Packing and excursion tips for your Alaskan cruise

Posted April 15th, 2015

When you choose to take an Alaskan cruise holiday, you’re setting yourself up for a cruise experience which is ultimately unique when compared to the rest of the world’s cruising destinations. The months of May to September are the perfect times to visit Alaska, as the season is more forgiving than the rest of the year, and you have access to breathtaking and memorable on-shore excursions which you wouldn’t find any where else on the planet. 

For this reason it is esential that you pack a little differently for your Alaskan cruise holiday. The weather can change quickly in Alaska, and you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors having the time of your life. We have summarised five of the top on shore excursions you can look forwad to when you visit Alaska. We’ve also given you a list of items to make sure you’re comfortable, and ready for anything that the great Alaskan wilderness can throw at you. 

What to pack for your Alaskan cruise adventure:

  • Good Boots or walking shoes (preferably waterproof) and slops
  • Sunscreen
  • Sea sickness pills
  • Binoculars
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Longsleeve, short sleeve, thick and thin tops
  • Windbreaker / Rain Coat
  • Socks for all occasions - walking, exercise, and evening wear
  • Shorts and swimwear
  • Caps, Hats, and or Sun Visor
  • Medication
  • Small first aid kit
  • Bug spray - mainly for when you are on shore
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Back pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Zip loc bags of all sizes for laundry
  • Small flashlight
  • Photography & Electronic Equipment
  • Memory cards for extra digital storage of photos etc.
  • Extra batteries or battery chargers for all your electronics

As we mentioned, you might be spending a lot of time in the outdoors, and in Alaska the weather can be quite variable. The above list of items will ensure you’re ready to take on some of the best activities available in this beautiful location. 

Five of the top shore excursions in Alaska

Helicopter Glacier tours

There are a number of helicopter tour operators available at your Alaskan cruise destinations. These tours are without a doubt a definite must, provided you aren’t too afraid of heights. You’ll love getting up close and personal with the immense Alaskan glaciers as your pilot negotiates the terrain and treats you to the finest views in this part of the world. 

Dog Sled Adventures

You can’t visit Alaska without getting involved in a bit of mushing. Dog sledding is as much a part of Alaskan way of life as salmon fishing, or the immense glaciers are. Imagine the thrill of driving a pack of 12 to 14 dogs, as you skim across the great Alaskan plains. This is an experience you will never forget. No matter which tour operator you select, you can be sure to have the necessary guidance for your day of adventure.

Zip Lining

Zip lining is a fun and exciting activity no matter where you do it. But in Alaska, with its rich natural scenery, zip lining becomes an experience which will be etched into your memory for years to come. Spend some quality time with mother nature in the wild Alaskan tree tops as you walk, climb and zip through the forests of this breathtaking part of the world. 

Salmon & Halibut Fishing

Alaska is known for it’s salmon and the environement is perfect for hosting some of the best salmon fishing in the world. The water is clean and cold, the surrounding landscape is beautiful and breathtaking, and the quantity of Salmon and Halibut is abundant. Make sure you get a line in the water when you visit Alaska, you won’t be dissapointed.

Wilderness Safaris

We all know that Alaska is renowned for its natural beauty. It’s filled with a wide array of spectacular wildlife from Brown Bear, Moose or Karibou, Eagles, whales, and so much more. When visiting Alaska on your cruise, make sure you go on a wilderness safari to really experience the immense beauty of this part of the world. Alaska is a place of pure natural scenery that will take your breath away every time you look out over it’s landscape. By making sure you’ve packed everything you need to make the most of your cruise holiday, you’re sure to have the time of your life at each new uniquely Alaskan port on your itinerary. 

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