Cruises to Alaska 2020 & 2021
I saw humpback whales in Kenai Fjords National Park, and joined the ‘1% club’ when I glimpsed the peak of Mount Denali on a clear day. I saw glaciers taller than skyscrapers and bears foraging on the shoreline, all in one holiday.
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Have you decided on a spectacular cruise to Alaska? Or perhaps you fancy cruising New England and Atlantic Canada? Both are great choices for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. To book, just give our Canada Travel Experts a call and we'll be happy to advise you. Discuss your dream holiday plans with us and we can book the perfect package or tailor-make a holiday from scratch. We'll also help you find the cruise cabin that will offer the perfect experience for you.
The On-Board Experience
A day in the life of a cruise-goer
Waking up to those views
Towering glaciers, glittering icebergs and turquoise waters – these are the otherworldly views you’ve been waiting for. Each day, you’ll be greeted by something spectacular. Watch a majestic glacier slide past as you enjoy breakfast on your private balcony. Or treat yourself to panoramic views and the best photos opportunities in the sunshine on the deck. Trust us: the Alaskan outdoors is warmer than you think, and more spectacular than you can imagine.
Relaxing on board
As you cruise to your next fascinating port of call, you’ve got time to indulge in the facilities on board. A blissful massage or relaxing spa treatment is the perfect way to unwind, followed by a refreshing dip in the pool. Join in the fun with an exciting live cookery show complete with hands on workshops. Or stroll through the boutique, duty-free shops on board. Come evening, a world class show will be waiting to entertain you.
Dining in luxury
Dinner on board your cruise ship can be as sophisticated or relaxed as you choose. Dress up to the nines in the elegant main dining room or keep things casual and dine on the deck. Whether you cruise with Celebrity, Holland America Line or Cunard, the restaurant options are endless. With dishes inspired by local flavours and a selection of international cuisine ranging from American grills to Asian fusion, the options are sure to satisfy whatever your taste preferences. Pick a new restaurant each evening and tuck in!
When the sun goes down, the entertainment on board your ship warms up. From cocktails and nightlife to comfy movie theatres and musical shows, there is so much to choose from. Circus acts will wow you in the main theatre, while there’s everything to play for in the casino. BBC’s Frozen Planet live will open your eyes, while a trivia quiz will keep you on your toes. The options are endless, and all of them are world-class.
A Room with a View
Choose your perfect cabin
Choosing your cabin
No wonder cruisers spend so much time choosing their cabin! A once-in-a-lifetime Alaska cruise has some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. The right cabin is paramount not just for your enjoyment, but for capturing those unique moments, too. On a Celebrity, Holland America or Cunard cruise, there’s a cabin to suit every holiday-goer. Whether you want to observe your surroundings from your own private balcony, or relish in the space you’ll get from a luxurious suite, these cruise lines tick every box.
Breath-taking ocean views
Celebrity, Holland America and Cunard offer rooms with stunning ocean views. Holland America's Oceanview Staterooms have picture windows, while the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in Veranda rooms allow you to step right out onto your private balcony. Celebrity's Balcony Staterooms also provide secluded outdoor space to sit and relax. Choose Aquaclass for unlimited access to their serene Persian Spa, or pick Concierge Class for extra services like priority check in. On a Cunard cruise, book a luxurious stateroom and enjoy a range of amenities. Be sure to opt for a private balcony to witness the most scenic views, or a suite for plentiful space and exclusive perks.
For an extra special experience, choose a suite. Not only do these provide you with even more space, with some offering a lounge, dining room and even an outdoor whirlpool, they also offer a long list of extra amenities. Enjoy bubbles on arrival, access to a VIP lounge, extra-luxurious bedding, a mini-bar, espresso machine and more. Many suites on Celebrity, Holland America and Cunard cruises also offer verandas for your own private view, along with the best in fine dining and an exclusive concierge service.
Stop off in wild places
Stop off in wild places
Perched on the edges of glaciers and fjords, the towns you visit on your cruise are hidden deep in the wilderness – and are all the more beautiful for it. No roads lead to Juneau, so its mysteries are revealed only to the intrepid who venture by air and sea. Seward’s charm lies in its fascinating fur trade heritage. Towns like Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point immerse you in a wealth of culture and history. The Gold Rush might be over, but Alaska still has riches to discover.
Gold Rush heritage in Skagway
Many cruises sail up to the Northernmost point of the Inside Passage as far as Skagway. Skagway is famous as the best-preserved Klondike Gold Rush town in the area. Explore the historic wooden boardwalk streets, learn about the intrepid prospectors and try your hand at panning for gold. There are also fantastic hiking opportunities here. The Harding Glacier is right in the town’s backyard, and you’ll see the stunning Glacier Bay National Park next door.
Anchorage – the gateway to Alaska
Some cruises continue past Skagway and the Glacier Bay National Park, all the way up to Anchorage. This port is the perfect gateway to explore the spectacular wilds of Alaska by land. From here you can take an excursion into Denali National Park, where the skies are wider and the mountains taller than you ever imagined. The snow-covered cap of North America’s highest mountain peak, Mt Denali (Mt McKinley) towers over everything else.
