The majority of Alaska cruises with Carnival sail from the port of Seattle, either on a return trip or a one-way sailing to Vancouver in Canada. The occasional itinerary will sail in the opposite direction, from Vancouver to Seattle. Itineraries all last either seven or eight days and are all very similar, so you’ll typically visit the same ports on every sailing.
Juneau is a fixture on Alaskan cruise itineraries, as it is the capital of the region and a great base for a number of different excursions. You can try once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as whale-watching or walking on a glacier, touching ice that’s existed for thousands of years. You can enjoy breath-taking hikes through the surrounding forests, or amazing tours that include helicopter flights and dogsled rides for a unique way to explore the scenery.
Skagway is another port that’s always included on Carnival Alaska cruise itineraries, a town that’s heavily associated with the gold rush. A number of buildings still hark back to this era, so you can learn more about life back in the days of the ‘wild west’, either on a walking tour around the boardwalks and streets or through something more unique, such as a steam train journey or a wilderness safari on a 31 foot canoe.
Another of the major ports is Ketchikan, seen as one of the main gateways for the northern parts of the state, with a majestic mix of scenery including mountains, quaint buildings, forests and more. The waterfront in the town itself is famed for being a delight, while some of the exciting excursions you could try include an authentic crab fishing tour or an adventure course over Bear Creek including zip line experience.
Some of the other staples of Carnival Alaska cruises include parts that you won’t anchor at but scenic destinations that you sail through instead. Glacier Bay is one of these, home to countless wildlife species, while the Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage are two further fine examples of the amazing scenery that you can enjoy when you choose one of our Carnival Alaska cruises.