Cruising Alaska

Alaska is world-class cruising destination with striking landscapes, lush green forests and abundant wildlife. But when is the best time to visit?

It depends on what you want to see. Find out more in my guide to cruising Alaska.

Top Months to Cruise Alaska & Why

  • May & September: Ideal for cheap travel deals & fewer mosquitos
  • Spring: Snow-capped mountains and fresh green foliage
  • September: Immerse in vivid Fall colours
  • Mid-summer: The best time for warmth
  • May & June: Good for wildlife watching ashore
  • June & July: Best for bear watching
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When Is the Best Time for Alaskan Fishing

You can go Alaskan fishing during any month of Alaska’s cruise season.

Prince of Wales Island has sport salmon fishing during summer.

Don’t miss Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world!

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The Inside Passage is ideal for photography

Top Alaska Cruise Destinations

There is an almost-endless list of Alaska cruise destinations to visit. Highlights include the following:

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The impressive Hubbard Glacier

Glacier Bay National Park

The Glacier Bay National Park is not to be missed. Unsurprisingly, it’s full of glaciers and offers dramatic landscapes.

It’s a great place to cruise to enjoy sea kayaking, visiting remote villages and admiring every shape of glacier imaginable.

April to June are the best months to cruise the Glacier Bay National Park for low rainfall.

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Tracy Arm is ideal for whale watching in summer

Tracy Arm

Another popular Alaska cruise choice, Tracy Arm is a narrow fjord over 30 miles long.

It’s home to some of Alaska’s largest glaciers and offers waterfalls, eagles, whales and seals.

Visit Tracy Arm during summer to spot humpback whales and orcas.

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Alaska Islands

With over 2600 islands to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your Alaska cruise.

Join an Alaska Islands cruise and you’ll visit some of the best-known islands.

It’s a great destination for photographing plunging fjords, porpoises, whales and numerous birds.

Make sure you visit Baranof Island to bathe in the blissfully-warm hot springs.

Visit the Alaska Islands in April and May to spot grey whales or June to September to see minke whales.

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Make time to explore Juneau

Need More Inspiration?

Read my full article about the best time to cruise Alaska to discover these other top Alaska cruising highlights:

The salmon capital of the world.

The world’s largest collection of standing totem poles.

Why you need to visit Juneau.

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