Even vacations have goals: On a Caribbean cruise, you want to see beaches. On a European cruise, you want to see museums and historic sites.
Those are easy goals to achieve. But many travelers booking their first Alaskan cruise want to see wildlife, and they wonder how hard it is to ensure they will. After all, beaches, museums and ruins stay put, but whales and bears tend to move around.
So how hard is it? According to cruise experts, it isn’t hard at all.
I can attest to the fact that you would be hard pressed to not see wildlife on an Alaska cruise.
I took our family on an Alaska Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas a few years back. When in Juneau, I did a photography tour that included whale watching. Seals, Whales, Eagles, and one bear were all seen on the tour. The tour operator was very knowledgeable about where we would see the most and also very helpful in giving hints and tricks to capture the moments with your camera.
Another memorable moment was when we had completed our ports of call and were heading back to Vancouver. While eating dinner, a pod of whales were very close to the side of the ship. What a way to end a fantastic journey.
Alaska was one of the most beautiful places I have been. The scenery and wildlife were amazing. This is one destination I do plan on doing again, although I think next time I will extend the trip to also go to Denali.
See what the Cruiseable team has for travel guides in Alaska ports.