Cruising Alaska

Mar 2, 2018


Thanks to Phil Hoffmann Travel.

Home to spectacular glaciers, soothing hot springs, desolate ice fields and Mount McKinley - Alaska is a nature lover’s delight. And there’s no finer way to discover it than from a cruise ship.

Cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, a coastal route that winds its way through landscapes of majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine forested shores and glacier-carved fjords. Visit charming towns and quaint ports, witness wildlife in its natural habit and - if you’re lucky - see the stunning northern lights ripple and dance across the night sky.

The Alaskan portion of the Inside Passage encompasses the state’s capital, Juneau, plus regions such as Ketchikan and Glacier Bay National Park. Cruise passengers voyaging along the Inside Passage can look forward to viewing picturesque coastlines and stunning fjords. Awe-inspiring glacier flightseeing, kayaking and whale-watching is also on offer. Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing village. Today, visitors can experience the towns rich Native heritage and see the world’s oldest collection of totem poles. It’s also the best place to spot black and brown bears feeding on the spawning salmon in July and August.   

The Kenai Peninsula, nicknamed “Alaska’s playground”, is a haven for outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and hiking, and boasts breathtaking scenery. The town of Seward, a popular port for cruise ships, is also the location of Mile 0 of the historic Iditarod Trail. Famous Kenai Fjords National Park is home to Harding Icefield, Exit Glacier, Bear Glacier and other stunning natural sights.

The interior of the state is Alaska’s heartland. Majestic Mt McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, towers over Denali National Park, where wild moose, bears, wolves and other northern animals roam.

Visit Skagway, a once booming, but lawless, frontier town during the Klondike Gold Rush, where hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. When the gold dwindled, so did the population however it still retains flavours of the gold rush era. History buffs can visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, or ride a train on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.

To find out how you can experience Alaska for yourself, contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch or call 1300 748 748 for more details.