Alaska Cruises: The #1 Most Booked U.S. Vacation
Discover the Best of Alaska with Our Travel Expert Tips
Are you and your soon-to-be spouse trying to come up with ideas for your honeymoon? You should consider a cruise around The Great Land! That’s right… for the first time, Alaska cruises have clinched the top spot to become the most booked domestic vacation this year, according to the 2018 Travel Trends Survey conducted by Vacation’s parent company, Travel Leaders Group. Alaska cruises have been among the top 10 domestic trips booked by our travel agents over the last several years, but this is the first year Alaska reached the number one spot on the annual survey.
A Playground for Adventurous Newlyweds
“Alaska is a truly unique bucket-list destination and more and more people from around the world are discovering its awe-inspiring beauty,’ said Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko. “Our travel advisors frequently recommend it as a not-to-be-missed travel experience, especially for those interested in vivid scenery, wildlife or expedition travel.” And our travel agents are optimistic that 2018 will be a record year for travel business to the popular destination.
Newlyweds who enjoy outdoor activities – like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking – will also enjoy cruise excursions to be an eyewitness to the 49th state’s majestic landscape, including Glacier Bay National Park.
Alaska cruises have been among the top 10 domestic trips booked by our travel agents over the last several years, but this is the first year Alaska reached the number one spot on the annual survey.
Make Sure These Must-See Glaciers are on Your Cruise Itinerary
Of all of the glaciers in Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park remains the quintessential experience, with the sprawling Margerie Glacier being the most visited by cruise ships. Stays here typically last an entire day and are punctuated by hours of scenic cruising from varying vantage points. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay will inspire and astound you. It's breathtaking, beautiful, and oddly romantic. Depending on the day, honeymooners can gaze at the sights or enjoy the sunshine glistening off the ice in short sleeves. On cool days, cuddle underneath warm wool blankets while waiters stroll the decks offering a variety of hot concoctions, some with alcohol, some without, to chase away the chill.
Make your honeymoon special and choose a cruise that will provide you the opportunity to see the Hubbard Glacier. It’s truly a special moment to experience because access is so tightly controlled to Glacier Bay, with cruise lines bidding on (and paying top-dollar) for the few spots that open each season.
And the Sawyer Glacier, usually included on most cruise itineraries, is located at the end of Tracy Arm fjord just a few hours south of Juneau. The trouble lies within Tracy Arm itself: Although exceedingly beautiful to the point of rivaling Norway's famous Geirangerfjord, Tracy Arm is often so choked with ice that navigating a large cruise ship through the channel is often impossible. Some cruise lines, like Holland America Line, provide a deluxe jet boat option (Katlian Express) to make a difficult area more accessible.
Not-to-be-Missed Experiences on an Alaska Cruise
Here’s our recommendations of things you should do on an Alaska cruise. A Vacation travel agent can help you plan these fun excursions if the cruise line does not offer them. We recommend padding your vacay with a couple days before or after, depending on your final port of call.
- Tour the Kenai Fjords National Park.
- Take a scenic train ride from Anchorage to Denali for Instagram-worthy photos.
- Go dog-sledding on a glacier.
- Hike through the snow, the flowers and more… it’s all possible!
- Go fishing for salmon, trout or halibut.
- Sit in a hot tub on the deck and watch as the glaciers go by.
What You Need to Know Before You Go
- Bring 2 pairs of binoculars because you’re probably not going to want to share.
- Pack layers and waterproof gear – both essential to stay comfortable in this temperate climate.
- Ask for a wakeup call should the Northern Lights appear.
- Don’t be disappointed if you can’t see Mount McKinley. It’s only visible about 80 percent of the time.
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