Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a luxury cruise line offering a small cruise ship with only 700 guests. Regent Alaska cruises are great for travellers looking for country club casual atmosphere onboard, food & wine conisseurs, and the adventure-oriented. Regent Alaska cruises are all-inclusive of beverages, gratuities and shore excursions.
Why cruise to Alaska?
Breathtaking scenery, gleaming glaciers, abundant wildlife, and Native American culture are only a few of the spectacular attractions that draw people to Alaska. With so much to see and do in Alaska, it's no wonder the state's official flower is the alpine forget-me-not!
One of the most popular ways to visit Alaska is by cruise ship. Ships generally offer seven-day itineraries that typically sail along the Inside Passage and visit Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier, stopping at three ports along the way. There is a wide-variety of cruise lines offering Alaska, from the family-friendly to the ultra luxury all-inclusive to the educational adventure-oriented. Many of the cruise lines also offer a variety of extended cruisetour package options which take guests deeper into Alaska via train or coach. An Alaska cruisetour package will include land stays at lodges and sightseeing in Denali National Park, which makes for an even more comprehensive Alaska vacation.
For climate and sunlight purposes, Alaska cruises travel during the summer months, from May to September each year. July and August are peak season, when average daily high temperatures can reach 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're looking for the best value, look at departures in May and September when temperatures average around 50 degrees. June is a favourable month to travel to Alaska as whales are migrating, the weather is mild and it's less crowded than peak season.
A variety of cruise ships sail to Alaska, many of which offer expanded kids programs for families. Many cruises travel from the port of Vancouver, BC; some cruise one-way to the Anchorage area and some others sail round-trip. Seattle, WA is increasingly becoming a popular summer homeport for many cruise lines; keep in mind that when cruising from Seattle you'll travel the Outside Passage, which is not as scenic as the Inside Passage. Both embarkation/disembarkation cities allow ships to visit the most popular ports on an Alaska cruise, including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.