Alaska may have a short cruise season, but seeing America’s last frontier is an adventure with endless opportunities for unique and life-changing experiences. The spectacular scenic views and exciting shore excursions alone are worth the trip. But, there are also endless opportunities to experience one of the most impressive natural landscapes on the planet up close and personal. Enjoy an Alaska cruise and see why this iconic destination lands on so many travelers’ bucket lists.

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01Enjoy 20 Hours of Daylight

Although some people picture an overcast, wintry scenario, they’re surprised to discover that Alaska receives between 10 and 17 more minutes of daily sunshine than any other locale in the country. The further north you travel, the longer the days get. Fairbanks sees daylight all-day between mid-May and late July. The Alaska cruise season begins in May and continues through September, although some cruise lines get underway in late April. Temperatures usually stay in the 50s and 60s during cruise season, but they can also soar into the mid-80s. Nights and mornings are generally chillier.

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