Visit Alaska For Ultimate Wildlife Safari
Tuesday, 06 April 2010
Animal lovers across the UK are increasingly turning down the opportunity to try an African safari - instead favouring Alaska as their destination of choice for the ultimate wildlife watching trip.
According to Mal Barritt, director of AlaskaOnly.com, cruises to Alaska are becoming increasingly popular with British holidaymakers: "Many of our customers have said that they have decided to visit Alaska rather than Africa for a safari, citing the breathtaking, unspoilt wilderness and the opportunity to get up close with some of the world's most amazing animals as their main reasons.
"The Northern Passage has been a popular holiday choice for US and Canadian holidaymakers for decades, but until recently very few Brits tended to travel there. It seems that Brits really do have a sense of adventure, and are no longer able to resist the immense natural beauty of Alaska.
"A major factor in the appeal of Alaska is that there's something for everyone - it's a place full of adventure, from mild to wild, attracting over one million people to cruise there each year. It truly is a unique destination with stunning glaciers, snow capped mountains, rainforests and frontier towns and incredible wildlife such as whales and grizzly bears."
Experience Alaskan wildlife first hand...
The pristine wilderness of Alaska is home to some of the world's most incredible wildlife - many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It's home to the largest population of bald eagles, black and brown bears on the planet and is an animal lovers paradise with polar bears, blue and humpbacked whales, grey wolves, grizzly bears, orcas, lynx, moose and hundreds of other rare and endangered species.
Whale watching is a favourite Alaska pastime, with humpback and killer whales present in large numbers. Best places for whale watching include the Inside Passage, Prince William Sound, and Glacier Bay, and humpbacks are the easiest to spot. When they surface to breath, they shoot a plume of mist and water into the air and make a short puffing sound, before flicking their tails into the air and diving back down to the depths of the ocean.
Bear watching is one of Alaska's most popular visitor attractions - the state contains more than 98 per cent of America's entire population of brown bears, as well as being home to large populations of both black and polar bears. During the summer cruise months, the bears are extremely active, and guides can help you see them safely in one of Alaska's stunning national parks.
Up close in a kayak:
Kayaking in Alaska is one of the best ways to view marine wildlife up close. Sea lions, otters, seals and whales are frequently spotted while on the water, and kayakers can paddle amongst jumping salmon on the still waters. With no motors to interrupt the silence, this is the perfect way to explore the glaciers, coves and islands at your own pace.
Dogsledding, or 'mushing', is the perfect opportunity to experience a taste of Alaskan life. Helicopters fly holidaymakers from their cruise ship up into the mountains, where teams of huskies and their handlers escort their visitors on a trail around the glacier.
AlaskaOnly.com launched last year and is the UK's only Alaska cruise specialist, offering a broad range of cruise holidays and excursions within the Alaska region.
Here's a selection of the latest AlaskaOnly.com deals:
- § 14th May 2010 - 10-night cruise and four-night frontier adventure land tour
AlaskaOnly.com is offering a 15-night cruise on board the Coral Princess from just £1,819. Departing from Vancouver (British Columbia), the ship calls at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skegway before disembarking at Whittier. Cruise includes Glacier Bay and College Fjord cruising. Flights included.
- 26th May 2010 - Luxury cruising and unlimited free shore excursions
AlaskaOnly.com is offering a 14-night cruise on board the Regent Seven Seas Navigator from just £3,989. Departing from San Francisco (California), the ship calls at Astoria (Oregon), Ketchikan, Juneau, Valdez, Skagway, Sitka and Victoria (British Columbia before disembarking at Vancouver (British Columbia). Cruise includes Seymour Narrows, Tracy Arm and Hubbard Glacier cruising. Flights included.
- § 3rd July 2010
AlaskaOnly.com is offering a nine-night cruise on board the NCL Norwegian Pearl from just £1,799. Departing from Seattle (USA), the ship calls at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria (British Columbia) before returning to Seattle. Flights included.
- § 12th September 2010
AlaskaOnly.com is offering a seven-night cruise on board the Celebrity Mercury from just £1,259. Departing from Vancouver (British Columbia), the ship calls at Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Ketchikan before returning to Vancouver. Cruise includes Hubbard Glacier cruising. Flights included.
The Alaskan cruise season is between May and September each year. For more information visit http://www.alaskaonly.com/ or call 0808 202 6102.
Notes to editors:
- AlaskaOnly.com was established in 2009 and is a travel brand offering a full range of Alaskan cruise holidays
- AlaskaOnly.com is part of the Cruise118.com group
- AlaskaOnly.com's team of cruise concierges provide each customer with an individually tailored service. The company's independent status means customers receive the best deals and advice when choosing and booking their cruise
- Bookings are available via telephone, internet and email
- AlaskaOnly.com is ABTA bonded, offering customers complete peace of mind