Alaska Summer 2019!
sam. 10 août 2019 à 01:00
Nearly a million people explore Alaska's waters each year by cruise ship. Many, are so captivated by the scenery within the famous Inside Passage that they cruise again and again. Sunny Stollinisky, a cruise veteran with 89 trips under his belt, has been to Alaska four times on a variety of ships. "Alaska has the prettiest glaciers in the world," says Stollinisky, who lives in Paramus
"And you can only see them by ship." The first time I visited Alaska, I thought I would be able to see more by land. I flew into Anchorage and took bus tours everywhere. Big mistake! Alaska is as wide as the Lower 48 and larger than Texas, California and Montana combined. Not only was my trip tedious, but I also missed the big show on the water. I didn't have the experience of sailing on icy seas and trying to wrap my head around the enormous size of Alaska's glaciers, which dwarf huge cruise ships. The next time I journeyed north, I did so by sea. It was a revelation! I enjoyed seeing Alaska's southeastern cities, including Juneau, the capital, and Ketchikan. Both are rich in Gold Rush and Alaska Native history. But I really struck scenic gold sailing the Inside Passage. Stretching from Puget Sound, Wash., along the British Columbia coast into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage was formed by the movement of massive glaciers millions of years ago. It includes more than 1,000 islands, fiords and lush island scenery, habitat for whales, bald eagles and other wildlife — and, of course, the glaciers. And as Sonny put it, "It's really great to see all this from the comfort of a cruise ship." But striking scenic gold requires some planning. We talked to veteran travelers, cruise companies and tourism officials to find eight must-see destinations and activities for Alaskan cruisers.
Most are offered as excursions by the cruise lines that sail the Inside Passage and farther north. Experienced cruisers often organize their own excursions, giving them flexibility and sometimes saving money in the bargain.
Sonny's advice to Novice cruisers "might be more comfortable booking through their ship and not worrying that the ship will leave without you if you get back late." The Inside Passage This is what Alaskan cruising is all about. Check itineraries to see how much time your ship will spend cruising there. Some ships sail mainly at night, which means you might not see as much. Ketchikan Check out Creek Street when your ship docks here. It's charming, of historic significance to the community and, when the salmon are running (July through September, peaking in August), you can watch them make their way up the creek to spawn. Tracy Arm If this enormous fiord south of Juneau isn't on your ship's itinerary, try to visit by floatplane (a wonderful adventure) or on a small boat when you dock in Juneau. Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau You can take boat, helicopter, plane or dog sledding excursions here. Or take an easy four- to six-mile wilderness hike. One way or the other, don't miss it. Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau Get a bird's-eye view of lush rainforest and subalpine meadows on this tram ride, which ascends 1,800 feet from the cruise dock to the mountain. The ride is thrilling, and you can top it off with a hike on a panoramic trail. Glacier Bay See the ebb and flow of glaciers within this majestic 65-mile-long fiord, which has tidewater and alpine glaciers and is ringed by mountains, including the world's tallest coastal range. White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad This may be the No. 1 choice of cruise passengers. The White Pass trip includes a ride on the narrow-gauge railway that climbs out of Skagway, following the 19th century Klondike gold rush trail. Hubbard Glacier Hubbard, a whopping 40 stories high, weighs in as the largest and most active tidewater glacier on the Alaskan coast, dwarfing even the biggest cruise ships. Its phenomenal blue color is spectacular even from a distance. This Price and Itinerary TBA. TBA Thank you! Robert
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