Best Alaska Deals

U.S. News has identified the best cruise deals in Alaska by taking into account prices, cruise line ratings and cruise ship reviews. Use the list below to find your next cruise vacation.

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Best Alaska Cruise Deals

Alaska is a seasonal cruising destination, meaning most sailings take place between May and September. Cruisers can choose to sail through the Inside Passage or the Gulf of Alaska. Common embarkation ports include Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as the Alaskan cities of Seward and Whittier. Popular cruise stops on Alaskan sailings include ports in Juneau, Sitka and Skagway.

This is a different type of cruise than you'd take to the Caribbean; you won't get beach time and you shouldn't anticipate too much sunbathing. Even in the summer months, Alaska's daytime temperatures can dip to 60 degrees. Sightseeing and more adventurous excursions like dog sledding, whale or bear watching, helicopter rides and boat tours through the fjords are some of the highlights of Alaskan cruises.

To find deals for an Alaska cruise, consider sailing at the beginning or end of the season instead of peak time. For example, voyages in May and September typically cost less than sailing in July or August. Holland America is considered one of the more affordable cruise lines for Alaskan sailings, with inside rooms starting between about $100 to $200 per person, per night during the shoulder seasons.

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ADVENTURE ON THE WILD SIDE

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Adventure comes first on the last frontier.

No vacation in the world delivers once-in-a-lifetime adventure like Alaska. Mark this as your year to cross this bucket-busting destination off your list once and for all. Take off by dogsled across thousand-year-old ice as you soak in otherworldly sights. Trek across the majestic Mendenhall Glacier for breathtaking views of the wildest country. Get to know wildlife, big and small, that call this wilderness home, like otters, eagles, bears, and whales. And do it all from onboard one of four thrill-filled ships. This is Last Frontier pioneering with the cruise line voted Best Overall by Travel Weekly readers for 20 years running.

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OF ICE AND MOUNTAINS

Adventuring in Alaska is all about getting to know this state's stunning landscape. It might seem cold and unforgiving at first glance, but the best Alaska cruises allow you to explore the quiet lakes,  imposing glaciers  and breathtaking mountain views, you'll have only warm impressions of this wilderness. 

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JOURNEY INWARD

Exploring the interior of Alaska will give you an entirely different perspective on this vast and rugged state. Take an Inside Passage cruise and gaze upward at the sky that is as blue as the lakes below. Hop on the Alaskan Railroad near Anchorage and see the spruce-lined, mountainous landscape whir by from a new perspective.

Majestic Glacier in Alaska

GLACIERS WILL MOVE YOU

In Alaska, ancient rivers of ice wind between mountains and grind out of valleys. Towering walls of ice like the Hubbard Glacier, Endicott Arm Dawes and the twin Sawyer Glaciers thunder as they calve  massive icebergs . Some shore excursions allow up close interaction with these natural wonders.

Magnificent Denali National Park Alaska

JOURNEY TO "THE GREAT ONE"

In the center of the state,  Denali National Park  is blanketed in wildflowers punctuated with mountains, raging rivers and serene lakes. Denali, "The Great One," formerly known as Mt. McKinley, rises to the tallest peak in North America and can be seen from as far away as Anchorage on a clear day. An up-close view is more than worth the expedition during your vacation.

Beautiful Mountain View in the National Park, Icy Strait Point, Alaska

FEEL THE RUSH

Alaska is tailor-made for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether you sail its icy bays trying to spot huge cold-water whales or fly high above this rough-and-tumble landscape from the vantage of a helicopter, you're sure to come away with memories you couldn't have made anywhere else during your cruise to Alaska. 

Alaska Dog Sledding Excursion

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

In some parts of the state, dog sledding is still the primary mode of transportation through the winter months. Visit Alaska and get the experience for yourself at the  Skagway Yukon Discovery and Dog Sled Tour . The Siberian Huskies are sweet and energetic, and the ride is a thrill.

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WHERE ARE THE WHALES AT?

Head to Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward for a  whale watching tour . There's nothing like seeing these behemoths hurl themselves out of the water, to splash back into the sea. Don't pass up an opportunity to watch these giants feed and play in the water.

Alaska Charter Helicopter Tour

Planes are plentiful in Alaska, where they're a common form of transportation across the state. Charter a helicopter or fixed-wing flightseeing tour at Juneau and get an unforgettable perspective of the mountains and glaciers of this vast landscape.

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Embark on an unforgettable Alaska adventure cruise and experience the ultimate vacation. Immerse yourself in the thrilling destinations that Alaska has to offer, each brimming with its own unique style and vibe. Discover the wonders of Alaska with the Best Cruise Line for 20 years running.

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QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

Quantum of the Seas® heads to the Last Frontier from Seattle . This adventure packed ship offers glacier gazing from the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship and activities you can enjoy in any weather. Edge of your seat entertainment, all weather activities like the fan-favorite Flowrider®* and unparalleled views from every room.

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OVATION OF THE SEAS

Pioneer America’s Last Frontier onboard Ovation of the Seas®, one of the world's most groundbreaking ships and among the boldest ships to ever sail Alaska. Gaze at giant glaciers from the pool deck while you sail through Endicott Arm . Scan the surrounding waters on your way to Juneau for glimpses of wildlife from the North Star®, the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship. 

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BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS

Brilliance of the Seas® gets you up close to the glacial giants of The Last Frontier — from the expansive Hubbard to the calving Dawes. You can add once-in-a-lifetime to the itinerary for your wildest week ever. Go wildlife spotting in Juneau, peak-seeking in Sitka , and take-on rugged adventure in Haines. Getting to your coolest getaway yet is easy for the whole family with sails roundtrip from Vancouver

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RADIANCE OF THE SEAS

Sail into the Last Frontier from Seward or Vancouver onboard Radiance of the Seas®. With over three acres of windows and glass exterior viewing elevators, you can watch for whales along Alaska’s Inside Passage when you aren’t wandering wilderness paths from Ketchikan to Juneau. And for the ultimate outdoor adventure, take a CruiseTour into Alaska’s interior where you can hang with huskies in Denali, and scale glaciers in Alyeska.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Alaska Cruises Insider

The sheer size of Alaska lends itself to a wide variety of terrain and travel experiences. This diversity means you need to be prepared for a lot of change while traveling.

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on your priorities. If you're interested in the Midnight Sun, the longest day of the year is June 21, when you can experience close to 20 or more hours of sunlight in some parts of the state. If you're more interested in the Alaska Northern Lights, the earlier sunset in later summer will allow more contrast and better views of this natural wonder.

No two days will be the same, and you'll need to pack your clothing to prepare for temperature changes throughout the day. Think layers: zip-up sweaters, boots, rain jackets.

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Alaska is not a formal place; people even wear jeans to the opera. Focus more on comfort when deciding what clothing to pack.

Cameras, binoculars, rain ponchos and jackets are useful, but add these to the souvenirs you'll be picking up and soon your bag will be too heavy to tote around. Bring along a quality day pack to make it easier to hold your necessities.

Learn a few words in Alaska's local lingo: The "Alcan" is the Alaska-Canada Highway, for example, and "fish stories" are the local version of tall tales — unreliable yarns of mythological proportions, often told by fisherman.

ALASKAN CUISINE WILD IS THE WAY 

Alaskan food focuses on locally sourced ingredients that reflect the state's rugged terrain and the vast oceans surrounding it. These nutrient-rich waters serve up some gorgeous fish and shellfish, from super-fresh salmon to huge Alaskan King Crabs that can feed a crowd, while game meats and berries from the wilderness form a perfect marriage of flavor.

Best Alaska Smoked Salmon

SALMON IS CENTRAL

Fresh-caught wild salmon is served up at backyard BBQs and the finest restaurants. For something different, try the sweet and savory treat Indian Candy, salmon that is sweetened and smoked till hard.

Typical Alaskan Sourdough Bread

SOURDOUGH WON'T LET YOU GO

Sourdough is such an important part of Alaskan culture that long-time Alaskans are actually called sourdoughs in local parlance. Try a sourdough bread bowl filled with salmon chowder for a hearty lunch.

Alaskan Wild Berries Pie Dessert

GO WILD FOR BERRIES

Alaskan wild berries are sweet and pack a powerful punch of flavor. Whether served up in jams, candies, pies or cobblers, Alaskan blueberries, high-bush cranberries and other local wild berries are a staple when it comes to Alaskan summer eats.

RELATED PORTS

Whether you're interested in hiking through a forest, trekking to glaciers or a shopping spree downtown, the towns along Alaska's inside passage provide a variety of adventurous activities. Alaska cruise ports such as Juneau and Ketchikan are small cities with their own personalities. Anchorage is the state's largest city and a gateway to the rest of the state. Denali National Park takes you out of the city altogether, into a wilderness full of spruce forests and snow-capped mountain peaks.

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Icy Strait Point, Alaska

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Ketchikan, Alaska

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Sitka, Alaska

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Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

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Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

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Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska

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Skagway, Alaska

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Princess Cruises Announces 2022 Alaska Cruises & Cruisetours

2022 season includes princess cruises' newest ship – discovery princess – marking the youngest ship sailing in alaska.

