When to go on a small ship cruise in Alaska
My father has a summer solstice birthday and he’d always wanted to celebrate it seeing whales. And we did, for his 70th. I think we saw almost as many whales as he had years.
The skipper always knows the best time to go on a small ship cruise in Alaska, and most head off into the thawing waters around May, docking up for winter around late September. Temperatures range between 12-15°C but reach 20°C in Jun. Peak season for prices is Jul-Aug. Wildlife wise, Jun-Jul are great for humpback whales and May-Jun for orcas. Bears are busy between Jul-early Sep at the mouths of rivers where salmon are taking a chance with destiny in search of spawning grounds. On land, mid Jun-end Jul is pretty bad for mossies, so be prepared.
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This Alaska cruising holidays travel guide takes you on a journey around the archipelagos, coves, glaciers down the Pacific Coast of Alaska.
Our Alaska cruising map and highlights is packed with archipelagos, whales, coastal forests and an all round labyrinth of littoral loveliness.
The Eastern Coves are the most popular route to explore Alaska’s southeast coast, the Alexander Archipelago, Misty Fjords National Monument and Fords Terror.
The Western Coves route is not only west of Juneau, the port of embarkation, but also north into Glacier Bay National Park. One gigantic wilderness.
So many bears, bald eagles, whales and dolphins to see. Thankfully small ship cruises in Alaska are in the season when the sun hardly sets.
From what to pack to some favourite spots to visit, read on for plenty of tips and advice from our Alaska cruising experts.
The biggest responsible tourism tip on an Alaska cruising holiday is think small, think slow and think sustainable. Read on for more details.