Alaska Cruise Season Begins for 2014

Disney Wonder parked in Juneau, Alaska

Here we are in the month of May and this is when the Alaska cruise season begins for 2014 and ends pretty much in September. This year it is expected to be one of the best years for tourism Alaska has ever seen.

Alaska expects to see record numbers of visitors arriving on cruise ships too. What a great way to experience Alaska for the first time and visit several ports. The biggest “WOW” is to spend a day at sea and view glaciers like Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park.  Be sure to include at least one of these on your cruise trip.  You will also see the magnificent mountains, beautiful bays, and wonderful wildlife (like bears, whales and sea lions).

Mile 35 inside Denali National Park

Cruise tours are also extremely popular since you get the best of both, land and sea.  I always advise my clients to make sure you include a trip to Denali National Park since it is packed with nature and there is nothing like getting a glimpse of the tallest mountain in this hemisphere, Mount McKinley (soon to be renamed Mount Denali). This mountain can be seen for miles on a clear day even as far as Anchorage. The dry months tend to be in May and June so now is the time to go. The temperatures are cool at night into the 40’s but pleasant during the day with highs in the 50’s along the shore line. As you get into the heart of Alaska expect to see temperatures reaching the 60’s and 70’s. July and August are also popular months but it can get pretty hot as you travel inland with temperatures reaching the low 80’s.

If you love to fish for salmon, the best time is mid June to mid July before they start to travel upstream and spawn. The Kenai Peninsula and the Copper River are known for some of the best salmon fishing available anywhere.

McKinley Explorer

I am leaving for Alaska once again this Sunday on Holland America’s first full cruise tour this year and escorting a large group of active seniors. We will be spending one week at sea on Holland America departing from Vancouver and passing through the inside passage. We will have stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway before heading to Seward where we will start our land portion. At that point we will be off to Alyeska for two nights then to the large city of Anchorage. We then board the McKinley Explorer train for a delightful 8 hour ride to Denali National Park. This is where we will get amazing views of Mount McKinley if we luck out and get a sunny clear day along with some great wildlife in view. After two nights in the park, we head to Fairbanks in the heart of Alaska for our final stop before flying back home.

If you haven’t experienced Alaska yet, be sure to add this destination to your bucket list as it will surely add to your list of some of the most pristine natural places still protected in the World.



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