In the past, I’ve written extensively about the custom Alaska CruiseTour that I will be hosting with Vancouver-based Cruise Experts Travel on July 6. But the 11-night Southbound Best of Alaska CruiseTour is just one of many that the popular agency has developed for this year.

Few sights are like the magnificent vistas of Glacier Bay National Park. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Few sights are like the magnificent vistas of Glacier Bay National Park. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

If you’ve taken a cruise tour through Alaska before, you’ll likely need no convincing to do so again. But why is it so important to experience Alaska by both land and sea? Simply put, it’s because there’s so much more to the State than Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway; and with a myriad of pre-and-post tour options and overland destinations, you can truly craft your own Alaskan experience.

For example, in conjunction with Princess Cruises, Cruise Experts Travel also offers a 10-night Northbound Best of Alaska CruiseTour that can be extended one night pre-cruise in Vancouver to form an 11-night journey.

These CruiseTour packages are offered on May 22, June 19 and July 17 heading Northbound; and June 8, July 6, and August 3 and 31 heading Southbound, all aboard the sleek Coral Princess.

Princess Cruises' Coral Princess, sister-ship to Island Princess (above) will be our home for seven glorious days of cruising fun! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, sister-ship to Island Princess (above) will be our home for seven glorious days of cruising fun! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Cruise Experts has also partnered with Celebrity Cruises to offer an 11-night Northbound Essential Alaska itinerary that takes place aboard the stylish Celebrity Millennium.

With departures on July 5, August 2, and August 30, this one-of-a-kind voyage begins in Vancouver before setting sail aboard the Celebrity Millennium on a weeklong journey up the coast of Alaska.

Celebrity Infinity moves from her berth at Skagway's Ore Dock and prepares to head into Lynn Canal - the deepest fjord in North America. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Celebrity Infinity moves from her berth at Skagway’s Ore Dock and prepares to head into Lynn Canal – the deepest fjord in North America. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Along the way, guests will get to call on and experience the mainstay Alaskan ports including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. But Celebrity Millennium will also pay a visit to Icy Strait Point, one of Alaska’s newer ports of call. Located near Hoonah, Icy Strait Point limits the number of cruise ships that can call here on a given day (typically no more than one or two vessels), creating an Alaskan experience that is intimate and rewarding.

Celebrity Millennium also spends some valuable scenic cruising time at Hubbard Glacier, which spans some 122 kilometres and is one of the few glaciers to be actually advancing instead of receding.

After docking in Seward, the land portion of this cruisetour begins with a journey to Alyeska, Alaska, where guests will have the ability to take the Mt. Alyeska tram for a breathtaking sight of their surroundings – some 2,300 feet above the valley!

Quite possibly the best reason to take an Alaska Cruise Tour: Denali National Park. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Quite possibly the best reason to take an Alaska Cruise Tour: Denali National Park. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Following an overnight stay in Alyeska, it’s off to Talkeetna, Alaska for an overnight stay to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities available here.

It is the next day, spent entirely in Denali National Park,that seems to stay with CruiseTour guests the most. One of Alaska’s most stunning crown jewels, Denali’s Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. Alaskan Natives have called this pristine area home for more than 11,000 years, and its picturesque beauty has been well-photographed. In fact, if you’re looking at an Alaska Cruise brochure now, chances are there’s a photo of Denali National Park staring back at you.

Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery during our cruisetour for a trip back in time! Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery near Fairbanks during your cruisetour for a trip back in time! Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

After Denali, it’s off to Fairbanks for a look at Alaska’s second-largest city. Less than 200 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, chances are you’ll get to experience a small taste of the famous “Midnight Sun.” On July 5, for example, the sun sets at 12:29AM – and rises again at 3:17AM!

There’s more to Alaska than just Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway – and it’s never been easier to explore the picturesque 49th State!

Get all the details on these Alaska CruiseTours by visiting Cruise Experts Travel!

 

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