The awe-inspiring wonders of the Alaskan wilderness have an irresistible appeal, but trying to experience all of them on a land vacation is time consuming, and expensive due to the its vast size. Scenic cruises through this area are continuing to grow in popularity, offering an attractive alternative for travelers seeking the last frontier.
The month of May is the peak time for Alaska sailings, which are only available for the short spring and summer season, and we’ve been finding some remarkable rates up to 83 percent off brochure rates starting from just $349.
Holland America boasts the largest selection of award-winning Alaska itineraries, and is well known for its superior cruises throughout this region. This seven-night cruise aboard the ms Statendam departs from Seward, Alaska, on May 17, and will sail southbound through College Fjord and Glacier Bay before reaching the first port of call in Haines, home to the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles.
From there, the ship visits the capital city of Juneau, followed by the misty fjords of the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan. Then, take a break from all the natural wonders with a day spent at sea before the final port of call of Vancouver, B.C. Interior cabins are priced from just $349, and oceanview staterooms are available for just $100 more.
This seven-nighter is priced from just $349 for interior cabins, that’s a whopping 83 percent off rack rates! The cruise features an onboard naturalist, and specialty “Just for Alaska” menu items consisting of local fish and game. Plus, it’s easy to snag a room with a view on the Carnival Spirit, because nearly 80 percent of the cabins offer an oceanview or balcony, and on an Alaskan cruise, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash on the upgrade to take in the scenery.
The ship embarks from Whittier May 20, and offers an itinerary jam-packed with port calls. First, the ship visits Sitka followed by Juneau and Skagway before sailing through the Lynn Canal. After that, it visits Ketchikan, and then cruises through the scenic Inside Passage before reaching the final port of call of Vancouver.
If you would rather embark from Vancouver, try this seven-night Northbound cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium, priced from just $369 for interior cabins. After sailing through the Inside Passage, the ship first calls on Ketchikan, followed by Juneau and Skagway. It then floats through the Icy Straight which is home to a number of arctic animals, and the Hubbard Glacier for a close up view of a 300-foot wall of ice rising from the water. The final port of call on this voyage is Seward, one of Alaska’s oldest communities. The ship sails on May 29, but you must book by April 30 to take advantage of these special low prices.
Packages include shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, entertainment and daily activities, onboard meals and some beverages, and port charges. It does not include shore excursions, personal expenses, gratuities, or alcoholic beverages. Government fees and taxes are additional.
Polar bear sightings not guaranteed.
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