An Alaska cruise is one of the most common bucket list items for travelers, especially those in their retirement years. It is arguably also the easiest way to visit The Last Frontier in America. Having cruised to Alaska in 2016, this is still one of my favorite destinations in the entire world—and I’ve been to the Swiss Alps. Considering the volume of Alaska cruises I book for my clients, it’s a popular itinerary for wheelchair users as well. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that as a US state, Alaska falls under the guidance of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The scenery is jaw-dropping, and the people are so friendly and welcoming. There are also several offerings for accessible shore excursions at virtually every port of call. However, there are a few things to take into consideration when picking the right cruise ship itinerary for an Alaska cruise. You can sail round-trip, or one-way northbound or southbound. With most cruise lines, you can add on a multi-day land portion of a cruise tour, which typically includes a stay at a lodge, possibly a train ride to see Denali, or a coach bus tour to see wildlife.