Ocean day cruises are available in several areas of Alaska with the most popular destinations found at Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound. These trips offer a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska with its dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers and wildlife. Many vessels include guided hikes and sea kayaking right from the ship.
Cruise ships generally have two main itineraries: The Inside Passage Route, which goes roundtrip from either Seattle, Washington, or Vancouver, Canada, or the Gulf Route, which runs between Seattle/Vancouver and Seward/Whittier.
After you disembark, you'll want to stay and explore Alaska's inland destinations. You can go hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and participate in expeditions to see Alaskan wildlife, such as wolves, whales, moose, and bears. There are also opportunities to go on month-long expeditions to the top of Mt. McKinley.
Or take a step back in time with a riverboat ride on a grand sternwheeler. Travel to the Interior of Alaska and enjoy a day of relaxation, great food, colorful river lore, and music as you traverse the waters of the Chena or Tanana Rivers. Get a glimpse of historic Fairbanks and stop along the way to visit an Alaskan musher, tour an Athabascan fish camp or experience an Indian village.