Whether it’s the roar of a humpback whale, diamond blue icebergs floating on a glassy bay, or the taste of wild salmon grilled to perfection, a trip to Alaska is a feast for the senses. With Silversea’s itineraries, you’ll be able to spend more time at each port, exploring the untouched terrain of Alaska on an expedition that will expose you to the adventure, serenity, and beauty the state is known for. Renowned for its whale migrations, exceptional scenery, and iconic natural wonders, you’ll gain access to everything Alaska has to offer on a Silversea Cruise.
On a Silversea Alaskan cruise, cruisers will encounter magnificent glaciers, a humpback whale or two, and some may even spot a grizzly bear from their suite. By booking any of our Silversea Alaskan Cruises, you’ll have plenty of time for exploration of the Alaskan wilderness, plus plenty of quality time to spend with your friends or family while on board. Although Alaska’s weather is its biggest shortcoming, the Alaskan cruise season runs from April to September, when the state’s weather is at its best. September is ideal for catching the famous Northern Lights, while the later summer months are perfect for those interested in fishing.
Silversea Shadow & Discoverer
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Shadow or Discoverer. Known for its dining, guests on the Silversea Silver Shadow can choose from four restaurants, each with a menu that includes wellness, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Perfect for well-traveled couples, the Silver Shadow offers the luxuries of a private yacht, the amenities of a country club, and the fine services of an exclusive hotel in one convenient package. Due to its small size, the Silversea Silver Discoverer is the perfect platform for viewing the untamed landscapes of Alaska- her shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, so cruisers can experience the wetlands and ecosystems of the state up-close and in-depth.
Things to Do in Alaska
Often referred to as the land without fences, Alaska is a place where animals outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight, and nature reigns supreme. Although cruisers will see plenty of wildlife from the comfort of their own balcony, a trip to the Denali National Park is a must-see for those who love nature. The six-million acre wilderness preserve is one of the last great untouched places on earth, and is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep.
Ketchikan is a popular port city and, while there, cruisers can discover the artistry and handiwork that goes into the totem pole- an Alaskan monument that’s carved to honor a person or an event. Ketchikan is also the place where cruisers can soar above the fjords to get an eagle’s eye view of Alaska- if you’re daring enough to board the seaplane, don’t forget your camera! Finally, Mendenhall Glacier sits only 12 miles from the city, and there are plenty of hikes that will give you a spectacular view of this structure that’s slowly disappearing over time.
Alaska Cruise Tips
If you’re concerned about choppy waters, avoid the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska and opt for the largely protected stretch of the Inside Passage instead. To do so, book a northbound cruise so you’ll cruise the Gulf towards the end of your trip when you’ve already grown accustomed to the open sea. If you or your traveling partner are especially prone to seasickness, think twice about roundtrip cruises from Seattle that spend two consecutive days cruising the open ocean.
As you’re probably aware, the weather in Alaska is unpredictable. Some days it’s cold, and other days it’s even colder. Even on sunny days, cruising near a massive iceberg can be quite chilly. To stay warm, dress in layers of clothing so you can add or remove layers as dictated by your environment. You’ll want to pack a bathing suit, a very warm fleece jacket, and casual wear for time spent on the ship. Be prepared for drastic changes in weather and, to avoid high-season crowds and prices, select a ship that sails on an off-schedule itinerary.