Cruising to Alaska
Alaska cruise tips, including the best time to visit AlaskaAlaska covers an area approximately 586,000 square miles in size, and it's by far the largest state in America. It's also home to North America's tallest mountain – the majestic Mt. McKinley, rising an incredible 20,320 feet into the sky. Alaska boasts 34,000 miles of coastline – more than all of the other states combined – and a total of 3 million lakes dot the Last Frontier's wilderness. Alaska's famed Inside Passage is a web of quiet fjords and peaceful islands forested with hemlock and spruce. Shaped by glaciers millions of years ago, it's the traditional home of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians.
The Alaskan cruise season begins in May and ends in September. Not surprisingly, the peak travel period occurs during the warmest part of the year - mid-June through mid-August. Many travelers, however, consider the fall and spring to be Alaska's most beautiful seasons - and these months generally offer more opportunities for big cruise savings.
It's a good idea to plan for four types of weather - warm, cool, cold, and (occasionally) wet. Alaska's vast size, varied topography, and geographical location can result in a wide range of conditions.
During the summer months, high temperatures in the inland town of Fairbanks can reach 80°F. Cruising among the Inside Passage's glaciers generally means cooler temps (with more sea breezes blowing on deck). Further along the coast in Anchorage and Denali, the weather is normally pleasant and sunny but slightly cooler. Average temperatures across the state hover in the mid-60s during peak season and the mid-50s in the spring and fall.
Families who want to experience Alaska's beauty on land can choose from more than 60 organized shore excursions (in three activity levels - easy, moderate, and adventure/considerable). Excursions range from exciting glacial flight-seeing tours and mountain biking expeditions to more leisurely pursuits like nature walks and city tours.
Dressing For An Alaska Cruise
Cruising the Inside Passage and planning to do a little sightseeing on deck? Keep a waterproof windbreaker (or a light jacket) and an umbrella handy - the region is cool year-round and subject to sporadic (but gentle) showers. Rubber-soled shoes are a good idea, too. Touring Alaska's coastal towns? An umbrella may be cumbersome. A raincoat, however, frees up your hands - perfect if you'll be carrying around a camera or a shopping bag filled with souvenirs in a port like Ketchikan, which receives up to 100 inches of rainfall annually. Dressing in layers is the way to go if you'll be exploring the Alaskan wilderness. Pack some short-sleeved shirts (though it's doubtful you'll have much need for a pair of shorts), sweaters, and sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or rubber-soled shoes.
Packing For An Alaska Cruise
The biggest factor to consider is Alaska's weather, of course. But activities at sea and ashore may also require special packing. The following checklist includes some additional suggestions to help you get started - it's by no means comprehensive, but it's a good place to begin.
- Binoculars (one pair per passenger)
- Camera (with extra film and batteries)
- Video Camera
- Hiking Boots
- Thermal Socks
- Heavy jacket
- Light Jacket/Windbreaker
- Sweaters, Sweatshirts & Long-Sleeved Shirts
- Short-Sleeved Shirts
- Long Underwear
- Formalwear (for dining and cocktails)
- Swimsuit (for the swimming pool/whirlpool)
- Exercise Clothes (for the fitness center)
- Comfortable Walking Shoes
- Overnight Bag (for the train)
- Government-Issued Photo I.D. (driver's license/military I.D.)
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship (valid passport/notarized copy of birth certificate with photo I.D. - Canadian ports of call only)
Alaska Land and Cruise Tours
The most popular way to see Alaska, cruise tours combine the best of the sea and land - a top-brand cruise plus a scenic land tour with deluxe hotel accommodations - to create the ultimate Alaskan adventure. Cruising gives you the chance to get close to the region's magnificent glaciers and marine life, and provides passengers with the opportunity to sample a variety of coastal ports. Land tours feature lodging in one or more destinations and take you deep into the heart of Alaska's mountain wilderness and myriad cultures. Select packages include transportation in the famed domed cars of the Alaska Railroad, offering incredible views en route to Denali National Park or Mt. McKinley. Many cruise tours also include premium motorcoach service, plus fully escorted sightseeing tours of city centers, national parks, and museums.
Cruise tours run anywhere from 9 to 21 nights. For the most variety, choose a one-way northbound or southbound cruise, since any pre- or post-cruise hotel stay allows for extended sightseeing in two different cities. When you choose a Northbound Cruise Tour, you'll cruise first and conclude your journey with a land tour. Southbound Cruise Tours are a popular choice with travelers looking to treat themselves to a relaxing voyage at sea after experiencing the excitement of a land tour. You can't go wrong either way.
