0 comments on “7 Alaskan Icons Not to Miss
 

7 Alaskan Icons Not to Miss
 

Unlike anywhere else on the planet, Alaska brims with sprawling wilderness, dramatic glaciers and vibrant native heritage. A voyage to this corner of the world calls out to your adventurous spirit and encourages you to get to know a fascinating and truly wild side of North America. What to do when you finally get to America’s last frontier? Our Destination Specialists share the top 7 icons you shouldn’t miss.

1. Hubbard Glacier | North America’s largest tidewater glacier, the majestic Hubbard Glacier is 76 miles long and about 7 miles wide. The ice you see at the terminal face is approximately 450 years old, over 2000 feet thick at some locations and will leave you speechless. Cruise Hubbard Glacier this summer.

2. Totem Poles | Colorful totems reflect the native heritage of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, illustrating family lineage and sacred cultural heritage. In Ketchikan, you can visit the Totem Heritage Center, which is a national landmark housing 33 totems preserved from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages, while Sitka offers an impressive collection of totems near its visitor center and along the walking trail.

3. Bald Eagles | America’s most iconic and majestic symbol, bald eagles are abundant in Alaska with the population estimated to be at 30,000. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines is a particularly good spot as well as along the banks of the Stikine River near Wrangell.

4. Historic Gold Mine Towns | Skagway is a very well-preserved gold rush town – check out The Chilkoot Trail just outside of town, which is the centerpiece of the town’s gold rush history. You can also ride a train along the White Pass and Yukon Railway, which is known as Alaska’s Gold Rush Train and offers a glimpse into the 19th century miner landscape. Alaska’s gold mining past is alive in Juneau as well – retrace the historic route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold, visit Last Chance Basin and try your hand at panning for gold in Gold Creek.

5. Inside Passage | One of the most stunning locations in the world, this protected passage is calm and filled with everything from snowcapped mountains and calving glaciers to wildflowers and plenty of wildlife every summer. You can even spot migrating whales. Explore the Inside Passage with us.

6. Russian Culture in Sitka | Once the capital of Russian America, Sitka was a booming West Coast center for trade, diplomacy and the arts during the early 1800s. You can soak up the Russian influence with a scenic walking tour of the city, stopping at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Russian Bishop’s House and the Russian Orthodox Cemetery as well as many historic houses that showcase a Russian influence.

7. Denali | Alaska is home to 17 of our nation’s 20 highest peaks, including the majestic Denali, which is North America’s tallest peak. Explore this icon in comfort on our 4-day pre- or post-cruise Denali land tour.

We look forward to seeing you in Alaska this summer!

1 comment on “Guest Post: Our Top 5 Alaska Cruise Moments”

Guest Post: Our Top 5 Alaska Cruise Moments

By Oceania Cruises Guests Leslie & Peter Rubacky

Weeks later, we’re still reminiscing about our incredible cruise to Alaska. It was 10 blissful days of the great Alaskan outdoors, amazing food and wine, and tons of good old-fashioned family fun – deck games, board games, trivia – did we mention the great wine and lots of laughs? Here are a few of our favorite moments.

1. Our floatplane excursion to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan – it was most definitely equal parts adrenaline and awe.
19961370_10213919500121187_680578216102211905_n (1)

2. Shuffleboard paired with a good rosé and Alaskan skies – how can you go wrong?
Alaskancruise-2-185

3. Experiencing Sawyer Glacier. We got up close and personal with the glaciers, which you can only do on a smaller ship like Oceania Cruises.
Alaskancruise-2-284

4. The moment we learned this fun fact: not everyone knows how much whales like a good sauvignon blanc.
Alaskancruise-2-376

5. Watching brown bears in Sitka. Despite their imposing appearance, the bears were delightfully playful in their antics, almost juvenile.
Alaskancruise-2-368

We had such a great time, we’re already planning where our next family vacation on Oceania Cruises will take us!

2 comments on “Great American Adventures in Alaska”

Great American Adventures in Alaska

Big, bold, and beautiful, Alaska is a captivating land of ancient glaciers, majestic wildlife and an enchanting culture that welcomes travelers with open arms. The 49th state also offers myriad opportunities for exciting glacial explorations and kayaking tours, along with more leisurely pursuits such as birding or local ale tastings.

1 comment on “Postcards from Amazing Alaska”

Postcards from Amazing Alaska

The arrival of summer brings beautiful, adventure-filled days in Alaska. Whether riding the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad from Skagway or soaring above Alaskan wilderness during an unforgettable seaplane flight from Prince Rupert, Alaska invites you to discover one-of-a-kind experiences wherever you choose to explore. As Regatta prepares to sail New England during the fall, we’re remembering this summer’s stunning Alaska season in photos. A big thank you to our dedicated Destination Services team for sharing such wonderful photos!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We can’t wait to return to Alaska next summer!

0 comments on “Personalized Alaskan Fishing Trip & Luncheon”

Personalized Alaskan Fishing Trip & Luncheon

From the dramatic and rugged landscapes to the endless wildlife and rich cultural heritage, there’s always more to discover in Alaska. This summer, indulge your senses in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness during a relaxing personalized fishing excursion accompanied by a delightful al fresco seafood luncheon while in Ketchikan.