Wave season has finally arrived. So, there is no better time than now to start planning your 2018 cruise vacations. If you are looking to venture beyond the Caribbean this year, why not plan a trip way up north to Alaska? With more ships sailing the region than ever before,, 2018 is a great year to cruise to Alaska. If you are considering a trip to this 49th state, you will want to take a look at our picks for the Top Alaska Cruises in 2018. Which one will you choose?
Top Alaska Cruises in 2018
The Celebrity Solstice, sailing from Seattle, makes our list of the best Alaskan cruises for 2018. We might be a bit biased since we sailed on this ship in 2014, but we love it. On Celebrity Solstice, you can enjoy a picnic or some bocce ball at the Lawn Club. Or, take in a Hot Glass Show. You can enjoy a drink and the amazing views at the Sky Observation Lounge or some late-night comedy at Celebrity Central. Be sure to grab a cocktail at the Crush Martini Bar complete with a frosted bar top. If the ship’s amenities aren’t enough to win you over, you will love the traditional Alaskan cruise itinerary. The round trip itinerary stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Victoria, BC, and a sail through Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage.
Celebrity Solstice is One of the Top Alaska Cruises for 2018!
Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, offers big ship amenities with a small ship feel. The ship which offers one-way itineraries leaving from either Vancouver, British Columbia or Seward, Alaska, This itinerary visits ports of call including Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point. In addition, the voyage cruises through the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier. On Radiance of the Seas, you might not even need a balcony as this ship offers some of the greatest views of Alaska from the nine-story central atrium and outward facing elevators. While you cruise Alaska, you can also enjoy over a dozen bars like the signature Schooner Bar. Also, you can enjoy a variety of dining, including Chop’s Grill and the newly added Park Cafe.
You Will Visit Ketchikan, Alaska on Radiance of the Seas
Our pick for a cruise to Alaska in 2018 goes to the new kid on the block, Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, Norwegian Bliss. Debuting in May 2018, this ship will take the title of largest cruise ship in the region. This new mega ship will sail the classic Alaska itinerary from Seattle with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. NCL Bliss will offer amenities that you won’t find on any other ship sailing in the region. With firsts at sea, like a racetrack, a barbeque joint, and laser tag, it is perfect for families. In addition, you will find the first Starbucks on an NCL ship, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and the Broadway hit Jersey Boys. With so much going on, Norwegian Bliss was an easy choice for our 2018 Alaskan vacation. If you can’t fit an Alaskan cruise into your schedule, don’t worry, this ship will also sail seasonally from Miami to the Caribbean.
NCL Bliss, Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
Iit is tough to pick the best Alaskan cruise for 2018 among the 7 Princess Cruises’ ships in the region. But, our choice is the Ruby Princess. Sailing roundtrip from Seattle, Ruby Princess includes a scenic cruise through Glacier Bay National Park. This ship is a foodie’s delight featuring the SHARE specialty restaurant from celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Of course, there are plenty of additional complimentary and signature dining options including the Crab Shack and the Salty Dog Gastropub. You can also enjoy entertainment and drinks in the grand multi-deck Piazza complete with street performers. You can also head out doors to cuddle up for Movies Under the Stars on the pool deck complete with complimentary blankets and popcorn. If you are looking for something a bit different, Princess Cruises also offers a 10-day roundtrip cruise from San Francisco on the Grand Princess.
Foodies Will Love Ruby Princess
National Geographic Quest
If you are looking for an adventure like no other, look no further than Linbald Expeditions newest ship, the National Geographic Quest. This purpose-built expedition ship accommodates only 100 guests. This intimate vessel can navigate the inner channels to provide an up-close and personal experience with the landscapes and wildlife. The ship does not skimp on accommodations, providing spacious cabins, an open bow and observation deck. Also onboard you will find all the tools you need for exploration. Therefore, a cruise to Alaska onboard National Geographic Quest will certainly be an unforgettable experience. Hop onboard the expedition landing crafts or kayaks for daytime adventures. Then spend the evenings relaxing in the lounge while sipping drinks and recapping your day. These voyages are one way trips from Juneau to Sitka, AK or reverse.
Get up Close and Personal on National Geographic Quest
Have we convinced you to book a cruise to Alaska in 2018? Have you sailed on any of these great ships? Drop us an anchor below to share your Alaska cruise experiences with us.