Up To A $200 Hotel Voucher *- Book Online or Call!Best Value: Up To A $200 Hotel Voucher * - Book Online or Call!Turn your cruise getaway into another vacation! For most cruise reservations, this is the best value – you'll receive the greatest amount of FREE cash. In many cases, you can claim up to DOUBLE the amount received when compared to "Onboard Spending" or "Cash Back" bonuses! Receive up to $200 towards a hotel stay, choose from over 200,000 hotel locations world-wide, and take up to 12 months from the date of your cruise to reserve and stay. Value of hotel certificate is based on total price (which can be found on your invoice under "Total Price"), minus port charges & taxes.*
Total Price (minus port charges & taxes)Hotel Cash$0 - $1,250$50$1,251 - $2,250$100$2,251 - $3,000$125$3,001 - $3,500$150$3,501+$200Additional Terms & Conditions
"Hotel Cash" offer is only valid for new individual cruise bookings made for cruises departing by 12/31/19. Offer is per stateroom, varies based on the price of cruise minus taxes and port charges, is not reflected in advertised prices, and will not exceed $200. There is a minimum night stay based on the voucher amount ($50 voucher - 1 Night Stay; $100 & $125 voucher - 2 Night Stay; $150 & $200 voucher - 3 Night Stay). Hotel discount voucher will be emailed, at least 60 days prior to your sail date, to the email address that was made using your cruise booking. Hotel must be booked using hotelloyaltyrewards.com and entering code found in email. Hotel voucher is not redeemable for cash.
Up To $750 To Spend Onboard †- Book Online or Call!Onboard Credit: Up To $750 To Spend Onboard † - Book Online or Call!Spend it in your ship's spa, shops, and specialty restaurants or apply it towards shore excursions! Simply book a qualifying voyage, then prior to departure, complete and submit the redemption form found on your invoice, and we'll credit up to $750 to your onboard account, which you can use while you're sailing. Please see our grid below for bonus amounts. Restrictions apply, see terms below for details. Amount is based on total price (which can be found on your invoice under "Total Price"), minus port charges & taxes. †
Total Price (minus port charges & taxes)Onboard Spending$0 - $1,250$25$1,251 - $2,250$50$2,251 - $3,000$75$3,001 - $3,500$100$3,501 - $4,000$125$4,001 - $4,500$150$4,501 - $5,000$200$5,001 - $7,500$300$7,501 - $10,000$400$10,000+$750Additional Terms & Conditions
"Onboard Spending" offer is valid for select Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean sailings departing on or before 12/31/19. Spending amount will be credited to your onboard account after our online redemption form, which may be accessed via the link that will be included with your invoice, has been submitted (form must be submitted no later than 21 days prior to departure or "Onboard Spending" offer will be forfeited). Spending amount is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash; unused portions will expire if not redeemed on or before the final night of your sailing. Onboard credit will appear in a passenger's onboard account on the day of embarkation. Not valid for cancelled or rebooked cruises.
Up To $1,000 Cash Back ‡- Book Online or Call!Cash Back: Up To $1,000 Cash Back ‡ - Book Online or Call!A unique opportunity to recoup select expenses that aren't included in your cruise fare! Just book a qualifying voyage - once you've returned from that sailing, you'll be eligible to receive up to $1,000 cash back, which can be applied towards your onboard spending. Please see our grid below for bonus amounts. Restrictions apply, see terms below for details. Amount is based on total price (which can be found on your invoice under "Total Price"), minus port charges & taxes. ‡
Total Price (minus port charges & taxes)Cash Back$0 - $750$25$751 - $1,500$50$1,501 - $2,250$75$2,251 - $3,000$100$3,001 - $3,500$125$3,501 - $4,000$150$4,001 - $4,500$200$4,501 - $5,000$300$5,001 - $7,500$400$7,501 - $10,000$600$10,000+$1,000Additional Terms & Conditions
"Cash Back" offer is per stateroom and is not reflected in our advertised prices; actual amount will vary based on your total price, minus port charges & taxes. "Cash Back" offer is valid for select sailings departing on or before 12/31/19; excludes all Azamara, Celebrity, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Silversea sailings. "Cash Back" amount for Carnival cruise bookings may not exceed 10% of total value of cruise. Customer must spend equivalent value onboard cruise to qualify for full value of Cash Back. OBC does not count as spending. Only out of pocket spending counts. Amount will be credited to card used for purchase 4 - 6 weeks after the online redemption form, found on your invoice, has been submitted (form must be submitted post-cruise and no later than 60 days from the date on which you return). Proof/folio submission, detailing your onboard spending, is also required. Proof/folio may be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax at (978) 570-1992 (Attn: Onboard Spending Reimbursement), or via mail (Onboard Reimbursement Department, c/o World Travel Holdings, 100 Fordham Road, Building C, 2nd Floor, Wilmington, MA, 01887).
