Cruisetour 1B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 1A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

2025 Departures — May 27, Jun 10, Jun 24, Jul 8, Jul 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 2

Alaska Gold Rush Adventure Cruisetour 2A

Included Experiences — Denali Natural History Tour, Rail Denali to Fairbanks, Fairbanks City Tour, Gold Dr

Alaska Gold Rush Adventure Cruisetour 2B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 2A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

Alaska Wildlife Encounter Cruisetour 3A

Included Experiences — Alaska Sealife Center, Denali Natural History Tour, Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Encounter Cruisetour 3B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 3A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

2025 Departures — May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 7, Jul 21, Aug 4, Aug 18, Sep 1

Majestic Tundra Explorer Cruisetour 4A

Included Experiences — Tundra Wilderness Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Riverboat Discovery Cruise

Majestic Tundra Explorer Cruisetour 4B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 4A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

Alaska Mountain Medley Cruisetour 5A

Included Experiences — Alaska Sealife Center, Denali Natural History Tour, Rail Anchorage to Talkeetna

Alaska Mountain Medley Cruisetour 5B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 5A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

2025 Departures — May 25, Jun 8, Jun 22, Jul 6, Jul 20, Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31

Great National Parks Expedition Cruisetour 6A

Included Experiences — Kenai Fjords National Parks Cruise, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Riverboat Discovery Cruise, and more

Great National Parks Expedition Cruisetour 6B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 6A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

Grand Heartland Adventure Cruisetour 7A

Included Experiences — Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise, Anchorage City Tour, Anchorage Museum, and more.

Grand Heartland Adventure Cruisetour 7B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 7A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

2025 Departures — May 24, Jun 7, Jun 21, Jul 5, Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30

Great Frontier Expedition Cruisetour 8A

Included Experiences — Alaska Native Heritage Center, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, and more.

Great Frontier Expedition Cruisetour 8B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 8A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

Tastes Of Alaska Cruisetour 9A

Included Experiences — Seward Dock Walk & Salmon Tasting, Alaska Native Heritage Center & Eskimo Ice Cream, more.

Tastes Of Alaska Cruisetour 9B

This itinerary is conducted in reverse order of Tour 9A and offered as a pre-cruise option.

Homer Discovery And Heartland Wildlife Cruisetour 10A

Included Experiences — Homer Dock WalkIslands & Oceans Center, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Tundra Wilderness Tour and more.

Homer Discovery And Heartland Wildlife Cruisetour 10B

Denali express 11a.

2024 Departures — May 10, May 24, Jun 7, Jun 21, Jul 5, Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30

2024 Departures — May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Sep 3

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2024 Departures — May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 7, Jul 21, Aug 4, Aug 18, Sep 1

The Great National Parks Expedition Cruisetour 6A

The great national parks expedition cruisetour 6b.

2024 Departures — May 25, Jun 8, Jun 22, Jul 6, Jul 20, Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31

The Great Frontier Expedition 8A

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"Try the shore excursions. At Cozumel, we chose Chaak Tun and it was exceptional. This was a ferry ride to the mainland and a visit to the cenote. James our guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and helpful. The excursion included swimming the underground water, going through caves and caverns, meeting with a medicine woman (this was fantastic), a wonderful lunch and a final tequila tasting. Do not miss this excursion. It was the highlight of our trip"

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I am looking for advise. I have always booked excursions through the ship we were on. As they scare me wiht "we will leave port without you"....But we are doin g a Mediterranean Cruise and cost is significantly less using private tours such as Viator /Rome in Limo.Any thoughts appreciated.

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And therein lies the rub!  Would you be able to easily get to the next port on your own should something happen?  I'd say that the percentage of times that private tours get back late is pretty low...but it *can* happen.  Does the tour company *guarantee* that should you miss the boat they will get you to the next port?  Not many do, though I *have* seen a few.

The price of non-ship tours are *always* less than the ship tours.  The cruise line is simply booking you into a block of reserved spots with that same tour company and marking up the price.

Funny story...we were in Athens, Greece and we had booked a private tour.  We were being held up by traffic on our return.  We were *really* sweating it!  Then, we look over and see one of the ship's tour buses heading back as well.  All we had to do was stay ahead of that bus and we knew we were good!  😄

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I cannot comment on Viator as we have never used them, preferring to book direct with the operator.  And each travel region of the world is a little different with decisions on ship based versus independent tours.  That being said, we haven't used a ship based tour in 30 years as we prefer to do things on our own or with local tour operators.  Far less costly and in our experience, the local operators are well versed in ship arrival and departure times and have never placed us in a position of concern. I realize anything can happen, but we enjoy smaller personal experiences versus larger group, often bus based tours.  Others may contradict this, but this is just our experience.

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We enjoy smaller group tours or exploring on our own, unless the tour is going fairly far from the port where I am a bit more cautious.  I look over ideas at online sites then work with the local company directly.  

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42 minutes ago, Harley167 said: I am looking for advise. I have always booked excursions through the ship we were on. As they scare me wiht "we will leave port without you"....But we are doin g a Mediterranean Cruise and cost is significantly less using private tours such as Viator /Rome in Limo.Any thoughts appreciated.

Your Med cruse is a good opportunity to make use private tours at your ports.  You will have less people with you. The tour can be tailored to what you want to see.  The tour will be more time efficient allowing you to cover more sights.  And your tour may be cheaper than doing it through Celebrity depending on your group size..

My advice is to check out the Europe Ports of Call forum ( link ) to ask/get specific recommendations for guide/drivers.  We used RomeCabs when our ship stopped at Civitavecchia and were pretty pleased.  But there are other great ones out there.  My preference is to try to book with the guides directly to avoid paying the markup associated with ToursByLocals and Viator.  When we stayed in Rome before our transatlantic cruise in Nov 2022, we hired a private guide with an archeology education and work resume' to tour my wife and I through the Roman Forum and Ostia Antica because we had more time.

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Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

We have used Rome in Limo  many times. Fabulous company to work with. They have a stellar reputation to uphold and that means getting you back to the ship in plenty of time. We have now done 4 trips down the Amalfi Coast alone. We never worry when we are with them.  We have always been back at least an hour ahead of time. They are in constant contact with the other vehicles regarding traffic. On several occasions the Celebrity buses were a ways behind them.  We have never heard of anyone left behind.   When you see the Analfi Coast you will be so glad you are not on one of those buses!    

If you go down to the Port Boards/Europe/Italy there is a whole thread on Rome In Limo  alone.  They are enormously popular. Write to them and they are very good at answering questions promptly. 

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14 minutes ago, jwlane said: Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

If booking a non-Celebrity tour, go with a company that guarantees they will get you to the next port if they cannot get you back before the ship departs. For example, we used this company out of Naples:  Shore Excursions Private Tours Naples Amalfi Coast Sorrento (aptours.it)

Luckily, I do not have any actual instances of being left behind on a private excursion to share!

54 minutes ago, jwlane said: Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

I have three things-got-exciting-but-we-didn't-miss-our-ship stories.

1. Horizon, Mar 29 2005, Puerto Limon (cannot remember the port times)

My family of 4 including our two young children decided to hire a taxi driver to take us to a zip line that was about 40 minutes away from port.  In the middle of the activity, my wife crashed into a zipline platform and severely gashed her lower leg that would later require two layers of sutures.  It was late in the afternoon at the time.  While my wife was being worked on by the guides to stop the bleeding on the zipline platform, I was already thinking about what we would have to do if we missed the ship (Roatan, Honduras was the next port of call). 

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Our ziplining was aborted because of the accident but we were out in the middle of no where in the Costa Rican jungle and couldn't just get back to the parking lot in a couple minutes.  It would take several ziplines to get back near the parking lot (my wife had to ride in tandem with one of the guides).  It was a slow process partly because of the kids.  We finally got back to the parking lot where our taxi was waiting.  The driver drive through downtown Puerto Limon like we were in the French Connection movie.  We ran/hobbled down the pier just before the gangway was taken up.  Whew.

