Best of Alaska Cruises® 2021
May to September 2021 Alaska Cruise Vacations
Alaska Cruises & Alaskan Land Tours: ✪ Juneau | ✪ Ketchikan | ✪ Skagway |✪ Glacier Bay National Park | ✪ Anchorage | ✪ Fairbanks | ✪ Talkeetna | ✪ Denali National Park | ✪ Princess Direct To The Wilderness Rail | ✪ Princess Wilderness Lodges
The Best of Alaska Cruises curated to help you see more, do more and save more.
All recommended and verified based on 20 years of "hands on - been there done that" experience.
Princess Cruises® Denali Explorer - Tour A
10 Night Land & Sea Journey
Amazing Alaska Vacations
Your Cruise. Your Vacation. The Time of Your Life.
"This is our Alaska. The Whales, Wonders and Wildlife of it all. Alaska. Anything but Ordinary. Let us share it with you."
In the Alaska wilderness, the air is fresher and the scent of pines more fragrant. When cruising in Alaska, you will find yourself swept into an extraordinary land where the thunderous crack of a calving glacier echoes across a deep fjord, where emerald-clad mountains climb steeply from the sea and where bald eagles soar overhead. Discover enthralling Huna Tlinglit culture in Icy Strait Point, the distinct Russian influence in Sitka and the unmistakable gold rush spirit of Skagway. Witness humpback whales as you cruise the Inside Passage, dine on fresh salmon in Ketchikan and set off on an unforgettable dogsled adventure in Juneau. Throughout your incredible journey, encounter rare beauty and spectacular wildlife unlike anywhere else.
Princess takes more people to the Great Land than any other cruise line, with every cruise offering a unique glacier viewing experience.
Journey to the majestic wilderness with Princess and discover why we've been voted "Best Cruise Line in Alaska by Travel Weekly readers 16 times.
Presenting the Best of Alaska Cruises and Alaskan
Society tells us to live large. To get that big promotion. To want bigger cars and even bigger houses. But when you gaze up at towering glaciers, get up close with whales and other wildlife, view spectacular mountain ranges, see huge moose, visit rugged frontier towns, and see more stars than you could ever possibly count, you feel something new. You feel different.
You are inspired. You get the feeling of being completely eclipsed by the wonder, beauty and scale of this natural land. This is your Alaska!
"Revel in Alaska's most charming towns and set sight on Alaska's abundant wildlife in their natural habitats, from breaching 40-ton humpback whales, roaming bears and soaring bald eagles. See Majestic Glaciers & Denali on a Land & Sea Vacation! It's a journey equal parts exhilarating and inspiring. Consider the ultimate Alaska land and sea vacation, featuring a tour director escort, personal service and most meals on land included. Spend 5 to 8 nights on land at Princess wilderness lodges visiting Denali and perhaps, sensational places like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and/or the Kenai Peninsula."
and More Wildlife
Alaska is teeming with wildlife. See the Great Land’s most famous animals - like humpback whales - on Alaska shore excursions. Marvel at bald eagles in their natural habitats while in Ketchikan. See humpbacks play alongside sea lions in Juneau. Or keep a lookout for Denali National Park’s Big Five - including moose, caribou, grizzly bears, wolves and Dall sheep - while on a tour in the park.
Best of Alaska Cruises 2021
Discover the Best of Alaska Cruises - Here are our picks for Alaska's best. Explore the whales, wonders and wildlife, rugged wilderness and awe-inspiring glaciers of Alaska. Browse Alaska Cruises and Land and Sea vacations. Start planning your Alaska cruise now.
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Princess Plus® Best. Sale. Ever
Princess Plus with Drinks, Wi-Fi, and Gratuities
A new fare type that's Princess Cruises best value ever!
Maybe you've always wanted to see Alaska's glaciers, explore Denali National Park and take in all the wonders and wildlife of the Last Frontier. All Alaska Cruises and Cruisetours are on sale, so now's the time to sail - and celebrate Princess Plus, the Best Alaska Offer: with Drinks, Wi-Fi and Gratuities included! Call us at 800.365.1445 for all the details.
