Yacht Charter – Alaska


Alaska Yacht Charter Holiday Travel

If you want to see humpback whales cavorting in the sea, grizzly bears feeding on salmon and mighty glaciers crashing into the sea, the only way to do it is to explore Alaska on a yacht. Cruise liners can also take you along the same routes but a smaller yacht can take you much closer to the shoreline so that you can feel the spray of cascading waterfalls on your face! Yachts can also sail through narrow channels used by local fishermen and stop in remote villages which a bigger cruise liner simply cannot access.

Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness is breathtaking beautiful. You will see bald eagles, porpoises, sea lions and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Aboard a Crewed Yacht Charter or a Skippered Yacht Charter, your captain will be fully aware of glacier activity and can take you to places from where you can watch whales and dolphins. If you opt for a Bareboat Charter and sail yourself, a little research about sailing conditions is advised.

It is impossible to navigate through all of Alaska in a limited period because its coastline extends over 54,000 kms. Mentioned below are the three main sailing routes in Alaska.

The Inside Passage

This typically begins and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia or Seattle, Washington. Over 8 days and 7nights through Southeast Alaska you will sail past British Columbia’s fabulous coastline and visit Alaska’s panhandle ports such as Juneau (the state capital), Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Haines and return back to Vancouver or Seattle. The protected Glacier Bay National Park is a must-see.
This is an extremely scenic route that takes you through channels and straits between islands. You will sail past thick forests, glaciers, waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. You will spot many people kayaking in the waters as this area is a favourite with kayakers.

Gulf & Glaciers

Your journey begins in Seattle or Vancouver and you go north to Whittier, Seward or Anchorage through Alaska’s panhandle ports mentioned above, the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound with its awe-inspiring glaciers. This is a one-way journey and you fly back from your last port.

Only Alaska

You can begin and end your yachting holiday in Alaska itself. The wonderful thing about the yacht charters is that you get to explore remote places and sail through less-frequently traveled waterways and inlets. With the right yacht charter company you can plan your own itinerary and go kayaking, hiking and whale watching.

Best time to sail: Mid-May to Mid-Deptember

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If you would like to find our more about the different types of yacht charters read Yacht Charter Holidays.

Posted by on October 31st, 2009

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