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Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!
No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.
Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.
Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!

The state of Alaska is practically an entire natural preserve that is a favored destination to travelers seeking a sense of culture, awe-inspiring scenery and, literally, a breath of fresh air. Known as the "Great Frontier", it conjures images of jagged islands, imposing glaciers and isolated towns. Alaska's natural beauty is trumped only by the exotic array of wildlife that inhabits its unspoiled wilderness, including sea lions, bald eagles, seals, otters, whales, caribou and wolves.
Getting Around
Because Alaska's terrain is so rugged and challenging, it is a destination that almost always calls for a tour guide. Navigating the state's maze of glaciers, waterways, forests and fjords is a daunting task, and the presence of a guide ensures that you won't miss out on the most heralded natural attractions.

If you're interested in scavenging local shops for antiques, handicrafts and other goods, you can venture out on the streets without a guide. Visits to local museums and cultural attractions don't necessarily require a guide either.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities in Alaska include:

Sports Excursions

  • Snorkel the calm, clear waters of Mountain Point in Ketchikan.
  • Enjoy a beautiful mountain bike trek along the Inside Passage.
  • Fly-fish for cutthroat, rainbow trout, steelhead and salmon in Ketchikan's freshwater lakes and streams.

Adventure Expeditions

  • White water raft along the Mendenhall River in Juneau and view hanging glaciers and towering peaks.
  • Paddle a canoe through Tongass National Forest on Mountain Lake in Ketchikan.
  • Sled dog across the gorgeous Godwin Glacier in Seward.

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Cultural Attractions
  • Experience the Gold Creek Salmon Bake in Juneau.
  • Visit The Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka and learn about bald eagles, owls and other raptors.
  • Stop at important museums in Anchorage, including the Artic Studies Center, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and Wolf Song of Alaska.
  • Tour the Totem Heritage Center, a repository of original totem poles in Ketchikan.
Shopping Districts
  • Visit Juneau's downtown specialty shops and find Native Alaska designed jewelry, sculptured totem poles, local art and intricate handicrafts.
  • Collect Native American and Russian antiques in Anchorage, such as icons, antique firearms, paintings, maps, jewelry, military memorabilia and more.

Nature Trips

  • Immerse yourself in the world's largest temperate rainforest in Juneau via foot.
  • Take the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler and navigate through lush rainforests and spectacular mountains of Revillagigedo Island in Ketchikan.
  • Ride aboard an old-fashioned parlor train car to White Pass Summit in Skagway.

Historical Tours

  • Walk Juneau's famed downtown district and view the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
  • Traverse Sitka and see Castle Hill, the Russian Blockhouse, the Russian Bishop's Orthodox Cathedral and Victorian-style homes.

Flightseeing Charters

  • Fly over the massive Juneau ice field and the advancing Taku Glacier, the cascading Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier and the floating Dead Branch Glacier.
  • View the 2,000,000 acres of the majestic Misty Fjords in Ketchikan via plane.
  • Glimpse Skagway's tortuous Chilkoot Trail, the gateway to the Klondike Gold Fields, from a helicopter.
Enhance your travel to Alaska by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
Passage to Juneau, A Sea and Its Meanings - Jonathan Raban
The Reader’s Companion to Alaska - Alan Ryan
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport - Tom Bodett
The Wolf and the Raven: Totem Poles of Southeastern Alaska - Viola E. Garfield
The Inside Passage - Leftare P. Delis

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CARIBBEAN Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.

BAHAMAS & BERMUDA Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
MEXICO Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.

SOUTH AMERICA Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.

PANAMA CANAL Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba.
ALASKA Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.

CANADA & NEW ENGLAND Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.
MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.

NORTHERN EUROPE Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.
HAWAII Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.

ASIA Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.

AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.
TRANSATLANTIC Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.

AROUND THE WORLD Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.
River Cruises:

UNITED STATES Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.

WORLD Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.

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