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Getting to Alaska by Cruise

cruiseship docked in Juneau

Cruises are Convenient, All-Inclusive

Sail the world-famous Inside Passage aboard a ship that meets your personal needs, interests and budget. An Alaskan cruise is a convenient way to experience the best of Alaska; unpack just once and enjoy all-inclusive pricing on meals. The cruise line handles the logistics and details of travel, and partners with tour operators to offer add-on excursions and day tours (usually for an additional fee).

These are not "typical" cruises designed around shuffleboard and swimming pools. On an Alaskan cruise, the focus is on whales, bald eagles, Russian legacy, Gold Rush history, Native cultures and spectacular coastal scenery.

Large cruise lines and small specialty ship companies offer round-trip or one-way cruises to the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska. Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia are the major departure ports to cruise northbound. Southbound departures include the Alaskan ports of Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, Skagway and Whittier.

The peak season for cruising to Alaska is May through September. Cruise packages can be purchased online, with a travel agent or directly with the cruise line. Allow 4 days to reach Inside Passage destinations, or 7 days for cruises that reach ports around Prince William Sound (Seward, Whittier, Valdez). For cruiselines and agencies that book cruises, visit the Travel to Alaska By Sea section of this site.