2. Constellation, Oct 23 2022, Toulon France (9:30am - 5:00pm)

We (party of 4) hired a private driver/guide to take us to Aix-en-Provence which is about an hour away from the pier in Toulon.  In the early afternoon on our way to Cassis, the passenger rear tire on our van blew out while we were on a going at a high rate of speed on the highway in the middle of nowhere.  Fortunately the driver was able to control the van and pull it over to the shoulder.

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Amazingly, the driver did not know how to change a tire and neither one of us in our party were really able to help him (that is a long story in of itself).  It probably was around 2pm and so we had time BUT the driver (after consulting YouTube) could not physically change out the tire and we were stranded.  Our driver tried to call for a taxi, but they were over an hour away.  Uber was over an hour away as well.  We were lucky: a good Samaritan stopped to help us and he got the tire changed.  We were probably stranded by the road side for at least an hour and by the time we were back on the road, we were all frazzled.  We asked the driver to take us directly back to the ship because we were just done.  We got back with an hour to spare.

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By the way, the blown tire was horribly bald and was not roadworthy.

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3. Solstice, Dec 28 2023, Phu My, Vietnam (7:00am - 5:00pm)

We had just concluded a very nice private tour of Ho Chi Minh City and I was walking on the gangway to board Solstice at about 4pm when my phone rang.  One of the members in our roll call was on their private tour and they were stuck in a massive traffic jam about 7 km away from the pier.  The pier is 1.3 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City by car, so it could have been worse.  This person asked me to let the ship know about their situation which I did.  Fortunately they were able to make it back to the ship 20 minutes before it was scheduled to leave at 5pm.  As it turned out, Solstice did not leave the pier until close to 7pm because a large number of Celebrity shore excursion buses (like around 20 of them!) were extremely late getting back to the ship.

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30 minutes ago, mahdnc said:   I have three things-got-exciting-but-we-didn't-miss-our-ship stories.   1. Horizon, Mar 29 2005, Puerto Limon (cannot remember the port times) My family of 4 including our two young children decided to hire a taxi driver to take us to a zip line that was about 40 minutes away from port.  In the middle of the activity, my wife crashed into a zipline platform and severely gashed her lower leg that would later require two layers of sutures.  It was late in the afternoon at the time.  While my wife was being worked on by the guides to stop the bleeding on the zipline platform, I was already thinking about what we would have to do if we missed the ship (Roatan, Honduras was the next port of call).      Our ziplining was aborted because of the accident but we were out in the middle of no where in the Costa Rican jungle and couldn't just get back to the parking lot in a couple minutes.  It would take several ziplines to get back near the parking lot (my wife had to ride in tandem with one of the guides).  It was a slow process partly because of the kids.  We finally got back to the parking lot where our taxi was waiting.  The driver drive through downtown Puerto Limon like we were in the French Connection movie.  We ran/hobbled down the pier just before the gangway was taken up.  Whew.     2. Constellation, Oct 23 2022, Toulon France (9:30am - 5:00pm) We (party of 4) hired a private driver/guide to take us to Aix-en-Provence which is about an hour away from the pier in Toulon.  In the early afternoon on our way to Cassis, the passenger rear tire on our van blew out while we were on a going at a high rate of speed on the highway in the middle of nowhere.  Fortunately the driver was able to control the van and pull it over to the shoulder.  

Always take the port agent phone number with you.

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5 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said: Always take the port agent phone number with you.

That'll do the "I turn the phone off and lock it in the safe" crowd a lot of good...

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1 hour ago, jwlane said: Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

Not us. It was actually Royal, but they clearly weren't on a ship's excursion. We were on the second day of an overnight stay in Reykjavik. We were probably 30-45 minutes late departing already when a car came rushing up and what was clearly a 12 or so year old boy came running up to the still down gangway (everything else was in already). Apparently the family had sent him ahead to try to stop the ship from leaving them. Didn't work. The rest of the group drove up in a taxi 15 minutes or so later as we left the pier. 

This was after we'd watched a couple of other groups come driving into the parking lot and running with bags of shopping to the ship. They did make it, barely.

Next stop was back in the UK two days later... 

Wow thise are quite the stories.  The only time we were late was a Celebrity Excursion in Costa Rica. As soon as our bus and two others drove up the gangway went up.  Ours was due to crazy heavy traffic. 

We have seen several pier runners and others who were left behind.  But there is no way of knowing that they were late due to an independent excursion. 

We saw a young woman in a bathing suit pushing a stroller with a young child run down the pier in Bermuda as her NCL ship was pulling away from the pier.  Who knows what caused her to be late?  Maybe just lost track of time at the local beach at the Dockyard. And, no, the ship did not come back.

Another couple missed our ship in Cozumel and were brought out to us about a mile from the pier in a small boat and were able to board then.  Turned out they were at a bar nearby and lost track of the time while drinking. 

So you never know the reasons and can't always assume it was due to an independent excursion.

1 hour ago, markeb said:   That'll do the "I turn the phone off and lock it in the safe" crowd a lot of good...

Well that's a whole other story if they leave their phone on board while they are off the ship.  No way I would ever do that.  Your phone could become your lifeline on shore.

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4 hours ago, jwlane said: Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

This was not on Celebrity - and it did not happen to me, but I was told it directly from a HAL shore excursions crew member on a whale watching tour I was on and THEN heard a podcast (I think it was RadioLab) where the exact situation was recounted by someone who worked on the excursion, so it was not just cruise crew-member speak.

It involved one of the helicopter trips for dog sledding on a glacier in Alaska. There were 2 HAL ships in port with people on excursions as well as people from both ships who had booked privately. Well, as can happen in Alaska, weather moved in and the helicopters were not able to get back up to them. All the guests had to sleep in the mushers' camp overnight and the ships had to sail. When the helicopters were able to get back to them, those on the HAL excursions were either put on a train or a boat to catch up with their respective ships - and HAL fully covered paying the mushers' camp for the food and lodging as well as the transportation back to the ships. Those on independent excursions were stuck dealing with the company to cover payment and figuring out how to get back to their ship - especially the one on the boat since HAL specifically chartered the boat for those on their excursions (I suspect the ones needing the train could have used that...it just would depend on how long settling things with the independent company took).

I was also on a Southbound Alaska cruise on RCCL the following summer. I was with a running group, and about half opted for the train from Anchorage while the rest of us were on a bus. The bus got there no issues. I didn't know until dinner that the train had just gotten there. Turns out there was an accident on the one road between Anchorage and Seward that was life-flight extraction bad and shut the road down for several hours. RCCL held all busses that had not yet left. They were able to stop the train near an exit and got as many passengers from busses already on the road onto the train as they could. The captain announced that we would be departing once the final bus arrived and thus missing Hubbard Glacier (I'd have rather we skipped Icy Strait Point). He went ahead and did Muster with those of us on board and all who arrived once the road reopened were directed to the theater after dropping their things in their cabin and he did a Muster minus the ship-wide alarm for them. (We were very grateful for that as he would have been within his rights to require all of us to do a traditional Muster.) Well, in ISP I was taking the shuttle into Houna and met a couple who had done private transportation to Seward and were stuck in the mess. Their driver figured out they were behind the final bus and worked to get them in front of it. They pulled in just before the final bus and said that the gates closed immediately as that bus pulled in. They both said they had learned especially with things far from the port to stick with the ship-based things.

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5 hours ago, jwlane said: Can anyone relate actual instances of being left behind while on a non-Celebrity excursion?

We actually came close.  But it was on a Celebrity excursion where the bus broke down...

