Does the harsh winter weather have you starting to think about your summer vacation already? Make 2014 the summer you go on that Alaskan adventure you’ve always talked about! This is the perfect time to book a vacation to enjoy the untouched Southeast Alaska wilderness, majestic blue glaciers, and plentiful wildlife. Every town, from Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Gustavus, and Skagway has something unique for visitors to enjoy. Individuals, couples, and families can all partake in what the bountiful Alaskan frontier has to offer, with cruises, flightseeing tours, and other tour opportunities.
Cruise your way to relaxation. Many affordable cruises to Alaska include stops at a variety of ports, including Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. For a limited time, you can book cruises for as low as $598 per person on Princess Cruises; these cruises depart from Seattle, WA or Vancouver, B.C. Royal Caribbean International offers cruises for as low as $544 per person from Vancouver, B.C. in its new Radiance of the Seas or the 7 night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise from Seattle, WA starting at $709 per person. Holland America Line tours start at $599 per person. Most of these cruises run during the peak season, from May – September, when the weather is at its best, and include a number of exiting shore excursions. Prices can change at a moment’s notice, so be sure to book your cabin ASAP.
See Alaska from above. Whether you’re coming into Southeast Alaska by cruise ship or airplane, booking an aerial tour of the area can be the best way to see the awe-inspiring natural beauty that is characteristic of the region. Wings of Alaska offers several private tour options that include flights over the Juneau Icefields, Lynn Canal, and the Mendenhall Glacier. Tour arrangements can be made by calling 800 – 789 – 9464. You can also book a scheduled flight to one of five destinations: Juneau, Haines, Hoonah, Gustavus, and Skagway on www.wingsofalaska.com.
Whale watching and fishing tours. Tour services like Alaska Galore can help you create your perfect tour by air or water. Observe majestic humpback whales on a whale watching tour, starting at $139 for the 2014 tour season. Fishing tours start at $199 for ½ day and $259 for ½ day, and can be arranged for either salmon or halibut fishing. Both tours depart from Auke Bay harbor, and Alaska Galore can pick up cruise ship passengers from the Juneau dock. Whale watching tours can also be combined with flightseeing packages for the full S.E. Alaska experience. Find out more at www.alaskagalore.com or by calling toll-free 877-794-2537.