One of the most incredible things to do on an Expedition Cruise to Alaska is go on a whale watching tour. Head out on a zodiac or join a day trip on board a small boat to Kenai Fjords National Park, where orcas and humpbacks crest the waves. The best time to see these majestic creatures is from April through to September, when hundreds of whales inhabit the waters of the Inside Passage. Killer waves can even be spotted between May and June in Resurrection Bay and as far south as Juneau and Ketchikan.
Most Alaska Expedition itineraries call in at Seward, a city known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park on the Kenai Peninsula. Just 15 miles outside of Seward lies Exit Glacier, one of the most photographed and iconic glaciers in North America. This impressive glacier is a fantastic place to hike, following a number of trails which differ in length and difficulty, from the short Loop Trail to the longer Harding Icefield Trail. Stepping onto a glacier is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the most popular excursions on an Alaska Expedition Cruise.
Kayaking through the Inside Passage on an Alaska Expedition Cruise is one of the most exciting active excursions available. Paddling in the Kenai Fjords and gazing up at the ginormous Seward Glacier as you glide past is a fun and immersive way of exploring the region and learning about ancient methods of travel by native communities. See if you can spot wildlife while sea kayaking in Icy Bay alongside the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Reserve and see history in the making as you paddle past Hubbard Glacier and the receding ice of Glacier Bay National Park.