Are you planning a trip to Alaska on Disney Cruise Line? You’re in for the time of your life! I just got back from my cruise to Alaska on the Disney Wonder in May, and here are five things you must do on your Alaskan cruise.
Take in the Sights
On a seven-night cruise to Alaska, there are three days at sea (on one of which you’ll sail through a fjord for an up-close glacier viewing). While at sea, you’ll be traveling through Alaska’s Inside Passage, a narrow waterway through Alaskan wilderness. There are amazing views on all sides of the ship, so whether you want to take in the breathtaking scenery from your veranda or on other decks throughout the ship, you won’t want to miss it! Also, keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars close by… you may just see some native Alaskan wildlife! We spotted bald eagles and a pod of whales!
Experience the “Freezing the Night Away” Deck Party
In lieu of the “Pirate Party” that takes place on most Disney Cruise Line Caribbean and Bahamian sailings (fireworks are prohibited in Alaska due to environmental concerns), the Alaskan sailings offer the “Freezing the Night Away” deck party, featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf from Frozen. Sing and dance with your favorite characters and Cast Members and keep an eye out for some ‘wintry magic’ conjured by Elsa! This unique deck party is fun for the whole family.
Taste the Local Flavors of Alaska
On Alaskan sailings, “Regional Inspirations”, such as salmon and venison, are incorporated into the dinner menus in the main dining halls. Spend your evenings enjoying your favorite Disney Cruise Line menu offerings as well as trying foods native to the area. This special touch helps bring the local Alaskan flavors right to your table. Plus, fresh Alaskan salmon is pretty hard to beat!
Explore the Alaskan Ports of Call
On seven-night Alaskan sailings, the Disney Wonder stops in the port towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Disney Cruise Line offers a multitude of port adventures such as zip lining through the Tongass National Forest, guided scenic hikes, horseback riding, float-plane rides through the Misty Fjords, train rides on the White Pass Railway, dog sledding at a working mushers’ camp, and so much more. There are countless options for every family, and you are sure to find something that excites you. Also, make sure to spend some time exploring each port town on your own. There are wonderful, eclectic shops, breweries, and restaurants to enjoy, so take your time and experience all that these unique ports have to offer.
Take Advantage of the Naturalists on Board
On Alaskan sailings, Disney Cruise Line invites a local naturalist to host educational seminars on the different Alaskan ports of call. While there are many great activities offered on board, attending a naturalist seminar offers a lesson in the local history, wildlife, and general information on the area. These seminars broaden your knowledge and help provide interesting context to the ports you will be visiting in the days to come. The naturalist will also stick around after the presentation to answer any questions you have. He or she will also provide narration on the pool deck during the Glacier Day. Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of this unique and valuable resource available to you on your cruise.
The Disney Alaskan cruise was one of our favorite trips, and I know you will have a fantastic time!
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