A short, cruise trip to Alaska can be a perfect getaway from your hectic work schedule. It won't only be a perfect break from the monotony of a city, but also an experience that will be exhilarating, rewarding, and memorable. The beautiful images shown on television are enough for you to guess the beauty of this state, aren't they? Well ... you'll know only once you're there.
Alaska Shore Excursions
Helicopter Glacier Trek
For those who ever wanted to be atop a glacier, here's your chance. There are plenty of glaciers spread across a thousand square miles of Juneau Icefield. You will be taken atop a glacier by a helicopter. After a little training in the basics of mountaineering, you are on your own for a walk. You will also be provided all the necessary equipment. If you want, you can also get a ride on a dog sled.
Misty Fjords National Monument Plane Sightseeing
Here, you will take a float plane to view one of the most beautiful and dramatic backdrops in the world. The ride will take you over never-ending waterfalls, narrow fjords, granite cliffs, and steep and misty mountains. If your excursion also includes landing, your pilot will land you on a remote mountain lake, which is otherwise very difficult to reach.
Mountain Point Snorkeling
You can enjoy snorkeling in Alaskan weather near the port of Ketchikan. Over here, the water temperatures during summers are an average of 55 degrees. You will be given a thick wetsuit and snorkeling equipment. Your guide will take you through the whole experience; you will witness some of the most magnificent underwater creatures while here.
Bear Watching at Traitor's Cove
No shore excursion in Alaska is complete if you don't spot a bear. To reach Traitor's Cave, it will take couple of hours by float plane from Ketchikan. After that, you will be taken into the forest via a van, followed by some trekking. Here, the guides will take you to safe bear-watching spots. However, you need to visit the place during the right season.
Alaska is a popular destination for whale watching. The waters near Juneau Port are a popular place to spot humpback whales.
There was a time when vacationing in Alaska was treated like an once-in-a-lifetime holiday. But then, with more and more travel operators running several Alaskan cruises, it is today a regularly visited destination.