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It’s Not Too Late to Book Your Alaska Cruise

The birds are starting to chirp, the days are getting longer, and the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds more each day as rain and snow subside. Yes, summer is just around the corner. Which may have you thinking of your summer vacation in addition to shorts and tank tops if you haven’t planned it yet. And this summer you may want to start thinking about heading north for your vacation to a destination that can only be easily visited in summer (and its shoulder months) via cruise. The destination? Beautiful Alaska.

Hike glaciers and do other exciting activities in Alaska.
Hike glaciers and do other exciting activities in Alaska.

Luckily, you still have time to get your last minute Alaska cruise planned and booked for this summer. Celebrity Cruises offers a number of Alaska itineraries and there is still space available for YOU – including the coveted veranda stateroom.

Top Staterooms and Suites for Alaska Cruises

Couple on balcony sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises
Enjoy views of Alaska from your own veranda.

Veranda staterooms are popular for Alaska cruises because it gives you a private space just your own to soak in the crisp, fresh air while you get a front row seat to the glaciers, mountains, wildlife, and other scenery your ship is sailing past.

AquaClass Stateroom with Veranda that includes spa perks
AquaClass Stateroom with Veranda that includes spa perks.

The opulent suites on board also have verandas and often other perks, like exclusive access to Luminae Restaurant and Michael’s Club. Some even have butler service.

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with Butler

To read about all the suite options on board Celebrity Cruises, read our helpful article, Celebrity Cruises Suites: Which One is Perfect for You?

Ships and Itineraries for Alaska in 2017

A view of Hubbard Glacier.
Sailing by Hubbard Glacier during an Alaska cruise.

So which ships will be sailing to Alaska this summer on which you can relax in one of these veranda staterooms or suites? You have several to choose from. Best of all for West Coast residents, they depart from west coast ports of call: Seattle, Washington; British Columbia, Vancouver; and Seward, Alaska.

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Award-Winning Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

Celebrity Solstice is the first ship that debuted as part of Celebrity Cruises’ iconic Solstice-class of ships, which feature the popular real grass, open air Lawn Club. Celebrity Solstice also has a Hot Glass Show, a variety of specialty restaurants, modern staterooms and suites, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and many other amenities that will elevate your cruise into something truly special.

Celebrity Solstice offers an Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise itinerary that is especially convenient for west coasters as it departs from Seattle. It visits Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, plus sails through the Alaska Inside Passage, before returning to Seattle. This itinerary has many departure dates available throughout the summer. There’s also a departure date in September that ends in Vancouver instead of Seattle for those who want to check out this iconic British Columbia city.

Seattle departures to Alaska also include a 9-night Ultimate Alaska Cruise itinerary that departs from Seattle on May 17 and includes the above mentioned ports of call plus Hubbard Glacier and Sitka, Alaska.

Celebrity Infinity

Visit Juneau during an Alaska cruise.
Visit Juneau during an Alaska cruise.

Celebrity Infinity is part of the Millennium Class of ships and offers a relaxing and chic ambiance that offers more modern luxury than ever after its extensive makeover in October 2015. Celebrity Infinity will be offering Hubbard Glacier Cruises this June out of Vancouver. You’ll visit Ketchikan and Juneau in Alaska, sail by Hubbard Glacier, and then either visit Icy Strait Point or Sitka, Alaska, depending on your itinerary, before sailing the Inside Passage back to Vancouver.

Celebrity Millennium

Cruising by Hubbard Glacier in Alaska
Celebrity Millennium by Hubbard Glacier

Celebrity Millennium is also part of the Millennium class as her name suggests and also got a stunning new makeover in 2016. Alaska sailings on Celebrity Millennium include a 7-night Northern Glacier Cruise and 7-Night Southern Glacier Cruise, plus a 5-night itinerary for those short on vacation time that departs in May.

The Northern and Southern Glacier cruises have ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Point Strait, plus sail along the Inside Passage. Depending on which one you choose, you’ll either start your cruise journey in Vancouver and end it in Seward (Northern) or depart from Seward and end your cruise in Vancouver (Southern). There are several departure dates for both directions.

There’s also one 7-night sailing date in September that goes roundtrip from Vancouver.

Sailings are filling up fast for Alaska cruise departures this summer with Celebrity Cruises so if you read about one that sounds like the perfect fit for you, visit to find the latest deals and to book your dream Alaska vacation, or speak with your travel agent.

