If you truly love the fresh, clean air and feel of pure, untamed nature; breathtaking vistas; and what seems like an entire continent of pristine beauty barely touched by humanity, Alaska would most certainly be your "heaven on earth." With only 12 numbered highways in the state, only 20 percent of Alaska is accessible by road. This is perhaps the reason the greater majority of visitors do so in a most enjoyable, scenic, safe and comfortable fashion—taking one of the many fabulous Alaskan cruises that several leading cruise lines are thrilled to offer travelers.
Depending on the cruise line, travelers can find a great variety of itineraries, sea and land excursions, cruise tours, extraordinary deals and promotions through the year, and much more by simply doing a bit of research online. The upcoming cruise year promises to be a wonderful time for booking a memorable Alaskan cruise, and there's no better time than now to start investigating these exciting opportunities. Of course, with time still left this year, travelers may find deals available from companies looking to provide last-minute deals.
Whether you're new to cruises or a seasoned traveler, it pays to know which brands to trust.
A few of the most highly respected lines that provide wonderful cruise experiences in Alaska include:
Celebrity Cruises hosts a world-class fleet to give you an experience like no other. Experience the wildlife and history of this breath-taking state from the comfort of award-winning ships that will pamper you the way you deserve. From high-end boutiques to top-notch restaurants to spas to fitness centers, Celebrity Cruises' Alaskan trips will make sure you experience luxury every step of the way.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has five ships cruising through Alaska's waters. They offer a great number of vacation packages, including all cruise or land and sea offers to choose from. Travelers looking for a quiet and intimate cruise, taking in the fabulous landscape about them (perhaps while soaking in one of the five hot tubs on board), should look into the Norwegian Sun. Those that would like to experience some thrills onboard can sail on the Norwegian vessels Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss, or Norwegian Encore, which feature two-level race tracks and laser tag.
NCL has some extraordinary offers available throughout the year on all their cruises. Check into their free or reduced airfare offer on roundtrip flights to the cruise port of departure. Other free offers that may be available on booking include:
- Open Bar
- Specialty Dining
- Shore Excursions
- Free extra guests for paying passengers
Princess Cruise Lines offers a great number of cruises that feature award-winning gourmet cuisine, world-class entertainment, and a number of activities onboard each ship to delight travelers of all ages and interests.
Passengers that enroll in Princess MedallionClass, which is free, can enjoy a great number of conveniences like expedited boarding. On select cruises, three free perks everyone will enjoy include free gratuities, free stateroom location upgrade, and free onboard spending money.
Carnival specializes in cruising the scenic coastal panhandle region in Alaska. The two Carnival ships servicing these Alaskan waters, Carnival Miracle and Carnival Spirit, are well-known for the terrific number of wonderful activities and areas onboard that people of all ages can enjoy.
First-time and veteran Carnival passengers alike can take advantage of enrollment in the VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club. With this enrollment, members can take advantage of members-only fares, specials, and a whole lot more, such as free collectible Carnival items, priority boarding, and invites to members-only cocktail receptions, just to name a few. Check the Carnival site often, as terrific offers such as Early Saver Sales, 48-Hour Sales, and specials like their Fall Room Clearance come up periodically. If it lines up with your schedule, you could find a money-saving deal.