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Why Alaska needs to be your next holiday hotspot

Alaska is an adventurer’s dream. It’s a snowy wonderland with some of the world’s best scenery, plus there’s dog-sledding, skiing and mountain biking adventures for clients to get stuck into.

It’s also one of the most fascinating destinations around. You can walk through a dazzling ice field, explore via Zodiac, take a helicopter tour, see the incredible Northern Lights and even visit a glacier or two.

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The scenery is rendered even more stunning by cruising, stopping along the way to do a little exploring, of course. Some Alaskan towns are only accessible by boat, which means taking a cruise through the beautiful ocean surrounding this US state is a guaranteed way to see absolutely everything Alaska has to offer.

But exploring from the water doesn’t have to mean huge cruise liners. There are many smaller ships built for the more adventurous traveller, like Alaska Dream Cruises’ 74-passenger Chichagof Dream pictured below.

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And if larger ships are your thing, be prepared to be out and about all the time – Alaska is no place for snoozing in your cabin for days on end.

In fact, most cruises through Alaska have very few ocean days at all; instead there’s a nearly endless bevy of shore excursions to get excited about.

These excursions can be as adventurous (or relaxed) as you like, with options ranging from an easy scenic kayak tour to a helicopter flight-seeing trip or abseiling down a half-frozen waterfall.

Then it’s simply a matter of hopping back onboard for a relaxing spa treatment, drink or top notch meal.

HAL Cruise Ship in Alaska (Website)

Holland America Line was the first ever large cruise ship company to take on Alaska –and boy did they succeed.

Its cruises to Alaska feature scenic cruising in Tracy Arm, Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay, all which promise spectacular views. The cruise line has been showing travellers the wonders of Glacier Bay, a World Heritage site, since before it was even designated as a National Park.

You’ll also be spoilt for choice onboard. Holland America Line ships all have a ton of dining and bar options, with endless entertainment (including a casino) at guests’ disposal.

Celebrity Millennium, ML, Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, ship exterior, glacier, ice

Celebrity Cruises is another company perfect for large-cruise lovers (with Celebrity Millennium pictured above). It even has Broadway shows onboard.

There are incredible shore excursions too, with everything from a canoeing trail through the rainforest to whale watching and a vintage train ride on the staggering White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

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If you’re after a smaller, more intimate trip, there are plenty of small ship cruising companies to choose from. All of them come with top notch cabins that will have your clients kicking back in utter luxury.

Uncruise has a tonne of included activities in its Alaska voyages, like a floating river tour, paddle boarding, kayaking and a special captain’s choice exploration.

You can start your day onboard these smaller ships with fresh pastries and yoga stretches whilst admiring the view, before ending it in a hot tub before dinner with your new shipmates.

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For even more excitement, Alaskan Dream Cruises specialise in adventure cruising. There’s a stack of wilderness and wildlife safaris on offer for the bolder voyagers out there.

Plus, before even setting foot on your ship, guests will be able to take a tour in your port town, which includes everything from museum visits to wildlife spotting. After this, they’ll get a complimentary hotel or airport transfer. Yep, touring the waters of Alaska is easy from start to finish.

For more information visit Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays at https://canada-alaska.com.au

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