Drive to Your Next Vacation Thanks to West Coast Cruise Departures

Want an easy way to get to your next vacation? If you live on or near the west coast of the United States, you’re in luck. Here is a list of cruise ports that do roundtrip sailings from the west coast of North America. You can drive right to the cruise port, park your car, and easily get back to it after your cruise ends. No hassle with long lines at the airport or worrying if your luggage will get lost while flying to your cruise.


Cruise to Alaska from Seattle.
Cruise to Alaska from Seattle.

Pacific Northwest residents can easily drive to this cruise port, located right in the gorgeous city of Seattle, Washington. Celebrity Solstice sails out of Seattle and does 7- to 9-night itineraries to Alaska. Sail up the Inside Passage and past Tracy Arm Fjord with Alaska ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, plus a stop in Victoria, British Columbia.

Parking is adjacent to both Pier 61 and Pier 99 at the Port of Seattle cruise terminal (Celebrity Solstice docks at Pier 99). The cruise terminal is located in between the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, making it conveniently located for cruisers who want to explore Seattle for a bit before or after their cruise.


Cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia
Cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia

Just a few hours north of Seattle is another popular cruise port for Alaska, that is easy for those in the northwest USA or southwest Canada to drive to. If coming from the United States, be sure to give yourself extra time for the border crossing as it can be backed up (though it’s always good practice in general to arrive at your embarkation cruise port a few hours early before boarding begins).

The Celebrity Infinity does 7-night roundtrip cruises out of Vancouver. Similar to sailings out of Seattle, you’ll get the opportunity to see the sights of Ketchikan, Juneau, and the Inside Passage. You’ll also see Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier before your ship returns to Vancouver.

Short on time? You can also take this 5-night cruise out of Vancouver that stops in Ketchikan and sails past gorgeous scenery on the way up and back down, including the Inside Passage. You’ll also have a port of call in Victoria before heading back to Vancouver.

Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Solstice also occasionally sail itineraries out of Vancouver.

Cruise ships leave from the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver, which is located in downtown Vancouver — making it easy to do some sightseeing before your cruise departs! Canada Place has both short term (for those who finagled a friend or family member into dropping them off and picking them up from their cruise) and long term parking (for those leaving their car at Canada Place while they cruise).

Los Angeles

A Pacific Coastal Cruise is a great way to see popular cities on the west coast of North America. The Celebrity Infinity sails 7-night and 8-night itineraries out of Los Angeles that stop in the California cities of Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Franciso, and Catalina Island, plus Ensenada, Mexico. Soak up the beaches and sunshine, and do some shopping and sightseeing in each port of call, before your ship returns you to the City of Angels. The 8-night itinerary also has a day at sea, which gives you a chance to spend more time checking out the wonderful amenities onboard the Celebrity Infinity, including the luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub and relaxing pool area.

You’ll depart on your Pacific Coastal cruise from the World Cruise Center, part of the Port of Los Angeles, which is located on the southern end of Los Angeles in the San Pedro neighborhood of LA, close to Long Beach. Overnight vehicle parking is available for the duration of your cruise near the terminal and shuttles transport passengers between the car lot and cruise terminal.

Ready to book your cruise that departs from a from a west coast city? Visit or speak with your travel agent.

Visit the Canadian Rockies During an Alaska CruiseTour

Ready to Plan Your 2017 Vacation? Pair up a Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska Cruise

When you think of visiting the Canadian Rockies, a cruise probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as a means to get there. However, a Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour that takes you through the Canadian Rockies for several days before or after sailing along the coast of Alaska may be the perfect fit for you to explore this stunningly beautiful region of the world. Here’s why.

How You’ll Travel Through the Canadian Rockies

Part of your journey through the Canadian Rockies will happen on a comfortable train with glass-domed ceilings, perfect for taking in all those gorgeous views you’ll be gliding through. In addition, you’ll dine on gourmet cuisine while on the train and even spend one night traveling through the heart of the wilderness when you’ll stay in your own private sleeper cabin. During this overnight train expedition you’ll travel along the Fraser River through the Coast Mountains and Cisco Tunnels, while enjoying canyon and water views, including Hell’s Gate Gorge and Suicide Rapids.