2 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:   Another couple missed our ship in Cozumel and were brought out to us about a mile from the pier in a small boat and were able to board then.  Turned out they were at a bar nearby and lost track of the time while drinking.    So you never know the reasons and can't always assume it was due to an independent excursion.

Did this happen on a Celebrity Ship. Have never heard of this being allowed or  done before. 

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5 hours ago, mahdnc said:   Your Med cruse is a good opportunity to make use private tours at your ports.  You will have less people with you. The tour can be tailored to what you want to see.  The tour will be more time efficient allowing you to cover more sights.  And your tour may be cheaper than doing it through Celebrity depending on your group size..   My advice is to check out the Europe Ports of Call forum ( link ) to ask/get specific recommendations for guide/drivers.  We used RomeCabs when our ship stopped at Civitavecchia and were pretty pleased.  But there are other great ones out there.  My preference is to try to book with the guides directly to avoid paying the markup associated with ToursByLocals and Viator.  When we stayed in Rome before our transatlantic cruise in Nov 2022, we hired a private guide with an archeology education and work resume' to tour my wife and I through the Roman Forum and Ostia Antica because we had more time.

Our preferred choice is Toursbylocals. You deal direct with the guide, pay via the head office in Canada, full refund if the ship doesn't dock or your are refused disembarkation, you can pay extra for "cancel for any reason insurance"  (if you take this option and don't cancel the premium is credited to your account to use on a future booking,  if you miss the ship TBL will pay to get you to the next port.  We choose a guide with a vehicle that holds  6 to 8 and share with one other couple ( we like the space).

No it was RCCL.  And it surprised us as well.  But we were about a mile off the pier when a small boat came rapidly along side from the docks adjacent to the pier, and as it approached the ship slowed and crew from the open gangway assisted the couple onto the ship.  I believe the port agent must have called to tell the Captain that a boat would be approaching because the crew seemed ready when they arrived. 

To add, a guy next to us on the upper deck was leaning over to watch this unfold when his sunglasses fell off his head and landed in the boat.  The guy picked them up and after he got on board found his way up to where we were to return them.  That is how we learned that they were drinking at a bar and lost track of the time.  Apparently they paid the small boat owner to take them out to the ship. 

I know it sounds unbelievable but I can't - and wouldn't - make this stuff up!  I also have a video of it somewhere on a memory stick.

Not quite the same but on Royal on the day after that the Cruise Director had said that it was very rare to leave anyone a group missed the ship. I say "group" it was actually the ship's orchestra. The crew were taking bets if they would be sacked on the spot or allowed back on board at the next port. They were let back on as the ship needed them for the show and as we disembarked the next day we never did hear what happened.

1 minute ago, the penguins said: Our preferred choice is Toursbylocals. You deal direct with the guide, pay via the head office in Canada, full refund if the ship doesn't dock or your are refused disembarkation, you can pay extra for "cancel for any reason insurance"  (if you take this option and don't cancel the premium is credited to your account to use on a future booking,  if you miss the ship TBL will pay to get you to the next port.  We choose a guide with a vehicle that holds  6 to 8 and share with one other couple ( we like the space).

That's a good choice as well and we have booked through them for our Dec Asia cruise/Africa trip and we have booked a couple TBLs for next year's Trans-Pacific sailing.

Many of the private guides that we have hired outside of TBL do not require any up front payment.  TBL charges the guide 30% so some/all of that fee is passed on to the customer (versus hiring the same guide outside of TBL) although you have pointed out what that buys you.

4 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said: Always take the port agent phone number with you.

Agreed - you can always borrow a phone.

Just now, the penguins said: Not quite the same but on Royal on the day after that the Cruise Director had said that it was very rare to leave anyone a group missed the ship. I say "group" it was actually the ship's orchestra. The crew were taking bets if they would be sacked on the spot or allowed back on board at the next port. They were let back on as the ship needed them for the show and as we disembarked the next day we never did hear what happened.

We just listened to the Cruise Directors talk on the Celebrity Beyond.  She answered all kinds of questions on what goes on behind the scenes.  She talked about this and Cruise staff that miss the ship are in a huge amt of trouble and essentially  loose their jobs.   

4 minutes ago, mahdnc said:   That's a good choice as well and we have booked through them for our Dec Asia cruise/Africa trip and we have booked a couple TBLs for next year's Trans-Pacific sailing.   Many of the private guides that we have hired outside of TBL do not require any up front payment.  TBL charges the guide 30% so some/all of that fee is passed on to the customer (versus hiring the same guide outside of TBL) although you have pointed out what that buys you.

I like the upfront payment part it sort of guarantees the booking. Guides through TBL also only get paid after they have done the tour. 

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Experience one of the most stunning, scenic train rides in North America aboard an Alaska Railroads railcar from the Seward cruise ship dock to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Just steps from the cruise ship terminal in Seward, you’ll be welcomed aboard your Alaska Railroad Cruise Train bound for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. You’ll travel along the Coastal Classic Route on this 4 1/2 hour picturesque journey. Your train pulls from Seward, skirting the edge of picturesque Kenai Lake, before rising into a waterfall-laced mountain valley offering a stunning view of Trail Glacier.

The tracks wind through a series of mountain tunnels and past Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers before emerging along the coastline of Turnagain Arm. Here, dramatic views of steep mountains plunging into the sea before the train pulls into the depot at the Anchorage Airport. A short enclosed walkway connects passengers to the departures terminal.

  • Adult from: € 139,70 EUR
  • Child from: € 111,57 EUR

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Duration 4 hrs

Enjoy a spectacularly scenic drive through the Kenai Peninsula and stop at a wildlife center before being dropped off at the Hospitality Center in Anchorage. Along the way, commentary will describe the history of this wonderfully pristine alpine area. The views will be particularly stunning from Turnagain Pass – the highest point on the Seward Highway – and as you come out of the majestic mountains towards the waterway Turnagain Arm. Although it’s possible to spot a beluga whale in this inlet, you will definitely see a variety of iconic fauna at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a facility that rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals. They often include reindeer, brown bear and wood bison, as well as smaller mammals such as bald eagles and Canadian lynx. While following the coastal highway to Anchorage, you will pass Alaska’s largest ski resort at Girdwood and perhaps observe a bore tide so dramatic that it forms waves large enough for surfing.

• Drive through the spectacular mountain landscape of the Kenai Peninsula. • See injured and orphaned wildlife being cared for at a conservation center. • Follow a coastal road along the sparkling waters of Turnagain Arm and look for whales. • Enjoy the facilities of the Hospitality Center in Anchorage after being dropped off.

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  • Adult from: € 130,32 EUR

celebrity cruise seward shore excursions

Enjoy a spectacularly scenic drive through the Kenai Peninsula and stop at a wildlife center before departing for the airport in Anchorage. Along the way, commentary will describe the history of this wonderfully pristine alpine area. The views will be particularly stunning from Turnagain Pass – the highest point on the Seward Highway – and as you come out of the majestic mountains towards the waterway Turnagain Arm. Although it’s possible to spot a beluga whale in this inlet, you will definitely see a variety of iconic fauna at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a facility that rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals. They often include reindeer, brown bear and wood bison, as well as smaller mammals such as bald eagles and Canadian lynx. While following the coastal highway to Anchorage, you will pass Alaska’s largest ski resort at Girdwood and perhaps observe a bore tide so dramatic that it forms waves large enough for surfing.

• Drive through the spectacular mountain landscape of the Kenai Peninsula. • See injured and orphaned wildlife being cared for at a conservation center. • Follow a coastal road along the sparkling waters of Turnagain Arm and look for whales. • Arrive at the airport in Anchorage in plenty of time for your flight.

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Experience one of the most stunning, scenic train rides in North America aboard an Alaska Railroads railcar from the Seward cruise ship dock to the Anchorage Hospitality Center.