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With more than 50 years sailing in the “Great Land,” exclusive rail service and Princess Wilderness Lodges, it’s no wonder more guests choose Princess in Alaska than any other cruise line. On sale Dec. 16, 2020, the newly announced 2022 Alaska cruise and cruisetour program offers six ships, including the line’s newest ship, Discovery Princess. Guests can choose from 12 cruise itineraries, plus 25 seamless cruisetour options, combining an unforgettable cruise and land tour visiting the extraordinary Denali National Park.

For the May through September 2022 season, four convenient west coast home ports – Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Anchorage (Whittier) and San Francisco – make traveling to Alaska seamless and hassle-free. The 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess, marks her inaugural season as the youngest ship in Alaska departing from Seattle on the popular seven-day Inside Passage itinerary, alongside Emerald Princess . Majestic Princess debuts along with Sapphire Princess and Grand Princess sailing the top-rated seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, which features two glacier viewing experiences on every cruise including Glacier Bay National Park (Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage [Whittier] or vice versa). Ruby Princess offers 10-day Inside Passage cruises out of San Francisco, featuring the added bonus of the awe-inspiring sailaway under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

All six ships sailing to Alaska in 2022 are MedallionClass-enabled so guests enjoy an effortless guest experience, delivering highly personalized service and enabling touchless interactive experiences and entertainment. Among enhancements, guests enjoy expedited boarding; on-demand food, beverage, retail and service delivery; keyless stateroom entry; contactless payment; friends and family locator; anywhere wagering; interactive games; and movies/live TV on the go along with the best Wi-FI at sea with MedallionNet.   

Cruisetour guests see even more of Alaska by combining a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with multiple nights on land in the heart of Alaska. With dozens of options ranging from 10 to 17 nights, every cruisetour includes a visit to Denali National Park. Princess owns and operates five wilderness lodges, located on the doorsteps of legendary national parks. The cruise line also offers their exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service that takes guests from the cruise ship to the Denali area and custom-built wilderness lodges in the same day, for more time to explore and less time in transit.

Additional 2022 Alaska program highlights include:

  • 17 destinations – including five glacier-viewing experiences – on 12 unique itineraries and 140 departures. Most cruise itineraries include visits to the quaint Southeast Alaska towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
  • 82 calls to Glacier Bay National Park on seven unique itineraries. That means, 74 percent of Princess Alaska cruises include calls to magnificent Glacier Bay National Park.
  • All cruisetours combine a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with extended stays at exclusive Princess wilderness lodge. Every cruisetour includes a visit to Alaska’s top-two attractions, Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.
  • Back by popular demand, the 17-day Ultimate Princess Connoisseur cruisetour features two nights at each one of the five Princess Wilderness Lodges for the ultimate Alaska vacation.
  • In 2022, Princess celebrates the 20 th anniversary of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, located just outside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, America’s largest national park.
  • Princess continues to enhance the award-winning North to Alaska program, bringing local Alaskans, culture and fresh seafood onboard and ashore to immerse guests in all things Alaska. From Cook My Catch, to Puppies in the Piazza, to mountain climbers, to Libby Riddles – the first female Iditarod Champion.

Princess past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book early. The special promotion consists of a Captain’s Circle launch discount of up to $100 per person. Offer expires April 30, 2021.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com .

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Although we're often asked what the best Alaska cruise is, we haven't yet come up with an easy answer. The cruise route, cruise line, time of year, and rates all come into play when picking the best cruise in Alaska.

We can say that the best cruise routes in Alaska sail one way between Vancouver and either Seward or Whittier. Here's why: They afford visitors the most opportunities to experience all that Alaska has to offer. You'll spend more time exploring the Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska, plus have the chance to venture out on a land package before or after the cruise. Check out our Seward to Vancouver , Whittier to Vancouver , Vancouver to Seward , and Vancouver to Whittier glacier route pages for more details.

Perhaps for you it's the cruise line that takes a cruise vacation from great to the best. Each line operating in Alaska offers something unique, from the excellent shore operation by Princess , to the culinary experience aboard Celebrity . Check out our Alaska Cruise Lines page for more insight.

The time of year always comes into play when talking about the best Alaska cruise. Cruise lines have been extending their operating dates, now offering Alaska cruises from as early as mid-April to as late as mid-October. Note that those April and October cruises are outside of the seasonal summer travel season and may not have as many shore excursions or transportation options. For more specifics, be sure to read our article on the best time to cruise to Alaska .

For many travelers, the best Alaska cruise comes down to cost. Check out our current cruise deals for special promos and discounts. You can also use our handy Cruise Finder to search for available cruises and request a no obligation cruise quote.

Seward to Vancouver Cruises

Sail south from Seward along tidewater glaciers, through misty fjords, and to colorful ports on this seven- or 10-day route run by Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. Learn More >

Whittier to Vancouver Cruises

Sailed by Princess Cruises and Holland America, this route flows south through Prince William Sound to Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, and three ports in southeast Alaska. Learn More >

Vancouver to Seward Cruises

Cruise northward within the Inside Passage to places like Ketchikan and Glacier Bay on a seven- or 10-day trip. Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean run this route. Learn More >

Vancouver to Whittier Cruises

Cruised by Princess and Holland America, this northbound route features three port calls and a day in Glacier Bay. It concludes with a trip through College Fjord, a beautiful inlet within Prince William Sound. Learn More >

The best cruises to Alaska from Seattle for every type of traveler

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What are the best Alaska cruises out of Seattle ? It depends on what kind of traveler you are.

If you're a parent traveling with teens and tweens, you'll probably want to pick a voyage on one of the big, family activity-filled cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line that sail out of Seattle each summer.

If you're looking to get away from families with young children — maybe you're a retiree looking to travel with people your own age — you'd want to check out the itineraries operated by cruise lines that cater more to couples without kids, most notably Holland America and Princess Cruises.

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Other cruises might be best for solo travelers or travelers on a tight budget.

Here we list our top picks for the best Alaska cruises from Seattle for six different types of travelers.

Best for families: Ovation of the Seas

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It isn't easy picking the best Alaska cruise out of Seattle for families. There are four world-class family-focused cruise ships in the market, each of which is a contender for the best for families title: Royal Caribbean 's Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss.

All four ships are loaded with all sorts of gee-whiz family attractions, from bumper car pavilions and skydiving simulators on the Royal Caribbean vessels to go-kart tracks and laser tag courses on the Norwegian ships.

Unlike the Royal Caribbean ships, the Norwegian ships also have epic waterslides on their top decks, which in theory, might put them over the top in any listing of the best cruise ships for families based in Seattle.

However, keep in mind that Alaska can be chilly, even at the height of summer, and rainy, too. For that reason, we discount the value of some of the family-friendly attractions on the Norwegian ships, which are open to the elements, and consider the Royal Caribbean ships the best of the bunch for Alaska cruises from Seattle.

Both of the Royal Caribbean ships sailing to Alaska from Seattle are loaded with attractions that are protected from the elements, including those bumper car pavilions and skydiving simulators. In fact, both Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas were specifically built to operate in areas of inclement weather.

Of the two ships, which are nearly identical and part of the relatively new Quantum class of vessels, we give the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas the nod for best Alaska family cruise ship sailing from Seattle only because it's a couple of years newer. Newer is almost always better in the cruise world.

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A cavernous indoor activity area on each of the two Quantum-class ships called the SeaPlex is home to the aforementioned bumper cars, as well as such family-friendly activities as roller skating, basketball and even trapeze lessons. The two-level complex also has upstairs nooks for playing Xbox, ping pong and foosball. It's like one big play zone for families that will keep your kids busy for hours.

Each of the ships also offers one of the most unusual attractions you'll find at sea: A glass-enclosed capsule mounted on a mechanical arm that will take you and your family soaring into the sky for bird's-eye views. It's called the North Star ride.

All the above come in addition to many of the core Royal Caribbean attractions you'll find on most of the brand's ships, including pools, rock climbing walls, casinos, spas and Broadway-style shows, plus lots of eateries and bars.

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Of particular note, given Alaska's weather, is that one of the two main pool areas on each of these Quantum-class ships is enclosed.

Best for budget travelers: Eurodam

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Our pick for the best Alaska cruises from Seattle for budget travelers may come as a surprise to many cruise aficionados. That's because it's not the Alaska voyages from Seattle offered by the North American cruise line best known for budget sailings — Carnival Cruise Line .

Carnival does offer cruises to Alaska from Seattle regularly with two ships: Carnival Spirit and Carnival Luminosa. However, while Carnival is the low-cost leader in many cruise destinations, that's not always the case in the market for Alaska cruises from Seattle. Often, the lowest starting prices you'll find on cruises to Alaska from Seattle, on both an absolute and per-day basis, are the cruises offered by Holland America .

For the coming year, for instance, as of this guide's posting, there were lots of Holland America sailings to Alaska from Seattle available for under $750 per person for seven nights — some as low as $429 per person for seven nights.

There were very few Carnival sailings available for under $750 per person, with most Carnival sailings starting around $800 per person or more for seven nights.