Where You’ll Stay & What You’ll See

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

When you’re not on the train, you’ll be staying overnight in luxurious Fairmont properties, which are well-known in the Canadian Rockies for their modern amenities and comfort without losing any of the traditional charm of the property where each hotel resides. During your hotel stays you’ll have to opportunity during the day to explore iconic Canadian Rockies locations. Some of these spots include:

Lake Louise: A massive turquoise lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park framed by majestic mountains. Lake Louise is an incredible spot for a boat or canoe ride.

Banff: Banff is famous for being next to the above scenic site, Lake Louise, but in addition to that natural wonder, Banff is also a charming mountain town to walk around with rustic buildings.

Calgary: Calgary, Alberta has a vast array of big city activities you can do in addition to outdoor adventures in the surrounding Canadian Rockies.

Jasper: Jasper, Alberta is nestled in the middle of Jasper National Park and is a gorgeous mountain town to explore and use as a base for hiking, kayaking, and more outdoor activities.

Victoria: The capital of British Columbia, Victoria manages to effortlessly mix city life with wilderness and water activities.

Vancouver: This also may be where your cruise takes off. Read more about what you can do in Vancouver in our Vancouver Port of Call Spotlight.

The Cruise Portion

Cruising by Hubbard Glacier in Alaska
Cruising by Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Before or after you’ve experienced the Canadian Rockies, it will be time to board a modern cruise ship and head north to explore Alaska. Take part in incredible shore excursions, such as dog sledding across a mountain, taking a helicopter ride over a glacier, fishing in the sea, or kayaking through unforgettable scenery.

Next summer, consider heading north and giving yourself a mountain vacation you’ll treasure for a lifetime. To find your ideal Alaska and Canadian Rockies cruisetour, visit or speak with your travel agent.


Elevate Your Alaska Cruise with a CruiseTour

A cruise is an incredible way to see Alaska. It puts you right in the middle of the action when it comes to sailing through gorgeous sea passages and amidst towering glaciers.

Hubbard Glacier Cruise
Cruising by Hubbard Glacier

You also get to experience the life and culture in Alaska thanks to multiple stops in different ports up and down the Alaska coastline. See the colorful understated of beauty of Ketchikan and the rustic grandeur of the state’s capital city of Juneau. Along the way, have the comfort of enjoying a state of the art cruise ship with gourmet cuisine and  well-appointed staterooms (and be sure to not miss any of the wild Alaska views by staying in a balcony stateroom or suite).

Now, Make That Alaska Cruise Even More Memorable

Explore Alaska by land via a Celebrity Cruises Alaska Cruisetour.
Explore Alaska by land via a Celebrity Cruises Alaska Cruisetour.

So yes, a cruise to Alaska is a spectacular vacation. However, there is a whole other side to Alaska — the backcountry forests away from the icy sea. If you have a few extra vacation days and are interested in seeing both sides of Alaska to get the full Alaska wilderness experience from glaciers to mountains and whales to bears, an Alaska Cruisetour is an excellent choice.

Sea and Land on a Celebrity Cruisetour

Gazing at views through the glass domed windows while on the Wilderness Express during a Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour.
Gazing at views through the glass domed windows while on the Wilderness Express.

A Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour in Alaska combines both a cruise and land-based travel itinerary. After your cruise you’ll depart the ship for the escorted land tour portion of your trip. You’ll explore deep into the majestic mountain woods of Alaska via a comfortable motor coach and luxurious glass-domed train cars, the latter of which is on the exclusive Wilderness Express.

You’ll stay in high-end accommodations and experience delicious Alaskan cuisine. In addition, the land portion of your cruise tour will include at least one night staying in the impressive Denali National Park.

A Knowledgeable Tour Director

Tour Director on the Wilderness Express, part of a Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour.
Tour Director on the Wilderness Express

All along the way you’ll be accompanied by your Tour Director, who is an expert on all things Alaska and will regale you with stories of the wilderness, history, and culture of the state. They can also help you figure out how to spend your free time during the cruise tour and book extra excursions you may want to do. They also deal with the hassle of transporting luggage and keeping track of needed tickets so you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

To book your Alaska Cruisetour, visit

What to Expect on a Cruise to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

One reason cruising is such a cool alternative to simply doing a land-based trip to Alaska is because of sailing to Hubbard Glacier. Located between Seward and Skagway, Hubbard Glacier soars impressively into the stark Alaskan skyline from the depths of Disenchantment Bay and is a top sight to see for many visitors traveling to Alaska. Here’s why you’ll want to see this iconic glacier while at sea on a cruise.

