Alaska Cruises: Everything You Need to Know

(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

An Alaska cruise offers stunning views of glaciers, incredible wildlife and a rich culture. But preparing for one of these breathtaking cruises can be tricky.

There are a number of factors to keep in mind, but if you follow these tips, you’ll experience the same journey that has inspired artists such as Autumn de Forest, Alexander Chen, Duaiv, Tim Yanke and Marko Mavrovich to create beautiful art.

 

Book in Advance

Alaska Seascape Autumn de Forest Park West Gallery

“Alaska Seascape” (2014), Autumn de Forest

The good news: Many cruise lines take reservations far ahead of the actual cruise. The bad news: Cabins on Alaska cruises can sell out up to 18 months in advance.

Booking a cruise to Alaska well in advance is the best course of action. Early reservations give you access to a variety of itineraries, dates and cabins before they’re all taken. As an added bonus, cruise lines often give extra perks to those who book early, such as free airfare or onboard credits.

 

When to Go

"Lone Elk" (2016) Tim Yanke Park West Gallery

“Lone Elk” (2016), Tim Yanke

Ships don’t sail in the wintertime in Alaska, so the cruising season only lasts from May through September.

The peak season for Alaska cruising is mid-June through late August. Those who wish to avoid crowded ports or a cruise with children and teenagers should book their trip for May or September.

There are seasonal aspects to consider as well. Spring and early summer provide more opportunities to witness animals as they migrate, while mid-June to August offer the best daylight for excursions. To view the mysterious aurora borealis lights, September is your best bet, though late spring may work as well.

 

What to Pack

Duaiv Alaska Harbor Park West Gallery

“Alaska Harbor” (2017), Duaiv

Despite the cruise season taking place during the summer, pack for colder weather. Windbreakers, sweaters and other clothing that can be layered are recommended.

Depending on the itinerary you choose, pack clothing for the outdoors. Excursions may involve hiking or canoeing, so bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty.

 

Where to Go

Beauty of Alaska Marko Mavrovich Park West Gallery

“Beauty of Alaska” (2016), Marko Mavrovich

Popular ports of call for Alaska include:

  • Anchorage – Alaska’s biggest city, featuring multiple museums, snowcapped mountains and tours of massive glaciers.
  • Ketchikan – The “Salmon Capital of the World” offers rainforests, nature hikes and canoeing to explore.
  • Icy Strait – This new port gives cruisers a chance to experience Alaska’s wilderness like none other.
  • Juneau – The capital city is perfect for people hoping to observe sea life such as whales and seals.
  • Skagway – A city known for its ties to the Gold Rush, Skagway is flush with history and adventure.

 

Which Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line Alaska Park West Gallery

(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Park West Gallery sails on over 100 of cruise ships around the world, including those in Alaska. Join Park West aboard the following cruise lines for Alaska itineraries:

While experiencing the majesty of Alaska, be sure to visit our onboard art galleries to enjoy beautiful artwork.

5 Responses to Alaska Cruises: Everything You Need to Know

  1. Angela Olcese says:

    Are you going to be on the new ship the bliss of Norwegian in sept. 2018. would you know who the auctioner will be

    • parkwestgal says:

      Hello Angela! We don’t have the schedule prepared that far in advance yet, but can let you know once we do.

  2. Eric & Susan Scheidtmann says:

    We’ll be cruising on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam 4/23/2017. Looking forward to attending art auctions, always fun and educational.

  3. Francis Gembicki says:

    Are there ANY VIP CRUISES SCHEDULED FOR September 2017 TO Alaska?

  4. Scott says:

    Would definitely join a VIP cruise to Alaska ….! Gorgeous ….

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • Art Prodigy Autumn de Forest Named in Teen Vogue’s ’21 Under 21’

    Art prodigy Autumn de Forest had a special message for those attending the 2017 Teen Vogue Summit on December 1 and 2.“When you have something to offer that is ...
    Read More
  • Michael Cheval Finds the Absurd in Surrealism

    Donning a bowler hat, artist Michael Cheval bears a resemblance to artist René Magritte. The similarity is no coincidence, as Cheval’s art is heavily ...
    Read More
  • 5 Easy Ways How to Hang Artwork Without Using Nails

    Collecting art is a lot of fun, but hanging it when you get home is a little more complicated.After all, hanging your newly acquired masterpiece isn’t always an option ...
    Read More
  • 7 Quick Facts to Make You an Art Expert

    Park West Gallery’s mission is to provide individuals with the confidence, knowledge, and means to appreciate fine art.We also understand that art is a complex, diverse, and subjective subject, one ...
    Read More
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi

    The most expensive artwork ever sold, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World), is heading to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.The new museum made the announcement on December ...
    Read More
  • 5 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Joan Miró

    Few artists have had an impact on Modern Art like Joan Miró.Beginning his career in Spain in the early 20th century, Miró defied the art world with his groundbreaking, ...
    Read More
  • Alexandre Renoir Experiences Family Legacy at DIA’s ‘Monet: Framing Life’

    Last week, when artist Alexandre Renoir walked through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ latest exhibition, “Monet: Framing Life,” one particular feeling kept surfacing: pride.Alexandre is a direct descendant of ...
    Read More
  • 8 Breathtaking Works of Winter Art to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

    Can you believe it’s already December? If you can’t and are struggling to get into the holiday spirit, we recommend spending some quality time with a few exceptional works of ...
    Read More
  • Gift Guide: How to Give the Perfect Art Book as a Holiday Gift

    As we enter the holiday season, are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a loved one? If so, you might want to check out Park ...
    Read More
  • Auctioneer Spotlight: Denys Dixie

    Many of our Park West collectors develop friendships with the art teams over the course of their land or sea vacations. Here’s a chance to get to know one of ...
    Read More
  • Artist Matt Beyrer Sets Auction Records, Makes New Limited-Edition Art

    Artist Matt Beyrer sold all 30 of his unique oil paintings on wood during his debut auction in April, leading VIP Auctioneer Rob Ducat to make a bold prediction:“Get ready ...
    Read More
  • Artist Anatole Krasnyansky Speaks About Life and Art in New Video

    Never forget your culture, traditions, or where you came from—that’s the lesson noted artist Anatole Krasnyansky hopes viewers take away from his art.Last year, ...
    Read More