Just steps from the cruise ship terminal in Seward, you’ll be welcomed aboard your Alaska Railroad Cruise Train bound towards Anchorage Hospitality Center. You’ll travel along the Coastal Classic Route on this 4 1/2 hour picturesque journey. Your train pulls from Seward, skirting the edge of picturesque Kenai Lake, before rising into a waterfall-laced mountain valley offering a stunning view of Trail Glacier.

The tracks wind through a series of mountain tunnels and past Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers before emerging along the coastline of Turnagain Arm. Here, dramatic views of steep mountains plunging into the sea before the train pulls into the Anchorage Hospitality Center. The Anchorage Hospitality center is located in the heart of town with restaurants and shops conveniently nearby.

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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

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תמונות מוצגות לצורך הדגמה בלבד, הן משמשות כדי לייצג את חוויית הסיור ועלולות שלא לתאר במדויק את הסיור, המיקום או הפעילות.

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The remarkable scenery of Glacier Bay is a highlight on many Alaskan cruise itineraries.

Embark on a journey through Alaska's pristine wilderness aboard a cruise ship, where you can experience the awe-inspiring nature of the last American frontier in comfort.

As you glide past icy fjords and into secluded bays, seize the chance to witness magnificent glaciers up close, and keep your eyes peeled for the mighty bears, whales and eagles that call this rugged landscape home.

However, don't make the mistake of thinking you’ll have peace and quiet. Remote it may be, but Alaska is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations.

Ports such as Skagway can accommodate up to four large cruise ships at once. Smaller ports can easily become overwhelmed with visitors, while popular shore excursions sell out well in advance. As such, there’s a lot to understand about Alaska cruises before booking.

Cruise Lines In Alaska

Most major cruise lines sail in Alaska, ranging from large, modern ships full of amenities, down to smaller, older ships with more outside space and a relaxed vibe. Expedition cruises on even smaller ships focus more on wildlife and geology.

When picking a line and ship, consider your choice of cabin carefully. Although inside cabins offer a cheaper deal, the value of a balcony cabin shouldn't be underestimated. On scenic cruising days, you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape—and potentially wildlife—without jostling for position.

Alaska Cruise Itineraries Explained

There are two main types of Alaskan cruise itinerary: the Inside Passage roundtrip, and a one-way Gulf voyage. Each route offers unique opportunities to see both glaciers and wildlife, with specifics depending on the season.

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Alaska is a popular cruise destination in the summer.

Seven-night Inside Passage cruises typically depart from hubs like Seattle or Vancouver, calling at popular stops like Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway. Many feature a scenic cruising tour of the breathtaking Glacier Bay National Park.

For example, this 7-night itinerary on Norwegian Encore including all those highlights is available between April and October in both 2024 and 2025.

For those seeking deeper exploration, one-way Gulf voyages include the highlights of the Inside Passage route, but also venture closer to the Arctic Circle. Typically, such itineraries start or end at Whittier or Seward near Anchorage.

This 7-night itinerary from Celebrity Cruises includes port calls at Sitka, the historic Icy Strait Point, and scenic cruising of the Hubbard Glacier on the way from Vancouver to Seward.

Some cruise lines combine Gulf voyages with curated tours before or after the cruise for a comprehensive Alaska experience. Such tour packages include famous rail journeys, visits to Denali National Park, and optional overnight stays in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Longer Alaskan cruise itineraries, especially those on smaller ships or expedition lines, may include remote locales like Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Islands.

Port Excursions In Alaska

Exploring ashore on guided excursions is a highlight of any Alaskan cruise. Each port offers unique opportunities to engage with the natural environment and local culture, but the popularity of cruising in the region means advance booking is essential.

Some of the most popular tours may fill up just days after they go on sale, in some cases months before the actual cruise. Consider independent tour options, but read the terms and conditions carefully and check for reviews from previous cruisers.

Mendenhall Glacier is a popular cruise excursion from Juneau on Alaska cruises.

Alaskan capital Juneau is renowned for its glacier tours and wildlife viewing opportunities. The hike through backcountry to the Mendenhall glacier requires a good level of physical fitness, while whale watching boat trips are just as popular.

The historic Skagway train tour along the Klondike route in a vintage coach, featuring stunning vistas and rich gold rush era history, is a must-do.

Cultural tours in Ketchikan often include visits to the Saxman Native Village, where totem poles and traditional dance performances offer insight into the local Tlingit culture.

When To Cruise Alaska

Alaska is not a year-round cruising spot, and the season is shorter than most leading cruise destinations. Alaska’s cruising season ranges from late April to late September.

April : Expect relatively dry days, though not completely devoid of light showers and fog. Bears are only just emerging from their winter slumber so sightings are unlikely, but you may see eagles and humpback whales.

May : With more ship options, relatively dry weather, long hours of daylight, and good value fares, May is a popular time to cruise Alaska before the peak. Wildlife, including migrating shorebirds, whales, and bears, are more visible.

June : Mild temperatures and long daylight hours—up to 19 per day—provide optimal cruising conditions. Enjoy vibrant greenery and more wildlife sightings, but prepare for the possibility of mosquitoes (especially on trips inland) and variable weather.

July : July brings mild temperatures, often reaching the 70s, but it's also the start of the wetter period. Expect long hours of daylight ideal for wildlife sightings, including salmon runs and bear activity. However, peak cruise season means high fares, busier ships, and busier ports. Local produce starts to feature heavily on menus shoreside.

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August : Expect rain, with daytime temperatures in the low to mid-60s and nights cooling to the upper 40s, and ample wildlife viewing opportunities, as bears and bald eagles are active near salmon streams. Fares, along with the number of daylight hours, fall later in the month.

September : Expect cooler temperatures and frequent rain, which may risk the success of outdoor excursions. Despite less demand, wildlife viewing remains good with bears still active near salmon streams and whales still present in coastal waters. September also offers a chance to see the northern lights .

What To Pack For Alaska Cruises

Packing smart for an Alaska cruise means being prepared for both adventure in the great outdoors and the comforts of cruise life.

An Alaskan journey demands attire for cooler climates. Essentials include a fleece jacket, thermal socks, and a warm hat to combat the cold, along with sweaters and thermal underwear for effective layering. Waterproof gear such as a reliable rain jacket and waterproof pants are crucial for unexpected rain or snow showers.

You should also consider waterproof bags to protect your electronics and important documents during shore excursions.

Sun protection is vital due to the deceptive Alaskan sun. High SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are necessary to guard against UV rays and snow glare.

Footwear should include waterproof hiking boots for rugged terrain and slip-proof sandals for the deck, accompanied by thermal or wool socks for additional warmth.

For shore excursions, a collapsible backpack and a thermal water bottle will keep you organized and hydrated, while binoculars can greatly enhance wildlife tours. A simple first aid kit, sea-sickness bands, and insect repellent are other wise packing choices.

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Discover the must-sees and best kept secrets of Seward with excursions during the land tour portion of your Alaska Cruisetour vacation. Go deep into Alaska’s magnificent mainland to explore local life and culture on the following included excursions.

Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise

Set sail on a 4-hour narrated journey around the Kenai Peninsula. Learn the history of Resurrection Bay and enjoy stunning coastline views of majestic forests, coves, and waters that are home to many species, including orcas, sea otters, and bald eagles. Then, savor a delicious buffet-style lunch on the remote Fox Island.

Included with Cruisetours: 7A and 7B

Seward Dock Walk and Salmon Tasting

Experience the natural wonder of Seward on a walk along its beautiful harbor with a local guide. Learn about the area’s rich fishing history while sampling some of the most delicious locally produced smoked salmon.

Included with Cruisetours: 9A and 9B

Alaska Sealife Center

Learn about Alaska’s diverse marine life and ecosystem at the Alaska SeaLife Center. As the state’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center, this is the perfect opportunity to get up close to puffins, octopuses, and sea lions. The amazing research, animal care, and other work by the center’s staff specialists contributes to the scientific understanding of marine mammals, birds, and fish in the arctic and subarctic.