We suspect the lower starting prices for Holland America ships as compared to Carnival ships on Alaska sailings out of Seattle is because Alaska cruises from Seattle are round-trip voyages. Many Holland America fans who cruise to Alaska choose a one-way voyage to or from the state that lets them add extra days for touring in Alaska at the start or end of the voyage. Such one-way voyages only are available out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Holland America — the longtime leader in Alaska cruises, along with its sister company Princess Cruises — is particularly known for "cruisetours" to Alaska that combine a one-way cruise to or from the state with multiple days touring Alaska by motorcoach and train.

Holland America bases two ships in Seattle for cruises to Alaska: the 2,104-passenger Eurodam and 1,964-passenger Westerdam. Starting prices for both are relatively similar, but we give the nod for the best Alaska cruises from Seattle for budget travelers to Eurodam as it's a somewhat newer vessel.

Best for luxury lovers: Norwegian Encore

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No luxury-focused cruise ships sail to Alaska out of Seattle. Still, you can get a variation on a luxury cruise experience on a voyage to Alaska from Seattle on Norwegian Cruise Line 's Norwegian Encore.

Yes, the 3,998-passenger Norwegian Encore is a cruise ship that generally caters to the masses, not the luxury crowd. However, it has its own "ship-within-a-ship" luxury zone that offers a much more swanky experience for those willing to pay.

At the top front of the vessel, this private enclave, called The Haven, is home to dozens of upscale suites; a sprawling, two-deck-high pool area; a private lounge and bar; and a private restaurant. Only the deep-pocketed swells who can afford one of the suites get exclusive access to these areas.

The pool area, a true stunner, comes with comfortable padded loungers, a pool and whirlpools. Its retractable glass roof is perfect for cruises to Alaska when the weather is iffy. Guests can enjoy the deck, rain or shine.

If living large is your goal, you're not going to find anything better than this — other than with a cruise on a similar Norwegian vessel that also cruises to Alaska from Seattle. Norwegian Bliss, also based in Washington during the summer, is part of the same Norwegian Breakaway-Plus class of vessels and has a similar Haven enclave.

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Why did we pick Norwegian Encore over Norwegian Bliss as the ship offering the best Alaska cruises from Seattle for luxury lovers? Built a year after Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore offers one big improvement for the upscale crowd as compared to Norwegian Bliss.

On Norwegian Encore, there's a much bigger version of the exclusive, extra-charge Vibe Beach Club sunning area that's on Norwegian Bliss. Home to a full-service bar, cabanas and two hot tubs, the version of the Vibe Beach Club on Norwegian Encore sprawls across both sides of the ship (instead of just one side on Norwegian Bliss) and extends upward to a partial deck above. It's just $99 or more per day to get in.

It's yet one more stylish and upscale area for cruisers looking for an upgraded experience to retreat.

Note that there is one other option for upscale Alaska cruises out of Seattle: A voyage on Oceania Cruises ' 684-passenger Regatta. While Oceania isn't considered a luxury line on the level of Silversea Cruises or Seabourn Cruise Line , it has an elegant feel. That said, given the ship's age (it dates to 1998) and limited venues, we're still in the camp that favors a Haven stay on a Norwegian ship.

Best for solo travelers: Norwegian Bliss

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Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss are also our top picks for ships operating the best Alaska cruises from Seattle for solo travelers. Between these two, it's a tossup, though we put Norwegian Bliss in the headline above since, well, we already gave Norwegian Encore a turn in the limelight with the best-for-luxury category.

Notably, both Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore boast large private zones for solo travelers — something you won't find on any other cruise ship sailing out of Seattle. It's a hallmark of Norwegian's newest and biggest ships.

On each of the ships, the "studio" zones, as Norwegian calls them, are made up of 82 special solo cabins and a private Studio Lounge where solos can gather for happy hours and other events. Only the studio zone on Norwegian's 2010-built Norwegian Epic is bigger.

Passengers staying in solo cabins get exclusive access to the Studio Lounge (using their keycards), meaning a maximum of 82 people will share the space.

A special zone for solo travelers is a rare concept in the cruise world, where almost all rooms for vacationers are designed for two people and sold with per-person fares that are based on two people occupying the room.

The solo cabins in the studio zones are small (measuring 100 square feet) but are superbly designed to maximize storage space (something I learned firsthand staying in one on Norwegian Epic).

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Solo passengers on Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss will also find a sometimes rollicking bar scene, with plenty of counter-style seating in bars that are a great place to meet other solo travelers and friendly guests. We recommend the Sugarcane Mojito Bar on Norwegian Bliss. There, the bartender will muddle your mojitos with raspberry, guava, passion fruit or even jalapeno pepper to spice things up when you're sitting with your new solo friends.

One warning if you're considering booking one of the solo cabins: They've become so popular that they often sell out far in advance and at prices that aren't much better than booking a cabin for two.

Best for multigenerational travel: Discovery Princess

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Looking for the best Alaska cruise from Seattle if you're bringing three generations of your family along for the ride? We can think of nothing better than a voyage on one of the two Princess Cruises ships that sail out of the city, the 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess and 3,560-passenger Royal Princess.

Both ships are almost identical, but we give Discovery Princess the edge only because it's newer than Royal Princess. The two vessels were built in 2022 and 2013, respectively.

Princess has long been heralded as one of the best cruise lines for multigenerational travel, in part because its ships offer a little something for travelers of all ages.

Unlike the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships mentioned above, the two Princess ships sailing from Seattle don't have top decks heavily skewed to family fun. Instead, their top decks offer lots of quiet and relaxing pool and lounge areas where you can enjoy the experience of being at sea without much hustle and bustle.

That makes these ships more appealing to an older demographic that doesn't necessarily want to be on a vessel that's loaded to the gills with children's fun zones and the younger family travelers drawn to that. Notably, the average age of Princess passengers is around 57, and you'll usually see many couples on board in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

Still, unlike some lines that cater to an older crowd, Princess doesn't ignore the children's market. Both Discovery Princess and Royal Princess offer an extensive children's program that gets high marks from parents, with dedicated Discovery Channel-themed Camp Discovery areas where counselors supervise free activities daily for children ages 3 to 17.

When sailing to Alaska, these ships also offer other kid-friendly events, such as Puppies on Princess, when dog mushers and their newest sled dogs come on board for meet-and-greets (and photos!). In partnership with the Discovery Channel and Glacier Bay National Park, the line also adds such kid-friendly fun during Alaska sailings as a Junior Ranger Program, totem pole decorating and a "Deadliest Catch-"themed crab sorting challenge.

In addition, an onboard Klondike Festival brings added family entertainment, including gold nugget arts and crafts projects, a naturalist exhibition, harmonica music classes and North to Alaska dance performances.

In short, Princess provides an Alaska product specifically designed to appeal to a wide age range. It's the line you take if you want an affordable ship that'll appeal to your 70-year-old parents as much as your 12-year-old kid.

Best for retirees: Westerdam

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The best Alaska cruises out of Seattle for retirees, in our view, are the sailings offered by Holland America on both the 1,964-passenger Westerdam and 2,104-passenger Eurodam. We give Westerdam the slight edge for reasons we will explain below.

While Holland America draws some families with younger children, the passengers on its ships skew heavily toward middle-aged and older travelers, including many retirees. If you're nearing or already have hit retirement age and prefer to travel mostly with people who are at a similar stage in life as you, you'll feel right at home on a Holland America ship.

The top decks of Holland America vessels, notably, lack many of the kid-focused attractions found on the top decks of more family-focused ships operated by the likes of Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian. That often keeps families with younger kids from booking the ships.

What you will find on the top decks of both Eurodam and Westerdam are more serene sunning areas with pools and whirlpools. Depending on your travel style, that might be all you need.

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Both Eurodam and Westerdam mostly sail seven-night trips to Alaska out of Seattle. However, for 2024, Westerdam has added an epic new 28-night Alaska itinerary out of Seattle that will include calls in remote areas that most cruise ships never visit. The new itinerary is one reason we give Westerdam the edge among ships when rating the best Alaska cruises out of Seattle for seniors.

It's the sort of itinerary that specifically appeals to retirees with the time (and money) to book such a long trip.

Westerdam is also a slightly smaller ship than Eurodam, and as a result, its demographics on any given sailing are more likely to skew toward a retired crowd. To the extent that families with younger kids book Holland America ships, they are more likely to book one of its larger vessels.

In addition to Eurodam and Rotterdam, two other good choices for retirees considering Alaska cruises out of Seattle are the two Princess ships that sail on such itineraries: Royal Princess and Discovery Princess. Like the Holland America ships, they aren't loaded with kid-focused attractions that draw families.

Bottom line

Nearly a dozen major cruise ships operate Alaska cruises out of Seattle during the summer months, giving cruisers plenty of choice.

What is the best Alaska cruise from Seattle for you? That'll depend on your personal interests and travel style because there are cruises from Seattle that appeal to everyone, including family travelers, budget travelers and retirees.

