On these luxurious voyages around Alaska provided by the exclusive cruise liners at Silversea cruises, you’ll have the chance to see this spectacular part of the world by sea and by train, including the opportunity to visit places like the arty town of Homer, or their ‘big city’, Anchorage. With a population of over half of that of the whole state, Anchorage is their biggest city, but when the entire state has a population of just over 700,000, it is clear that Alaska is a pretty compact place. And, as pioneers of environmental respect, social equality and wandering freedom fighters, you’ll never be short of stimulating conversation in this part of the world!
Watch in wonder at some of the world’s rarest wildlife
Keep your eyes peeled and your camera at the ready because a cruise in Alaska is your chance to catch a glimpse of some incredible wildlife – you may even prove fortuitous enough to see bears on Kodiak Island. But Alaskan wildlife isn’t just for the eyes - it’s not uncommon to hear the shrill cry of an eagle puncturing the deafening silence of the wilderness, lingering in the air for what seems like an eternal moment. You might also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot a whale diving through the waters in the south easterly region. From grey wolves prowling the desolate landscape to moose watching you curiously from the roadside of one of Alaska’s many fantastic national parks, the wildlife spotting experiences available in Alaska really will thrill.
Immerse yourself in Alaska’s indigenous history
One of the integral aspects of Alaskan culture that ought not to be overlooked is its history – and particularly that of the state’s Alaskan Natives. The Iñupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and a number of Northern Athabaskan cultures all reside in Alaska, and have done so for thousands of years. You will be fascinated to witness the ease with which Alaska Natives adapt dynamically to the extreme weather conditions, as you also learn about the cultural history of these peoples in locations like Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage centre. Song, dance, sport performances and more will immerse you in these innovative cultures once separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles.
An exploration for the taste buds
The food is something to get excited about, too. Incredible fresh fish can be found all over the state; everybody should try Alaskan salmon and, of course, the local favourite: halibut. Alaskan food is unique, from watching the subsistence-hunting locals of Chitina as they forage food to sampling the famous reindeer dogs at a local food stall, or even sinking your spoon into the delicious delicacy that is ‘Eskimo ice cream’ – otherwise known as ‘Aqutak’ or ‘Agutuk’, which involves ingredients such as animal fats and berries… but are you brave enough to try it?
Whether you are an adventurer, wildlife lover or food fanatic, Alaska will be more than capable of fulfilling your wildest desires. The great outdoors doesn’t get much greater than this; filled with breath-taking beauty and wondrous wildlife, this is America’s Last Frontier, and what better way to cross it than on one captivating Alaska cruise?