Fancy an adventure on your next holiday? Here is Deborah Stone’s first look at cruises with a difference
The adventure capitals of North America are undoubtedly Alaska and the west coast of Canada. Here you can see the massive Hubbard Glacier, which is more than 400 years old, watch humpback whales, spot brown bears and marvel at eagles. Inland there are wild caribou, bison and moose roaming around. Alaska has snow-capped mountains, more glaciers than anywhere else and icebergs galore. But most cruises are just seven days and Alaska is a long way to go for a week, so you could consider adding a land-based stay to your holiday.
Royal Caribbean has some particularly good excursions. You can go dog-sledding along a snow-covered glacier, take a helicopter ride to get a better view of the ice, go white-water rafting at Juneau, brown bear hunting – with your camera – at Icy Strait Point, snow-shoe trekking towards Laughton Glacier, near Skagway, and whale watching in a high speed boat. For more information visit royalcaribbean.co.uk
Celebrity Cruises offer highlights such as cruising through the Inside Passage: calling at Icy Strait Point, the Hubbard Glacier, the capital city of Juneau and fascinating Ketchikan. Then you can book a six-day add-on that takes you from Vancouver to Alberta. For more information visit celebritycruises.co.uk.