The vast wilderness of Alaska is surprisingly accessible by cruise ship, and there’s plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with thriving populations of North American wildlife.
A family adventure holiday in Alaska provides a history, geography and science lesson all rolled into one. Summer is the best time to travel to the ‘last frontier’ when the sun is high in the sky and the bald eagles swoop around the mountain tops.
Having a balcony cabin is an absolute must when sailing through the famed glacier regions and past ice-fringed fjords. You'll also have a good chance of spotting whales, seals, sea lions, orcas, sea otters, mountain goats, brown and black bears, puffins and kittiwakes.
Most cruise companies provide the chance to add a pre- or post-tour to time on board ship in order to add an additional dimension to the Alaska experience. These include seaplane and trips, coach tours and the opportunity to stay in wilderness lodges. Kayaking, dog sled rides, Jeep tours, sight-seeing by helicopter and rainforest hikes mean even the most adventurist families are spoiled for choice.
Price: A 12-night Celebrity Cruises’ voyage from Vancouver returning to San Francisco via Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan plus Victoria in British Columbia and Astoria in Oregon starts at £3,050 based on a departure on August 23 2015, excluding flights.