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Alaska By Small Ship Cruise: The Best Things To Do On And Off Shore

By Parm Parmar, Travel Awaits

It’s 1:30 a.m. and there’s a knock on my cabin door. It’s a crew member with news: The Northern Lights are now visible from the bow of the ship -- do I want to see them? In a sleep-laced fog, I don a warm jacket over my nightclothes and head out for a first glimpse of the lights.

Simply spectacular! We’re at the entrance of Glacier Bay National Park near Juneau, so the lights are not as vibrant and plentiful as they would be further north in Alaska or the Yukon, but I’m not complaining.

Alaska’s biggest draws are the vast wilderness, solitude, and wildlife sightings, and on the first day of our UnCruise experience, we head north to Glacier National Park, stopping at Bear Track Cove to “bushwhack” through the Tongass Forest.