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Updated: Oct 29, 2023

With a wide variety of wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Alaska is a destination perfect for anyone with an adventurous spirit or seeking a unique cruise experience.

Princess cruise ship outside of Skagway Alaska
Majestic Princess Skagway, AK. Courtesy Princess Cruises

One of the best ways to experience Alaska is with a cruise. When choosing your Alaskan cruise one of the biggest decisions is the route your cruise will take. Here's a quick summary of each to help make narrowing down your options a little bit easier.

Alaska cruise itineraries for the main cruise lines tend to follow two main routes.


This route is popular with Canadian families since they start out of Vancouver or Seattle; easy destinations for Canadians to get to. It's also the most popular route as these roundtrip sailings go through the thousand small islands of the Alaska coast and include three to four ports.

Stops on these cruises can include:

Glacier Bay National Park, AK

Victoria, BC


If you want to see more of Alaska while cruising, consider a Gulf of Alaska itinerary. These cruises are often one-way and take you farther up the Gulf of Alaska. Northbound itineraries start in Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, B.C. and southbound cruises depart from Seward, Alaska or Whittier, Alaska. Because they sail one-way, you will need to fly in to and out of different cities. Many of the ports are similar to the Inside Passage options and may also offer the ability to see places like College Fjord, Kodiak Island, and Valdez.

You can explore even more of Alaska by adding on a land tour before or after your cruise when you are up north in Alaska. Travel on the Alaska railroad and explore destinations like Anchorage, Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula.

Highlights of Gulf of Alaska cruises can include:

College Fjord, AK

Kodiak Island, AK

Seward, AK

With amazing scenery and unique experiences, Alaska is a destination not to be missed!

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