Queen Elizabeth at Sea

(11:36 a.m. EDT) -- When Cunard Line returns to Alaska aboard the Queen Elizabeth in May 2019, passengers will have a variety of shore excursions to choose from in the region.

"Our 10-day round-trip Vancouver itinerary offers guests more time and more ports with breathtaking shore excursions such as discovering the secrets to catching and cooking fresh Alaskan salmon or dog sledding across a massive glacier," said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president Cunard North America, in a news release.

Queen Elizabeth will call on Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria, during four 10-night cruises departing roundtrip from Vancouver on May 21, May 31, June 10 and June 20. Scenic cruising features the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier.

Shore excursions will include whale-watching and wildlife-viewing in Stephens Passage; a dogsled adventure on Mendenhall Glacier with helicopter ride; a seaplane ride with visit to Taku Glacier Lodge; a guided sea-kayaking trek; cooking demos with an Alaskan chef; and a mile-long ZipRider cable ride from Hoonah Mountain in Icy Strait Point. All are already available for booking.

For those looking to add a few days to the beginning or end of their cruise, Cunard will also offer pre-and post-voyage Rocky Mountaineer rail tours, which include either three- or five-nights' accommodation and two full days aboard the train.

-- by Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor