Want to see brown bears? Most cruises start in Seattle or Vancouver, which means a day at sea cruising the beautiful Inside Passage. This string of islands and forested coastline stretches from Washington State via British Columbia  to Alaska, and if you keep your eyes  on the shore you may glimpse bears foraging on the beaches.

You’re pretty well guaranteed to  see whales and dolphins from the ship, and once in Alaska proper, wildlife sightings could also include frolicking  sea otters and the majestic bald eagle (which isn’t bald at all, but black with  a white head).

  • From £1,002 for a seven-night cruise on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam, round-trip from Vancouver,  departing August 13; flights extra (0843 374 2300, hollandamericaline.com).