Many wheelchair users already know that cruising is one of the best ways to see the world. It is arguably also the easiest way to visit The Last Frontier in America, also known as Alaska. Having cruised to Alaska in 2016, this is easily one of my favorite destinations in the entire world. Considering the volume of Alaska cruises I book for my accessible travel agency clients, it’s a popular itinerary for wheelchair users as well! The scenery is jaw-dropping, and the people are so friendly and welcoming.
The majority of Alaska cruises depart from either Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia. These are typically seven night itineraries. There are also a few one-way itineraries that depart from San Francisco and Long Beach, California, and these are either 10-night, 12-night, or 14-night itineraries. The one-way itineraries often arrive in either Seward or Whittier, both of which have connections to Anchorage and often side excursions by train to visit places like Denali National Park.
Many Alaska cruise itineraries are similar from cruise line to cruise line with only minor variations. They usually involve three or four ports of call and cruising through one of the many glacier viewing areas where the sea is like glass. Typical ports of call include Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Victoria, Icy Strait Point, and Sitka.
Most of the bigger cruise lines, like Norwegian, Holland America, and Princess, have fully accessible ships on Alaska itineraries. However, some are newer and better than others. Each cruise line has a special needs department, and I highly recommend letting me help you to find out all the details of their accessible cabins.
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I truly believe that taking an Alaska cruise should be on everyone’s bucket list. It can be quite a haul to get out there, but it is worth absolutely every minute of travel time. I have done it myself, and as an accessible travel agent at Spin the Globe/Travel, I would love to help you book your fully wheelchair accessible Alaska cruise!