Glaciers, iceburgs, whales, polar bears and bald eagles — all can be part of your Alaskan cruise with your children, an experience that will leave them with a lifetime of memories. Particularly interesting for grade schoolers and teens are the shore excursions to such attractions as the Ketchikan Native Village Tour or Skagway’s gold panning demonstration. For “boat-huggers” there is plenty of activity on board, including knowledgeable experts who will point out and explain the flora and fauna as the ship sails through passages, past icebergs and near the shore.
Sunstone Small Ship Adventures
Although not appropriate for toddlers, Sunstone Tours offers a family Alaskan adventure on a small ship that is perfect for kids over 5. With a little more than 80 passengers — as opposed to 2,500 on major cruise lines — these smaller vessels offer better maneuverability, quicker docking at ports and much more personalized service. While your kids won’t find waterslides and pizza parlors, they will have a chance to learn a great deal about Alaska and its inhabitants. Kids under 18 sail for half price and have full privileges both on and off shore (except for alcohol). The small ship visits coves and fjords, threads through fields of small icebergs and gets closer to wildlife than would be possible with any large cruise ship. Kayaks and zodiacs are provided — with professional guides — so that the whole family can penetrate even further into the wilderness. Sunstone Tours 28779 Sea Ranch Way Malibu, CA 90265 888-815-5428 sunstonetours.com