Book Now, Pay Later:
No Deposit Required- Book Online or CallBook Now, Pay Later: No Deposit Required - Book Online or CallPut your dream vacation on the calendar now, and pay for it later! When you book select 3+ night sailings, we'll waive the booking deposit for the first 5 staterooms on your reservation. In addition, choose to streamline payment even further by splitting your fare into easy monthly installments with 0% interest!
BOOK NOW - OFFER ENDS FRIDAY!Additional Terms & Conditions
Advanced Deposit offer is valid for new individual cruise reservations for sailings departing by 4/30/20. Offer is limited to sailings of 3 nights or longer booked at least 110 days prior to departure (or 140 days for Disney, 7-night or longer Norwegian sailings, and 15 night or longer MSC sailings); maximum $500 value and not valid on bookings requiring non-refundable deposits. Deposit must be paid 10 days prior to final payment due date; if changes are made benefit will become void and the cruise lines full deposit is required; changes resulting in a new cruise line booking are considered a cancellation, subject to cruise line’s cancellation policy, our $24.99 processing fee, and $100 cancel fee. Credit card used at time of booking will automatically be charged when the deposit remainder is due. Offer limited to 5 deposited cabins max. for 1 sailing. Offer is not applicable for redemption bookings. Additional restrictions apply.
Get Up To A $750 Amazon.com Gift Card To Prepare For Your Vacation §Norwegian Cruises: Get Up To A $750 Amazon.com Gift Card To Prepare For Your Vacation §Get the fun started before you’ve even boarded your cruise! Book a new and qualifying Norwegian cruise and receive a Amazon Gift Card valued up to $750. Spend it on luggage, flip-flops, sunscreen, bathing suits, or any other Amazon.com merchandise that would make your upcoming vacation that much more special. Your gift card code will be emailed to you approximately 30 days before departure date. Actual amount of card will vary based on total price (which can be found on your invoice under "Total Price"), minus port charges & taxes.§
If you book a cruise that departs soon (within 36 days), your gift card code will be sent to you after you return home. Use your gift card to prepare for your adventure or to enhance your next vacation experience!
Total Price (minus port charges & taxes)Gift Card Value$0 - $1,250$25$1,251 - $2,250$50$2,251 - $3,000$75$3,001 - $3,500$100$3,501 - $4,000$125$4,001 - $4,500$150$4,501 - $5,000$200$5,001 - $7,500$300$7,501 - $10,000$400$10,000 & Up750
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Our Alaska Exclusive:
Up to a $75 Shore Excursion CreditOur Alaska Exclusive: Up to a $75 Shore Excursion CreditAlaska truly is a destination like no other, and there's no better way to experience all Alaska has to offer than on an exciting cruise! And now's the time to book - for a limited time, when you book a stateroom aboard select Alaska sailings, we'll give you a free shore excursion worth up to $75! So enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, on us! Just don't wait to book - this offer won't last long.
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Free Shore Excursion offer is valid only for new bookings made between 3/16/18 and 9/15/18 in any stateroom category of 5 nights or longer on most Alaska sailings departing between 4/27/18 and 9/23/18. Valid on select Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Princess and Holland America sailings. Excludes sailings that do not visit ports where we offer shore excursion services. Must submit a valid email address while booking. Offer will be fulfilled with an email containing a coupon code and instructions for redeeming a shore excursion on our shore excursion site. Does not apply to all shore excursions offered. Coupon code is valued at $75, is non-refundable, non-transferable and expires 9/15/18. Excursions must be reserved no later than 4 days prior to departure. Applies to one guest per stateroom. This promotion is subject to change at any time. Additional restrictions may apply.
