Go big or go home isn't always the best advice to follow, especially when it comes to your cruise ship. In Alaska, the big views and exciting places are best encountered in a small group, in a more intimate setting. With Windstar Cruises, your ship will be home to only 212 guests, along with an expert team of onboard expedition guides. Ditch the crowds and the prescribed fun that you find on big cruise lines, and experience the Windstar difference on your trip to the Last Frontier. Whether you're hopping on a kayak or exploring one of Alaska's historic towns, you're in for a truly authentic experience.
Because Windstar Cruises are smaller than most other cruise lines, they can take you places you can't get to on larger ships. Like Wrangell, one of the oldest towns in Alaska. With other cruise lines, heading onshore with hoards of other passengers can swamp little towns like Wrangell, and sap them of their authenticity. When you dock with Windstar, your ship won't overwhelm the locals, and you'll be free to wander and soak in the culture and views with a bit of peace.
With totems scattered throughout the town, Wrangell is rich in Alaskan native heritage. The famous anthropological sight, Petroglyph Beach is home to rock carvings dated 8,000 years before the settlement by the Tlingit tribes. Enjoy a petroglyph rubbing demonstration before heading to the Wrangell Museum, which houses a rich assortment of over 5,000 historic photos, native artifacts, a collection of Tlingit petroglyphs, and fishing, mining, and logging displays.
Considered of the last truly wild rivers in North America, The Stikine River runs directly through the nearly half-million-acre Stikine LeConte' Wilderness area. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world's largest temperate rainforest. And with Windstar, you can book an exhilarating jet-boat ride complete with gold rush history, world-renowned scenery, and the most experienced energetic captains. Seek out views of distant mountain peaks, spy on spawning salmon, and listen to thundering waterfalls. You might even see a black bear along the water's edge!
If you're hoping to come home with a catch, Wrangell is the perfect place to experience world-class fishing in the abundant waters of the Pacific Ocean along the famed Inside Passage of Alaska. See spectacular scenery and protected nearby waters while fishing for a multitude of sought-after species like salmon and halibut. Windstar can ensure your catch is professionally processed and shipped to your home, so you can impress your friends and family with your fishing skills.
Another place you'll fall in love with during your Windstar Alaskan Cruise is Juneau, the most scenic capital in the U.S. The perfect combination of rugged mountain town, laid-back coastal community, and bustling cultural hub, Juneau has a lot to offer visitors. Take a short jaunt to see the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier up close and personal; relive Juneau's mining heritage in AJ Mine, (what was once the world's largest gold-producing mill); explore botanical gardens and the lush temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska while learning about the local flora at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure; or visit the Alaska State Museum or Sealaska Heritage Center to get a taste of the three Native cultures of Juneau, the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian.
When you're ready to refuel, Juneau offers plenty of great dining and drinking options. Have lunch with a view at Hangar on the Wharf, dine on locally sourced dishes by James Beard nominee Chef Beau Schooler at The Rookery, or get fancy at SALT for creative and unique Alaskan cuisine. For the real foodies out there, you can sample all the best grub that Juneau has to offer on the Juneau Food Tour. Juneau also has its fair share of pubs and breweries, like the historic Alaskan Hotel and Bar, the world famous Red Dog Saloon which has been a Juneau staple since the glory days of the mining era, or Devil's Club Brewing Co., where you can sip on local craft brews in their taproom.
After your adventure-filled days on land, climb back aboard your all-suite Windstar ship and know you'll be getting a great night's sleep, in comfort. You'll need it to be ready for your next thrilling excursion.
Ready to book your Alaskan adventure? Visit windstarcruises.com today.