Very few cruise experiences compare to the fun and excitement of an Alaskan cruise. Just ask the thousands of cruisers who make the trip every year. In fact, more than half of the visitors to Alaska arrive by cruise ship, and an Alaska cruise has consistently ranked as one of the top domestic vacations. Not surprisingly, it is also a top destination choice for multigenerational cruisers. If you’re considering planning some multigenerational family travel, check out these five reasons an Alaskan cruise is a perfect choice.
1. Alaska Is One Of The Most Exotic Places You Can Visit for Family Travel In The USA.
Alaska, which is often referred to as the last great frontier, is a very large territory dominated by thousands of acres of untamed wilderness and a smattering of cities/towns. By sheer geographic mass, Alaska is the largest state in America, and you could easily spend several weeks touring around all of the nooks and crannies.
The massive glaciers and stunning marine wildlife provide a unique backdrop for a family cruise. The natural wildlife both in sea and on land is its own attraction. Think humpback whales, sea otters, moose, grizzly bears, and the largest population of bald eagles in the country. Where else can you see a moose strolling through town? And, Alaska offers many outdoor adventures: stunning mountain hikes, dog sledding, fishing, kayaking, looking for bears while hiking through a rainforest, and various helicopter excursions only scratch the surface of what’s available. As part of a land-tour extension, you could also visit Denali National Park and see Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in America. There are many one-of-a-kind experiences in Alaska that can truly be the foundation for the family trip of a lifetime.
2. Experience the Land of the Midnight Sun First Hand.
Have you ever wanted to see the midnight sun? If that doesn’t excite you personally, your kids and/or grand-kids will probably get a huge kick out of it. Generally, the “midnight sun” phenomenon, where the sun remains visible even at or after midnight, occurs during the summer in places that are north of the Arctic Circle (or south of the Antarctic Circle). Almost one-third of Alaska lies above the Arctic Circle and thus falls within the midnight sun zone. But even those parts of the State that fall outside the zone still experience exceptionally long summer days, some with daylight hours of 17 hours or more.
And there is plenty to pack into all of those extra daylight hours. Many outdoor activities run past 8 p.m., and some Alaskans manage to start a golf game at 10 p.m. in the summer.