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Adrenaline-charged adventure, sublime scenery; far from crowds, close to home: talk about ticking most cruisers’ boxes. Between lingering COVID concerns and the cancellation (or rerouting) of upcoming Black Sea and Baltic voyages, many cruise devotees may be rethinking summer itineraries and booking Alaskan voyages instead. Luckily, the season runs from May through September, and cruises with space available still exist. Check out our ready-to-book choices, from exploration toy-laden expedition vessels and activity-packed big ships to pampering luxury sails .

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Itinerary: Alaska and British Columbia—Inside Passage, Bears, and the Aleutian Islands

Departs: July 22

Venture deep into nature and indigenous culture on an 18-day, adventure-packed journey from Nome to Vancouver onboard the 528-passenger Roald Amundsen . The interactive science center is the core of this environmentally sensitive, ice-class expedition ship; take photography and biology workshops and mingle with an enthusiastic expedition team. This same team also organizes unique onboard activities like meditation sessions and yoga classes. Interested in partaking in research? Enlist in the engrossing Citizen Science program. Cruise highlights include possible bald eagle and brown bear sightings, spotting nesting seabirds like puffins and sandpipers on isolated Bering Sea islands, exploring Inside Passage historic towns, and ogling soaring glaciers. Soak up the majestic Alaskan backdrop onboard RIBs; on landings, let professional photographers ensure you capture bucket-list wildlife shots. Roald Amundsen also possesses its own allure. Its two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck allows you to soak up every sight from onboard. A pleasing Scandinavian design, emphasizing granite, birch, oak, and wool, draws from nature to create relaxed, stylish venues. All cabins are outside, with 50 percent touting private balconies. If booking a suite, note that aft ones possess private outdoor hot tubs with amazing views.

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Itinerary: Through the Inside Passage

Departs: July 17

Six Princess Cruises ships sail Alaska this season, offering a total of 140 departures, 12 different itineraries, and more than 400 shore excursions. Our eyes are on 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess , the line’s newest vessel, and its seven-day roundtrip Seattle sail. Explore popular ports including Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, and ready the smartphone camera to capture floating icebergs—from inches to three-stories-wide—in 30-mile Endicott Arm fjord. By Dawes Glacier, gasp at pristine snow-capped mountains and cascading waterfalls; search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and whales. Princess dives deep into Alaskan seafood immersion, and on Discovery Princess , like other fleet vessels, you'll tuck into sustainable wild seafood like salmon, halibut, spot prawns, and Dungeness crabs in the main dining room nightly. Book the popular Cook My Catch fishing excursion and the ship's chefs prepare your own bounty that night. Discovery Princess' three pools, a casino, and Broadway-style productions (complete with a glitzy theater), keep the entertainment hopping when you’re sailing. This ship is great for families, too: Three- to seven-year-olds find their happy place in a treehouse playroom; tweeners head to the Lodge for games, science programs, and treasure hunts; teens hang in the Beach House for late-night movie viewing and hip-hop dance classes.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Itinerary: Seward to Vancouver

Departs: June 15, July 20, and August 17

Regent Seven Seas Cruises , the most inclusive luxury line, dispatches 700-passenger all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner for eight-day sails between Seward and Vancouver from May until September. We found three available sails highlighting popular ports like Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Take advantage of the many included excursions—it’s the only way to see the real Alaska, beyond main street tourist shops and bars. In Juneau, raft down the Mendenhall River and visit an authentic Tlingit clan house; in Ketchikan, paddle an indigenous-style canoe across a mountain lake; pedal through a wildflower-blanketed rainforest in former boomtown Dyea, Alaska, now an eerie ghost town near Skagway. (Note that the most enthralling adventures, such as ice field flight-seeing and dogsledding, cost extra.) Seven Seas Mariner offers complimentary dining in seven restaurants; modern French Chartreuse and steakhouse Prime 7 are standouts. Stay fit onboard playing paddle tennis, spinning, and jogging. The Serene Spa & Wellness center goes all out on pampering and restorative treatments. Back in your suite—the size of which can run from a generous 301 to 2,000 square feet—find every comfort, from silky sheeted king beds and marble-accented baths to soft robes and slippers, walk-in closets, and 24-hour room service. 

UnCruise Adventures

Itinerary: “Wild, Wooly and Wow,” which includes Chichagof Island and Glacier Bay National Park's outback

Departs : May 28; June 4, 11, 18 and 25; July 2 and 9

This new itinerary, sailing eight days roundtrip from Juneau on the 86-passenger Wilderness Legacy, embraces wilderness exploration in all its unspoiled, backcountry glory. Book this voyage if that stokes a passion, and skip the traditional cruise ship routes and onboard amenities. Consider this sail Uncruise Adventures’ most active, with full-day outings like morning birding, picnicking, kayaking, and evening campfires ashore. Hike Thomas Bay, hearing the thunderous sounds of Baird Glacier calving ice into the lake. Board skiffs at twilight, simply to listen to wildlife sounds. Only UnCruise possesses the permits to guide guests through Chichagof Island, where humans are scarce and brown bears are plentiful. Hike, bike, and meet a family who shares what it’s like living in this remote place. Venture deep into Glacier Bay National Park, rarely explored by visitors. Search for humpbacks in Frederick Sound’s whale-rich waters. Onboard, find a fine ship awash in beautiful carved wood, with hot tubs, an open bridge, and fittingly, spacious viewing decks. Tuck into lovely plated meals in a cozy carpeted dining room.

Itinerary: Inside Passage and Alaska Fjords

Departs: August 26

This 11-day roundtrip Vancouver sail on the 458-passenger all-suite luxury ship Seabourn Odyssey captures so much Alaskan beauty. Unlike most luxury ships, Seabourn Odyssey boards an expedition team and Zodiacs for expedition ship–style outings. Join a six-to-eight-hour hike near the salmon-spawning Indian River; cruise by Zodiac amidst glistening ice calved from the still-growing Hubbard Glacier, and explore Cross Sound, a main gateway for humpback whales also alive with puffins, bald eagles, and sea lions. In Ketchikan, tender to town to see the world’s largest collection of standing Native American totem poles, learn to throw an axe at a lumberjack show, or join a chef’s table for a six-course tasting menu starring the best local seafood. Onboard, savor the posh vessel’s many amenities, like a fitness center with complimentary classes in yoga, Pilates, and tai chi. Sip afternoon tea in the Observation Bar; come nightfall, head to the Club for live music and dancing. Complimentary fine dining includes the Grill by Thomas Keller, the world-famous chef’s shipboard eatery in collaboration with Seabourn. Anywhere, anytime, celebrate the adventure with bubbly and caviar—both included in the cruise fee. 

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Cruise to Alaska: Feel Free to Let the Outside In

Come aboard Norwegian Cruise Line to Alaska and feel what it's like when you let the outside in. Browse through our Alaskan cruises and find the best cruise deals designed to make your cruise experience unforgettable. With 7 cruise ships sailing from 6 departure ports , including land and sea packages on our Alaska Cruise Tours , there's something for everyone to enjoy. From action-packed wilderness adventures and extraordinary sightseeing on our shore excursions , to an extended sailing season, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect Alaska cruise holiday designed for you. With ships custom-built to help you see nature at its most majestic, you can witness whales breaching the surface, marvel at spectacular glaciers, and experience everything Alaska has to offer. When you cruise with Norwegian, the awe of Alaska stays with you throughout your holiday.

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There's a reason why the best way to cruise Alaska is with Norwegian - we've got something for every type of traveller. Thrill-seekers will jump for joy at our two-level race track and laser tag, followed by a stroll down The Waterfront , our revolutionary quarter-mile oceanfront promenade, for a glacier-side meal, available on board Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss . Looking for a more intimate cruise ship experience? The newly revitalised Norwegian Jewel , Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Spirit bring that and more with beautifully renovated spaces and staterooms. Sip a cocktail with spectacular views from the coziest spot at Spinnaker Lounge or take a dip in one of five luxurious hot tubs. Whichever ship you choose, Alaska and the holiday of a lifetime await.

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Crowne Plaza Seattle

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle offers both a distinctive style and an ideal setting with unparalleled access to all that makes Seattle one of America's greatest cities. Conveniently located in downtown Seattle just minutes away from historic Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and within two blocks of over 25 restaurants and shops. Inside, we offer the Regatta Bar and Grille, a full service restaurant/lounge and complimentary exercise facility. Our Sleep Advantage Programme, offering luxury bedding, sleep amenities, quiet zone floors, and guaranteed wake up calls, is included in all of our spacious rooms offering city skyline and surrounding mountain & water views.

This 3.5 star hotel offers luxury and convenience with charming views from its exquisitely appointed rooms. Located Downtown, just steps away from historic Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and other attractions.

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The Westin Seattle

The Westin Seattle is the front door to downtown shopping, attractions, dining, and much more. This ideal urban retreat is steps away from the Washington State Convention Centre, Pike Place Market, and Space Needle. Our unique design offers breathtaking views of the Northwest's beauty including Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Our 891 smoke-free guest rooms and suites are designed to provide ultimate comfort and tranquility for our guests.

