The best time for an Alaskan cruise is anytime you’re onboard a trip put together by USA River Cruises. This may seem like pure salesmanship or just a catchy, clever way to get a potential traveler’s attention. But it happens to be true.
The reason is twofold. First, our Alaskan cruises offer bountiful opportunities to experience Alaska’s stunning seascapes and landscapes no matter the time of year. Second, it’s Alaska, which is quite simply an enormous wonderland of astonishing, breathtaking vistas.
Alaska: The Last Frontier
We all know how big Texas is, right? But did you know that Alaska is more than twice as big as the Lone Star State? Alaska is the seventh-largest country subdivision on earth.
Here’s a mind-bending fact: Alaska is so big, it’s simultaneously the northernmost, westernmost and easternmost state!
Here are some more amazing facts about Alaska, courtesy of Alaska.org:
- Alaska is one-fifth the size of the entire lower 48 states.
- It’s bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.
- It measures 1,420 miles from north to south. (That’s the distance between Denver, Colorado, and Mexico City, Mexico.)
- Alaska measures 2,500 miles from east to west — the same distance between Savannah, Georgie, and Santa Barbara, California.
- Alaska has more than 50% of the entire United States coastline (6,640 miles).
Naturally, all that elbow room makes Alaska sparsely populated.
“Alaska is by far the least densely populated of the U.S. states,” reports WorldAtlas.com, “and has 1.3 persons per square mile.
Compare that to the most densely populated state of New Jersey, which has 1,210 persons per square mile, again according to WorldAtlas.
Alaska “has such a low population density,” WorldAtlas writes, “because it is both immense and located far north, not connected to the mainland. A large portion of the state is covered in ice and snow creating difficult living conditions, and therefore no urban developments have emerged.”
USA River Cruises: Alaskan Cruises in 2020
All that wild, unspoiled room to roam and that tremendous coastline are but two reasons why anytime is the best time for an Alaskan cruise. Still, we’ve added a few wrinkles to our itineraries.
For example, in 2018, we began heading north for Alaska during so-called shoulder seasons — earlier in springtime than ever before. It’s a little colder that time of year compared with peak seasons, but you’ll get to witness the great state of Alaska’s flora and fauna from their winter slumbers.
Whether you’re seeking a summer solstice adventure, a possible glimpse of the northern lights (although we can’t guarantee it!), or just a great cruise deal, we’ve got something for everyone.
USA River Cruises’ Alaskan cruise lines provide up-close-and-personal experiences for our passengers.
Consider the following cruises, which straddle the summer months, meaning many hours of daylight and the opportunity for shore excursions, long days, and good times.
Alaska’s Fjords & Glaciers
This southeastern Alaska cruise stretches from Juneau to Ketchikan (or the reverse, if you prefer) in May and August. Along the way, you’ll see the Misty Fjords, an absolutely stunning ecosystem of icy cliffs and wildlife. It’s eight days and seven nights of northern splendor — islands, inlets, fjords, forests, black bears, dall sheep, glaciers, beluga whales, sea lions, and tribal history.
Alaskan Splendors Cruise
One of more popular — and thus more frequent — Alaskan cruise offerings, the Splendors Cruise has been offered in May, June, July, and August. Onboard, you’ll be treated to 12 days & 11 nights of fine dining and attentive and friendly customer service. Outside, you’ll witness an abundance of natural wonders, including the Kenai Fjords National Park, where our small cruise ships are able to navigate where larger vessels can’t.
Alaskan Explorations and Denali Cruise Tour
Finally, go big — really big, much like Alaska itself — with our Alaskan Explorations and Denali Cruise Tour. This one embarks on several dates in 2020. These dates include May 14, May 23, early June, June 30, July 7, July 22, and August 13. It’s typically comprised of 17 days and 16 nights, during which you’ll travel from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia. On this trip, you’ll explore Alaska’s beating heart, including Denali and Talkeetna.
The best time to experience an Alaskan cruising season is the moment you step aboard one of our wonderful ships.