Included with Cruisetours: 3A, 3B, 5A and 5B

Experience More in Seward, Alaska

Go further on your Alaska Cruisetour with the following Seward excursions that are available during the land portion of your vacation. These exciting Seward experiences can be booked through your tour director at an additional cost.

Optional Excursions

Wilderness dog sled ride.

Take a peek inside the life of Seward’s own Iditarod racing family and see what it takes to prepare the musher and sled dogs for the world’s most demanding race. Tour the racing kennels, cuddle puppies, and climb aboard a custom wheeled sled for a thrilling two-mile sled ride from Seavey Homestead to the base of Resurrection Mountain.

Cost: $80 per adult; $40 per child  Duration:  1.5-2 hrs..

Available with Cruisetours:  6A, 6B, 7A & 7B

Stoney Creek Canopy Adventure

Take a tour through the Pacific Temperate Rainforest on a zipline adventure like no other. Experience nine separate and exciting ziplines, three suspension bridges, a spiral staircase, and a rappel while clipped in at all times from beginning to end. It’s an exhilarating tour filled with anticipation and discovery.

Cost:  $154 per adult; $123 per child   Duration:  3 hrs.

Available with Cruisetours:  6B & 7B

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It’s all about the luxe life (Picture: Silverseas)

If you’ve been addicted to TikTok’s nine month cruise , and scrolled through pictures of the world’s largest cruise ship , you’re going to want to know about this oh-so- bougie offering, where guests are treated to the ultimate spa experience at sea.

First launched on the luxury liner, Silver Dawn, by Silversea Cruises, the ‘spa concept’ is said to be inspired by the lavish lifestyle of the Roman elite .

And while you’re not about to enter into a world of gladiators, feasts and orgies, it is all rather indulgent.

In fact, the concept was originally inspired by the pandemic: a chance for instant, decadent gratification, after literal years of being locked away inside.

So perhaps it’s no surprise it’s been nominated for an award in wellness (alongside Explora Journeys, Viking, Emerald Cruises, Amawaterways, Virgin Voyages and Swan Hellenic in the coveted wellness category) in the Sailawaze Excellence Awards in May .

The Otium Spa (Latin for ‘free time’), offers 100 minute-long signature treatments. Yep, 100 whole minutes where you’re kneaded and prodded into the land of ultimate relaxation.

Their treatment menu includes The Otium, a massage involving a mix of oils infused with shea butter, raspberry and chamomile. The Appollonian Spirit will ease tired muscles, and the Divine Experience includes a scalp, neck, shoulder and hand massage.

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You’ll need deep pockets though, as each of these treatments cost a whopping $399. You can also get a little tweakment on board too, with wrinkle and dermal filler treatments meaning you could return to land looking 10 years younger.

And, as you hop from thermal spa to steam room to aromatherapy bath, you can enjoy champagne and caviar, 24 hours a day. It’d be rude not to.

There’s also cocktails, macarons, and chocolates on offer, and you’ll find fresh fruit and infused waters if you want to err on the side of healthy. The soothing music played throughout is also inspired by ancient Rome.

Sauna by the sea (Picture: Silversea)

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But don’t think the Roman-esque vibes stop once you leave the spa.

Back in your cabin, there’s the Otium balcony experience. On chilly days, guests can order cashmere blankets and hot chocolate from their personal butler to be enjoyed on their veranda.

Roman inspired music is piped throughout (Picture: Silverseas)

There’s also the ‘food and chill’ experience, where your brings comfort food to your door. But this isn’t Doritos, dip and a dairy milk. The comfort food menu includes foie gras burgers and lobster on brioche.

And, when it’s time for bed, you can choose a pillow from a vast menu, curl up on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, and if you want to go all out, you can ask your butler to fill them room with their signature ‘sleeping scent’. We’re feeling dozy already.

Prices on Silver Nova start at £2,950 (Picture: Silverseas)

The Otium spa is available on three Silversea ships: Silver Dawn and Silver Nova. And of course, a luxury experience comes with a price tag.

The cheapest available voyage on the Silver Nova goes from Seward (Alaska) to Canada, for seven days and costs £2,950 per person (excluding off shore experiences).

On Silver Nova, the cheapest cruise goes from Stockholm to Copenhagen (or you can do the same trip in reverse) for £5,750 per person for seven days, taking in sites in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland along the way.

If you were wondering who else was nominated in the wellness category of the Sailawaze Excellence Awards (of which Metro is a partner of), we’ve got you.

Swan Hellenic has partnered with physician and author Deepak Chopra to create ‘Explore & Restore’ wellbeing voyages. Here you’ll find Chopra-certified meditation and yoga teachers offer daily private and group sessions with itineraries including Ayurvedic culinary offerings, daily meditation, yoga and breath-work classes.

Viking has its Nordic Spa, which features a Snow Grotto filled with manmade snow – based on the Scandinavian bathing ritual (involving alternating hot and cold therapies). The spa also includes an experience shower, an ice bucket beauty salon and more.

Virgin Voyages has its Athletic Club – designed like a retro athletic social club – which features a boxing ring, an outdoor active training camp, a basketball court and a cold-pressed juice bar. By night, the catamaran net provides a perfect spot for stargazing.

AmaWaterways Wellness nomination is the AmaMagna: the first river cruise ship to offer a full-sized pickleball court. Onboard classes offer workout classes such as ’champagne yoga’ on selected sailings with the Mekong cruises offering unique wellness activities like tea ceremonies, tai chi, yoga, and guided meditation.

Emerald Cruises has fitness activities including guided hikes and bike rides, plus canoeing and kayaking excursions, with dedicated on board spas and professionally trained treatment therapists. A wellness coach is on hand to provide fitness advice and group lessons, including open-air yoga and water aerobics and a state-of-the-art infrared sauna on Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara is also your wellness mate. The cruises promote space, relaxation, and a more personalised service, with the crew addressing guests by their first names and remembering their favourite drinks.

Finally, Explora Journeys has in-suite apps for guided meditation, morning stretches, sleep-boosting soundtracks and exercise videos, as well as open-air workout facilities and a fitness centre and studio equipped with Pilates Reformers and Technogym equipment. That comes with expert-led retreat programmes for immune boosting and sleep and a spa that features a Finnish sauna, Himalayan salt cave and multi-sensory experience showers.

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These amazing shore excursions will make you want to book a cruise

From a private concert in Venice to an Arctic hike with an adventure photographer, be inspired by these unique shore excursions

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But more often than not, the real highlights of your cruise will be the shore excursions, when you dock in hard-to-reach parts of the coast or sail into historic port towns to discover the local culture and history.

But what are shore excursions and how can you make sure you're getting the most out of them on your cruise?

What is a shore excursion?

Put simply, shore excursions are the activities you enjoy in the ports you dock in during your cruise .

While there might be activities to get involved with on board, depending on your cruise line, the most memorable days will be those spent exploring the cities, towns, and natural landscapes you're sailing to.

The nature of these excursions will vary depending on your destination and the cruise line you're travelling with.

Some itineraries include plenty of free time to explore different ports at your own pace (like Good Housekeeping's 15-day Caribbean and Antilles cruise ), while others involve a full schedule of included activities with expert local hosts.

Are shore excursions worth it?

Whether it's worth booking a cruise with a lot of cruise excursions will depend on what you want from your holiday.

Shore excursions are best for those who want to learn about a destination's history, culture, architecture, and cuisine . If you're looking for pure and simple relaxation, a cruise with plenty of free time to sunbathe on rooftop decks and swim in clear ocean waters might be more your cup of tea.

For those who want to delve into the culture of the destinations they're visiting, shore excursions are a highlight.

They're never compulsory, so if you want to spend a day relaxing on board or exploring independently, that's always an option. But some shore excursions really are too good to miss.

