In 2019, Craft Cruises is offering what many consider the best Alaska cruise journey. Set sail onboard Holland America Line's beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam in June, which is considered to be the best month to visit Alaska since the days are warm and long resulting in active, calving glaciers, the wildflowers are in full bloom and the Humpback hunting tactic of bubble-netting is at its peak.
This Alaska itinerary also includes Tracy Arm, which is often touted as having the best wilderness scenery in all of Alaska. Tracy Arm is located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest and consists of two deep narrow fjords filled with active glaciers producing dark blue ice, abundant waterfalls and a wide variety of wildlife including bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and numerous bird species.
Sailing round trip from Vancouver, British Columbia is also the best for those wanting to witness the splendor of Canada's Inside Passage. On this itinerary, you not only get to cruise this narrow passageway all the way up to Glacier Bay National Park but you get to cruise through it on your way back down to Vancouver doubling your scenic viewing enjoyment of an area considered to be the most beautiful in the world. If you are fortunate enough to witness a sunset with a Bald Eagle soaring overhead you'll be guaranteed to get tears in your eyes.
7-Day Inside Passage Alaska Knitting Cruise - Highlights
Begin your trip in Seattle so you can hop on the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island for a visit to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas and then swing by Pike Place Market and So Much Yarn for a true Pacific Northwest knitting adventure before taking the train to Vancouver to embark the cruise
Arrive a day early to explore Vancouver on a yarn crawl featuring a visit to the top yarn shops and a visit to the dye studio of Sweet Georgia Artisan Hand-Dyed Luxury Yarns
A visit to Vancouver is always a foodie trip, since you can dine on traditional Pacific Northwest salmon or at any number of this city's trendy restaurants or food trucks
Spend three luxurious days at sea with classes offered by knitting expert Tanis Gray
Cruise Tracy Arm Inlet where steep cliffs, waterfalls, blue ice and glacier-covered mountains surrounded by old-growth rainforest make this Alaska's most stunning cruising area
Shop for Alaska produced yarns, including Qiviut, in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
Eat the best crab in Alaska at Tracy's King Crab Shack on the pier in Juneau
Ride the Mount Roberts Tramway up 1,800 feet to enjoy the expansive views of the Gastineau Channel in Juneau
Cruise into Glacier Bay National Park, which is one of the world's largest biospheres with its abundant marine wildlife, active glaciers and moss-covered forests
Take the White Pass and Yukon narrow-gauge train journey in Skagway where you will learn all about the gold rush
In Ketchikan sample all varieties of salmon and learn all about the salmon fishing industry
Visit the Saxman Totem Park and learn why Ketchikan is truly the totem capital of the world