Meet Alaska’s residents
Meet Alaska’s residents
Alaska isn’t a world-famous wilderness destination for nothing. When you cruise here, you can bank on seeing some incredible wildlife along the way. Bald eagles soar overhead. Porpoises, humpbacks and orcas swim the waters of the Inside Passage. Grizzlies roam Alaska’s shores during summer, when the salmon are plentiful and the fishing is easy. Artic terns and mountain goats, Dall sheep and puffins, sea lions and otters: there is so much waiting to meet you.
A spout of water vapour misting the air. An elegant dorsal fin rising up. A tail fluke disappearing down. When you spot a whale on your cruise – whether it’s fleeting glimpse or a thundering breach – it will set your spine tingling. These beautiful animals are an almost guaranteed sighting along your journey, with humpbacks and orcas commonly sighted. Ghostly belugas swim near Anchorage, and fin, mike and gray whales also inhabit these icy waters.
Alaska's grizzly bears
Seeing a wild Alaskan brown bear in all his grizzled glory is one of the most remarkable sights awaiting you on your trip to Alaska. Extend your trip into Denali and the Yukon and you could be lucky enough to spot a grizzly bear ambling across the road in front of you or grazing in the tundra. The iconic Brooks Falls - where grizzlies expertly fish for salmon as they jump up the cascades - is just a short flight from Anchorage, in Katmai National Park.
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Holland America Line
Holland America Line have been at the forefront of premium cruising for over 145 years, adored for their warm, award-winning service and featuring some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea. Wrap-around promenades and grand staircases epitomise what it means to sail on a classic cruise ship, while partnerships with the likes of BBC Earth Experiences and fantastic excursions offer something new and exciting for every journey.
Explore extraordinary sights and hidden gems while onboard a Celebrity Cruise, with shore excursions led by independent tour operators and many developed by destination expert, Ben Fogle who has travelled the globe. Journeys are made even better with spacious accommodations, attentive service and varied dining options, including 12 fantastic restaurants and cafes and nine bars.
For a truly remarkable voyage to Alaska, Queen Elizabeth by Cunard offers an experience like no other. Exuding style and art deco elegance, this luxury ocean liner invites its guests to watch whales, witness out-of-this-world scenery and immerse themselves in Alaska from the comfort of their suite or stateroom, or up close on shore. Choose from 10, 11 or 12-day round trips from Vancouver in 2020 visiting both Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier.
See our 2020 & 2021 cruises for yourself
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Why Alaska takes our breath away…
Just imagine yourself on board a luxurious Alaskan cruise: you make your way to the top deck and wave goodbye to the beautiful skyline of Vancouver. As you pull out of the harbour, the city twinkles on one side, mountains soar on the other. As you cruise ahead, the Inside Passage opens up into vast stretches of shimmering blue water. You can see whales breaching and bald eagles flying overhead. Soon the jagged icebergs and ice floes of Alaska's wilderness come into view. An Alaska cruise in 2020 will be a holiday you won't forget!
Holland America Line, Celebrity, and Cunard cruise ships make their way up the dramatic Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaska. Cruising Alaska is one of the best ways to see these rugged coastal landscapes and hard-to-reach wilderness areas. At each stop, choose to enjoy exciting tours and shore excursions for an authentic insight into Alaska's diverse cultures.
Adventure seekers can take advantage of many outdoor activities on offer, including kayaking and canoeing past glaciers, hiking through rainforests, and ‘flightseeing’ tours by helicopter. Want to catch a glimpse of Alaska’s fantastic wildlife? Take a boat tour through icy waters for your chance to witness humpback whales and orcas in their natural habitat.
After a busy day, simply relax as your every need is taken care of. The hardest decision will be deciding which gourmet restaurant to dine in that evening!
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for your Alaska cruise holiday
Check our FAQs to help you plan for your Canada and Alaska cruise holiday
What onboard facilities do you offer?
Although your cruise ship to Alaska will be smaller and more intimate than some of the behemoths that cruise other destinations around North America, there is still lots to do on board. From movies to evening shows, interactive presentations, to spas, you’ll never be stuck for choice. And of course, it’s hard to get tired of those ever-changing views.
Where can I dine?
You'll have a wide choice of free dining included, plus the option to pay to dine in a range of specialty restaurants.
What should I wear?
Wear casual, comfortable layers and sturdy, shoes with grip on deck during your Alaska cruise. Evening is usually smart casual.
Will I get seasick?
Don't worry - the islands of the Inside Passage provide protection from the open ocean, and modern ships are very stable.
What can I do in port?
An Alaskan cruise is full of activities. When the boat stops, the adventures begin! Hike, go whale watching, and even walk on glaciers.
Where will my cruise go?
Sail from Vancouver over to some of Alaska's most exciting cities, including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Seward and Anchorage. You'll have the chance to pass famous sights like Icy Point, the Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay along the way.