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National Geographic provides a cruise experience that's fun for the whole family. You'll even catch glimpses of incredible wildlife, such as orcas.
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From Family-Friendly to Adventure Soaked: 5 of the Best Alaskan Cruises

OrcasNational Geographic provides a cruise experience that's fun for the whole family. You'll even catch glimpses of incredible wildlife, such as orcas.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Family Fun with National Geographic

If you’re searching for a cruise that’s lots of fun for the entire family and educational too, National Geographic offers some outstanding options, including the small National Geographic Sea Lion. The 15 day journey allows passengers to explore the jaw-dropping coastal wilderness of Alaska in a more intimate setting.

One of the finest small ship expedition cruises in this region, passengers embark on an adventure that begins in Seattle, traveling through the Gulf Islands of British Columbia and on to Alaska’s Inside Passage. The ship passes through the dramatic fjords and inland waterways where sea lions, humpback whales and orcas are often spotted.

Kids programs are offered on National Geographic cruises that include activities like scavenger hunts, hands-on nature experiences, photo workshops, zodiac-driving lessons and more.

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Tourists stand on deck of cruise ship to look at passing glacier.The 10 day cruise from San Francisco will take you up the stunning west coast and into glacier country.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Adventure Aboard Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises hosts a 10 day round-trip journey from San Francisco aboard the Grand Princess. It includes sailing under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before venturing north to the Inside Passage of Alaska.

You’ll visit charming port towns such as Ketchikan and Skagway, getting face-to-face with glistening glaciers and cascading falls, as well as a wide range of wildlife such as whales, dolphins, puffins and bald eagles.

Lots of excursions are included on this cruise, making it another top pick for the adventurous, though it’s also fun for couples and families. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at dog sledding, go glacier flight-seeing, delve into gold rush history and experience some incredible cultural attractions too.

Also on the itinerary is the beautiful city of Victoria in British Columbia, where you can check out magnificent places such as Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s most impressive display gardens.

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