Alaska Cruises from Seward
Why see Alaska from the typical perspective? If you’re wanting to view the northernmost state from an unusual angle, begin your cruise from Seward.
Located by Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward sits about 125 miles from Anchorage. It’s in the perfect spot for exploring the state’s quintessential aspects before your trip begins. Many make it a priority to kayak, fish, or observe marine wildlife by the park, or for something different, you can explore the start of the Alaska railroad or see the Iditarod sled dog race, depending upon the time of year.
From here, the usual cruise goes down Alaska’s coast to finish in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Passengers frequently request this itinerary, so multiple cruise lines offer this trip during the prime traveling season:
• Celebrity Cruises
• Holland America
• Regent Seven Seas
• Royal Caribbean
• Norwegian Cruise Line
• Crystal Cruises
When leaving Seward for Vancouver, the cruise lasts at least seven nights, depending upon the number of stops in between.
While the starting port presents a change of pace, the itinerary touches on Alaska’s most significant spots.
Your itinerary could include stops in:
• Sitka, known for its lasting Russian influence.
• Skagway, the port with abundant Gold Rush history.
• Ketchikan, known for its Tlingit culture.
• Juneau, not far from Alaska’s coastal Rainforest
• Major city Anchorage, which is close to Denali National Park
• The Inside Passage, an oft-requested itinerary for observing glaciers and marine life.
Keep in mind that, with luxury cruise lines, not every cruise departing from Seward travels down Alaska’s Pacific Coast. Rather, Seward begins a voyage to Asia, with an itinerary including ports along Russia’s eastern coast and Japan.
Preparing for Your Trip
Exploring the outdoors draws many to take an Alaska cruise, but during the season, from May to October, weather and conditions change. Warmer days mean rain and temperatures up to 70°, while you’ll need to prepare for far colder environments when cruising by glaciers and hiking through the park.
As a result, it’s recommended that, for this and other Alaskan itineraries, you pack for temperate and cold conditions, with clothing that can easily be layered.
To start planning your trip, browse itineraries departing Seward from any of the cruise lines listed above and find deals through Direct Line Cruises.