Nature lovers should consider a shore excursion that includes a trip to both the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center and the Alyseska Tram. The conservation center will allow travelers a chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of species, while the tram offers unparalleled views of the city.
Those who aren't interested in a tour have plenty of options as well, including simply taking some free time to explore Anchorage on their own. There's plenty of opportunities here for dining, shopping and all sorts of other fun before the ship takes off again.
Travelers who chose an Alaskan cruise in order to avoid cities and civilization have some options as well. Anchorage provides the opportunity to explore the nearby Portage Glacier, a massive mountain of ice. Cruises in Prince William Sound offer plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of the unique wildlife that calls the area home, and self-sufficient explorers can even rent kayaks to plan their own treks.