Alaska is one destination that’s there on everyone’s bucket list. Adventure seekers love the off beat paths and scenic trails that Alaska offers. Norwegian Cruise Line has many shore excursions to offer for guests travelling to Alaska. Starting from April to September 2020, NCL’s Bliss will sail on a 7 night round trip to Alaska. The 7 Night itinerary gives you the opportunity to explore beautiful ports of call such as Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. Many first-time cruisers don’t realize that they can take their cruise experience to a different level with the shore excursions. Shore excursions is the best way to explore the ports. When we talk about these mind-blowing excursions, nobody does it better than Norwegian Cruise Line. The cruise line has designed their NCL Joy & NCL Bliss Alaska Shore excursions are designed after weighing the vast demography of Alaska. NCL ensures that guests get to enjoy more on the ports without worrying about their timely return to ship. When you book the excursions from the cruise line, it becomes the liners responsibility to bring you back to ship on time and in any unlikely event, the ship will wait for you at the port and will leave only after you embark. Since the Alaska cruising season is coming close and the cabins are already on sale, we would love to give insight on Top 5 Shore excursions in Alaska by Norwegian Cruise Line.
1 – Whale Watching Quest in Juneau, Alaska – Juneau is the best and a reliable place to go for whale watching. Spotting humpback whales, gray whales and orcas is not so difficult between May and September. The added advantage of calm waters of Juneau makes it very easy for guests of all age groups to go whale watching without feeling seasick. The wildlife expert on this excursion gives a good insight on the natural behaviour of the wildlife that you will encounter. Along with whales you may also spot sea lions, porpoise, seals, bald eagles and deers. The duration of the shore excursion is about 5 hours and costs 184 USD Per adult and 104 USD Per Child. This tour also guarantees that you will spot whales.
2 – White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, Skagway – Swaying back and forth along the tracks, this 2.5 hours of shore excursion to white pass summit starts from the Skagway rail station which is very close to the cruise pier. The train climbs 3000 feet on this 32 km journey and passes through steep grades and tight cliff hanger curves. This journey takes you back to the gold rush era as the steam locomotives pull the parlor cars to the white pass summit. Travelers get tremendous photo opportunities and enjoy the beauty of snow-capped mountains. The parlour cars are wheelchair accessible and passengers who have booked the excursion via the cruise line can board the train from the dock. We recommend our guests to take this excursion for a beautiful journey through history of the railroad and the gold era in Skagway Alaska. This excursion costs 149 USD per adult and 65 USD per child.
3 – Historical City Tour, Gold Camp & Culinary Experience, Skagway – This is a great 3 hour excursion for families. Here you will get to walk through the historical downtown with wooden boardwalks along the street. They will then take you to the gold rush replica campsite where you will get a great insight into the town’s colorful history. Here you will also get to feast baked salmons which has been sourced from the Alaskan coastline. This tour costs 109 USD per adult and 83 USD per child.
4 – Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show, Ketchikan – Ketchikan doesn’t have tall snow-capped mountains or mighty glaciers. However, Ketchikan is very rich in native Alaskan culture which is display in an awesome collection of Totem Poles. This parks unique 24 totem poles represent a beautiful history of the place. The village is covered with lush green trees and all kinds of birds and wildlife. The tour guide tells you about the story and history behind each totem pole. Lumberjack show is also a competition where the world’s best lumberjacks compete against each other. This is not a scripted show but an authentic competition. This is a fun show and the performers interact a lot with the viewers. During the show you spectate amazing skills of wood chopping, log sawing, log rolling, log climbing, ax throwing and activities of a similar kind. The ticket prices are worth the experience of rugged woodsmen. This 4 hour excursion costs 129 USD per adult and 79 USD per child.
5 – Butchart Gardens Evening & Victoria Highlights – Victoria is one of the most picturesque city in North America. The butchart garden is designated as National Historic site of Canada. This privately owned garden is one of the most beautiful in the world. On this tour you also get the chance to see the Victoria downtown shops, boutiques and historic architecture. Visit to Victoria isn’t complete without visiting the Butchart Gardens. This 4 hour tour is priced at 139 USD per adult and 85 USD per child.