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Cruising to Alaska has never been more popular and it’s no wonder why. With more wildlife to see than practically anyplace else on the planet, the tallest mountain in North America (Denali), the largest national forest in the U.S. (Tongass) and a wide variety of cruise and land options to choose from Alaska is a dream vacation for both returning and first-time vacationers.

What’s new in cruising Alaska? New departure ports and a whopping 13 different cruise lines offer more choices than ever!

Carnival Miracle is sailing 10 and 11-night Alaska cruises roundtrip from The Port of San Francisco May through September. 

Celebrity Cruise Line has three ships (Eclipse, Millennium, and Solstice) departing from three different ports: Seattle, WA, Vancouver, BC, and Seward, Alaska.

Disney Cruise Line has two ships sailing to Alaska. The Wonder will reposition from Hawaii in May for her Alaska season; she will be departing from Vancouver the months of May through September. Also, the Magic has two 9-night sailings in June from Rome, Italy! 

Holland America Line has eight ships sailing from four different ports including Seattle, Vancouver, Seward, and Whittier. NOTE: Holland has been taking guests to Alaska for more than 70 years! They offer a wide variety of itineraries for both the land and cruise portion of your vacation. 

Norwegian Cruise Line has five ships sailing out of four different ports including Seattle, Vancouver, Seward, and San Francisco!

Princess Cruises’ has 11 different ships sailing to Alaska! The beautiful Golden Princess offers 14-night Alaska cruises roundtrip from The Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center between May and August. Other embarkation ports include San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and Whittier. 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has three ships (Ovation, Radiance, and Serenade) sailing out of Seattle, Vancouver, and Seward, Alaska

Luxury Cruise lines sailing to Alaska during 2020 and 2021 include:

  • Crystal Cruises: Endeavor
  • Oceania Cruises: Regatta
  • Seabourn Cruises: Sojourn & Odyssey
  • Silversea Cruises: Silver Muse
  • Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Orion
  • Windstar Cruises: Start Breeze

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Alaska Cruise Vacation

  • Combine a land tour with your cruise to see more of Alaska.
  • The peak Summer season offers the best weather but also higher prices and more travelers. Book in the Spring or Fall (shoulder season) for fewer crowds and better prices. 
  • Plan ahead – many operators offer early booking discounts.
  • Book your shore excursions, spa, and restaurant reservations before embarkation as the most popular options sell out! 
  • Pack for any weather conditions from sun to rain an be sure to include binoculars. 

To learn more about vacationing in Alaska call Paula at 817-922-9077.