3. To eat fresh salmon.
It doesn't get any better than this!
Of course you don't have to fish for your own as it is easy to find salmon in any restaurant in Alaska. And it is SO good and fresh!
In August when the salmon are spawning you will see the bears having a feast getting ready for their winter hibernation.
How about some grilled salmon?
4. To take a train ride through the mountains. Most cruise ships stop in Skagway where you can take the tour through the mountains and hear about Soapy Smith as well as see his grave.
You can also take this tour in a van. The road is across the valley from the train tracks but takes a similar route. The downside to this is that it can get foggy as you are traveling up the mountain. This happened to us and our van had to turn around as we could not see through the fog to see the road.
Another train ride that is fun is to take it from Seward to Anchorage or vice versa. It should be about a 4 hr. ride however they run on Alaska time so it could be longer.
We got on the train at 6pm in June when they have 20 hrs of daylight and we saw people grilling on their deck at midnight in broad daylight when we arrived in Anchorage.
Be ready to stop for a moose on the track. Some can get lazy and decide to lay down on the tracks and you just have to wait for it to move.
Stay tuned for my 5th reason to take an Alaska cruise. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or more information on cruising Alaska.