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Alaska Cruise Guide

The 49th state is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations, famed for relentlessly beautiful scenery stretching along its icy coastline.

As your Alaska cruise liner pulls into one of the state’s many ports, you may find yourself lost for words at the sheer beauty of the landscapes in front of you. Gaze in awe at rocky, snow-capped mountains cascading into glacial blue waters. Even if you are in a large-capacity liner, you will feel dwarfed by the immensity of this heart-stopping scenery. Some nickname this state the “Great Land.” It’s easy to understand why.

Alaska cruises offers myriad options for ports, ships and itineraries. Luxurious, all-inclusive vessels glide serenely into the biggest ports such as Ketchikan and Skagway. Hop on an expedition cruise for close encounters with Alaska’s wildlife and trips into much quieter parts of the region.

Bring a good camera on your cruise to Alaska. From the boat, you may see orcas playing in the water or bald eagles flying overhead. When you glide into the inland waterways, you’ll be able to take both panoramic shots of the scenery and close-ups of bears and moose roaming the hillsides.

Shore excursions offer exceptional views of this untouched wilderness. Wind around the contours of the land and up to a mountain peak from Skagway on the White Pass Railroad. Zip line, whale watch and search for bears in the smaller port of Icy Strait. Fishing, birdwatching and cultural excursions are all available in the charming ports dotted throughout the state.

Typical Alaska cruise vacations last about seven days, either heading inland to ports such as Juneau or traveling along the Gulf of Alaska to Seward. These shorter journeys tend to leave from Seattle or Vancouver. Longer sailings are available, with 14-day round-trip Alaska cruise from San Francisco offering spectacular views of the American and Canadian west coasts.

Alaska is immensely popular as a cruise destination, which means you can shop around for Alaska cruise deals. Peak times are the summer months of June, July and August, when you have the warmest weather and the best chance of spotting wildlife. Plan your cruise during the months on either side to get a cheap cruise to Alaska with fewer fellow travelers.

*Prices are cruise only, per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. Savings advertised and Expedia Extras are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings.