Since Alaska is a great destination for traveling families, I have uncovered some tips for families going on an Alaskan cruise tour. A lot of people thing that an Alaska cruise is not for them, and I’m hear to tell you that is not the case! There is something for every type of family in Alaska.
There are tons of reasons to visit Alaska. Alaska is a fantastic cruise destination for children, who are likely to love the rugged landscapes, unusual wildlife, historic villages and sparkling glaciers. Alaskan cruises are particularly good for kids in grade school and up, because they can participate in most shipboard activities and shore excursions.
While on the ship, kids can enjoy the ever-changing scenery, watch for wildlife or take advantage of the just-for-kids clubs offered by many cruise lines. Like adults, kids will also enjoy the wide variety of food and entertainment on Alaska-bound cruise ships. When it’s time to go ashore, kids can stretch their legs in a variety of Alaskan ports, such as Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, which all offer family-friendly activities.
One of Ketchikan’s major attractions is an incredible collection of totem poles at Totem Bight State Historical Park, Saxman Native Village and the Totem Heritage Center Museum. Families can also browse the shops along Creek Street, where the buildings are raised on stilts, or visit the nearby Tongass National Forest or Misty Fjords National Monument.
Juneau, the Mount Roberts Tramway is just steps away from the cruise ship dock. A six-minute ride takes families 1,800 feet up Mount Roberts for some terrific views. While in Juneau, your family could also choose to visit a salmon hatchery, view a glacier via helicopter, or ride behind a trained dogsled team. There is tons to do for free in Juneau as well!
Skagway is often described as the best-preserved gold rush town in the United States. Families can walk through the historic town and recall the notorious characters attracted by the promise of gold. You can also hike on local trails, take a train ride over White Pass, check out gold rush memorabilia at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, or even pan for your own bit of gold.
With so much to do and see, consider giving each of your kids their own disposable cameras when you embark, especially if they’re not ready for the responsibility of an expensive digital camera. They’ll have fun taking photos of each other and the unique sights of Alaska.
Cruising Alaska is doable with children. The active nature of the cruise will keep families engaged and entertained. If you have any questions, please ask below.