Why is this the best sale ever? Because it includes:
✔ Get $665 of value on a 7-day cruise! (Learn More)
✔ Premier Beverage Package - with tips! (this is Princess' very best drinks package)†
✔ Unlimited Wi-Fi (on any ship, including Medallion Net)‡‡
✔ Full gratuities paid to crew on your behalf (up to 4 in a stateroom)‡
✔ All stateroom categories are included
✔ Valid for guests 1 & 2 in a stateroom
✔ Fully refundable deposit (non-refundable deposit also available for lower fare without princess plus features)
✔ For Select Sailings April 2021 and beyond
Denali Explorer - Tour A
Mount McKinley and Denali
This cruisetour is ideal for those who want to get a glimpse at both Denali and Mount McKinley, the highest mountain of Northern America. You will spend one night at our Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge - famous for its view over the mountains - and our Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and get an insight into the Denali National Park on a guided “Natural History Tour”.
Day 1 Anchorage
Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city of Alaska. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or strolling around the town.
Day 2 Anchorage /
Travel by motorcoach to the Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and admire the breathtaking landscapes en route. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Mount
The bus will get you to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Explore the National Park on a “Natural History Tour” in the afternoon.
Day 4 Denali/Whittier
Take the Denali Express for a stunning ride to Whittier where you will embark on your cruise.
Day 4 - 11
Cruise “Voyage of the Glaciers”
This cruisetour can
be booked in the reverse order as well, i.e. the
land program takes place after the cruise.
NEW: Add full board
to your booking in advance!
Cruisetour AA3 - 10
Vancouver to Anchorage
Cruise “Voyage of the glaciers” (7 nights)
Land tour after cruise (3 nights)
DEPARTURES 2021 Royal
Princess: May 08, 22 | June 05, 19 | July 03, 17, 31
| August 14, 28
DEPARTURES 2021 Star Princess: May 15, 29 | June 12, 26 | July 10, 24 | August 07, 21 | September 04
DEPARTURES 2021 Sapphire Princess: June 23 | July 07, 21 | August 04, 18 | September 01
Cruisetour AB3 - 10
Anchorage to Vancouver
Land tour before cruise (3 nights)
Cruise “Voyage of the glaciers” (7 nights)
DEPARTURES 2021 Royal
Princess: May 12, 26 | June 09, 23 | July 07, 21 |
August 04, 18
DEPARTURES 2021 Star Princess: May 19 | June 02, 16, 30 | July 14, 28 | August 11, 25 | September 08
DEPARTURES 2021 Coral Princess: May 23 | June 06, 20 | July 04, 18 | August 01, 15, 29 | September 12
DEPARTURES 2021 Sapphire Princess: June 13, 27 | July 11, 25 | August 08, 22 | September 05
More Options: >> Find all 26 Alaska Cruisetours ranging from 10 days to 17 Days._________________
Denali Explorer - Tour A
Princess Plus + fare includes $95 of value per day!
Interior from $1,629* per person
Ocean view, balcony, mini-suite and suites are priced higher.
*Fares are per person, USD, double occupancy based only on the first departure of the season ( early May ). Rates go up as the summer goes on.
Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses additional: $269.
Special promotions may be in effect that lower your cost.
Call us at 800.365.1145 for the latest up-to-the-moment prices, promotions and availability based on the departure date of your choice.
About the prices: Accommodations and rates
subject to availability at the time
of actual booking. Fares are per
guest and apply to minimum lead-in
categories on a space-available
basis at time of booking. Fares are
non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only,
based on double occupancy and apply
to the first two guests in a
stateroom. Fares and other values
quoted in U.S. dollars.
Princess Savers is Princess Cruises fare only option available to all guests and all cruises. Two different fares allows you to choose what is best for you: Best Value with the Princess Plus fare (includes $95 of value per day) or Best Price with the Princess Savers fare. Rates shown are based on Princess Plus fare. Price is for first departure of the season only, as rates go up as the summer goes on.
Special promotions may be in effect that lower your cost. Call us at 800.365.1145 for the latest up-to-the-moment prices, promotions and availability based on the departure date of your choice. During these challenging times, you should know that information, rates, dates and details on this website are subject to change by cruise line hiatuses and port closures due to the pandemic.
General Terms (applicable to all portions of Princess Plus)
Available to legal residents of the
50 United States, DC, Canada, and
Puerto Rico. One guest’s
participation in Princess Plus may
be dependent on the other guest in
his/her stateroom’s participation in
Princess Plus, as determined by
booking method. Princess Plus is
contingent on ship capacity and only
available on select voyages, while
capacity lasts. Princess Plus and
its parts are non-transferable, is
not redeemable for cash at any
point, and may not be combined with
other offers or other onboard
credits. Drinks, Wi-Fi, and
Gratuities are only available on
board the ship (not applicable to
land portion of cruisetours), may
only be used on a single voyage, and
expire at the end of such voyage.