One of the best things about these activities is that you don't have to spend too much time researching the best tour guides, navigating local transport, and buying tickets for local attractions.

The best shore excursions handle all this for you, so you just need to turn up on time and enjoy your day in the safe hands of expert guides.

Which cruise lines have the best shore excursions?

Most major cruise lines offer a good range of shore excursions, sometimes included in the cost of your cruise, and sometimes at a supplement.

Princess has won awards for their shore excursions and partners with local experts to create authentic experiences with first-hand insights. How about tasting local honey and cheeses with the owner of a countryside retreat in Auckland? Or taking in the local craft beer scene in Tallinn with a master brewer?

Silversea is another line with a great selection of activities to choose from. It offers a special Silver Shore Concierge, with personalised planning for independent on-shore experiences.

Uniworld is another line that has created some fabulous cruise excursions that you won't find anywhere else. Due to its small ship size , Uniworld is now the only luxury cruise line to sail through the heart of Venice .

Once there, you can enjoy special shore excursions like visiting the famous Rialto market and exploring St Mark's Basilica after hours to see an atmospheric lighting ceremony.

What are the best shore excursions?

Just as there are various types of cruise — from boutique river cruises to epic expedition voyages — there are also many different kinds of shore excursion, from authentic foodie experiences to archaeological tours.

The best ones are those that allow you to discover the true essence of a destination in a way that suits you. Our advice is to take your time to choose the right cruise line, do your research, and pick a sailing with activities that most appeal to you.

To help get your research kick-started, we've rounded up some of the best shore excursions available from Good Housekeeping Holidays' cruises, with wine tastings in sunny vineyards along the Douro and market visits with celebrity chefs part of our exclusive offering.

Visit Torcello's ancient basilica with an art historian

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There's so much to discover on a cruise around the Venetian Lagoon, from St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, to hidden gems around Venice and the lagoon's islands.

One of our favourite shore excursions on our upcoming Venetian cruise is a visit to the island Torcello's famous basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. You'll have exclusive access before doors open to the public to see the stunning 11th-century mosaic of the Last Judgment without the crowds and with the company of an expert art historian. Situated in the north of the lagoon, Torcello is an excellent place to escape the city crowds and find peace from Venice.

And back on board the Uniworld ship, you can look forward to an exclusive event with top chef James Martin, who will host a talk, Q&A and book signing, as well as craft and cook a mouthwatering gala dinner one evening.

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Taste some of the Douro Valley's best wines at the Quinta da Roeda estate

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A cruise along Portugal's Douro River Valley is all about the wine. This world-famous valley holds UNESCO status and is the world's very first demarcated wine region. It's famous for its full-bodied, sweet port wines, as well as several non-fortified varieties.

On Good Housekeeping's Douro cruise you'll have several chances to taste these mouthwatering wines. A highlight is a stop to taste some of the region’s famous ports at the Quinta da Roeda estate, near Pinhão. You'll take a guided tour of the estate and see its extensive terraced vineyard that sweeps the north bank of the Douro before tasting the excellent Croft Port, which is produced here.

See Russell Watson perform at an exclusive concert in Venice

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While many shore excursions are about discovering a location's most intriguing landmarks and landscapes, some cruises offer exclusive, on-shore events to make your cruise that bit more special.

As part of Good Housekeeping's cruise of the Veneto lagoon, for example, you'll enjoy an exclusive evening with Russell Watson, one of the UK's best-loved classical artists.

For lovers of opera, shore excursions hardly get better than this. The virtuoso tenor will perform an intimate concert to an audience of around 125 guests at an amazing venue in the heart of Venice. He'll also give an exclusive talk, and you'll have the chance to get a complimentary CD signed by the man himself.

Hike to Norway's Briksdal Glacier with a local geologist

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The best Norway cruises are all about nature, with shore excursions that allow you to get up close and personal with the stunning natural landscapes found along the country's coast and on the banks of its exquisite fjords.

Good Housekeeping's Norway cruise is packed with a whole host of wonderful shore excursions, but a real highlight will be the opportunity to hike up to the Briksdal Glacier with a local geologist.

Briksdal was formed thousands of years ago and an expert guide will tell you more about this glacier and others like it in the region. While still breathtaking, Briksdal has retreated around 859m in the last century, a stark reminder of the effects of climate change.

Take a walk along Norway's Arctic coast with an adventure photographer

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Another brilliant chance to immerse yourself in Norway's nature comes on an exclusive cruise with a very special guest - research diver and cameraman scientist Doug Allan, who has worked on David Attenborough's Blue Planet. Doug has won seven Emmys and five BAFTAs, and has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

There are lots of shore excursions to look forward to on this cruise, but a highlight for budding nature photographers will be an Arctic Coastal walk with Doug, who'll share his expertise and insights and help you capture these unique landscapes on camera.

The cruise departs at exactly the right time of year to spot the incredible Northern Lights , too, so you might get the chance to snap a showstopper pic of this otherworldly phenomenon.

See Vienna's famous Lipizzaner horses in training with Lucy Worsley

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Vienna is packed to the brim with culture, from classical music venues where Mozart once played, to baroque palaces, beautifully-tended gardens and grand coffee houses. The city is also home to the Spanish Riding School, where beautiful Lipizzaner horses have been trained to perform a special equine dance for hundreds of years.

On Good Housekeeping's Danube cruise you'll make an exclusive visit to the Royal Lipizzaner Stables with historian Lucy Worsley, where you'll get a fascinating insight into the training work of the riders and their beautiful Lipizzaner stallions.

On arrival, you'll enjoy an aperitif and an introductory talk before seeing the training of the young stallions in the imperial atmosphere of the baroque winter riding school, accompanied by classical Viennese music.

Visit a food market in Kalna with Atul Kochhar on a cruise of India

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Any India cruise is bound to include plenty of opportunities to savour the country's delicious cuisine. Good Housekeeping's cruise along the Ganges is no exception. You'll be joined by a special guest, top chef Atul Kochhar, who'll give a talk and Q&A about his illustrious career, from winning his first Michelin star at Tamarind in London to opening his own restaurant, Benares, which won him his second.

Look forward to a brilliant shore excursion with Atul; a visit to a colourful market in Kalna, where you can pick up some fragrant spices and wonderful souvenirs. Atul will give an insight into some of the ingredients available here and take some back to the ship for a cooking demonstration later in the day, where he'll share his passion for Indian cuisine.

See the fascinating temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

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The Mekong River has so many archeological gems, ancient religious sites, and vibrant cities along its banks that you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shore excursions. But if we had to choose a favourite on our epic 17-day cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, it might be a visit to Cambodia's vast temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

This is the world's largest religious building, and it's scale is simply jaw-dropping, covering an incredible 400 km2. The temples were originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, but over time has become used as a site of worship for Buddhist monks and nuns. Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site with an English speaking guide on our bucket-list Mekong cruise.

Learn about traditional Ainu culture on Japan's Hokkaido island

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One of the best things about shore excursions is that they can help you learn about the diverse indigenous cultures of the places you're visiting. For example, many Japan cruises will take you to Hokkaido, where you can get to know the ancient Ainu culture and explore the sprawling wilderness of the country's northernmost island.

Hokkaido is the only spot among Japan's main islands where a non-Japanese indigenous culture has survived as an important identity. On Good Housekeeping's Japan cruise, you'll enjoy a shore excursion to see the cornerstones of Ainu culture, like beautiful attush robes, traditional dances, and a distinct cuisine.

The Ainu are also famous for their crafts, which you'll see all over Hokkaido, from intricate wood carvings to colourful embroidery with symmetrical patterns.

See the prettiest Christmas markets along the Rhine

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As far as festive cruise excursions go, you can hardly beat a trip to a traditional European Christmas market. On a cruise along the Rhine, you can tick several off your wish list in one go, perhaps picking up some unique Christmas gifts as you go.

