The cruise: The vast wilderness of Alaska is surprisingly accessible and by cruise ship there’s plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal to thriving populations of North American wildlife.
On board: Having a balcony cabin is an absolute must when sailing through the famed glacier regions and past ice-fringed fjords.
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.
Whales, seals, sea lions, Orcas, sea otters, mountain goats, brown and black bears, puffins and kittiwakes can all be commonly spotted during the summer months.
Excusions: 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 trips, train journeys, coach tours and the opportunity to stay in wilderness lodges. Kayaking, dog sled rides, Jeep tours, sight-seeing by helicopter and rainforest hikes are among the many options available.
A typical family adventure holiday in Alaska involves a cruise combined with a land tour to give a history, geography and science lesson all rolled into one.
And stay... Celebrity Cruises runs a five-night Canadian Rockies land package prior to a nine-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruise from Vancouver. The ship Celebrity Century sails through the Inside Passage, Icy Strait Point, past the Hubbard Glacier to Juneau and Ketchikan before returning to Vancouver.
The Rockies element features a train journey to Jasper before travelling to Lake Louise through the Jasper and Banff National Parks to Calgary before flying back to Vancouver to board the ship.
Price: A 14-night cruise tour from £3,763 per adult and £3,268 per child based on two adults and two children sharing including return flights from Heathrow and a night’s pre-cruise accommodation, based on an August 12 departure. ?