Alaska Cruise Lines- a special primer for Alaskan cruises

An Alaskan cruise is a special vacation. From aboard a ship, you can experience Alaska in a traditional way. These water highways have been supporting travel since the earliest time. It's truly luxurious to glide past mountains and glaciers in total comfort and peace. The highlight of my trip through the inside passage was seeing a breaching humpback whale. Don't forget the field glasses!

There is so much information out on the web. I decided to make this small primer or introduction to cruising in Alaska.

Holland American Line Amsterdam in the inside passage

There are many companies large and small providing tours from a few hours to up to 21 days at sea.

The Inside Passage is the most common ocean liner route and what I think of when I think of "Alaskan Cruise". But there is also the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The companies offering these trips are:

There is another type of ocean tour called a Glacier or Wildlife Cruise. These last for a day or half-day and explore the calm waters near the coastline. Prince William Sound out of Whittier or Valdez and the Kenai Fjords out of Seward are popular spots for Glacier Wildlife Cruises.

Alaskan Cruise Links:

Alaska cruise operators - Ocean liners

Carnival Cruise Lines
Great rates on fabulous 'Fun Ship' cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and more. Welcome to Carnival.com, the premier website in the cruise industry.
Celebrity Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises - Voted one of the World's Best Cruise Lines by Condé Nast Traveler - Top-Rated cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal, Galapagos, Hawaii, Mexico, Bermuda and more - get ready for the cruise vacation of a lifetime. Start planning your vacation now
Holland America
Holland America Line offers world cruises to such cruise ports as Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, and South America.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Freestyle Homeland Cruising with NCL, the Hawaii Specialist ... Find out why we're the #1 Cruise Line in Hawaii. NCL also sails from more US and Canadian departure points on regular, round-trip 7-day cruises than any other cruise line. We pick the ports and the rest is up to you! With Freestyle Cruising, the policy of freedom and flexibility ensures a hassle-free vacation that rivals the finest land-based resorts. NCL has completed its plans to convert the existing fleet to Freestyle ensuring guests the highest level of service and maximum enjoyment on each cruise.
Princess Cruises :
Princess Cruises has distinguished itself by sailing to more destinations with cruise vacation specials to Alaska, Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, Asia, South America, Canada, New England, & more!. Book your cruise today. Be sure to check out the Find & Compare a Cruise feature.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Luxury cruise vacations from Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines include sailings to a variety of luxury vacation cruise destinations.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean Cruise Deals: Get ready for an adventure on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Silversea Cruises

Glacier and Wildlife Cruises in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords

 
Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours:
Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours offers the best cruises in Prince William Sound. Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours provides the ultimate Prince William Sound experience - stunning glaciers, humpback and orca whale watching, and a smooth, comfortable ride.
Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise - In One Day!
26 Glacier Cruise - In One Day! Phillips' Cruises and Tours provides an incredible one-day cruise opportunity from Anchorage and Whittier, Alaska. Experience the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife that make Alaska's magnificent Princes William Sound a fabulous Alaska travel destination.
Stan Stephens Cruises
Stan Stephens Cruises offers day cruises of Prince William Sound. Our tours feature visits to tidewater glaciers and Alaska's abundant marine wildlife. Alaska owned and operated.
Lu Lu Belle Tours
Valdez Alaska Glacier Cruise. Enjoy a cruise on the Lu-Lu Belle, as we take you to Alaska's mighty Columbia Glacier, the largest glacier in Prince William Sound.
Alaska Wildlife Tour: Alaska Glacier Tours
Alaska Wildlife Tour: Specializing in Alaska Glacier Tours, Prince William Sound Tours, Seward Glacier Tours, Alaska Whale Watching Trips, Alaska Adventure Vacations, Alaska Vacations, and Alaska Vacation
Major Marine Tours: Alaska Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Alaska glacier and wildlife cruises in the Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound with Major Marine Tours. The only Alaska day cruise to feature a cruising restaurant, reserved indoor seating, and a uniformed ranger on every cruise.
Prince William Sound - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kenai Fjords National Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alaska Cruise Discounts

Glacier cruise boats in Valdez harbor

Smaller tour boats are perfect for day trip Glacier Cruises in Prince William Sound.

Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Specials
The latest cruise sale and promotions. Get a great deal on a fantastic 'Fun Ship' cruise
Celebrity Cruise Specials - web specials from celebritycruises.com
Holland America Line - Special offers
Premium cruises from Holland America cruise lines. Find information on cruise packages to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Panama Canal, Asia and the South Pacific
NCL Cruise Specials -Norwegian Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruise Vacation Special Offers
Cruise specials from Regent Seven Seas Cruises include cruise vacation special offers and packages to many cruise destinations.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean Offers: Great offers from Royal Caribbean's can help make your dream vacation a reality.
Silversea Cruises: Enticing offers
Prince William Sound Cruises - Deals By Email
GREAT DEALS. SPECIAL EVENTS. LATEST NEWS AND MORE.
Be the first to receive special event notices and hot deals on our lodging and day cruises. Get the best rates on select dates and tour departures.
Stan Stephens Cruises Web Specials on Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Save $10.00 per person* off of the Columbia and Meares Glacier Cruise (the 9 hour tour) when you pay in full at the time of booking. This discount is valid during the 2006 summer season. Please note that this online discount is not able to be combined with other offers and discounts. (*Child discount is $5.00/person) Just fill out the online reservation form to claim your discount today. Discounts valid on new reservations only.
Valdez Alaska Wildlife Cruise, Lu Lu Belle Wildlife Glacier Cruise, Tours
Valdez Alaska Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy a cruise on the Lu-Lu Belle, as we take you to Alaska's mighty Columbia Glacier, the largest glacier in Prince William Sound. Offers a cash discount.

cruise ship in the harbor

Cruise ship in the harbor at Skagway, Alaska. Photo:sbeebe@Flickr

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