Cruises from Seward, Alaska
Located on the southern coast of the Kenai Peninsula and connected by highway to the city of Anchorage, Seward is becoming one of the favorite departure points or cruises heading south to the Inside Passage.
Most of these vacation packages are operated by Holland America, Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises, taking passengers along the south central coast past Prince William Sound, along the coastal glaciated areas of the St. Elias Range, and then stopping at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan before continuing on to Vancouver, B.C.
The cruises out of Seward are generally about seven nights long, and because they are one-way itineraries, are popular with those wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest cities of Seattle and Vancouver before flying to Alaska, spending time in Anchorage and then returning by a cruise ship.
Cruises from Whittier, Alaska
Close to Anchorage, the town of Whittier is now a departure point for cruises to Vancouver, B.C. These vacation packages are operated by Princess Cruises and are one week in length, taking passengers from South Central Alaska southeastward to the coastal St. Elias Range, Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan before heading south to Vancouver.
Other exciting cruise options from Whittier include longer trips to Far Eastern destinations. These itineraries are also operated by Princess Cruises and include a fantastic 32 night vacation cruise from Whittier to Sapporo, Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand.
A shorter 16 night cruise to the Far East includes stops at Sapporo, Japan, Vladivostok, Russia, Dalian, China and ends in Beijing. These cruises can be combined with air travel packages back to North America.
This article was prepared in collaboration with Ashot Hayrapetyan of Cayole Cruises.