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Cruising in Alaska

Almost half of cruise visitors take a day cruise like the ones offered by Phillips Cruises out of Whittier.

Almost half of cruise visitors take a day cruise like the ones offered by Phillips Cruises out of Whittier.

The cruise industry includes approximately 2,175 Alaska businesses that provide tours, activities and services to the cruise lines and their passengers. These businesses include:

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Car-rental companies
  • Air transportation companies
  • Hotels/lodges
  • Day cruises/sled dog rides/sightseeing tours

Shore excursion participation in Alaska is extremely high compared to other cruise destinations, with an estimated 80 percent to 90 percent of passengers purchasing at least one excursion. Wildlife viewing, sightseeing tours and riding the railroad are the most popular.

Some 22 percent of passengers who cross the Gulf of Alaska participate in an extended land tour, generally consisting of a rail segment and overnight stays in Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage.

 

Talkeetna zipline

Alaska Zipland Tours offers a new way to experience Alaska with facilities in Talkeetna and Seward.

Riverboat Discovery in Fairbanks

The Riverboat Discovery in Fairbanks lets visitors experience the area’s history and beauty firsthand with a tour with native Alaskans in a traditional village and a visit with working sled dog.