The Westin Seattle is the front door to downtown shopping, attractions, dining, and much more. This ideal urban retreat is steps away from the Washington State Convention Centre, Pike Place Market, and Space Needle. Our unique design offers breathtaking views of the Northwest's beauty including Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Our 891 smoke-free guest rooms and suites are designed to provide ultimate comfort and tranquility for our guests. All guest rooms offer high speed internet access and flat screen televisions and feature the Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath. Visit Relish Burger Bistro, our contemporary venue featuring a modern twist on an American classic.

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Whether you want to witness epic wildlife, see calving glaciers in person, or check the so-called Last Frontier off your bucket list, an Alaska cruise deserves your consideration. I was born and spent my young childhood in Alaska, and the natural beauty of the state is unparalleled. A cruise along the coast anywhere in the state — especially in summer, the season of the Midnight Sun — is an excellent way to experience it.

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Holland America cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska

1. Holland America Line (Winner)

Holland America is celebrating 150 years of cruising this year and Alaska is one of its most popular destinations. The cruise line has an 11-ship fleet that takes cruisers all around the world, but in Alaska, where it’s operated cruises for more than 75 years, it doesn’t stop with sailing the seas and stopping in ports of call: Holland America offers both Alaska cruises and Alaska Cruisetours that invite travelers to go inland aboard the McKinley Explorer, its exclusive glass-domed train, for a McKinley Chalet Resort stay that gets them up close and personal with Denali National Park.

Between its straight-up Alaska cruises and Alaska Cruisetours, you have over 100 Holland America itineraries and seven ships to choose from. The cruise line’s ships exude classic elegance. You’ll get to marvel at the Inside Passage, an Artic Circle Summer Solstice, or the Aleutian Islands; taste the culinary creations of celebrity chefs; enjoy a diverse onboard music and entertainment lineup; and, once you’ve had your fill, sink into your stateroom’s Mariner’s Dream Bed — a plush “Euro-Top” mattress made exclusively for Holland America’s ships.

Norwegian Joy in Ketchikan, Alaska

2. Norwegian Cruise Line

When it comes to its Alaska cruises , Norwegian’s goal is for cruisers to realize what it feels like “when you let the outside in,” and it boasts the best glacier-sighting experiences in the state. This pairs perfectly with Norwegian’s signature offering: Freestyle Cruising. Think an Alaska cruise with no set schedule and plenty of accessible onboard options.

Norwegian’s big, bold ships offer amenities like The Waterfront, a dedicated promenade that lets you walk a quarter-mile of the waterfront while sailing the seas (available on three of its Alaska ships: Bliss , Encore , and Joy ).

The cruise line’s seven Alaska ships depart from six ports. In addition to shore excursions, Norwegian also offers 10 Alaska Cruisetour options that take cruisers inland to Denali National Park & Preserve and as far north as Fairbanks. In many cases, cruisers are transported via a domed railcar on the famed Alaska Railroad, which promises to take anyone’s Alaska experience to the next level.

Ruby Princess cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska

3. Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises’ six Alaska cruise and cruisetour itineraries prioritize travelers’ glacier, wildlife, and national park experiences. The cruise line boasts a “50-year legacy of sharing the best places and experiences.” In Alaska, it delivers on that commitment by serving up fresh Alaska seafood on board; introducing guests to local Alaska craftspeople, rangers, and guides; and making space for Alaska-only experiences — think on-deck sled dog puppy meet and greets and northern lights viewings from the ships’ planetariums.

Princess also boasts exclusive service on Alaska railways and five Princess Wilderness Lodges that put cruisetour travelers close to Alaska’s national parks in Kenai, Denali, Fairbanks, and the Copper River Valley. 

4. Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean currently offers a whopping 75 Alaska cruise options with round-trip and one-way cruises departing from Seattle, Washington; Seward, Alaska (a 2-hour drive from Anchorage); and Vancouver, British Columbia. Cruisers can choose from four ships, including Quantum of the Seas , the largest and potentially most decked-out ship (on-board sky-diving simulator, surfing, and rock climbing) to cruise the region.

Pro Tip: Quantum of the Seas sailings are exclusive to Alaska and Australia, so unless you’re planning to cruise “Down Under,” an Alaska cruise is your chance to experience this first-of-its-class vessel perfect for family groups and thrill-seekers of all ages.

Regardless of which ship you choose, Royal Caribbean’s Alaska expeditions promise “warm impressions of the wilderness,” meaning shore excursions and glacier viewings that prioritize comfort. Royal Caribbean also puts an emphasis on hearty, locally sourced food like wild-caught salmon, satisfying sourdough, and fresh-picked Alaska berries galore.

Celebrity Millenium in Skagway, Alaska

5. Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity’s 14 Alaska cruise itineraries and 42 cruisetour options center the state’s natural beauty, wildlife, and history. The cruise line boasts five elegant ships including the recently renovated Millenium , a Forbes Four-Star-Rated “resort at sea.”

All of Celebrity’s Alaska ships feature luxurious cashmere bedding (perfect for chilly Alaska nights!), adult-only solariums, and the opportunity to upgrade to The Retreat — an exclusive all-suite, all-inclusive vacation experience that includes access to a private restaurant and private resort-style lounge.

6. Viking Cruises

Unlike other cruise lines on this list, Viking centers its Alaska & the Inside Passage itinerary around native Tlingit culture and the “region where a Wild West spirit still feels very much alive,” rather than Alaska per se. Ports of call during the 11-day cruise (Viking’s sole Alaska offering) include Vancouver, British Columbia, and Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Valdez, and Seward in Alaska.

The itinerary’s Scenic Sailings include the 500-mile Inside Passage on Day 2 and glacier-ensconced Yakutat Bay on Day 8. Cruisers will be accompanied by a Viking Resident Historian who will deliver lectures on Pacific Northwest expansion and development, indigenous people, and glaciers.

While this singular offering makes choosing your Viking Alaska blissfully straightforward, you can opt for pre- and/or post-cruise extensions in Vancouver, Anchorage, Denali, and beyond.

7. Alaskan Dream Cruises

Alaskan Dream Cruises is unique in that it offers small-vessel expeditions — no more than 76 passengers per sailing, compared to the thousands who could be aboard giant Alaska cruise liners. Itineraries combine excursions in Alaska towns and native villages with glacial bay and fjord sailings.

On board, cruisers enjoy what the cruise line calls a “relaxed ambiance” that is less about frills and more about experiencing “True Alaska with True Alaskans.” Get ready for ocean views from whichever cabin you choose, the freshest Alaskan cuisine, and opportunities to taste local craft beers and Pacific Northwest wines daily.

Pro Tip: If you want to charter your very own Alaska cruise, Alaskan Dream Cruises offers excellent options. Cruisers can charter the Misty Fjord or the Kruzof Explorer and customize an itinerary for up to 12 guests.

Alaskan Dream Cruises also boasts two exclusive island lodges — Fin Island and Orca Point — both constructed of beautiful local timber. Guests on every Alaskan Dream Cruise get a night at one of these two remote lodges, where they’ll enjoy a special seafood dinner, a campfire, cultural presentations, and, at Orca Point, an opportunity to peruse the exclusive gift shop.

Fun Fact: Alaskan Dream Cruises’ history is intimately intertwined with the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 rescue efforts, also known as Miracle on the Hudson, where half the vessels that responded to the downed flight were “highly maneuverable” ferries built by its parent company in Sitka, Alaska.

Oceania Regatta cruise ship in Juneau, Alaska

8. Oceania Cruises

Oceania currently offers 30+ Alaska cruise options , plus Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs that let cruisers explore places like Anchorage and Denali in Alaska and Calgary in Canada. For cruisers 5–12 years old, it also offers the Alaska Youth Explorer Program, which is staffed by camp counselors and centers around Alaska-inspired activities and programming.

All of Oceania’s cruises emphasize the locals and cuisine is a highlight. It boasts “the finest cuisine at sea,” so if you’re a foodie in search of Alaskan flavors, an Oceania cruise could be the ideal fit for you. Of its 275+ Alaska itinerary shore excursions (some of which are in the Pacific Northwest and Canada), over 50 feature drinking and dining experiences — think tea service, winery visits, cooking classes, “seafood feasts,” and beyond.

9. UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures is a favorite among TravelAwaits readers and writers alike. Recently, writers have raved about their UnCruise experiences in Mexico and the Pacific Northwest (and shared photos you have to see to believe!). Like Alaskan Dream Cruises, this is a small-ship cruise line — vessels accommodate a maximum of 86 cruisers, meaning a truly intimate experience.

UnCruise’s seven-, 12-, and 14-night Alaska itineraries are all about exploration. Their mantra: “Get ready to put boots on the ground.” Yes, there’s time to get cozy on the ship, but expect days filled with water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and whale watching, plus hiking and northern lights spotting. Feeling brave? You could even say “yes” to an UnCruise polar plunge!

Still considering your Alaska cruise options? Don’t miss TravelAwaits writer Parm Parmar’s UnCruise tell-all, Alaska By Small Ship Cruise: Wilderness, Solitude, And Wildlife Sightings .

Read more from our  2023 Best Of Travel Awards .

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Alaska Cruises – The Best Times and Destinations to Cruise

Alaska cruises have become substantially more popular in the past decade. The northwestern-most state has gained huge notoriety as one of the most beautiful destinations to visit because of its serene mix of natural features. Here are the best Alaska cruises to consider for your next trip. There are so many different kinds of destinations to hit, it’s tough to pick only a few.

