The Last Frontier. The Great Land. The Land of the Midnight Sun. Whatever you call it, Alaska is a state of extreme beauty with once-in-a-lifetime adventures waiting around every corner. From colossal glaciers that calf right in front of your eyes to adorable puppies being groomed to become the next generation of champion sled dogs to whales breaching just a stone’s throw away from your sightseeing boat, unforgettable memories abound on an Alaska cruise.
We asked our Facebook fans to share their most amazing Alaska photos and memories, and we received some beautiful shots and special thoughts. In fact, we received so many that we’re dedicating two posts to Alaska through the eyes of our Facebook fans.
These gorgeous photos are sure to make any traveler ready to book their next cruise to Alaska and experience the majesty for themselves.
REPEAT AFTER ME
Alaska is a region that enjoys a high percentage of repeat cruisers. Perhaps it’s the vast amount of adventures that need to be experienced over multiple visits. Or the breathtaking beauty that just gets more glorious with each visit.
We have cruised to Alaska 6 times (5 times a 7 day trip and once a 14 day trip) all on Holland America! The views are still breathtaking after 6 trips. Wonderful service on board — we probably go again! — Sigrid Tilley
Fourth Alaskan cruise coming up on Aug 24th and just as excited about this cruise as I was with the 1st 3 – Alaska has a power about it that can’t be explained – the natural beauty is just awe inspiring!!! — Wendy Munro
Eileen Graham: We’re joining you for our 4th Alaska cruise June 1st. It’s one of our favorite adventures and memory making places. See you soon!
Debbie Fuller: Japan to Vancouver through Alaska on the Volendam last April (2014). Heading for Land and Sea in July this year.
Been there twice via Holland America and there are no words to describe the magnificent beauty of Alaska. Holland America spoiled and pampered us, wonderful way to spend our 20th and 25th anniversary. We went to Hawaii for our 30th but Alaska is way better!! Our dream is to do a family trip there when the grandchildren are old enough and it will happen!! — Gerri Lang
We have been to Alaska EIGHT (or is in nine?!?) times! Planning to take another group in late August-early September 2016 with Holland America Line–of course!!. Never get tired of this marvelous place! — Rebecca Russell
Been there twice. Sea the first time, land and sea the second. So many wonderful sites. — Kathi Olson Raftery
MUSH, MUSH, BABY!
One of the highlights of any trip to Alaska is a dogsled rid over a glacier. In Juneau and Skagway guests can mush with the best on the Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter tour or take the Sled Dog Discovery & Musher’s Camp shore excursion.
The most amazing experience of the trip. A 45 minute helicopter ride to a glacier in Juneau where 270 dogs and their mushers awaited us for a spectacular dog sled ride atop the glacier. A must do when visiting Juneau. — Bev Harris
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!
Whales and eagles and bears, oh my! Alaska is home to some of the most diverse and exciting wildlife species. On every cruise, guests are sure to see a variety of animals, from moose and caribou to goats, orcas, eagles and owls. Sometimes animals, such as bears, are spotted along the shore during scenic cruising, and other times they are just feet away like on the Discover Alaska’s Whales tour. For any animal lover, Alaska is the place to get close to nature and see some of these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
We have cruised three times to Alaska and have a fourth booked for 2016. It is our favorite place to visit. [Below] picture is of a pod of whales on a whale watching excursion. — Merriellen Grant Bonem
Just returned from the first sailing this year to Alaska on the Westerdam. Not a drop of rain! Beautiful clear days, full moons, amazing scenery, and the wildlife was incredible, especially in Sitka. This is a gray whale that came right up to our little boat during a wildlife adventure. Our friends came along to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary, and my 78 year old mother joined us. This was our third Alaska cruise with Holland America, but our first in spring. Will definitely cruise there again in spring!! Tip: Go a day early and visit Pike Market and Chihuly Gardens in Seattle. — Sam Crawford-Shelton
There’s more to come…
One of the main reasons travelers choose to cruise Alaska is for the stunning scenery, so stay tuned for another post that will show off the glaciers and natural beauty of the state.
What’s your favorite part about cruising to Alaska. Tell us below!