When you Google cruises to Canada and Alaska, you'll find so many options it can feel slightly overwhelming. With so much to see and do in both Alaska and Canada, you'll probably spend a long time trying to figure out what is the best to see!
We've been taking a look at the different places you can stop off and what you should do while there to help make your decision slightly easier! Below, we've gathered all of the information that we think you'll need to prepare for your cruise. Take a look below to find out more.
Travel Documents For A Canada And Alaska Cruise
To embark on a Canada and Alaska cruise, you're going to need to enter both countries. You will find you need different travel documents to enter each place. Below, we've summarized what you'll need for both.
To be granted entry into Canada, you will need a valid passport and a form of travel authorization, either a visa or what is referred to as an eTA.
The eTA system was launched in 2015 and is mandatory for all visitors to the country. Like the American ESTA or the European ETIAS, it covers travelers for tourist purposes, business purposes, and transit purposes.
The eTA is only available for visitors from visa-free countries. If you are not from a visa-free country, you will need a valid visa to be allowed entry into Canada.
On top of this documentation, if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be allowed to travel for 'non-discretionary' reasons but if you are not, you may only travel under specific circumstances. You will also need to wear a mask for the duration of any flight you take into Canada and may be subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival.
As a state of the US, the rules for entry into Alaska differ slightly from those to be granted entry into Canada.
To travel to Alaska, you will need a valid passport and a form of travel authorization. This travel authorization will be in the form of either a valid visa that covers you for the kind of trip you are undertaking or an ESTA.
The ESTA system in the US is designed for travelers who are coming from visa-free countries. It covers you for tourist, business, medical, and transit purposes and is valid for two years. It is electronically attached to your passport and covers you for travel of up to 90 days.
The ESTA is not suitable for those who are not from visa-free countries nor is it suitable for those who are traveling for longer than 90 days or for purposes outside of those listed above. You will need to get a visa if you do not qualify for an ESTA.
COVID-19 rules for Alaska may differ from other states in the US. You will not need to take a COVID-19 test for traveling to Alaska, nor does it appear you need to be fully vaccinated, but both are still recommended before travel.
Since cruises have begun frequenting both Canada and Alaska again, there are some things you should do before traveling to stay safe from COVID-19.
Different operators will require different things of passengers, but it is recommended that you are fully vaccinated and test yourself for COVID-19 before traveling. You should also ensure you wash your hands regularly while onboard and wear face coverings where it is required.
Places To See
When choosing a cruise around Canada and Alaska, you're probably overwhelmed by choice. There is so much to see and do in both of these places and it can be difficult to make a choice. Below are our top recommendations for places to see, if you can, on a cruise.
Alaska is a state of the US that is completely surrounded by Canada on land. It is known for its wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Places we recommend you see include:
● Denali National Park - As the third-largest National park in the US, there's lots of ground to cover here. You'll see tons of wildlife as well as get a peek at the highest mountain in the US.
● Inside Passage - if you're lucky, you'll find a cruise that moves through these hidden channels. They're located in Southeast Alaska and on a cruise through you'll see mountains, forests, glaciers, and fjords.
Canada is a vast place and you'll be unlikely to see all of it on a cruise. Below are a few of our top attractions in Canada that we recommend you try to squeeze in on a cruise.
● Niagara Falls - If you're able to catch a glimpse of the famed waterfall on your cruise, then you should!
● Montreal - Known for its contrasting architecture and fantastic food, this city is a great stop to make if your cruise allows it!
Conclusion: Canada And Alaska Cruise
A Canada Alaska cruise will take you to some of the most beautiful parts of the world and you'll get to see tons of stunning landscapes and exciting wildlife. Though all cruises are different, we recommend you pick a few places you want to see and try to find a cruise that will take you there!