That's exactly what you'll do on Good Housekeeping's cruise along the Rhine in early December. There are several market visits to look forward to, but one of the highlights is bound to be a visit to the enchanting Mainz Christmas Market.

This is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and its historic festive market is located on the Domplatz, with chalet stalls adorned with twinkling fairy lights set against a backdrop of the illuminated Mainz Cathedral.

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The 16 Best Alaska Cruise Excursions for 2024

A cruise to Alaska is one of the best ways to visit many parts of the 49th state, including the Inside Passage and the southeastern port towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. You can also see dozens of glaciers on a cruise, plus remote places reachable only by water, like Glacier National Park & Preserve. Traveling by ship allows you to get closer to one-of-a-kind experiences in Alaska's interior, especially if you extend your vacation with a cruisetour (a package that includes the cruise and a land portion either before or after your voyage).

When it comes to excursions, many cruise lines offer the same experiences ashore for larger ports of call, often with a slight variation in the itinerary. The most popular tours highlight the best activities and attractions, such as the Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour in Juneau, the Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan and the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in Skagway. You'll also find entertaining offerings from cruise lines that call on smaller, less visited ports, like Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Sitka, Seward and Haines.

While some tours cost less than $100, don't be surprised to find over-the-top experiences that run about $750 per person – such as heli-flightseeing tours, where you'll land on a glacier and go dog-sledding with a team of Alaskan huskies. If you're comfortable with going it on your own, you might find lower prices on some excursions by booking directly with tour operators. Alaskan outfitters are used to working around cruise ship arrival and departure times, so their tours tend to fit into those schedules.

U.S. News has compiled this list to help you find the best Alaska cruise excursions, from the most popular (and affordable) options to once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

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Even though it's surrounded by water and mountains – and there's no road into town – Juneau is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. You'll find plenty to do in Alaska's capital, including whale watching tours, salmon bakes and more.

Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the top attractions in Juneau, so many tours include a visit to the Tongass National Forest to view the 12-mile-long sheet of blue ice. Some cruise lines, like Princess Cruises , offer self-guided trekking excursions that include a ride on the Juneau Goldbelt Tram, which affords views of the Chilkat Mountains and other panoramic scenery. You can also opt to see the glacier from the water by boat or kayak, or on a float trip.

However, if you're going to splurge on any one excursion, it's this one: Sign up for a helicopter landing on Mendenhall Glacier, followed by a dog-sledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies. During the approximately 30-minute helicopter ride, you'll fly over rainforests and spectacular summits, but the real fun is when you arrive at the camp to go zipping through the snow led by your team of dogs and a professional musher.

The Mendenhall Glacier helicopter excursion is offered on Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises.

Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest

Whale watching is another top activity when visiting Juneau, and many cruise lines offer several options for tours. Holland America Line has a five-hour, small-group excursion for just 20 guests; you'll search for humpback whales on a safari vessel, then hike on Mendenhall Glacier where you can look for beavers, Arctic terns, porcupines and black bears. If you prefer an even smaller group, Princess Cruises offers a 3.5-hour private whale watching tour for six people. Possible sightings include humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, eagles, harbor seals, lighthouses, glaciers and maybe even a bear along the shoreline.

One of Viking Ocean Cruises ' excursions, the Best of Juneau, lasts more than six hours and takes guests on a naturalist-led whale watching cruise by catamaran. Before heading back to shore, you'll have a lunch of local wild-caught Alaska salmon on remote Colt Island, followed by a scenic drive to Mendenhall Glacier to end the day.

Alaska whale watching and wildlife excursions are offered on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Taku Lodge Salmon Bake

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 3.5-hour Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast excursion that will tick several quintessential Alaska adventures off your bucket list. After flying over the Juneau Icefield (the fifth-largest ice field in North America) in a classic De Havilland seaplane, guests will land in the river at the historic Taku Glacier Lodge across from Juneau's largest glacier, the 5-mile-wide Taku Glacier.

A traditional Alaska salmon bake (with all the fixings) and drinks made with glacier ice are another highlight of the day. You might even see a black bear sniffing around for leftovers after your feast. Following lunch, take a walk in the lush Tongass National Forest before heading back from the wilderness.

Salmon bake excursions are offered on Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Ketchikan sits at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's Inside Passage. It is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Visitors come to this part of the state for the beautiful scenery, Alaska Native culture and fresh seafood, including Alaska salmon and king crab. And they just might enjoy an entertaining lumberjack show or floatplane ride to kick off their day while in town.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Watch Alaska's hearty lumberjacks battle British Columbia's tough woodsmen in a head-to-head competition to see who can win the title of "Bull of the Woods." The thrill-a-minute show – a guest favorite – features a 50-foot tree climb, ax throwing, log rolling, buck sawing and springboard chopping, along with plenty of lumberjack lore. Some lines, like Princess Cruises, offer just the show; it lasts a little over an hour, so there will be plenty of time for a self-guided tour of Ketchikan before heading back to the ship. You may also be able to book a combination tour that includes the show and an ax throwing lesson (plus a competition of your own), or a trip to Totem Bright State Park, where you'll learn about the significance of totem poles and the Native Tlingit and Haida cultures.

Holland America Line offers a tour with the lumberjack show and a feast of local Dungeness crabs. For another culinary option, check out the 3.5-hour excursion with Norwegian Cruise Line . It includes a visit to Saxman Native Village, where you'll sample smoked wild game meats, dine on chef-selected dishes prepared with regional ingredients, and taste local wines and beers.

Lumberjack shows are offered on Alaska voyages with Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises , Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

Embark on the Aleutian Ballard, the Bering Sea fishing boat made famous by the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" television series. The approximately three-hour excursion gives guests a firsthand experience of what it's like to sail on the vessel as a Bering Sea crab fisherman and catch massive king crabs, octopuses and other marine life with 700-pound crab pots. The boat may also stop at nearby Annette Island, where you'll have the chance to see whales, sea lions, seals and bald eagles soaring overhead (one may even try to snag your catch!). You may also get to watch local fishermen at work.

Some lines that offer the fisherman's tour include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Misty Fjords by Floatplane or Cruise

The more than 2 million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the top attractions in Alaska . Described by naturalist and author John Muir as "the Yosemite of the North," the awe-inspiring destination is best viewed from above on a floatplane. From the sky, you'll see towering 1,000-foot waterfalls, the volcanic Revillagigedo Island, snowcapped peaks, verdant forests and 3,000-foot walls of granite descending into the fjords. On a floatplane tour, you'll also have the chance to land on the water and take in the spectacular scenery from another viewpoint.

If you're not a fan of small planes, some lines offer the option of taking a cruise from Ketchikan's harbor. You'll sail into Behm Canal surrounded by the scenery of Misty Fjords, and you may even see wildlife or bald eagle nests. You'll also cruise by Eddystone Rock, a massive volcanic spire emerging from the sea, as well as waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs sculpted by glaciers.

Cruise lines that offer floatplane or cruisetours of Misty Fjords include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

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Skagway is another busy and popular cruise port in Alaska. It's one of the most popular towns on the Inside Passage itinerary; its fascinating Klondike Gold Rush history dates back to 1897. Take notice of the historic false-front shops reminiscent of the gold rush days as you explore. Many of these buildings are part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and you may even see people strolling down the streets dressed in period costumes.

White Pass & Yukon Route

One of the top-rated attractions in Skagway is the White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad journey through Alaska's wilderness. The narrow-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark – an honor shared by the Panama Canal, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Dating back 125 years, the historic railway features vintage rail cars and climbs to a steep 2,865 feet at the summit over just 20.4 miles. Along the way to the summit – located at the official international border between the U.S. and Canada – you'll listen to the history of the Klondike Gold Rush while passing by Inspiration Point, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. After making a loop at the top, the train will head back down the mountain. You might even see snow on the ride if your cruise to Alaska is early in the season .