Take 5 Sale:
All 5 Free at Sea Offers IncludedTake 5 Sale: All 5 Free at Sea Offers IncludedWe have your ticket to the best values at sea! For a limited time only, book your Norwegian cruise escape with us in a balcony stateroom or above, and you can enjoy ALL 5 Free at Sea offers:
- Free Unlimited Open Bar
With our Free Open Bar offer, Guests 1 & 2 on your reservation get an Ultimate Beverage Package, including all you can drink spirits and cocktails, wines by the glass and draft beer, and juice or soda.
An $89 Per Person/Day Value
Excludes gratuities and service charges.
- Free Specialty Dining
Dine in style at sea with a Specialty Dining Package. Guests 1 &2 on your reservation get up to 4 meals at specialty restaurants depending on cruise length. From ethnic flavors of Moderno Churrascaria to French fare at Le Bistro, and beyond, the choice is yours.
Up to a $184 Value
Excludes gratuities and service charges.
- Free Shore Excursions
Explore more at each port of call during your cruise with a free $50 shore excursion credit per port. Whether you're in the mood for dolphin encounters, cooking classes, or beyond, there's something to discover everywhere you go.
Free credit is applied per stateroom.
- Free Wi-Fi Package
With Free Wi-Fi offer, you get an Internet Package Time Plan of 250 minutes to use throughout your cruise, anywhere on the ship.
A $125.00 Value
Includes activation fee. Time plan is applied per stateroom.
- Kids, Friends & Family Sail Free
Invite your friends and family along for the cruise of a lifetime. With Free Extra Guests, your 3rd and 4th stateroom guests sail free on select sailings!
BOOK NOW – ENDS 6/21!
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Offer is valid only for new individual bookings made between 6/12/18 and 6/21/18 by midnight Eastern Standard Time for any stateroom category aboard select Norwegian sailings; not all sailing dates may qualify. Offer is applicable to Balcony and Mini-suite categories only. Pride of America sailings are not eligible for the offer. Not valid on 1 & 2 night sailings. Promotion must be selected at least 24 hours prior to sailing and cannot be changed on board. Bookings made within 24 hours to departure can choose promotion at time of booking. Offer is capacity controlled and can be withdrawn at any time. Offer is for new individual FIT reservations. Qualifying new individual FIT reservations can be moved into an existing speculative group and count towards tour conductor credits. Offer is not valid for tour operator or FS affinity groups and cannot be held as group block. Offer is capacity controlled and can be withdrawn at any time. Singles paying 200% of voyage fare qualify. All Guests in stateroom must choose same offer. Cancellation fees also apply based on the booking/sailing date; therefore, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends the purchase of travel protection on all bookings. This promotion is not applicable on the land portion of cruisetours or bundles. No components included in this offer have any monetary value, are non-refundable and non-transferable. Offer and combinability with other promotional offers is subject to change at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line's discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Applicable to NCL MIAMI, NCL INTL, AUSTRALIA, NCL BRAZIL, and NCL ASIA. Not applicable to CE and UK offices.
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50% Off 2nd Guests + 25% Off 3rd and 4th GuestsBOGO Sale: 50% Off 2nd Guests + 25% Off 3rd and 4th GuestsGet the most out of your next Royal Caribbean cruise! For a limited time, book one guest aboard select sailings and get 50% off your second guest's fare. Plus, get 25% off fares for third and fourth guests.
And the best part? You can combine this offer with additional deals, like Deck the Holidays Deals (and more), for additional savings.
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Offer valid on select new, individual, and named group bookings made 6/1/18 – 7/1/18 and departing on or after 7/1/18. Offer includes 50% off cruise fare of second guest who must be booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare ("BOGO"). Offer also includes 25% cruise fare savings for 3rd guests and 4th guests booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. Offer is combinable with select promotions. Offer open to residents of U.S. or Canada. Offer are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply.
Deck the Holidays Deals:
Up to $150 in Instant SavingsDeck the Holidays Deals: Up to $150 in Instant SavingsThere's never been a better time to start planning your next holiday escape! For a limited time, you'll score up to $150 in instant savings when you book select December 2018 and 2019 cruises. Escape the cold this holiday season, and do it for less aboard an innovative Royal Caribbean ship. But just don't wait to book - this offer will be gone before you know it.