Only available on cruises/voyages
indicated as Princess Plus.
†Premier Beverage Package applies to guests booked in all stateroom types. It is valid only for guests who are 21 years or older. Guests who are under 21 years of age at the time of sailing can still book Princess Plus, but will receive the Premier Coffee & Soda Package and will not receive any refund or otherwise for that portion of the Offer. A daily limit on alcoholic beverages will apply. Bar tips are included in the package and value per day stated.
‡‡Wi-Fi included for one device per guest. Wi-Fi details will be delivered pre-cruise or to the stateroom. All internet usage subject to Princess Cruises’ standard policies, which may limit browsing of sites due to network security and bandwidth usage. Applications that use high bandwidth may be blocked and offerings subject to change with or without notice.
‡Gratuities valid on select items only and are in U.S. dollar amounts. Gratuities paid on behalf of the guest vary based on stateroom type (up to 4 guests per stateroom). Bar gratuities are paid on behalf of the guest for qualifying beverages included in the Premier Beverage Package. Princess Plus does not include gratuities for Lotus Spa services.
Available on select cruises sailing starting on April 1, 2020. Call Princess Cruise at 1-800-PRINCESS, Cruise Vacation Planner, or your travel advisor with any questions about the offer. Changes or refunds may not be permitted.
A deposit is required for guests 1 and 2 only and is refundable. The amount of deposit varies according to the cruise length and stateroom type.
What's an Alaska Cruisetour?
An Alaska cruisetour [ Land + Sea Vacation ] is a land tour of interior Alaska before or after your 7 night Alaska cruise. You can choose from three- to eight-night land tour programs that extends each trip with visits to such places as Anchorage, Denali National Park, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Kenai Peninsula or Copper River. You can also choose visits to Canada's Klondike Gold Rush region visiting Whitehorse and Dawson City.
Discover the Whales, Wildlife & Wonder of an Alaska Cruise. Exotic wildlife, massive glaciers, exciting land tours & more
Exclusive rates, sailing dates, cabin upgrades, shipboard credits, price reductions and great service from Certified Alaskan Experts. Depending upon cruise line, ship, and sailing date, you could get Bonus Extra's with a value of up to $3,700! All this, PLUS Reduced Deposits! Call us at 800.365.1445. Find out what's on offer for your chosen sailing Discounts & Deals.
What is the
best time to visit Alaska?
Early May through Mid-September, is typically when most ship sail to and from Alaska and we think early June is one of the best times to visit the state. But, any month is a good month to visit Alaska, but the end of May and beginning of June offers some of the best weather.
Which cruise lines go to Alaska?
Alaska is one of the most popular cruise destinations around, and as a result almost all cruise lines head to Alaska during the summer. Princess & Holland America have the most experience in the region and offer not only cruises, but cruise tours that range from 3 -10 day land tours + 7 day cruise ). Royal Caribbean, Regent, Oceania, Viking and Norwegian cruise line also sail the waters of Alaska. To narrow down your choices, browse this web site and give us a call at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.
some things to do in Alaska?
You can helicopter land on glaciers, hike Denali, fish for salmon, go dogsledding or pan for gold, visit cultural sites, and yes, shop for local craft-made items - and everything in between. For more ideas: Check out some of the >> Best Alaska Shore Excursions.
Do you need
a passport to take a cruise to Alaska?
You don't need a passport on a sailing that begins and ends in the same U.S. port. Examples include sailings that depart and return to Seattle, Los Angeles or San Francisco sailings. If you arrive or depart from Vancouver, Canada, or any Canadian port of call. ( by air or by sea ) you will need to bring your passport, the same is true, if your itinerary includes a visit to Canada's Yukon Territory. It's best to bring that passport regardless of your itinerary. Should you need to depart and return home earlier than expected, ( illness, injury etc ) you may have to transit through Canada and a passport is required.
I pack for a cruise to Alaska?
Weather changes frequently in Alaska, it can vary from hot in Juneau, cool in Ketchikan or windy in Skagway, or just perfect in all ports-of-call. Bring a waterproof windbreaker, a jacket, gloves, hats and a sweater or two. For more information, check out our: >> What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise list.
Alaska Cruisetour Map
Combine a 7 day north or south bound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with a choice of a 3 -14 day land tour.