Cruises to Alaska

Before listing the best cruises to Alaska, it is important to consider the different kinds of cruises to Alaska that you can take.

When planning an Alaskan cruise, you’ll usually start by picking out a destination that you want to make it to within the state. Maybe you’ve been dying to see the majesty of the expansive Denali National Park, or perhaps you can’t wait to see the immense Hubbard Glacier.

Whatever you desire in your cruise, there’s definitely an option for every type of adventurer. Here are a few of the cruises has to offer.

1. Land and Sea Cruise

A magnificent cruise offered by Princess Cruises, the 11-day Land and Sea cruise includes a seven-day cruise of the glaciers and a four-day land tour. You’ll travel from Anchorage (Whittier) to Vancouver, B.C., (or reverse) making stops in some of the world’s most famous port cities:

Every itinerary will give you access to two glacier-viewing experiences — including the famous Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, or College Fjord. If you’ve been keen to be exposed to the wonder of Alaska’s glaciers, this is one of the top Alaska cruises to consider.

2. 7 Night Alaska Glacier Cruise

Another one of my favorite seven-day Alaska cruises is the aptly named 7 Night Alaska Glacier Cruise offered by Royal Caribbean as well as Holland America, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

In contrast to the Voyage of the Glaciers offered by Princess Cruises , this cruise will start its journey in Seattle. You’ll cruise through the sea, up into Alaska, seeing sights along the way until you arrive at Juneau.

From there, you’ll continue on to more historic port towns in Alaska and get your full fill of glacial sightings and natural beauty. You can expect to see the iconic Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier along the way. Depending on what cruise line you are on you might see Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier.

With plenty of flexible options, this is one of the best cruises for Alaska newcomers.

3. Denali Cruise Tour

Looking for a little mix of land and sea in your Alaskan cruise? Then you’ll want to know about one of the best deals on Alaska cruises. Princess Cruises , Holland America Line , Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises all offer awesome Cruise tours

These tours take you deep into both the Alaskan waters as well as beautiful nature reserves. In particular, the Denali Cruise tour is one of the greatest land and sea cruises to Alaska around.

Did you know that Denali National Park is the home of the tallest mountain in North America? Standing at 20,310 feet, the Denali is a site to behold. Juxtaposed against six million acres of diverse wilderness, it’s a scene that you won’t soon forget.

Being one of the premier land and sea Alaska cruises, you can expect to get intimate with the landlife. This means encounters with the famous Big Five — moose, wolves, grizzly bears, caribou, and Dall sheep.

With only one road that goes into the park, the Denali’s nature has been relatively untouched for centuries. Your visit will be a trip back in time, to an era that no longer exists in many parts of the world. This is not one to miss!

4. 14-Day Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure

Are you prepared to embark on a grand adventure? This isn’t your average everyday cruise — at 14 days in length, you’re going to have the experience of a lifetime.

Powered by Princess Cruises, you’ll hit seven different ports across 14 days, and have multiple opportunities for scenic cruising.

Many of the other destinations that I wrote about above are also included in this tour, but it’s an expansive time frame that gives you ample time to enjoy what Alaska has to offer.

Packed with lots of options for little on-land excursions and adventures, this represents one of the best deals on Alaska cruises. Some discount cruises to Alaska sacrifice sights for time and money, but that was far from my experience with this one.

You’ll leave no stone unturned in Alaska if you embark on this grand adventure! Similar cruises are offered by Holland America and Oceana.

Alaska Cruises FAQs

If I’ve succeeded in getting you excited for cruises Alaska has to offer, then you probably have a few questions about what to do next!

These are some handy dandy Alaska cruises FAQ’s to get ready for your very own adventure.

What are Alaska cruise excursions?

Most cruises offer shore excursions such as hikes, bus tours or other opportunities to get familiar with a local area.

If you choose one of the land and sea cruises to Alaska, you can expect to get a few more land excursions than your average cruise.

What is the best time to cruise to Alaska?

Typically, May through September is regarded as the optimal time to cruise to Alaska. July and August are where the season hits its peak, so if you’re looking to not fight the crowd, you may try to be on the earlier or later end of the season.

However, July and August are often when the temperatures hit their peak too, so the weather is generally sunnier. Finding the best deals on Alaska cruises can depend on when you choose to visit, of course.

What kind of amenities are provided?

There are plenty of all inclusive Alaska cruises that make sure your every need is met for the quoted price. Certain cruises will have longer excursions on land, and may have additional lodging on land that’s included in your price.

There are some excursions, however, that are additional costs in your cruise. Talking to one of our specialty trip planners here at AAA of WA can be a big help in conceptualizing your cost and customizing your itinerary.

How do I go about planning my Alaskan cruise?

Many of the cruises that I’ve written about up here are able to be planned and arranged for you with a little help from us.

When you outsource planning out your cruise, you can spend your time and energy focusing on actually enjoying the experience. There can be lots of little moving parts and logistics, so you can leave the heavy lifting to us!

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With so many different types of cruises to Alaska to choose from, it’s understandable to feel a bit overwhelmed at the possibilities. The good news is, you simply can’t go wrong with the beauty of Alaska.

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<p>An Alaska cruise is such a popular bucket-list item because it's one of the best ways to immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Not only will you get to see breathtaking glaciers closer than you ever dreamed, but you're also likely to see eagles soaring and whales spouting—often from the deck of your ship. The best Alaska cruises give you an opportunity to explore the Far North from both land and sea, and we've got <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/cruise-tips/" rel="noopener noreferrer">cruise tips</a> to help you optimize your time and your budget.</p> <p>The state's long, cold winters are not conducive to cruising, so the Alaska cruise season is relatively short. The <a href="https://www.rd.com/article/best-time-to-visit-alaska/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best time to travel to Alaska</a> is from late spring to early fall, with peak cruising happening during July and August. Those are also the most crowded and expensive months, so don't rule out September, which is actually the best time to see the Northern Lights on an Alaska cruise. But with dozens of ships sailing to Alaska, how do you decide which are the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-cruise-lines/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best cruise lines</a> for you?</p> <p>Luckily, when it comes to Alaska cruises, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you're traveling solo or with kids, whether you're looking for total luxury or a bargain and whether you love giant ships or something more intimate, we've found the best Alaska cruises to fit your needs. See which one sounds right for you, and once you're booked, get a head start by checking out these <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/hidden-cruise-features/" rel="noopener noreferrer">hidden cruise features,</a> <a href="https://www.rd.com/article/cruise-ship-code-words/" rel="noopener noreferrer">cruise ship code words</a> and <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/things-you-wont-be-able-to-do-on-cruises-anymore/" rel="noopener noreferrer">things you can't do on cruises</a>.</p> <h2>How we chose the best Alaska cruises</h2> <p>To find the best Alaska cruises, we followed expert recommendations and read hundreds of user reviews and ratings. Because I've been on several Alaska cruises alone, with my family and with my husband, I also based my choices on my own personal experiences. After combining all that information, we came up with this guide to the best Alaska cruises.</p>

Best time to cruise to Alaska

An Alaska cruise is such a popular bucket-list item because it's one of the best ways to immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Not only will you get to see breathtaking glaciers closer than you ever dreamed, but you're also likely to see eagles soaring and whales spouting—often from the deck of your ship. The best Alaska cruises give you an opportunity to explore the Far North from both land and sea, and we've got cruise tips to help you optimize your time and your budget.

The state's long, cold winters are not conducive to cruising, so the Alaska cruise season is relatively short. The best time to travel to Alaska is from late spring to early fall, with peak cruising happening during July and August. Those are also the most crowded and expensive months, so don't rule out September, which is actually the best time to see the Northern Lights on an Alaska cruise. But with dozens of ships sailing to Alaska, how do you decide which are the best cruise lines for you?

Luckily, when it comes to Alaska cruises, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you're traveling solo or with kids, whether you're looking for total luxury or a bargain and whether you love giant ships or something more intimate, we've found the best Alaska cruises to fit your needs. See which one sounds right for you, and once you're booked, get a head start by checking out these hidden cruise features, cruise ship code words and things you can't do on cruises .

How we chose the best Alaska cruises

To find the best Alaska cruises, we followed expert recommendations and read hundreds of user reviews and ratings. Because I've been on several Alaska cruises alone, with my family and with my husband, I also based my choices on my own personal experiences. After combining all that information, we came up with this guide to the best Alaska cruises.

