Alaska Cruise Fishing
Cruise Ship Fishing
see Alaska fishing trip and
Alaska guided fishing
of the more popular ways to visit Alaska is by cruise ship. With most
cruise ships hitting several different cities on each trip, there
are lots of opportunities for
fishing on an Alaska cruise.
Encompassing nearly 34,000
miles of coastline, it can be argued that Alaska is best seen by
ship. Each year, thousands of cruise passengers come to
Alaska's cities looking for adventure, sailing on many different
cruise lines, including Holland America, Princess, Carnival, Royal
Caribbean, Celebrity, Regent, Norwegian, and Oceania. And
many of these visitors recognize that Alaska sport fishing is the ultimate
Alaska cruise fishing experience.
The main caveat
of visiting Alaska by cruise ship is that visitors usually have only
one day in which to visit each port. This can prove
problematic if passengers would like to fish for several species,
but anglers will have a good chance of catching at least one type of
fish based on the season when they visit.
Alaska Cruise Fishing Trips
Many of the
stops along an Alaskan cruise ship itinerary can include a fishing
adventure. Below are some ideas for one day fishing excursions
for cruise ship passengers from some of the more popular cruise
Sitka - Reserve a fishing
charter boat and angle for king salmon and halibut on the open sea.
Seward - Enjoy the
scenery of Seward from a charter boat while fishing for trophy size
Skagway - Board a guided fishing boat and travel a few
minutes from the shore to fish for king salmon.
Ketchikan - Take a
charter boat out for king and silver salmon or just rent a pole and
drop a line from Ketchikan's Creek Street Bridge.
- Take a boat ride and angle for silver and king salmon while
experiencing the scenic coastline of the Juneau area.
Bringing Fish From Alaska Back Home
Most if not all
cruise lines do not permit passengers to bring their fresh catch
onboard the ship. The good news is that passengers can have
their catch preserved and shipped back home. It's a very
common practice, but can be expensive depending on the weight of the
fish and the final destination of the package. Anglers should
be aware of preserving and shipping prices before deciding to keep
any big fish.
Planning an Alaskan Cruise Trip
Several cruise lines travel on Alaskan itineraries. Anglers
should select an itinerary that covers the fishing locations in
Alaska that offer the type of fish that they are interested in and
then take their cruise during the fishing season when that
type of fish is most plentiful.
Using a Local Charter Instead of a Cruise Ship Excursion
Passengers can choose to arrange a day of fishing on their own or
do a cruise ship fishing excursion. While some passengers
prefer for the cruise line to handle everything, many cruise
passengers avoid the high costs and crowds involved in cruise
excursions by taking the planning into their own hands. Local
fishing guides and charter services offer daily fishing trips that can be
cheaper, more personal and less crowded than cruise ship excursions.
Experienced anglers can also book special guided trips adjusted to
their skill level rather than going through the basic information
with a beginner group.