You’ve been wanting to try something different this year. The family trip to the beach is becoming a habit and slightly repetitive. The golden years have come and now you can relax a bit in your retirement. But what to do to commemorate this joyous milestone?  Have you ever thought of a cruise vacation to Alaska, the most northern state of the United States? What could be a more thrilling experience than to cruise to Alaska, the place known for its vastness, its wilderness and its beauty?

If you’re wondering where to cruise this summer and you’ve done the Caribbean and the European cruises, why not try something completely different?  If taking an Alaska cruise has been something you’ve been pondering, then you’re in luck. Several of the major cruise line companies offer cruise packages and special rates for cruises beginning with the summer season this year.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, a popular cruise line with many years experience planning short term and long term excursions at sea for individuals and families, is now offering seven day cruises with multi-night land exploration options to Mount McKinley and various other Alaskan destinations. Your itinerary can begin at anyone of a variety of departure ports such as Seattle, Vancouver or Seward.  Prices for a cruise range from $648 through $1,542, depending on length of cruise and ship itinerary.

Depending on your budget and time frame, you may choose a cruise that visits a number of ports during the itinerary, such as Hubbard Glacier, Icy Straight Point, Seward, Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, the Inside Passage, and more.

Holland America Line offers exciting land and sea journeys this season where you take a cruise to Alaska and disembark at selected locations on the itinerary for the experience of exploring the beautiful and breathtaking interior of Alaska.

Excursions include packages to Denali National Park (Denali Land and Sea cruise package) or the Yukon Denali Land and Sea cruise.  Holland America is currently offering these packages for the 2017-2019 operating season.  It offers flexible cruise packages to this wild, untamed country allowing you to experience Alaska’s wild rugged coastline, its glacier sculptures, Klondike Goldrush history and its national parks of astounding beauty.

Princess Cruises is offering reduced cruise specials to Alaska if you book early for a summer departure. Prices are starting at 25% off per person if you are sailing between July and September, with cruises being offered at just $299 for third and fourth guests if you book now for a group.

Princess Cruise Lines offers round trip and one way cruise trips to Alaska, and cruise and land tours of Alaska for up to fifteen nights in duration. Destinations offered by Princess include departures from Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and include itineraries to points all through Alaska.

Decide what features of Alaska you wish to see.  All of these cruise lines offer fascinating excursions to some of the most interesting Alaska destinations.  Whether you want to watch sea lions in Kenai Fjords National Park or do some humpback whale watching through the Inside Passage or visit the wilderness of Alaska’s national parks (Denali National Park) or the amazing glaciers (Hubbard Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier or Glacier Bay White Pass) or experience the history of the gold rush on the Yukon Route Railroad, an Alaskan cruise has much to offer.

Decide your budget and the length of time you’d like to book.  With choices such as the ones offered by these three cruise lines, you are sure to find an itinerary that fits your tastes and budget. Of course, all the cruise lines mentioned offer first rate amenities include entertainment, the finest and most scrumptious round the clock dining and drinking options, friendly and attentive staff, and creature comforts that promise to make your journey to the wilds of Alaska unforgettable.

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