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Alaska Cruise FAQ

An Alaska cruise should be on every seasoned cruisers bucket list. However, the world's final frontier is a world apart from other sought-after cruise destinations so it's natural to have a few questions. Below we've rounded some of the most common questions we receive from people looking to visit Alaska for the first time. Don't see your question listed? Feel free to contact us and one of our experts will be in touch. 

When should I cruise to Alaska? 

The Alaska cruise season runs from late April to September, with high season typically June through to August. The height of summer is the best time for wildlife spotting, while the shoulder months are best for seeing the landscape dusted with snow. 

What should I pack?

We recommend packing clothes that you can easily layer on top of each other. It can get chilly out on the deck while at sea but on land it's usually no more than a mild breeze. A fleece, rain jacket, practical shoes, sweater, and jogging suit are all suitable additions to your suitcase. But remember to also bring some formal clothes for dinners as well (though how formal they need to be will depend on the particular cruise line). 

Should I bring the kids?

There are several cruise lines with itineraries to Alaska that cater to families, such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. 

Do you any small ships sail to Alaska?

Luxury mid-sized ships regularly sail to Alaska, such as Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, and Oceania.  

How long are Alaska's daylight hours?

The amount of daylight you experience while in Alaska depends upon where you are and when you are travelling. During July you can experience around 20 hours of daylight. Then in the shoulder seasons of April and August, it is more likely to 13 hours. 

Will I get seasick on an Alaska cruise?

The waters of the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay and College Fjord are very smooth. However, seasickness is unique to the person so we recommend taking seasickness tablets with you just in case. 

When's the best time to see whales on an Alaska cruise?

Whales begin their northbound migration to Alaska in February, resulting in June and July boasting the highest population numbers.