What You’ll See at Hubbard Glacier

Seeing Hubbard Glacier from on the water in Disenchantment Bay means you’ll be able to fully take in its large 6-mile long, 400-foot tall face – and that’s only the part you can actually see! It extends much farther underneath the water. Visiting Hubbard Glacier via a cruise ship means you’ll also be able to get close enough to get a good look at its icy blue streaked exterior and the calving that is consistently happening.

How close your cruise ship can get to Hubbard Glacier while you’re there depends on the weather and amount of ice in the bay. You also may see seals hanging out on icebergs in Disenchantment Bay while you’re sailing through it.

A view of Hubbard Glacier.
A view of Hubbard Glacier.

Hubbard Glacier Calving: A “Cool” Natural Phenomenon

Hubbard Glacier is a calving glacier. What that means is that the glacier is constantly shedding its ice from its edge in order to balance itself as it ever so slowly moves forward toward the Gulf of Alaska (yes, though not visibly noticeable, glaciers are always moving and Hubbard Glacier is one of the fastest, hence its nickname as the “Galloping Glacier”). The ice that falls does so in massive chunks that become the icebergs spotted around the sea. As you probably know (possibly from Titanic) icebergs can be incredibly large, so seeing one of those icebergs actually fall into the water is a sight to behold.

At Hubbard Glacier, calving happens several times an hour so if you’re on one of the ship’s decks or your stateroom balcony if it’s facing the right direction (a good reason to book early so you can get a stateroom on the best side for your cruise itinerary) you’ll likely get to witness this extraordinary calving event. Vibrantly blue pieces of the glacier break off and go crashing into the sea below, rippling into a wave around it. It will sound like you’re listening to a thunderous large waterfall as the ice breaks apart and descends. If you’re lucky, you’ll be there on a day when a 10-story tall piece of ice breaks off!

Celebrity Cruises Hubbard Glacier Itineraries

The Alaska cruise season runs from May to September. To see which itineraries include a day sailing to Hubbard Glacier, visit

Cruise Embarkation Port Spotlight: Seattle

Explore Seattle Before Your Alaska Cruise

Did you know there are cruise itineraries that depart out of Seattle? This makes it so easy to explore a new area of Alaska (or revisit it!) as most major airports around the U.S. offer direct flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Or, if you live in or near the Pacific Northwest, you can even drive to your cruise ship, making for a more budget-friendly trip since you’ll save on airfare.

Not only is Seattle convenient to get to, it’s also a fun city to explore. Get into the city a couple days before your cruise leaves and explore all the sights. Here are some top things to do and see before you sail to glaciers and mountain towns.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place is a bustling market bristling with energy and seafood. You’ll find massive fish available to purchase alongside pretty knit apparel and Pacific Northwest inspired souvenirs. Keep an eye out for the fishmongers in bright orange overalls tossing fish – maybe you’ll even get to give it a try!

Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle

Looking for an epic place for dinner while in Seattle? Head to the top of the Sky Needle. You’ll get great 360-degree views – literally, since the restaurant atop the Space Needle slowly rotates on an axis while you’re dining. You can also head to the top just to see the view without dining, though the getting a meal there is a memorable way to eat; be sure to make a reservation.

Seattle Breweries

Though it hasn’t quite caught up to the prestige of neighboring Portland, Seattle still has quite a prominent craft beer scene. Head to the Seattle neighborhoods of Fremont or Ballard to find some of the best breweries plus explore two towns that are rapidly growing in popularity among locals and new transplants to the city.

Take a Ferry Ride

You’ll be departing on a cruise to Alaska from Seattle so you’re probably in an ocean frame of mind. Get an early taste of being on the water by taking a ferry ride across the Puget Sound from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for lunch. The ferry ride is less than an hour and provides gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, while the main town of Bainbridge is darling to walk around.

Snoqualmie Falls

If you have a car and love the mountains, head 40 minutes southeast of Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls, a powerful waterfall rushing down along the base of the Cascade Mountains. You’ll also learn about how water is used for energy thanks to the helpful information boards by the viewing platform, and you can also take a moderately easy hike down to the base of the waterfall if you’re feeling more adventurous.

