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WHAT TO SEE: Legendary beautiful scenery of Alaska- magnificent coastal fjords, rugged glaciers, vast evergreen forests, sky-high mountains, 7 of which arerepparttar tallest peaks in North America (to see Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak, you'll need to take a tour torepparttar 139274 shore intorepparttar 139275 Denali National Park), abundant land and marine wildlife- moose, kodiak and grizzly bears, caribou, dall sheep, puffin, otters, seals, humpback and killer whales, dolphins, bald-headed eagles and much more. Shore excursions are optional, as well as guided tours in a cruise ship's port of call. They are offered in all Alaska ports and cities and are a great way to enrich your cruise experience with visiting coastal attractions, historical places, challenging yourself in kayaking, helicopter tours, mountain biking,...

CRUISE LENGTH: 7 days on average.There are some 11 and 14 day cruises which include more ports of call and more glacier touring. There are 2 different kinds of cruises available: Inside Passage Cruise: roundtrip departure from Vancouver/ Seattle, usually 7 days long. You cruiserepparttar 139276 inside passage throughrepparttar 139277 islands offshore from British Columbia and Alaska. Stops usually include Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Juneau. Gulf of Alaska Cruise (or Glacier Route Cruise): You cruise one-way northbound from Vancouver/ Seattle or one-way south from Seward, Alaska. You will see more glaciers on this route and an additional port or two.

WHEN TO GO: The usual Alaska cruise season lasts from early May to late September. Alaskan summers are cool, daytime highs in these months range from 10 to 27 degrees Celsius (50 to 80 Fahrenheit). May and June tend to berepparttar 139278 drier months, July isrepparttar 139279 warmest one. June and July arerepparttar 139280 best months to watch Humpback and Orca whales, White-Sided dolphins. An additional bonus to an Alaskan cruise vacation is that in summerrepparttar 139281 days are much longer than they are further south. This isrepparttar 139282 land ofrepparttar 139283 midnight sun. Your longest days will be in June and July (up to 20-21 hours of daylight) and will offer you many opportunities to enjoy active glaciers. Early and late season cruises (May and September) tend to be slightly cheaper andrepparttar 139284 ports of call are less crowded. You can check next week weather forecast for Anchorage here.


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WHAT TO FISH AND WHERE: Alaska offers some ofrepparttar most diverse and incredible fishing opportunities inrepparttar 139273 world. You can drop a line into a roadside river and catch a nice size rainbow trout. Or charter a boat and reel in one of Alaska's giant Pacific halibut. You also can treat yourself with a freshly caught shellfish- shrimp, crab, clam. There are almost 400 fish species in Alaska's fresh and salt waters including all five species of Pacific Salmon: King (chinook), Silver (coho), Red (sockeye), Chum (dog, keta), Pink (humpy).It is not uncommon to catch a 50-pound King salmon,repparttar 139274 Alaska record was set by a fish weighing 97 pounds. Arctic greyling, sheefish and northern pike are easy to find in many inland streams. Diverse Alaska geographic areas offer adventure for everyone, give us various choices: Interior Alaska. From mountains and rolling hills , river valleys covered with forests torepparttar 139275 vast spaces of treeless tundra at higher altitudes and inrepparttar 139276 far north. Temperaure varies greatly throughoutrepparttar 139277 year, from -50 Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) inrepparttar 139278 winter months to +30 Celsius (+86 Fahrenheit) during summers. There are just a few highways inrepparttar 139279 interior part of Alaska. Most ofrepparttar 139280 area can only be reached by plane, boat or by foot. Almost every settlement has a good all weather airport served daily by small commercial air carriers. Summer is warm but short, it isrepparttar 139281 best time for fishing inrepparttar 139282 land ofrepparttar 139283 midnight sun. Pacific salmon enterrepparttar 139284 Yukon River in early June and move almost 2,400 km (1,500miles) uprepparttar 139285 river. They spawn alongrepparttar 139286 way, provide best fishing in June and July for king salmon, and in August and September for silver salmon. Chum salmon can be caught throughout summer and fall. Catch sheefish in July and August, especially inrepparttar 139287 Kobuk River. Best fishing season for lake trout and arctic char is May and early June. Ice fishing fans can take pleasure in good fishing for trout and burbot. Southeast (the narrow and long part betweenrepparttar 139288 Pacific ocean and Canada). Consists of mainland and many treed mountainous islands alongrepparttar 139289 coast. Inland waterways are well sheltered fromrepparttar 139290 Pacific ocean. The main fishing trophies are allrepparttar 139291 five species of Pacific salmon andrepparttar 139292 Pacific halibut. Rainbow, cutthroat, brook and steelhead trout are easy to catch in some inland streams. We can add arctic grayling and Dolly Varden torepparttar 139293 list. Onrepparttar 139294 coast crab and lingcod are available. South and Southwest (torepparttar 139295 south and west ofrepparttar 139296 Yukon river). Mountainous inland with many rivers and lakes, ragged coastal line dotted with numerous islands. The region offersrepparttar 139297 widest variety of saltwater fishing and inland fishing inrepparttar 139298 state. The Bristol Bay area is well known for outstanding rainbow trout fishing. Lake trout and northern pike are abundant in some lakes inrepparttar 139299 area. Arctic grayling, burbot, arctic char and Dolly Varden can be found in some waters. June and July yieldrepparttar 139300 best fishing results for Pacific salmon. You can catch Pacific halibut in Gulf of Alaska and some inlets. Razor clams are best to dig from April to September, especially onrepparttar 139301 Kenai Peninsula.

FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: - An Alaska sport fishing license is required for all nonresidents 16 and over, and most residents from 16 to 59 (see below), to fish in all Alaskan fresh and salt waters. It is valid for a calendar year. - Sport fishing licenses and king salmon stamps may be purchased from a license vendor (most sporting goods stores), by mail fromrepparttar 139302 ADF&G Licensing Section, P.O. Box 25525, Juneau, AK 99802-5525, (907) 465-2376, or online. Licenses, stamps, and tags are non-refundable. - A sport fishing license permits you to take or attempt to take any finfish or shellfish in fresh or salt waters, except anadromous (sea-run) king salmon, for which you must also have a current year's king salmon stamp. In order forrepparttar 139303 stamp to be valid, anglers must sign their name, in ink, acrossrepparttar 139304 face ofrepparttar 139305 king salmon stamp and stickrepparttar 139306 stamp ontorepparttar 139307 back of their current year's sport fishing license. RESIDENT LICENSE FEES: KING SALMON STAMP FEES: Resident sport fishing license . . . . . . . . . . $ 15.00 Resident king salmon stamp . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.00 NONRESIDENT LICENSE FEES: Nonresident 1-day stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.00 1 -day sport fishing license . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.00 Nonresident 3-day stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 20.00 3-day sport fishing license . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 20.00 Nonresident 7-day stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 30.00 7-day sport fishing license . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 30.00 Nonresident 14-day stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50.00 14-day sport fishing license . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 50.00 Nonresident annual stamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Annual nonresident sport fishing license . . .$100.00 Military annual stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 20.00

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