Want to see Alaska but not sure how to navigate the last—and vast—frontier and the largest state in the United States? More than twice the size of Texas and with more miles of coastline than all of the other U.S. states combined, Alaska has a lot of ground to cover, and one of the best ways to do that is by taking a cruise.
With Alaska’s untamed wilderness, snow-capped mountaintops and immense glaciers, there’s no better way to take in the natural sights than from a Royal Caribbean balcony—or better yet, a glass-enclosed observation capsule 300 feet above sea level. You won’t want to risk missing the attractions inland either, with an expansive range of shore excursions at your fingertips.
Here are five reasons you should explore this wild state by sea:
1. It’s Efficient
Much of America’s 49th state is covered by huge, untouched tracts of wilderness, rugged mountains, mammoth glaciers and wide waterways. If you were to map out your own itinerary, it would likely involve planes, trains, automobiles and a ferry or two. It’s not impossible to see Alaska on your own, but it does require a great deal of planning. Cruising, by contrast, is the most efficient way to immerse yourself as much as possible and maximize every minute of your vacation.
2. It’s Convenient
There is nothing like going to bed and waking up every morning in a different part of Alaska. Whether you’re visiting Juneau, Skagway, Sitka or Ketchikan, you will always have a comfortable and familiar home base on board, with experts at the ready to make your day easy and enjoyable on and off the ship. Did we mention you only have to unpack once?
3. It Offers the Best of Both Land and Sea
With its broad terrain, exploring Alaska solely from the water would leave some natural wonders undiscovered. If you don’t want to miss the state’s highest mountains, land animals known as the “Big Five” or immense interior landscapes, then plan on taking any number of shore excursions, from zip lining through the rainforest (yes, really) and dog sledding, to a variety of wildlife expeditions.
Royal Caribbean also offers several itineraries with pre- and post-cruise experiences, including cruisetours that showcase several of Alaska’s most vibrant locations, including the cities of Seward and Fairbanks, as well as Denali National Park.
4. It’s Breathtaking
Natural wonders exist all over Alaska, so there will never be a shortage of views, whether you’re sky diving in RipCord by iFly on board Quantum or Ovation of the Seas or taking it in from the hundreds of windows on board Radiance and Serenade of the Seas. The best part? You can simply choose to enjoy all of it from the comfort and privacy of your balcony stateroom.
5. It’s a Great Value
Cruising is not only easy—it’s a great value. Royal Caribbean offers amazing deals on Alaska cruises that include your accommodation, dining, entertainment and much more. You can find great rates anytime, but you just may find a special value when you book your trip a year in advance.
Experiencing Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list. If it’s already on yours, consider crossing it off by exploring our cruise itineraries here.