<h3><strong>Princess Cruises</strong></h3> <p><a href="https://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/alaska-cruises/?cid=bm_paidsearch_BKWS_google_Brand_Trades-Alaska_princessalaskacruise_na_na&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixDFTidLZDjI0xOy0vhRj8rBtjrFdUNThUcNtVGLNFFd5otB5E1GC9hoCmjoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds" rel="noopener">Princess</a> has been cruising to Alaska for more than half a century, and they continue to lead the industry by bringing more guests to the state than any other cruise line. In fact, they introduced a generation to the idea of cruising via the hit TV show <em>The Love Boat</em>, which was set on a Princess ship and featured many episodes in Alaska! Because of their deep ties to the state, the cruise line is able to offer a variety of itineraries and shore excursions, and they even own a number of Princess Wilderness Lodges near <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-national-park-road-trips/" rel="noopener noreferrer">national parks</a>, so you can add a land extension to your trip.</p> <p>Onboard, there are plenty of activities for both adults and kids, including the North to Alaska enrichment program, which brings the state's culture to you so you can sample fresh Alaska seafood and hear from local celebs like Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Guests can meet Alaskan Huskies on the ship through Puppies in the Piazza!</li> <li>So many options for cruise length, extensions and land and sea packages</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Price is not all-inclusive</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/alaska-cruises/?cid=bm_paidsearch_BKWS_google_Brand_Trades-Alaska_princessalaskacruise_na_na&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixDFTidLZDjI0xOy0vhRj8rBtjrFdUNThUcNtVGLNFFd5otB5E1GC9hoCmjoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Book Now</a></p>

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Princess has been cruising to Alaska for more than half a century, and they continue to lead the industry by bringing more guests to the state than any other cruise line. In fact, they introduced a generation to the idea of cruising via the hit TV show The Love Boat , which was set on a Princess ship and featured many episodes in Alaska! Because of their deep ties to the state, the cruise line is able to offer a variety of itineraries and shore excursions, and they even own a number of Princess Wilderness Lodges near national parks , so you can add a land extension to your trip.

Onboard, there are plenty of activities for both adults and kids, including the North to Alaska enrichment program, which brings the state's culture to you so you can sample fresh Alaska seafood and hear from local celebs like Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race.

  • Guests can meet Alaskan Huskies on the ship through Puppies in the Piazza!
  • So many options for cruise length, extensions and land and sea packages
  • Price is not all-inclusive

<h3><strong>Disney Cruise Line</strong></h3> <p>With lots of outdoor activities and great wildlife sightings, an Alaska cruise is ideal for kids, and not surprisingly, no one does it better for them than <a href="https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/list/?ef_id=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!5050!3!569351112923!e!!g!!disney%20cruise%20line%20alaska&CMP=KNC-FY23_DCL_TRA_DOM_CDOM_CBK_DCLAL_ALASKAjjEX%7CG%7C5233700.CL.AM.01.11%7CMTRYWBI%7CBR%7C569351112923%7CSL_AK34FY23Q2&keyword_id=kwd-296725823163%7Cdc%7Cdisney%20cruise%20line%20alaska%7C569351112923%7Ce%7C5050:3%7C&gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE#alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Disney</a>. Kids will love whale watching, panning for gold, searching for black bears and going dog sledding—and they'll equally love everything Disney has planned for them on the Disney Wonder, from live shows ("Frozen" takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska) and character greetings to kids clubs they won't want to leave to themed pools and restaurants. Little ones will be just as happy to see Goofy as they are to see a glacier, making this the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-cruises-for-kids/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best cruise for kids</a>. Before you go, check out these <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/disney-cruise-secrets/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Disney cruise tips</a>.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Disney is beloved by kids of all ages</li> <li>The focus is on families</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>On the pricier side</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/list/?ef_id=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!5050!3!569351112923!e!!g!!disney%20cruise%20line%20alaska&CMP=KNC-FY23_DCL_TRA_DOM_CDOM_CBK_DCLAL_ALASKAjjEX%7CG%7C5233700.CL.AM.01.11%7CMTRYWBI%7CBR%7C569351112923%7CSL_AK34FY23Q2&keyword_id=kwd-296725823163%7Cdc%7Cdisney%20cruise%20line%20alaska%7C569351112923%7Ce%7C5050:3%7C&gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE#alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

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With lots of outdoor activities and great wildlife sightings, an Alaska cruise is ideal for kids, and not surprisingly, no one does it better for them than Disney . Kids will love whale watching, panning for gold, searching for black bears and going dog sledding—and they'll equally love everything Disney has planned for them on the Disney Wonder, from live shows ("Frozen" takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska) and character greetings to kids clubs they won't want to leave to themed pools and restaurants. Little ones will be just as happy to see Goofy as they are to see a glacier, making this the best cruise for kids . Before you go, check out these Disney cruise tips .

  • Disney is beloved by kids of all ages
  • The focus is on families
  • On the pricier side

<h3><strong>Viking</strong></h3> <p>If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska without the distraction of little kids, you'll be in good company on <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/cruise-destinations/caribbean-americas/alaska-inside-passage/index.html" rel="noopener">Viking</a>. Their gorgeous ocean ships sail with a maximum of 930 passengers, all over the age of 18, so you can indulge in adult conversation over a bottle of wine or a cocktail or two. One of the many features that makes Viking the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/adult-only-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best adult-only cruise</a> is that every single room comes with a private veranda, so you can take in the views and feel that fresh Alaska air with no one else around—and without paying extra. You can also get away without paying additional fees for shore excursions, because one is included in every port, giving you an opportunity to see the highlights of destinations including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Every stateroom has a veranda</li> <li>A shore excursion is included in every port</li> <li>Optional cruise extensions let you explore Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks and Anchorage on land</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The shortest Alaska cruise is 11 days</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/cruise-destinations/caribbean-americas/alaska-inside-passage/index.html">Book Now</a></p>

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If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska without the distraction of little kids, you'll be in good company on Viking . Their gorgeous ocean ships sail with a maximum of 930 passengers, all over the age of 18, so you can indulge in adult conversation over a bottle of wine or a cocktail or two. One of the many features that makes Viking the best adult-only cruise is that every single room comes with a private veranda, so you can take in the views and feel that fresh Alaska air with no one else around—and without paying extra. You can also get away without paying additional fees for shore excursions, because one is included in every port, giving you an opportunity to see the highlights of destinations including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez.

  • Every stateroom has a veranda
  • A shore excursion is included in every port
  • Optional cruise extensions let you explore Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks and Anchorage on land
  • The shortest Alaska cruise is 11 days

<h3><strong>Norwegian Cruise Line </strong></h3> <p>Cruising has traditionally been a bit of a challenge for solo travelers because of the single supplement that basically makes them pay the same price for a room as two people sharing a room would pay in total. Not with <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691669-Reviews-Norwegian_Bliss" rel="noopener">Norwegian</a>, the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-singles-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best singles cruise</a>! The first cruise line to build staterooms and common areas specifically for solo travelers, they've made it easy for singles to cruise to Alaska comfortably and affordably. The Studio Lounge is a welcoming spot to meet other solo travelers so you can join up for meals or shore excursions to places like Dawes Glacier and Icy Strait Point.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>No single supplement</li> <li>A dedicated lounge just for solo travelers</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lots of families and kids, which may not appeal to solo travelers</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691669-Reviews-Norwegian_Bliss">Book Now</a></p>

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Norwegian cruise line.

Cruising has traditionally been a bit of a challenge for solo travelers because of the single supplement that basically makes them pay the same price for a room as two people sharing a room would pay in total. Not with Norwegian , the best singles cruise ! The first cruise line to build staterooms and common areas specifically for solo travelers, they've made it easy for singles to cruise to Alaska comfortably and affordably. The Studio Lounge is a welcoming spot to meet other solo travelers so you can join up for meals or shore excursions to places like Dawes Glacier and Icy Strait Point.

  • No single supplement
  • A dedicated lounge just for solo travelers
  • Lots of families and kids, which may not appeal to solo travelers

<h3><strong>Celebrity</strong> Cruises</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-cruises-for-couples/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best cruise for couples</a>, both straight and gay, <a href="https://www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Celebrity</a> offers lots of opportunities for romantic experiences in Alaska, from hiking through a rainforest in Juneau to cuddling up during a ride back in time on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. On the ship itself, there are lots of spots where you can take some Instagrammable selfies with the majestic Alaska scenery behind you. What a backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal! Consider upgrading to The Retreat, Celebrity's exclusive ship within a ship, for a more private and intimate cruise.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Many options for cruise length</li> <li>Offers land tour extensions</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Families with kids may disrupt the romantic atmosphere</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

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Celebrity cruises.

The best cruise for couples , both straight and gay, Celebrity offers lots of opportunities for romantic experiences in Alaska, from hiking through a rainforest in Juneau to cuddling up during a ride back in time on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. On the ship itself, there are lots of spots where you can take some Instagrammable selfies with the majestic Alaska scenery behind you. What a backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal! Consider upgrading to The Retreat, Celebrity's exclusive ship within a ship, for a more private and intimate cruise.

  • Many options for cruise length
  • Offers land tour extensions
  • Families with kids may disrupt the romantic atmosphere

<h3><strong>Carnival Cruise</strong> Line</h3> <p>Yes, you can visit Alaska without spending a fortune, thanks to <a href="https://www.carnival.com/cruise-to/alaska-cruises.aspx" rel="noopener">Carnival</a>. You may not get all the bells and whistles that you would on more expensive cruises, but the views don't cost anything, and they're all around you as you chill by the pool or take advantage of one of the many activities and dining venues included in your fare. Save money to use for shore excursions by opting for an interior room, since you won't be spending much time in your cabin anyway.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Affordable way to see Alaska</li> <li>Lots of cruise length options</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The party atmosphere may not be for everyone</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.carnival.com/cruise-to/alaska-cruises.aspx">Book Now</a></p>

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Carnival cruise line.

