Disney Cruise Line to Alaska
At a glance, a cruise to Alaska appears like an excursion for the serious outdoorsman – someone who can handle the elements through hikes and glacier watching. It’s a trip that wouldn’t appeal to children, especially as much of it involves exploring the outdoors and this northern state’s history, but Disney presents a family-friendly solution.
One of the cruise line’s ships, with its familiar design, takes adults and their children to ports and activities all will enjoy. Observe whales from the deck of the ship, learn about Klondike Gold Rush history, and even catch a dog-sledding ride, all while enjoying Disney’s familiar amenities like the Pixar Party in the atrium.
If you and your children would like to explore this corner of America, be sure to arrive in Vancouver or San Diego and expect to spend seven to nine nights at sea.
The Disney Wonder makes this trek from either port. This ship introduced in 1999 features Broadway-style shows, themed pools, the gorgeous Buena Vista theater, and a choice of dining options for all ages.
Disney gives a family-friendly view of Alaska’s popular cruise ports:
Juneau: The state’s capital, located on the Panhandle and right at the base of Mount Juneau, presents opportunities for your children to experience Alaska’s natural wonders up close. Get to know the state’s Pacific Coast rainforest and the Mendenhall Glacier, half a mile wide and 1,800 feet deep. Or for something low-key, consider excursions to the Mount Roberts Tramway, the Alaska State Museum, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
Ketchikan: The Salmon Capital of the world sits on Revillagigedo Island, right by Tongass Narrows. The port features three totem pole parks – a chance to learn about the state’s Native American cultures – and an innovatively-designed downtown, with a suspended boardwalk.
Sitka: Russian and Native American cultures merge in this port, which is also another opportunity to spend time in the outdoors. Excursions cover a range of hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, aquatic life, and humpback whale-watching activities. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy a meal of fresh salmon and local seafood.
Skagway: This south coast port, right at the end of the Lynn Canal, lets you into Gold Rush history. Be sure to stop by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
Tracy Arm Fjord: A scenic destination that’s viewed from the ship, this location takes you past waterfalls, mountains, falling ice, and more glaciers.
Be sure to pack accordingly, with attire appropriate for 45° to 65°F weather.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, why not do it with your family onboard the comfort of a Disney cruise? Start by scheduling your trip with Direct Line Cruises today.
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