Do You Dream of Going to Alaska?
“There are things that are done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold. The Arctic trails have their tales that would make your blood run cold”….Robert Service
Maybe not the “last frontier” but a land of history, mystery, adventure, and fun.
“How does one get to Alaska?”, I have been asked. Many want to go by train. But the train doesn’t go north and south from Canada to Alaska. It does run from Whittier to Fairbanks, east and west. So, what are our options?
Go to Alaska by Cruise Lines
There are a number of large ships and a few smaller ships that go from San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver, BC. There is also the Alaska State Ferry that goes from Bellingham, WA. Let’s talk about each of these:
- From Seattle – Many ships are now doing this route round trip to the Glaciers and back in 7 nights. Because of the old Jones Act, they have to make a stop in a foreign port – usually Victoria or Prince Rupert, Canada-for a few hours the last night.
- These ships must go at least one direction outside the Passage. The water can be rough and you miss the most beautiful part of the trip.
- From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 7 nights to the Glaciers and back. The most ideal because you get the inside passage.
- This route has very narrow channels with majestic mountains. You just watch for hours as the ship winds it’s way past small villages, sometimes dolphins and often whales.
- From Vancouver, BC to Seward or Whittier, Alaska or reverse for 7 nights and fly one way. This way you get more glaciers, plus you can add on a land tour to Denali Park or even on up to Fairbanks before or after the cruise.
- This is the most ideal especially if you will only go once in your lifetime, which is doubtful. Once you see this magnificent place, you will want to go back.
- Then there are some small ship companies doing cruises out of Juneau, Alaska. This is a wonderful way to get up close with nature. No big ship amenities, no dress codes. Only amazing sites along the way.
- The Alaska State Ferries allow you to drive your car onboard, get a cabin or sleep on the deck. Stopping in several ports, this is transportation only.
Call me to help you on your way to an amazing adventure.