Q. Is a cruise the best way to see Alaska? What if I don’t like boats? -Robin
A. I wouldn’t necessarily say that a cruise is the best way to see Alaska, because Alaska is so very big and a lot of its
wonders lie inland. Cruising is a very popular way, however, because it is sort of like ‘roughing it in style’, I think. The coast of Alaska is indeed prime scenery country and the cruise ships do stop here and there, usually, and you can go ashore for a brief time.
Beside the regular cruise lines, you could come on the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway. Those are nice. We’ve traveled that way a couple times. They also have a naturalist on board who gives talks about the scenery and wildlife you are seeing, so it is quite educational.
I know what you mean about not liking boats. I’m not too fond of them myself, although my fear is mostly of the small bobbing types. I feel fairly secure on something as large a ferry or a cruise ship!
Actually, I think a good way is a combination of the two. Maybe come up the coast on a cruise ship, or ferry; then get off in Anchorage and rent a car or small motor home and roam the state for a couple or three weeks. In each community, we have very good visitor’s bureaus who will direct you as to what is worthwhile seeing in each area. Then you can fly home, or maybe to the Seattle area where you have left your car.
To put your mind a bit at rest, please know that we’ve lived up here for 35 years and have never heard of a cruise ship, or ferry going down….or even coming near to that! Hope you’ll put on your ‘brave suit’ and come on up! Take care, BJ