Unlike other ports along Alaska's Inside Passage, Wrangell is one of the less traveled, but its small size and dedication to preserving its culture and history are a far cry from "less," as far as what you can explore.
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Seabourn Sojourn41-day North Pacific ExplorationShanghai, Beijing, Beijing, Beijing, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kobe, Kodiak, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Prince Rupert, VancouverNow
Regatta28 Night World CruiseMiami, Havana, Colon , Puntarenas , San Juan del Sur, Puerto Quetzal , Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, San Francisco, Astoria, Oregon , Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, Ketchikan, VancouverNow
Maasdam21-day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest AdventurerSan Francisco, Ketchikan, Sitka, Homer, Kodiak, Haines, Juneau, Wrangell, Vancouver, Victoria, Astoria, Oregon , San FranciscoNow
Seabourn Sojourn23-day Kamchatka & the Kuroshio RouteKobe, Kodiak, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Prince Rupert, VancouverNow
Regatta10 Night Alaska CruiseSan Francisco, Astoria, Oregon , Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, Ketchikan, VancouverNow
Popular Itineraries: Wrangell Cruise Reviews
Sail Date: Jul 2018
This was the only town we visited on the cruise since it's mostly through wilderness areas. Quiet little town with just a few shops, nice hike up many well-built stairs to the top of the hillside overlooking the...Read More
Sail Date: May 2016
WRANGELL On Sunday we were in Wrangell, a town of around 2,000 that only smaller cruise ships can stop at. The assistant manager at Practical Rent a Car, the only rent-a-car company on the island, picked...Read More
Sail Date: May 2015
Shakes Island and saw the new long house. Besides that and the new boardwalk by the petroglyphs, Wrangell hasn't change too much....Read More
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It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? The answer depends on many variables. For example, fall foliage enthusiasts will find September and October the best time to cruise Canada/New England, whereas families prefer to sail in summer when temperatures are warmer for swimming. The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights. For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise. High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays). However, the best time to cruise weather-wise is usually not the cheapest time to cruise. The cheapest time to cruise is when most travelers don't want to go because of chillier temperatures or inopportune timing (too close to holidays, the start of school, etc.). But the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you'll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here's a when-to-cruise guide for popular destinations.
You never know when you'll get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of a black bear standing in a dense forest or a 30-ton humpback whale breaching in the distance at dawn. It makes a lot of sense to invest in a first-rate pair of binoculars to bring on your Alaska cruise if you don't want to miss a thing.
Alaska is one of those places where you want to get off the beaten path and experience the landscape -- the "real" Alaska. Luckily, the cruise lines make it easy with shore excursions that range from the sublime to the extreme -- from a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to see the beautiful scenery to a hike in crampons atop a pristine glacier. Recognizing that the Alaska demographic is fairly broad, cruise and excursion companies offer active itineraries -- hiking, biking and kayaking -- in addition to tours for history-lovers, those interested in native culture and those looking for pure entertainment -- like the Lumberjack Show or Duck Tours in Ketchikan. There is truly something for every taste. Here are our favorite Alaska shore excursions among the copious offerings.
While many cruisers have their first glimpse of Alaska only through bigger ports such as Ketchikan and Skagway, there have always been those who want to take the route less traveled through the Inside Passage. Enter small ships. Able to dock in isolated bays and tiny cities like Petersburg and Wrangell, small ships provide more intensive -- and usually more expensive -- ways to explore Alaska's coast. Life onboard an Alaska small ship, which typically carries fewer than 100 passengers, is a far more relaxed experience than you find on a standard cruise. You wake up to the sound of birds instead of noise from the balcony next door. Your days consist of kayaking or hiking, rather than shopping and taking helicopter tours. Evenings are spent reading in your room or listening to a naturalist talk. And there's no need to buy a new cocktail dress, although you might spend just as much on outdoor gear. Fortunately for adventurous travelers eager to embark on Alaska expeditions, several cruise companies offer these intimate, nature-focused experiences. Even better, the lines are expanding their fleets, as well as their itinerary and excursion offerings. Here's a look at Alaska's small ship cruises and where they're going.