One of the most unique ways to travel to Alaska is by freighter, or cargo ship. Freight tickets are usually cheaper than cruise ship prices, and availability is limited to fewer fellow travelers, usually around 10 people. Traveling by freighter is a great way to see the sights of Alaska without the hurry and congestion of commercial cruises. Several companies offer freighter journeys to Alaska with highlights such as whale watching, as well as day-long stops for hikes and visiting hot springs.
Maple Leaf Adventures
Visit the Maple Leaf Adventures website (mapleleafadventures.com) for details on their Alaska cruise. Click on "Sailing Cruises," then "Alaska" under Trip Listing. Cruises to Alaska depart from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada and arrive in Sitka, Alaska.
Click on "Ask about or book a trip."
Fill in your name and contact information to receive a brochure in the mail, to request a phone call about trips to Alaska or to book your ticket.
Visit the Alaska Charters website (www.alaskacharters.com). Click on "About Our Cruises" for sample trip itineraries, pictures and customer reviews. Ships sail from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska.
Click "Alaska Cruise Schedule" for detailed information on departure dates. Groups are limited to 10 passengers, and last eight days/seven nights.
Call Alaska Charters at 1-800-767-1024 to book your ticket or to request more information about a particular trip.
Alaska Boat Cruises
Visit the Alaska Boat Cruises website (alaskaboatcruises.com). The company offers several cruises departing from Sitka, Juneau or Petersburg, Alaska.
Click on "Sample Itineraries" for detailed information on activities on the ship and off, like whale watching and hikes through Alaska's Tongass National Forest.
Call Alaska Boat Cruises at 907-747-6026 for information on specific dates or prices. Download a brochure on the Contact Us page as well.