Explore the Shore—Alaska Edition
Discover a world of adventure in every port of call.
Wondering how to spend the day in port? Royal Caribbean’s Shore Excursions team is here to help. They’ve compiled a list of more than 160 compelling tours to help you experience all that Alaska has to offer on land, at sea, and in the air.
With such a wide array of options, there’s a Shore Excursion for almost every interest. In each port of call, nature lovers can get up close and personal with Alaskan wildlife on select tours that literally guarantee sightings. Foodies can choose from the large menu of dining experiences that feature Alaska’s freshest seafood. History buffs can relish in the many chances to become immersed in the region’s Native culture.
For adventurers, there’s an Alaska-sized list of excursions available. Zoom down the mountainside on one of the world’s largest ZipRiders in Icy Strait Point. Go snorkeling in the calm waters of the Inside Passage near Ketchikan. Take a helicopter from Juneau to a nearby glacier, mush a team of sled dogs, or pan for gold in Skagway.
Top Tour: Dog Sledding on Mendenhall
Start your day in Juneau with a 30-minute helicopter ride above a lush rainforest, icy mountain peaks, and deep-blue crevasses on your way to a historic dogsled camp on Mendenhall Glacier. You’ll touch down on the 12-mile-long, snow-topped river of ice, where you’ll meet professional dog-sledding mushers and their teams of spirited huskies—a few hundred, in fact. Enjoy the fresh, brisk air as you take the reigns and mush the sled dogs across the snow, or just sit back and enjoy the ride during the two-mile trip on your hour-long stop.
Icy Strait Point
Top Tour: Whale & Marine Mammals Cruise
Visit Point Adolphus, one of Alaska’s premier humpback whale-watching destinations, on this high-speed cruise. A local naturalist describes their biology and behaviors as you keep watch for orcas, sea lions, seals, porpoises, and bald eagles. The panoramic sea views alone are incredible. But the highlight of this tour is witnessing the magnificent humpback whales breaching the surface with a giant splash of the tail fluke—best seen from the boat’s open-air observation deck.
Top Tour: Misty Fjords Floatplane Adventure
This is your chance to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime aerial exploration of the spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument—at two million square acres, the nation’s second-largest wilderness region—during a floatplane tour. You’ll fly into the placid Rudyerd Bay, where the New Eddystone Rock basalt spire is a striking volcanic remnant of early geological activity. Your pilot will execute a soft water landing on a pristine lake or in the saltwater inlet, setting down amid one of the most unspoiled places on the planet. Savor the scenery, the stillness, the cool silence that pervades this wild country. Bring your camera and make sure the battery is all charged up—you’ll want to capture these moments.
Top Tour: White Pass Scenic Railway & Historic City Highlights
Retrace the steps of early gold seekers on Alaska’s Scenic Railway of the World. Gold fever spawned the rapid construction of this narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 against all odds through some of the region’s most rugged terrain. In fact, the construction of the railway was so complex that today it is recognized as an International Historic Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty.
Top Tour: Craigdarroch Castle & Butchart Gardens
Experience two of Victoria’s most popular and sophisticated attractions on this comprehensive and breathtaking tour. First stop is Craigdarroch Castle, a landmark home dating to the 1880s. Take in the scenery during the slight uphill walk to the castle, where live classical music sets the tone for your tour of the antiques and gorgeous glass fixtures spread among the four floors of the castle. Then, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to the renowned 55-acre Butchart Gardens.
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