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Alaska cruises by Luxury Cruise Line, Small Ship Adventure Cruises and Day Cruises

Alaska cruises, cruise packages that include land tours, and cruise shore excursions are a popular way to visit America’s “last frontier.” Whether you want to enjoy the diverse amenities available on larger cruise ships or customize a more intimate small ship cruise for a few dozen of your closest friends and family, the experts at Alaska Tours can help you create the perfect Alaska cruise vacation.

Inside Passage Cruises in Alaska

Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage is one of the most popular cruises in the world due to the dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and calm, protected waters in this region of Alaska. Quirky and colorful coastal communities add to the charm of an Inside Passage cruise. The entire southeast region in Alaska is part of the largest national forest in the country (the Tongass National Forest), which means outdoor recreation opportunities are near limitless.

Large Ship Alaska Cruises

With a dizzying array of amenities and itinerary options, large-ship cruises in Alaska are the most popular way to experience the Inside Passage. Cruises depart from Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia en route to Alaska with stops in popular ports like Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Itineraries are either round trip or one way.

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour Packages

One-way cruises can be combined with land tours to Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks and beyond. The wide range of room types on larger ships fit most any budget, and an extensive menu of tours in each port highlight the region’s best.

Small Ship Cruises in Alaska

Whether your focus is cultural heritage, outdoor activities, or quiet luxury, Alaska Tours’ small-ship cruise offerings aim to please. Itineraries start and end in Alaska and range from 7 to 14 nights. These itineraries include sights and experiences you won’t find on the larger ships, including up-close wildlife viewing, smaller coves and bays, and off-the-beaten track communities. How small is small? These ships accommodate between 26 and 86 guests, and while they may not have an on board casino or multiple restaurants, they do feature top-notch dining, spa facilities, naturalists and plenty of guided activities like kayaking and hiking.

Glacier Bay National Park Cruises in Alaska

This is the crème-de-la-crème of the Alaska cruising experience. Eight-day Inside Passage cruise itineraries start and end in Juneau. Along the way, itinerary highlights are more about experiences than locations. At Icy Strait, humpback whales are plentiful and an on board hydrophone will allow you to listen to them as well as see them. Enjoy mountain biking through the temperate rainforest when you go ashore on one of the many secluded islands along the Inside Passage. As you glide quietly through Glacier Bay National Park, roll out your yoga mat for a truly blissful experience. Gourmet food, a wine bar and spa are just some of the on board amenities. You can also charter an Alaska yacht for a private cruise if you so desire.

Alaska Day Cruises

Maybe you’re traveling independently in Alaska, or are arriving or leaving from an Alaska city where you can enjoy a day cruise. Hop aboard! Wildlife viewing, whale watching and coastal views can all be yours on an Alaska day cruise.

Alaska Cruise Shore Excursions

A great way to experience Alaska is to hop off your cruise and take a land-based shore excursion to see Alaska’s fascinating ports. With options for touring Alaska’s famous National Parks, viewing diverse landscapes, hiking to glaciers, or photographing wildlife, the sky’s the limit!

With all this in mind, the question isn’t whether to cruise Alaska, it’s when to do it and how often!

Header photo courtesy Jeff Schultz/Jeff Schultz Photography

 

Choose from 27 vacations in Alaska related to Alaska Cruises

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Grand Alaska Guided Bus Tour

Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local sightseeing insights from a professional guide the entire tour. First,... Browse tour

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Denali & Glacier Experience

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier, embark on the 26 Glacier Cruise with lunch. Enjoy viewing... Browse tour

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Alaska Explorer Guided Bus Tour

The Alaska Explorer Tour is a one-way, guided group bus tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage with stops in Denali and Talkeenta. The Alaska Explorer tour is ideal for a pre-cruise land tour in Alaska. You’ll begin your fun in... Browse tour

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

On this exciting day cruise from Seward, hop on this unforgettable glacier and wildlife boat trip into Kenai Fjords National Park! This Alaska national park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through... Browse tour

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Northwestern Fjord Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

Travel from Seward on this day trip deep into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park to the magnificent Northwestern Fjord on this full-day Alaska whale watching, wildlife and glacier cruise. Keep watch for wildlife as you cruise through Resurrection... Browse tour

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Spring Wildlife Cruise in Resurrection Bay

On this Seward day tour and whale watching cruise in the Spring, witness the amazing annual migration of California Gray Whales, traveling over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the nutrient rich waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. This 4-hour... Browse tour

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Tracy Arm Fjords Glacier Cruise

On this Juneau day trip, you’ll enjoy a day cruise through some of the most picturesque fjords and glacier viewing found anywhere in Alaska. Tracy Arm is one of Alaska’s best kept secrets and rivals other, better known Alaska... Browse tour

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Alaska Fjords and Glaciers Cruise

Beginning in Juneau or Ketchikan on Alaska's Inside Passage, this adventure cruise sails through Dawes Glacier, the Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal and Misty Fjords National Monument. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of the... Browse tour

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Discover Alaska on this seven-night adventure cruise round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Tracy Arm and Frederick Sound. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of this impressive region... Browse tour

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Alaska’s Glacier Country Cruise

This seven night adventure cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage sails round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Kuiu Island, and Frederick Sound - a prolific summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Guests enjoy daily... Browse tour

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Northern Passage and Glacier Bay Cruise

Seven nights of adventure cruising aboard your "floating lodge". Destinations include Chichagof Island, Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park where a national park ranger comes on board for a day. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the... Browse tour

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Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise

Enjoy a day cruise from Whittier, Alaska on the calm waters of Prince William Sound for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier viewing and marine wildlife experience. Home to an abundance of glaciers and wildlife, Prince William Sound is one of Alaska’s... Browse tour

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Greatland Explorer Tour

Starting in Fairbanks, enjoy the scenic ride by train to Denali National Park and then onward to Anchorage. With two nights at Denali National Park, there is ample time to experience one of Alaska's most popular destinations. The Tundra... Browse tour

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Greatland Discoverer Tour

Perfect option for those with limited time, or before or after an Alaskan cruise. Travel aboard the Alaska Railroad, from Anchorage to Fairbanks with two nights at Denali National Park. Denali is world renown for its vast wilderness area... Browse tour

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view Prince Williams Sound’s diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and... Browse tour

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Meares Glacier Cruise from Valdez

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile glacier cruise through the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board you will have a chance to spot and photograph Prince William Sound wildlife, including sea... Browse tour

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Whale Watching Cruise from Juneau

Your Juneau whale watching adventure begins with a narrated transfer from the Juneau cruise ship pier (in downtown Juneau) to Auke Bay. Here you will board the state of the art jet boat which is custom designed for Juneau... Browse tour

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Turnagain Arm and Portage Glacier Cruise

On this Anchorage half day tour, depart by bus and travel the Seward Highway to Portage Lake in the Chugach National Forest. Look for Dall Sheep and beluga whales along Turnagain Arm on your way to Portage. You will stop at the... Browse tour

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Visit Denali from Anchorage

Great opportunities to view wildlife and the awesome scenery Denali is so well known for. You'll travel by motor coach from Anchorage to the Denali park entrance and spend two nights at the park. There is enough free time... Browse tour

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Denali Express Train Tour

After an overnight in Fairbanks, meet the train departing to Denali National Park. This afternoon take a guided excursion into Denali National Park and learn about the history and geology of the park, stopping when there is an opportunity... Browse tour

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