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Set sail along the pristine coastline of the northern Pacific in the peak of the summer season on a luxury Alaska cruise in July. From towering glaciers to snow-capped mountains and an abundance of wild animals, birds of prey, and marine life, you’ll be treated to a feast of natural wonder. See the salmon spawn in the charming port town of Ketchikan, hike forest trails, and spot seal pups basking on sun-warmed rocks.
Cruises to Alaska start in either Vancouver, Seward or Seattle and will bring you through the narrow, island-strewn Inside Passage waterway all the way along the Alaskan coast. You’ll visit the historic capital city of Juneau, where you can tour a salmon hatchery, go whale watching, or kayak up to the face of a glacier in a temperate climate that’s perfect for exploring. Gaze at the mighty Dawes or Hubbard Glacier, and ride the historic railway from Skagway. Find comfort, luxury, and a sense of true outdoor adventure on a July cruise to Alaska with Celebrity.
July is the peak of summer in Alaska, when everything is lush and green. Sea lions are raising pups, bears are teaching cubs to take advantage of the spawning salmon, and the landscape reveals the colors of summer. Meadows are strewn with wild roses, forget-me-nots, and woolly geranium, while on sunny days, the sea sparkles a deep blue as you head into ports for your Alaskan cruise adventure.
The summer is a time of celebration in Alaska and July is packed with fun local events that often coincide with your port stops on an Alaska cruise. If your itinerary brings you to Sitka, enjoy the Summer Music Festival, a classical music showcase that’s been featuring global acts for over 50 years. When in Juneau, enjoy a spectacular Fourth of July parade and fireworks display, complete with local folklore shows and food vendors. Get a first-hand look at the peak of salmon spawning season in historic Ketchikan—and taste delicious Alaskan salmon for yourself at a cookout in the fresh air.
One of the biggest reasons cruises to Alaska in July are so popular is the pleasant temperatures that are conducive to outdoor travel and activity. Yes, it can rain—this is Alaska, after all—but the average daily in most of the state is between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, dipping lower after long sunsets, the sky streaked with shades of orange and pink. This means that daytime excursions like hiking and kayaking can be enjoyed without too many layers of clothing, and you’ll have long, light days to explore and appreciate the pristine nature.