Yes, you can visit Alaska without spending a fortune, thanks to Carnival . You may not get all the bells and whistles that you would on more expensive cruises, but the views don't cost anything, and they're all around you as you chill by the pool or take advantage of one of the many activities and dining venues included in your fare. Save money to use for shore excursions by opting for an interior room, since you won't be spending much time in your cabin anyway.

  • Affordable way to see Alaska
  • Lots of cruise length options
  • The party atmosphere may not be for everyone

<h3>Regent Seven Seas</h3> <p>Regent's <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691824-Reviews-Seven_Seas_Explorer" rel="noopener">Seven Seas Explorer</a> is all about luxury, from its all-suite design to its <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-all-inclusive-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">all-inclusive fares</a>, which cover airfare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, restaurants, gratuities, Wi-Fi, laundry and unlimited shore excursions. With only 750 passengers, service is exceptional and personal. Itineraries can be customized to fit your specific interests, whether you want to take a glacier hike, immerse yourself in Alaska's history or eat your way through the state.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Truly an all-inclusive cruise</li> <li>All-suite accommodations are roomy and plush</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Only one Regent Seven Seas ship sails to Alaska</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691824-Reviews-Seven_Seas_Explorer">Book Now</a></p>

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Regent seven seas.

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer is all about luxury, from its all-suite design to its all-inclusive fares , which cover airfare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, restaurants, gratuities, Wi-Fi, laundry and unlimited shore excursions. With only 750 passengers, service is exceptional and personal. Itineraries can be customized to fit your specific interests, whether you want to take a glacier hike, immerse yourself in Alaska's history or eat your way through the state.

  • Truly an all-inclusive cruise
  • All-suite accommodations are roomy and plush
  • Only one Regent Seven Seas ship sails to Alaska

<h3><strong>Seabourn Cruise Line</strong></h3> <p>A great choice for fans of smaller, more intimate ships, <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691816-Reviews-Seabourn_Odyssey" rel="noopener">Seabourn's Odyssey</a> holds 450 passengers and treats them to a personal, all-inclusive luxury experience. Smaller ships can take you to spots where the bigger ones just can't fit, and the Ventures by Seabourn program offers optional excursions where you can get up close and personal with some of Alaska's most awe-inspiring sights via kayak and Zodiac. You'll be sailing with a world-class expedition team, including a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist, historian, photographer and natural experts who share their knowledge through lectures and casual conversations during scenic cruisings.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>All-inclusive</li> <li>Offers 7- to 14-day cruises</li> <li>Gets you closer to Alaska's natural beauty</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Expensive</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691816-Reviews-Seabourn_Odyssey">Book Now</a></p>

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Seabourn cruise line.

A great choice for fans of smaller, more intimate ships, Seabourn's Odyssey holds 450 passengers and treats them to a personal, all-inclusive luxury experience. Smaller ships can take you to spots where the bigger ones just can't fit, and the Ventures by Seabourn program offers optional excursions where you can get up close and personal with some of Alaska's most awe-inspiring sights via kayak and Zodiac. You'll be sailing with a world-class expedition team, including a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist, historian, photographer and natural experts who share their knowledge through lectures and casual conversations during scenic cruisings.

  • All-inclusive
  • Offers 7- to 14-day cruises
  • Gets you closer to Alaska's natural beauty

<h3><strong>Royal Caribbean Cruises</strong></h3> <p>Built for cruisers who believe the bigger, the better, Royal Caribbean's megaship, Quantum of the Sea, is the biggest ship in the region, with the capacity to hold 4,905 passengers. It also boasts the tallest viewing deck on any cruise ship—perfect for enjoying the stunning Alaska scenery. Three other <a href="https://www.royalcaribbean.com/alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Royal Caribbean</a> ships sail to the state, as well—all big and beautiful and filled with enough activities to keep travelers of every age busy, including their signature Rock Climbing Wall, simulated skydiving and surf sessions on the Flowrider. Yes, you can "surf" in Alaska!</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>There's literally something for everyone</li> <li>Studio staterooms are designed for solo travelers</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>It can get crowded</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.royalcaribbean.com/alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

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Royal caribbean cruises.

Built for cruisers who believe the bigger, the better, Royal Caribbean's megaship, Quantum of the Sea, is the biggest ship in the region, with the capacity to hold 4,905 passengers. It also boasts the tallest viewing deck on any cruise ship—perfect for enjoying the stunning Alaska scenery. Three other Royal Caribbean ships sail to the state, as well—all big and beautiful and filled with enough activities to keep travelers of every age busy, including their signature Rock Climbing Wall, simulated skydiving and surf sessions on the Flowrider. Yes, you can "surf" in Alaska!

  • There's literally something for everyone
  • Studio staterooms are designed for solo travelers
  • It can get crowded

<h3><strong>Holland America Line</strong></h3> <p>With more than 75 years of experience in Alaska—the longest of any cruise line—<a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691542-Reviews-Holland_America_Koningsdam" rel="noopener">Holland America</a> knows the state inside and out and presents you with lots of ways to enjoy it, from both the sea and land. Not only do they feature the most Glacier Bay itineraries, but they're also the only way to see the Yukon in combination with a cruise. You'll get to stay at Holland America's Westmark Hotels and their beautiful McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park, enabling you to get closer to wildlife and explore more of Alaska on land.</p> <p>The cruise line has also expanded its onboard programming, so guests can engage with an Alaska naturalist, dig deeper into topics like Alaska's bush pilots and learn from a National Park Ranger and local Huna Tlingit guides.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Every cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska's iconic glacier destinations</li> <li>Only cruise line to offer an Alaska cruise combined with an overland tour to Denali and the Yukon</li> <li>Land and sea Cruisetours range from 9 to 18 days</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Caters to an older crowd</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691542-Reviews-Holland_America_Koningsdam">Book Now</a></p>

Best for land and sea

Holland america line.

With more than 75 years of experience in Alaska—the longest of any cruise line— Holland America knows the state inside and out and presents you with lots of ways to enjoy it, from both the sea and land. Not only do they feature the most Glacier Bay itineraries, but they're also the only way to see the Yukon in combination with a cruise. You'll get to stay at Holland America's Westmark Hotels and their beautiful McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park, enabling you to get closer to wildlife and explore more of Alaska on land.

The cruise line has also expanded its onboard programming, so guests can engage with an Alaska naturalist, dig deeper into topics like Alaska's bush pilots and learn from a National Park Ranger and local Huna Tlingit guides.

  • Every cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska's iconic glacier destinations
  • Only cruise line to offer an Alaska cruise combined with an overland tour to Denali and the Yukon
  • Land and sea Cruisetours range from 9 to 18 days
  • Caters to an older crowd

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Guests impacted by the cancellations will receive a full refund and a 10% discount in the form of a Future Cruise Credit towards any sailing through Dec. 31, 2025.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is canceling over a dozen cruises 2025.  The cruise line is nixing multiple voyages throughout next year, Norwegian confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Friday. "The recent 2025 itinerary cancelations are a result of varied events including the ongoing situation in the Red Sea and Israel, modified dry dock schedules for ship enhancements, a full ship charter, and lastly, to accommodate the demand for shorter close-to-home voyages to the Bahamas," a spokesperson for the cruise line told T+L.

The affected itineraries are as follows:

  • Norwegian Epic - , Feb. 20, 2025, Nov. 1, 2025, Nov. 11, 2025
  • Norwegian Jade - Mar. 4, 2025, Mar. 13, 2025, Mar. 24, 2025
  • Norwegian Pearl - Apr. 19, 2025, May 5, 2025, May 16, 2025, Oct. 15, 2025
  • Norwegian Sky - May 27, 2025, Jun. 5, 2025
  • Norwegian Spirit - Jan. 1, 2025, May 17, 2025
  • Norwegian Star - May 18, 2025, May 29, 2025, Jun. 9, 2025,
  • Norwegian Viva - May 27, 2025, Sep. 20, 2025, Sep. 29, 2025

The spokesperson also shared with T+L that guests impacted by the cancellations will receive a full refund and a 10% percent discount in the form of a Future Cruise Credit towards any sailing through Dec. 31, 2025. "In addition, we understand the inconvenience and frustration this disruption may cause affected guests, so we have shared alternative sailings similar to their original booking," the spokesperson added, encouraging impacted guests to head to contact the company at 1-800-327-7030 for more information.  

In February 2024, NCL also announced it would no longer dock in Venice, Italy, due to restrictions of the waterways.  “While we have made every effort possible to maintain these calls to Venice, the tender operation and overall experience this provides our guests has fallen short of the standard we aim to deliver,” a spokesperson from NCL told T+L at the time.  Despite the cancellations, the cruise industry continues to rebound since COVID-19 closures. The industry is expected to grow to 130 million global passengers in 2026, which is up from 73 million global passengers in 2022, according to a 2023 report from the Cruise Lines International Association. 

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