Excursions on some lines combine the rail journey with other activities, like biking on the Klondike Highway from the summit or visiting Liarsville, a gold rush trail camp. Others include a stop (and a cold beer) at the Skagway Brewing Company. In addition, some cruise providers offer the train ride in a luxury class rail car, which includes complimentary beverages, snacks and a private guide who will explain the history of the railroad as you watch the scenery pass by.

Norwegian Cruise Line's six-hour excursion features a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route, a salmon bake at Liarsville and an adult beverage with one of the "madames" at the renowned Red Onion Saloon. Meanwhile, Silversea Cruises ' new 5.5-hour tour includes the train ride; a trip to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, which sits 65 feet above the white water rapids of the Tutshi River; and a hearty lunch of bison chili.

Cruise lines that offer the railroad (and combination) tours include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Discovery

If you want to cuddle with Alaskan husky puppies, then this excursion is for you. Norwegian Cruise Line's approximately three-hour excursion takes guests to a professional musher's summer camp in Dyea Valley, where they train sled dogs for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races. After a thrilling ride into the rainforest on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you'll head out on a summertime dog sled with 16 Alaskan huskies at the helm. Before puppy play time, you'll learn how the mushers care for the dogs and prepare for the races. Depending on the cruise line, some tours may end with roasting s'mores by the fire.

Some lines that offer this excursion are Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Adventure

The historic Chilkoot Trail was the main route for those in search of untold riches during the famous gold rush years. Today, the trail, located in Gold Rush National Historical Park, is a rainforest full of birds and wildflowers. Excursions to the park include hikes with river floats on the Taiya River (there are no rapids) or bike tours of the trail. There are also wilderness kayaking outings to Chilkoot Lake, which is home to the five species of Pacific salmon, waterfowl, bald eagles and one of the largest brown bear populations in southeast Alaska.

Some cruise lines that offer these excursions include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Sitka is the only community in the Inside Passage that sits on the Pacific Ocean. The small city – home to just 8,500 residents – was owned by Russia before the U.S. purchased the land in 1867. Today, you'll find remnants of this Russian heritage, like onion-shaped domes and Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Sitka also has a strong Tlingit culture. In terms of shore excursions, you'll find plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing surrounded by pristine landscapes.

Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest

Royal Caribbean International's three-hour jet boat cruise on Sitka Sound features panoramic scenery (including snow-capped peaks) and the chance to see abundant wildlife. During the tour, look for playful sea otters, whales and brown bears walking along the coast. The line also offers another tour – Sea Otters, Raptors and Bears Oh My – that features a naturalist-guided catamaran cruise followed by visits to the Alaskan Raptor Center (a rehabilitation center for birds of prey) and the Fortress of the Bear (a rescue operation for orphaned bears).

In comparison, Carnival Cruise Line 's VIP wildlife quest in search of whales, sea otters, coastal brown bears and more concludes with a feast of wild salmon cooked over a wood-fired grill, Alaska crab and prime rib at the Fin Island Lodge. Following a wildlife Zodiac cruise around the archipelago, Holland America Line's version of this excursion also visits the lodge for lunch in partnership with Food & Wine magazine.

You can find this excursion on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

The Best of Sitka

Several cruise lines offer a version of this tour, which features an exploration of the top attractions in Sitka. On this excursion, you'll visit the Fortress of the Bear in Tongass National Park to learn about the facility's work with orphaned bears. There's also a stop at Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska" between the Russians and the Tlingits was fought. Here, you'll see handcarved totem poles created by skilled Tlingit artists and get to meet local Native artists to learn more. The excursion also includes a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

Icy Strait Point in Hoonah may be a much smaller port than others on this list, but it is a jumping-off point for endless outdoor explorations, including whale watching tours and searching for coastal brown bears. Icy Strait Point is Alaska Native-owned and -operated and is home to the largest Native Tlingit village in Alaska. While here, explore the wilderness areas of Chichagoff Islands, visit the 1912 cannery museum, and grab lunch with fresh Alaska king and Dungeness crabs before taking a ride on the world's largest ZipRider. (Or, play it safe and plan to take that ride down the mountain before lunch.)

Whale Watching & Bear Search

The waters surrounding Icy Strait Point host the largest summer population of humpback whales in the state, especially around the Point Adolphus area. If you purchase a tour directly with the Icy Strait Point website, they'll even guarantee you'll see whales – or they'll refund your money. During the tour, look for orcas, Steller sea lions, porpoises and seals. But be sure to also gaze overhead for bald eagles and search along the shore for bears; the Spasski River Valley in the remote wilderness of Chichagof Island has one of the highest densities of coastal brown bears in the world. Some cruise lines offer a variation of this excursion that includes a boiled seafood feast back on shore at Icy Strait Point.

You can find this excursion on voyages with Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Scenic Mountain Ascent & World's Largest ZipRider

Thrill-seekers (who love heights) will jump at the chance to ride the world's largest and longest zip line, which sits more than 1,300 feet above sea level at the top of Icy Strait Point. The ride to the summit on the SkyGlider mountaintop gondola is also a rush, but the real excitement comes as you zoom down 5,330-foot zip lines with five other riders at 60 mph – with views of the forest below and Glacier Bay National Park in the distance. A break-activated landing on the beach brings riders safely back to the ground. The price also includes unlimited rides on the gondola.

Cruise lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises , Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

A less visited port than some others on this list (according to CLIA), Seward is the ancestral home to the Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people. Its breathtaking natural beauty – with mountains on one side and Resurrection Bay on the other – has been shaped by glaciers over thousands of years. Top attractions in Seward include the Alaska SeaLife Center and a charming downtown area. It also offers access to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

During your stop in Seward, take a full-day excursion to see the astounding beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park. The impressive fjords are surrounded by mountains standing more than 6,000 feet tall and an ecosystem rich in wildlife. While there, watch for a variety of whale species, sea otters, porpoises and sea lions, and onshore, you might see bears and mountain goats. There are also 191 documented species of birds in the park and many glaciers. As you get up close to Holgate Glacier, listen as chunks of blue ice calve into the water.

Some cruise lines, such as Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, offer this as an individual tour, while others like Holland America Line include it as part of a cruisetour. You can also book the excursion directly with a local tour operator if you're embarking or disembarking in Seward.

Haines, a small port about 20 miles north of Skagway, is best known for its Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The 49,000-acre preserve has the largest natural gathering of eagles during the late salmon runs and boasts pristine forests, marshlands and rivers brimming with wildlife.

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Norwegian Cruise Line's five-hour excursion takes guests on an adventure into the wilderness by boat while cruising North America's deepest and longest fjord, the upper Lynn Canal. You might even see breaching whales and playful sea lions en route to Glacier Point, where you'll disembark at the beach upon arrival. After a drive through the forest and a hike in the woods, you'll have unforgettable, up-close views of the Davidson Glacier by canoe.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises. Holland America Line offers this excursion from Skagway.

Eagle Preserve Rafting Float Adventure

Look for bald eagles soaring overhead as you raft down the gentle Chilkat River through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The waters are overflowing with salmon that come to spawn, serving as food for as many as 400 bald eagles living in the Chilkat Valley. Don't be surprised to see brown bears or 1,600-pound moose coming to feast along the riverbank during your rafting adventure.

Some lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Lin e. Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises host this excursion from Skagway.

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Gwen Pratesi is a U.S. News & World Report contributor and an avid travel adventurer who fell in love with Alaska on her first visit to the state many years ago. She's returned several times both by land and sea to view wildlife and chase the northern lights in one of the best places on the planet to view them. She's even considered moving to The Great Land as a full-time resident. Pratesi used her deep knowledge of Alaska and the cruise industry to write this article.

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