How to Cruise to Alaska this Summer

 

One of the most popular ways to visit Alaska is by cruise ship. You can’t beat the convenience and comfort of having a cruise ship home base and disembarking for daily independent adventures or guided tours in Alaska’s stunning ports of call.

During a typical year, over half of visitors to Alaska arrive by cruise ship. While cruises were not able to sail to Alaska last year and the first half of this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, recent legislation will allow large cruise ships to return to Alaska for the second half of summer. Cruising will look a little different this year, but Alaska is ready to welcome back cruise ship visitors in 2021!

Enhanced safety procedures are a top priority on board cruise ships this year. Most cruise lines are requiring that passengers receive their final COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to cruise departure. You can visit each cruise company’s website for a list of their COVID-19 protocols.

All 2021 Alaska cruises will depart from Seattle, WA and explore the stunning ports of call, wildlife, glaciers, and rich Alaska Native culture of the Inside Passage. Here’s a rundown of large cruise ship operations in Alaska this summer:

Carnival
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 7-8 days
Dates: late July - mid-September

Celebrity
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 7 days
Dates: late July - mid-September

Holland America
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 7 days
Dates: late July - late September

Norwegian
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 7 days
First Sailing: early August - mid-October

Princess
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 7 Days
First Sailing: late July - late September

Royal Caribbean
Departing: Seattle, WA
Duration: 8 Days
Dates: late July - mid-September

SMALL SHIP CRUISES
If you’d like to cruise but prefer to stay away from the crowds, small cruise ships are sailing all summer. These cruises depart from Seattle or ports of call in Alaska and explore the Inside Passage.

UnCruise Adventures
Departing: Seattle, WA; Juneau, AK; Ketchikan, AK
Duration: 7-12 days
Dates: May - September

Alaska Dream Cruises
Departing: Sitka, AK
Duration: 7-9 days
Dates: June - September

American Cruise Lines
Departing: Seattle, WA and Juneau, AK
Duration: 8-15 days
Dates: June - September

 

 


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