Flightseeing, dog sledding and heli-hikes are on the agenda for adventurous luxury cruisers who sail in Alaska next summer with luxury line Crystal Cruises.
In 2016, the line’s 1,70-guest Crystal Serenity will sail seven voyages of seven and 10 days, offering intrepid travelers scores of opportunities to immerse themselves in Alaska’s culture, outdoor adventures and resident wildlife.
Here’s a sampling of what’s being offered at port calls in the Last Frontier:
Heli-Hike and White Pass Railway, which takes guests high above the Sawtooth Mountains, through the wilderness via train, and on a four- to five-mile hike along the Skagway River to the Laughton Glacier. Bears, moose and mountain goat sightings are an added perk (from Skagway, Alaska).
Glacier flightseeing and dog sledding, another combo adventure that highlights two of Alaska’s most popular sports, taking travelers via helicopter to the top of Denver Glacier, where they’ll see peaks and glaciers before entering the world of mushing, guided by the professionals of the Iditarod Dog Races (from Skagway). *A second “musher’s camp” dog sledding adventure is offered from Juneau.
Whale-watching eco-adventure, combining a favorite activity in Alaska’s waters with the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation’s efforts to preserve the wilderness shorelines; affording views of orcas and humpback whales, as well as Stellar sea lions, harbor seals and more. All while educating participants about how the animals are identified and protected.
ATV adventure through the Tongass National Forest, allowing travelers the opportunity to visit Alaskan Brown Bears and Sitka Black Tail Deer in their common habitat as they cruise along the rough terrain via 4×4, stopping for sea views of whale spouts and sea otters in the distance (from Sitka).
Fly fishing by floatplane, flying far into the Alaskan wilderness to a remote spot not accessible to road access, where the catch-and-release fishing expedition begins in pursuit of salmon, Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout or steelhead.
“With all of our Crystal Adventures, it is our goal to bring the destinations to life for our guests by offering authentic, memorable experiences,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “The spirit of adventure permeates every part of life in Alaska, naturally, we strive to showcase this culture to travelers in every possible way.”
Crystal Serenity’s 2016 Alaska cruise season runs from June 19 through Aug. 16, with a spring Asia voyage and a late-August Northwest Passage route also featuring Alaskan calls and adventures. For bookings made by Dec. 31, 2015, travelers can enjoy additional “Book Now” savings, with all-inclusive cruise fares starting at $2,915 per person.