Over the last few years the number of Alaska shore excursions and activities, available for cruise passengers, has doubled. Today, operators offer more than one hundred and ten shore excursions, varying from twenty dollars to five hundred dollars. Shore options are focusing more than ever on adventures and outdoors activities: Kayaking, bicycling, dog sledding, river rafting and sport fishing. They are all possible in the scenic wilderness of this great state, alongside more traditional tours, focusing on the culture and history.
Enhance your experience with a variety of exciting optional Alaska shore excursions with the best tour companies. Join a dog mushing team, take a kayaking or river-rafting adventure or try angling for some of Alaska's legendary game fish. Helicopter excursions have become extremely popular, and are now combined with glacier walks and dog-sledding for an added adventure. This is a remarkable way to experience the grandeur of Alaska and its many glaciers. Active adventures abound in Alaska and hiking is readily available. Due to the abundance of bears in the area, it is a good idea to take a guided hike with a naturalist/guide. You will also learn much more about the region by hiking with a local guide.
There is also an excellent opportunity for whale watching, wildlife viewing, kayaking and river rafting. Some whale watching companies actually offer a cash refund if you do not see a humpback or orca whale during your tour. For these individually priced adventure activities, a cruise line pricing is often comparable to booking independently. Bear viewing is a high priority with visitors to Alaska as well, but it is possible to spend a week in Alaska and not to see a bear. River rafting is one of the most popular trips in Alaska shore excursions. You will enjoy an exciting raft trip down the Chilkat River through the world famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This exciting adventure takes you through the site of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles.
The cruise lines have expanded their Alaska shore excursions dramatically to accommodate the thousands of passengers they take to Alaska each week from May through September. If you are planning a late-season sailing, remember that by a September number of excursions is no longer offered. Dog sledding trips can be over even by mid-August, as the weather starts to close in on the higher elevations.
For those, who do not mind exploring with a group on a schedule, cruise line Alaskan excursions hold some distinct advantages. You can be confident that the companies, operating them, are reputable and reliable, with good safety records. If your excursion runs into delays, the ship will wait for you to return before sailing. Shore excursions come with a money-back guarantee if they are canceled due to the weather or other factors, which can happen with the unpredictable weather in Alaska.
There is something for everyone in Alaska. Aside from excursions and exploring the towns you visit, shopping is available and close to the cruise ship docks in all ports. For those, who simply want to enjoy some R&R and take in the pristine beauty, there is no need to take an excursion at all. Enjoy the life aboard your ship. You will be surrounded by some of the world's most spectacular scenery every day of your Alaska cruise.