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Offer valid on new bookings made between 6/1/18 and 7/1/18. Applies to select sailings departing between 12/17/18 and 1/1/19, and between 12/29/19 and 12/31/19 on or after 6/24/18. Deck the Holidays Deals provides instant savings determined by stateroom category booked and sailing length: $50 savings for interior and oceanview staterooms, $75 savings for balcony staterooms and suites on sailings 5 nights or less, as well as $50 savings for interior and oceanview staterooms, $100 savings for balcony staterooms, and $150 savings for suites on sailings 6 nights and longer. Offer is combinable with select promotions. Open to residents of U.S. or Canada. Prices and Offer are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply.
Summer Savings Double Up Sale:
1 Free Perk + Double SavingsSummer Savings Double Up Sale: 1 Free Perk + Double SavingsGet the most out of your cruise right now by getting 1 free onboard perk for the first 2 guests in a cabin. Or, all 4 perks when you book a suite.
Choices are as follows:
- Classic beverage package for 2 with beverage gratuities included, becomes a value of $110 per day, per stateroom
- Up to $400 to spend on board
- Unlimited Xcelerate High-Speed Internet Package for 2
- Free pre-paid gratuities for 2 – we'll pay your tips
PLUS, BONUS OFFER: Take advantage of double savings up to $400 per stateroom!
EVEN BETTER – SUMMER BONUS OFFER: Take advantage of double savings up to $800 per stateroom on summer Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean or Europe cruises.
Plus, 3rd/4th/5th guests receive 50% off fares.
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Cruise must be booked 5/31/18 – 7/31/18. Offer applies to select 4-night and longer cruises departing 6/2/18 – 4/30/19. Galapagos and certain other itineraries are excluded. Savings amounts are per person and based on stateroom category. Double Savings amounts are applicable to sailings departing 6/2/18 – 8/31/18 to Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean or European destinations only. Savings applied to cruise fare at checkout. Offer applies to first two guests in the stateroom. 50% Off Savings: Savings applies to the cruise fare of the third and fourth passengers booked in a triple, quad, or family ocean view, veranda, concierge class or suite stateroom. 50% Off Savings offer component not applicable to Alaska Cruisetours or Celebrity Explorations. Free Perk Offer: Each of the first two guests in an ocean view through AquaClass stateroom are eligible to receive one complimentary amenity. Other amenities packages are available at an additional charge. Each of the first two guests in a Suite will receive four amenities (beverage package upgraded to Premium Package). Onboard credit is not redeemable for cash and expires on final night of the cruise. Offer applies to new individual bookings and to staterooms in non-contracted group bookings, is non-transferable, and not combinable with any other offer. Changes to booking may result in removal of Offer. Offers and prices are subject to availability, cancellation and change without notice at any time. ©2018 Celebrity Cruises. Ships' registry: Malta and Ecuador.
FEATURED ALASKA GULF CRUISES
FEATURED ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISES
NORTH OR SOUTHBOUND GULF OF ALASKA CRUISES
Crisp air, the spray of ocean as whales crest the surface, and thundering cliffs – welcome to Alaska. Choose from a huge selection of cruise lines and set out into the great North, where you'll visit settlements and cities, witness herds of wildlife on the shores, and encounter the splendor of Mother Nature every time you step out onto deck. Alaskan Gulf cruises span all the way up into the Anchorage area, and include sailings across the Icy Strait, a visit into Sitka for shopping and hiking, and encounters with the Mendenhall Glacier when you weigh anchor in Juneau.
ROUNDTRIP ALASKA CRUISES
From drifting icebergs to towering pine trees and beyond, an Alaskan getaway through the Inside Passage is a strikingly beautiful voyage. The passage itself is over 1,000 miles along and is famous for its unusually calm waters. Take in the sights of gray wolves, herds of caribou, and grizzly bears. Sail Glacier Bay and snap photographs of tidewater glaciers. Dock in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau to learn more about the history and culture of this rugged landscape. Visit research stations, parks, hiking trails, shopping centers, and more. With a wide range of cruise lines to choose from, build you dream Alaskan vacation and explore the Great North at your own pace, in your own style.
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Book an eligible stateroom on any qualifying sailing and receive a free upgrade! In some cases, you'll be upgraded to a more desirable location aboard your ship. In other instances, you'll be upgraded to a stateroom with extra space and/or a better view. It's also possible that you might receive all of these benefits. Select your sailing date to see which upgrades are available.