Princess® Cruisetours to Denali National Park
Featuring custom-built wilderness lodges and exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service
Princess® cruisetours: the best of land & sea combine a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, scenic rail travel and multiple days touring Alaska by land with stays at Princess-owned wilderness lodges. You can cruise first or start with a land tour.
Available on every Princess® Cruisetour:
✔ Sail for 7 days on a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise.
On your 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, marvel at the breathtaking sights of UNESCO World Heritage Site Glacier Bay National Park and the rugged shores of the Inside Passage. Explore the charming frontier ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. While most Alaska cruise routes simply retrace their path back down the Inside Passage, you’ll continue 500 miles farther north across the Gulf of Alaska for an additional glacier-viewing experience at College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier!
✔ Travel inland via exclusive Princess rail.
Follow the legendary route of the Alaska Railroad as you travel by comfortable Princess Rail on a scenic journey through the heart of Alaska. View the incredible landscape from glass-domed railcars and open-air observation platforms as rail guides provide expert commentary. Most itineraries include exclusive Princess Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service, taking you from your ship to the Denali area the same day.
✔ Stay at Princess lodges near national parks.
Built specifically for cruisetours, Princess owns and operates wilderness lodges located near legendary national parks. Spend at least one night in the Denali area at one of our two wilderness lodges. In addition, our lodges in the Copper River/Wrangell-St. Elias region and the gorgeous Kenai Peninsula are not to be missed! With our friendly staff to help you plan excursions and fresh Alaska seafood served in an array of venues, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable Alaska vacation.
Princess Cruises is an authorized concessioner of Glacier Bay National Park.
✔ Princess® MedallionClass™ is available on select Voyage of the Glacier cruises.
exciting options to explore the great land
✔ With four unique cruisetour types, you can choose the Alaska experience that’s right for you!
Each of our fantastic cruisetours feature:
Denali Explorer (3 to 6 nights on land)
Themost popular cruisetour type offers you the greatest value and includes a variety of ways to explore Denali National Park!
*Included on most Denali Explorer cruisetours
On Your Own (3 to 4 nights on land)
Create your own adventure with our most affordable cruisetours. Maximize your free time with optional excursions, or enjoy the captivating wilderness from the comfort of your lodge.
Off the Beaten Path (6 to 8 nights on land)
Our Off the Beaten Path cruisetours give you the chance to visit remote areas of Alaska in addition to Denali!
Connoisseur (5 to 10 nights on land)
This deluxe option offers the highest level of service and added convenience!
Princess Wilderness Lodges
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge®
Located along the Nenana River Canyon, just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park, this lodge is a perfect home base for adventure. This campus-style lodge offers an array of amenities and comfortable guest rooms. Admire amazing views through 30-foot-high glass windows, warm your hands by the stone fireplace and take in the scenery from the expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River. For an entertaining evening, consider a hearty meal at Fannie Q’s saloon, named after a famed local homesteader, Fannie Quigley.
Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®
Named one of the top Alaska resorts by Condé Nast Traveler, this wilderness lodge is all about Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Located on the south side of Denali National Park, from here you’ll enjoy the area’s outdoor walking trails, and dine at the delicious 20,320 Alaskan Grill. The heart of the lodge is its Great Room, featuring a freestanding rock fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, revealing the dramatic mountain scenery. Relax on our outdoor Fireside Patio where guests gather to roast marshmallows and sip warm beverages.
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge®
Inspired by the architecture of the storied Kennicott Copper Mine, this lodge is perched on a bluff overlooking Wrangell-St. Elias — America’s largest national park and home to nine of the country’s 16 highest peaks, including Mts. Drum, Wrangell and Blackburn. Return from a day’s adventure, and enjoy a casual bite at the Whistle Stop Bar & Grill. Relax by a warm fire in the comfy Wrangell Room, or take in great views outside on the patio.
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge®
Soak in the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, known as "Alaska’s Playground" for its wide variety of activities, like fishing in the turquoise Kenai River and cruising through the ice-sculpted landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park. While relaxing at the lodge, named a top resort in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Condé Nast Traveler, sip a cocktail at Rafter’s Lounge or unwind in your spacious bungalow-style guest room. Each comes complete with a wood-burning stove and an expansive deck overlooking the Kenai River valley.
Discover even more with Princess!
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The Great Land comes to life with our North to Alaska program, Gold Award Winner in Travel Weekly’s prestigious Magellan Awards, bringing local personalities, culture and cuisine on board and ashore.