Green Lake Park

If you’re traveling with kids, the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle is a great place to spend some time. You’ll find many local parents here, who frequent the hip, but child-friendly restaurants, and take leisurely walks around the pretty lake at the center of the community. This urban park and comes complete with a playground for kids plus canoes and paddleboats available to rent and use on the lake which older kids may enjoy.

Whatever you decide to do in Seattle, you’ll be able to find a fun experience before leaving from the Port of Seattle for your Alaska cruise. You’ll be all primed and ready to explore the rugged terrain of Alaska and its gorgeous icy straits.

To see which Celebrity Cruises Alaska sailings depart from Seattle, click here.

Tips for Planning a Last Minute Alaska Cruise

May is here and that means an exciting time in the cruise world — the Alaska cruise season is underway. Alaska cruises are becoming more and more popular every year. Some sailings for 2016 have sold out, but if you’re ready to plan your last minute Alaska cruise this summer, you’re in luck as there is still some availability. Here’s how to best go about planning your Alaska cruise.

Choose Your Embarkation Port

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia: an embarkation port for Alaska cruises

One nice thing about Alaska cruises, particularly for those living on the west coast, is the ease with which passengers can get to the ship.  Many west coasters are just a short flight away from Seattle or Vancouver, both of which are ports Celebrity Cruises sails out of. You can also fly a bit farther north and start or end your cruise right in Alaska.

How to decide between a more south or north departure port depends on what you’re most looking to get out of the cruise. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, would you prefer to save on airfare and drive or take the train to the harbor? Then a Seattle or Vancouver departure that is roundtrip may be best for you. Do you not mind a flight, but want to spend more of your vacation time right in the heart of Alaska? Then one of the one-way itineraries may be best for you; for example, you’ll depart from the port of Vancouver and then end your cruise all the way up in Seward, Alaska.

Prioritize Alaska Cruise Ports

Explore the port cities of Alaska.
Explore the port cities of Alaska.

Have you always dreamed of seeing the capital city of Juneau, or the charming stilted main street of Ketchikan? Make sure the cruise you choose stop in the ports you most want to see. If you’re having a hard time narrowing it down, a good way to figure out what you  might enjoy most is to read through some of the shore excursion descriptions for each port — which port has the ones that sound most appealing to you? Pick an itinerary that includes as many of those ports as possible.

Choosing a Stateroom

Couple on balcony sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises
Enjoy views of Alaska from your own verandah.

When booking a last minute Alaska cruise, it’s helpful if you can be flexible on your travel dates. One benefit of booking earlier is a better choice of stateroom locations and categories. If you dream of staying in a verandah stateroom, but they’re all sold out for the sailing you’re looking at, consider another date. (Tip: a stateroom or suite with a verandah is the way to go on an Alaska cruise for those days sailing the straits and alongside glaciers when you’ll want to soak in as much of the view as possible!)

Book When There’s a Last Minute Alaska Cruise Deal

One benefit of waiting until the last minute to book an Alaska cruise is that there are often deals to be found! Check the Celebrity Cruises Specials page for current offers.

Port of Call Spotlight: Vancouver, British Columbia

What to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, has an enviable position on the west coast of Canada on a bank of land that extends into the Salish Sea. Also close to the city are the North Shore Mountains, causing Vancouver to be beautifully surrounded by both glistening water and towering peaks. This means that not only is there a scenic view to behold from practically wherever you are in Vancouver, there are also many activities to do both by the waterfront and in the bustling city center.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s answer to NYC’s Central Park, only instead of being surrounded by the city, Stanley Park is right next to downtown and is connected to it by a narrow strip of land, meaning it is nearly completely surrounded by gorgeous sea water. Stanley Park has hiking, bike trails, water activities, and even an aquarium, but one thing you can’t miss doing while there is to walk around the totem poles on display. These historic totem poles are impressive to behold and date back as far as the 1880s. You’ll be able to learn about the history and meaning behind each totem pole during your visit.

Vancouver’s Water Activities

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia — surrounded by so much beautiful water

Vancouver has plenty to do on the water from fishing to kayaking. One popular adrenaline rush is to head out onto the water on a floatplane, which will soar you over the city before landing right on the water and gliding atop it.

