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ALASKA GLACIERS CRUISES

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As you explore the best Alaskan glaciers, brace yourself for stunning views and shivers of excitement. From zip-lining through the Tongass National Forest to playing with sled dog puppies in Denali National Park to witnessing the majesty of the rugged mountains surrounding Endicott Arm, adventures abound in Alaska. You can view the cascading ice levels of Mendenhall and Hubbard Glacier from a boat, kayak or flightseeing aircraft, while watching whales mingle among brilliant icebergs drifting away from a calved wall of ice. No matter what you do during your vacation, be sure to take in all the contrasts Alaska has to offer: A newborn seal's fur against ancient blue ice, wildflowers growing next to soaring cliffs, and dogsleds pulling mushers underneath low-flying helicopters. It's all part of the rugged beauty of the last frontier.

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Glacier View of Boat and Snow Capped Mountain
LIVE THE WILD LIFE
Endicott Arm Fjord Glacier is less frequently visited than its sister Tracy Arm, but its secluded nature only adds to its appeal. Catch a glimpse of imposing Dawes Glacier: It's actually formed by two glaciers meeting, one of which features an impressive icefall, a crevasse that looks like a frozen waterfall, into the fjord below. You're sure to see roaming wildlife here: Watch the waters for seals and sea otters, or look to the skies for a glimpse of soaring bald eagles.    

Scenic Views of Mendenhall Glacier with Trees by the Lake
FJORD THE TURQUOISE WATERS
As glaciers move, they grind the earth to flour that turns the waters that wind through the fjords a gorgeous opaque turquoise color. Take an excursion or tour through the water-filled valleys of Mendenhall Glacier to bathe in the light that reflects off of the compressed ice. You can kayak through Mendenhall Lake, which is actually created by the melting waters of the 3,000-year-old glacier.

Scenic View of Glacier with Surrounding Pine Trees
ICE, ICE, BABY!
Age-old glaciers like Dawes or Mendenhall give way to meandering fjords all throughout Alaska. Kayak through the icy waters and catch a glimpse of the grazing caribou and the leaping mountain goats who frequent the massive mountains of ice.

People on Dog Sled in Mendenhall Glacier
TAKE A PAWS
A thrilling helicopter ride tour can transport you to the Norris Glacier on the Juneau Icefield. Meet with professional mushers and their spirited dogs for an unforgettable dog-sledding adventure of ancient proportions: Archaeological evidence suggests the Inuit have been getting around via dog sled since around 1,000 A.D.

Aerial View of Mount Delani in Alaska
GLACIER SIGHT-SOARING
Generally, Alaska glaciers are viewed from one angle, so you can see that they are massive, but flightseeing — taking a small, low-flying plane over the landscape for a true bird's-eye view — allows you to see just how vast these rivers of ice can be. Take up an excursion out of Misty Fjord in Ketchikan, or soar above the massive Denali mountain with a Talkeetna adventure tour group. You may even get the chance to climb one of these icy giants.

Ice Cave inside Mendenhall Glacier
THE CAVERNS ARE CALLING
There's nothing quite like experiencing a glacier from the inside. Venture into Mendenhall Ice Caves or Matanuska Glacier Cave to see stunning views of intensely compressed ice — it's an otherworldly experience of actually standing underneath the glacial ice, which forms surreal landscapes like you've never seen before.

STEP INTO MAJESTIC GLACIAL MOUNTAINS ON AN
ALASKAN CRUISE ADVENTURE
Alaska glacier cruises are unparalleled in stunning views and unique activities. Whether you prefer kayaking, hiking, dog-sledding or viewing the ancient ice from the luxury of the ship, you'll never forget your glacial getaway.
Ovation of the Seas Cruise Shipin Alaska.

GIVE THE SEA A STANDING OVATION

The thrill and luxury of sailing on one of the world's most innovative cruise ships, the Ovation of the Seas, is surpassed only by the breathtaking adventures and stunning scenery of the Alaskan Inside Passage and Prince William Sound. Newborn seal pups rest on icebergs birthed by ancient glaciers, surrounded by ever-changing views of a magical place where wildlife, mountains and the sea converge. The Ovation of the Seas offers round-trips from Seattle, Washington.


Radiance of the Seas Cruise Ship in Alaska.

EXPLORE THE WILD FRONTIER

This glacier cruise on the Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska, is followed by a wilderness adventure by train to the heart of Alaska. Spend time in the depths of Denali National Park, home of an array of wildlife, natural wonders and the massive Mt. Denali, the tallest peak in North America.


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WHAT TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU GO
Get to Know the Ancient Ice

Hubbard Glacier — the largest tidewater glacier in North America — is 76 miles long, 7 miles wide and towers at 600 feet tall at its highest point, with icebergs that are 3 or 4 stories high.

Endicott Arm Fjord is home to impressive Dawes Glacier — as well as one of the world's largest breeding grounds for harbor seals.

Royal Caribbean cruises to Alaska's glaciers in the summer months: With long daylight hours, you'll get plenty of time each day to take in the scenery, and the temperatures will be warm enough that you'll be comfortable glacier-viewing from the deck. There is no better way to experience Alaska.

Insider Tips

1 On northbound cruises, you'll get the best views of the glaciers on the starboard side of the ship; when you're sailing southward, the port side is the way to go.
2 Many of our Alaska glacier cruises depart from Vancouver or Seattle, so you can get in your dose of urban exploration before you explore the icy wilderness.
3 Alaska might not seem like a sun-soaked state, but make no mistake: Sunglasses are essential for glacier-viewing, as the glare off the ice can be intense.

RELATED PORTS

Whether you're interested in hiking through a forest, trekking to glaciers or a shopping spree downtown, the towns along Alaska's inside passage provide a variety of adventurous activities. Ports such as Juneau and Ketchikan are each small cities with their own personalities. Anchorage is the state's largest city and a gateway to the rest of the state. Denali National Park takes you out of the city altogether, into a wilderness full of spruce forests and snow-capped mountain peaks.

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