You hook it, we’ll cook it! Reel in a fish on a Princess excursion during the day, and we’ll have one of our chefs prepare it to your liking. **Available on select Princess® shore excursions.
Meet the Mountain Climber
Hear from climbers presenting exhilarating stories and thrilling photos from their journey to conquer Denali, in the Hudson Theater at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.®
Meet Real Alaskans
Hear from an Iditarod champion, lumberjacks, authors and storytellers, and don’t miss our frontier-flavored Klondike Festival!
Alaska for Kids
Our Alaska Explorers youth program features activities like our Jr. Ranger Program, Gold Rush panning activities, and the Deadliest Catch Crab Sort Challenge.
Puppies in the Piazza
Some of Skagway’s newest sled dogs come aboard! Snap a picture with the puppies and meet their dog handlers, who will be training them for a life of dog mushing.
Fresh Alaska Seafood
Enjoy specialty dishes from local eateries, right on our top deck, including crab cakes from Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau, fish tacos from The Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan or seafood chowder from the Bonanza Bar & Grill in Skagway.
We Are Here To Help
Get free advice! Speak to a Certified Alaska Cruise Expert. Call us now at 800.365.1445
Save on 2021 Alaska sailings to fascinating ports of call. Choose sailings that depart from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Vancouver. Choose 7 Day Inside Passage cruises or 7 Day Voyager of the Glaciers cruises, northbound from Vancouver, or southbound from Anchorage ( port of Whittier ) and over 26 in depth Land + Sea Vacations that feature Denali and more. Hurry, these early-booking offers* end before summer does!
Best of Alaska Shore Excursions & Tours
Experience The Best Shore Excursions
In a place as spectacular as Alaska, you want to experience the best. Try your luck at gold panning or meet a sled dog team, go fishing for salmon or bear watching, take a flightseeing tour or explore a native totem park, and much more. Book directly with the cruise line or plan your own excursions with the Shore Excursions Group. Alaska cruise season is here, and we want you to find the best excursions deals for your upcoming cruise! With Shore Excursions Group special offers, you can save over $100 per cabin vs. cruise line prices on the most popular excursions like Whale Watching and Helicopter Trips! It's easy! Click here to check out what's new this season in Alaska!
"Our trip was excellent. The room, with the
upgrades, was amazing! We saw many eagles (bald and
golden), one bear, many whales, including one
breach, seals, one bear, one wolf, moose and
caribou, and many smaller animals.. If we travelled
during salmon run, we probably would have seen more
bear and eagles. The scenery is to die for, the
vistas spectacular. The ship was great; service,
food, etc were all great. Thanks for everything."
> Larry Seidler
Raye, first of all, I want to Thank You for all you
did in arranging our Alaska land/cruise tour in May
. We had a fantastic time and everything went
so smoothly. The transfers, hotels, luggage moving,
tours and everything was so organized that we
couldn't have been happier. The thing I was most
impressed with was getting our room keys and
information before we ever got to the hotels/ship
and not having to check in every time. Princess
really has these procedures down to a science and I
would recommend this land/cruise trip to anyone
> Jill Silver
Pat and I returned from an 11 day trip to Alaska.
Truly The Last Frontier. We had the pleasure of
traveling with 6 of our very dear and close friends,
Mike & Susie, Ron & Rachel and Craig & Diane. We saw
incredible scenery, moose, mountain sheep and goats,
humpback whales, dolphins, and a wolf. We examined
Denali (aka Mt. McKinley ) up close and personal in
a small airplane. We watched in awe the calving of
the immense glaciers in Glacier Bay. The weather was
> Walt Stout
Did You Know?
Alaska is the largest
state in the union, covering 570,373 square miles,
approximately one fifth of the entire United States.
The population of Alaska is only 740,000 and compared to the population of bears in Alaska, there is 1 bear for every 7 people.
Tallest mountain in North America: Denali stands at 20,310 feet. Alaska is also home to 16 of the 20 highest mountains in the U.S.
Alaska has the greatest concentration of glaciers in North America. There are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world.
Planning a Cruise Together for Alaska? It just Got Easier & Cheaper
Alaska Group Cruises 2021
- Great rates for as few as 2 couples! ( 2 cabins )
Give your friends and family up to $200 and get up to $200 for yourself!
Cruise tours for groups offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land. All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. We've got information about Alaska's favorite places. From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone. Call 800.365.1445