The Beaches of Vancouver

It might seem odd to think of going to the beach when you’re visiting such a cosmopolitan city, but Vancouver’s beaches shouldn’t be overlooked. They’re sandy and many have mesmerizing views of the Vancouver skyline. For an upbeat atmosphere, check out Kitsilano Beach with its volleyball nets, adjacent saltwater pool, and socializing sunbathers. For a more relaxing time, head to Spanish Banks beach, where you’ll have a panoramic view of Vancouver and escape some of the crowds.

Cuisine and Shopping in Vancouver

Vancouver has a wide range of cuisine and you can experience a diverse sample of it on a culinary walking tour. Such a tour will also give you the chance to explore the pretty streets of downtown Vancouver and its impressive architecture.

Once you’ve fueled up with some food, shop ’til you drop in one of Vancouver’s downtown malls. The Waterfront Centre Shops is conveniently located close to the cruise ship terminal. Pacific Centre Mall on busy Granville Street is also a hot spot for shoppers, especially those looking for the latest fashions.

Port of Call Spotlight: Vancouver, British Columbia. Get tips on what to do during a cruise stop in Vancouver.

It’s easy to explore Vancouver before or after an Alaska cruise since many itineraries depart from and end in the city. Arrive a few days early or extend your stay after your cruise to explore this magnificent city more and discover which part you like best — the glamorous downtown Vancouver vibe or the prevalent nature surrounding the skyscrapers.

This summer, the Celebrity Millennium will be doing sailings from the port of Vancouver, just after it has gotten released from dryadic, where it underwent an $8 million refurbishment. The ship now has updated Suite Class staterooms, an Italian steakhouse specialty restaurant, a new Rooftop Terrace with chaise lounges, cabanas, and an outdoor movie screen.

Photo Tour: Views of Alaska from the Cruise Ship

Cruising to Alaska is a visually mesmerizing vacation with incredible experiences both onboard and off. You may know you’ll see spectacular views while in port, but did you know that there are amazing vistas to behold while sailing as well? Here are some of the Alaska views you can see during your cruise. Visit to learn more about what you can see and experience on your cruise.

Sail to Alaska this summer and enjoy these views.
Sail to Alaska this summer and enjoy views like these.
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Award-Winning Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Another angle of Tracy Arm.
Another angle of Tracy Arm.
Hubbard Glacier Cruise
Hubbard Glacier Cruise
A different view of Hubbard Glacier.
A different view of Hubbard Glacier.

Port of Call Spotlight: Juneau

Top Things to Do in Juneau During Your Cruise

Juneau is the capital city of Alaska and with that accolade comes an interesting port of call for cruisers. Juneau has a city feel yet all around you are soaring mountains and rugged scenery. It’s a thrilling dichotomy and will make you excited to explore this popular Alaskan port town. Here are some ways to spend your day while in Juneau.

Explore Juneau’s Downtown

Juneau’s downtown is historic and beautiful. Take time to wander down the streets of Juneau, where you can see old saloons and general stores, Victorian houses, restored governmental buildings from when the capital was first established, and more historic sites.

Shore Excursion Recommendation: Town, Tram, Trek and Tea

Glacier Walk

Juneau is the jumping off point to explore the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. You’ll be able to see the glacier in all its icy blue glory at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, which also provides views of the 1,500 square mile Juneau Ice Field, and impressive piece of land still frozen from the last ice age.

Shore Excursion Recommendation: Pilot’s Choice Glacier Explorer

Animal Fun in Juneau

If you’re an animal lover, Juneau provides many opportunities to see your favorite land or sea creature in action. Go on a dog sledding adventure, take a humpback whale watching tour,

Shore Excursion Recommendation: Alaska Sled Dogs and Musher Camp

Juneau Outdoor Adventures

Go sea kayaking, explore via a mountain hike, learn about local nature-oriented traditions and customs, go fishing, mine for gold, go ziplining — whatever your preferred outdoor adventure style, there is something in Juneau to get you experiencing the mountains, river,s and forests.

Shore Excursion Recommendation: Historic Gold Mining and Salmon Bake

Port of Call Spotlight: Juneau, Alaska. Get tips on what to do during a cruise stop in Juneau.

Which shore excursion would you most want to do in Juneau?