Top Alaska Cruises in 2020

2020 is a great year to cruise to Alaska! If you are considering a trip up north, take a look at our updated picks for the Top Alaska Cruises in 2020.

Top Cruises to Alaska in 2020

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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, 2020 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 2020. Which one will you choose?

Top Alaska Cruises in 2020

Norwegian Bliss

One of our top picks for the past few years, Norwegian Bliss still retains its position on this list for 2020. The ship offers several unique features with firsts at sea, like a racetrack and outdoor laser tag. It is a great ship for families, but also for us big kids. The line’s unique Freestyle Dining lets you choose when and where you want to eat with over a dozen dining options. These include the popular Cagney’s Steakhouse and Le Bistro French restaurant, as well as the new Q Texas Smokehouse and Los Lobos Mexican restaurant.

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At night, the main theater comes alive with the award-winning musical Jersey Boys and the brand new stage show Six. This mega-ship will sail the classic Alaskan itinerary from Seattle in 2020 with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, BC.

Related Post: Read our Complete Norwegian Bliss Alaska Cruise Review

Norwegian Joy

Not to be outdone, Norwegian Cruise Line has a second Breakaway-Plus class ship sailing in Alaska again this year. With two ships in the region, Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the best Alaskan cruise lines for 2020.  Norwegian Joy offers many of the same amenities and onboard experiences as NCL Bliss, like the Observation Lounge offering unparalleled views while you are cruising the North Pacific Ocean. However, the ship also has some unique features of its own. Norwegian Joy is home to the Galaxy Pavilion, an interactive digital playground with virtual reality experiences, ride simulators, and other technologically-enhanced activities to keep you entertained by day. At night, you can cut loose with Footloose on stage in the main theater.

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy will also offer 7-day round-trip cruises from Seattle, but swapping out Skagway for Icy Strait Point instead.

Ovation of the Seas

The largest ship to ever cruise in Alaska, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas also offers some of the most innovative features at sea. Built for cold water cruising, the ship’s SeaPlex is a massive indoor complex featuring bumper cars and roller skating. There is also the innovative North Star. This aerial gondola that extends 300 feet above sea level will give you a one of a kind view of the Alaskan landscape. This ship also has a sky diving simulator and distinct entertainment in several venues including Two70 and the Music Hall.

Ovation of the Seas in Alaska

Ovation of the Seas will be offering 7-day round-trip cruises from Seattle in 2020 visiting ports that have the berths to handle a ship of this magnitude including Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. Ovation of the Seas could be the best Alaska cruise for families and thriller seekers.

Related Post: Best Things to Do in Juneau

Radiance of the Seas

As one of the best Alaskan cruise lines, Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas will continue to sail the summer season in Alaska in 2020. This ship will offer one-way itineraries leaving from either Vancouver, British Columbia or Seward, Alaska visits ports of call including Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point. In addition, the ship cruises through the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier.

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On Radiance of the Seas, you might not even need a balcony. 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 and a variety of dining including Chop’s Grill and the newly added Park Cafe.

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice, sailing from Seattle, makes our list again this year for the best Alaskan cruises We might be a bit biased though since we have sailed on this ship twice. On Celebrity Solstice, you can play some bocce ball at the Lawn Club or partake in a Hot Glass Class. You can also enjoy some amazing views in the Sky Observation Lounge or sip a cocktail at the aft-located Sunset Bar if the weather permits. After a long day exploring the wilderness, you can relax in the Solarium, join in on the fun at the Crush Martini Bar, and indulge in some fine dining at Murano or Tuscan Grille.

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Celebrity Solstice will offer a 7-day round-trip itinerary with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. Sister ship Celebrity Eclipse will also be sailing in Alaska this season making round-trip journeys from Vancouver.

Celebrity Millennium

With the success of Celebrity Edge, the cruise line has begun a multi-year $500 million dollar fleet-wide Celebrity Revolution. Celebrity Millennium was one of the first ships to undergo this extensive revitalization. With all the updates, this ship makes our list of the best Alaskan cruises of 2020. Guests will love the upgrades to the cabins including new eXhale bedding as well as improved bathrooms. Dining has also been enhanced with updates to the menus and the addition of Le Petit Chef experience. If you want to splurge, cruisers opting for suites will appreciate the newly added Retreat Deck and Retreat Lounge.

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Celebrity Millennium will sail Northern and Southern Glacier routes providing one way trips from either Vancouver or Seward. This itinerary will visit Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Icy Strait Point as well as cruise the Inside Passage and the Hubbard Glacier.

Related Post: Best Things to Do in Skagway

Royal Princess

It is tough to pick the best Alaskan cruise for 2020 among the 8 Princess Cruises’ ships sailing in the region this year. Given that we are partial to mega-ships, Royal Princess makes our list. This ship will be offering one-way, 7-day trips departing from either Vancouver, BC or Whittier, Alaska.

These immersive cruises offer travelers the ability to see multiple glaciers with days spent cruising the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park. Along with those impressive landscapes, the itinerary includes full day stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway, giving you more options to explore the Alaskan wilderness.

Royal Princess in Alaska

Onboard Royal Princess, cruisers can indulge in a variety of culinary treats and enjoy the cruise line’s signature entertainment in the main theater as well as Princess Live!. Further, you won’t be able to beat the views from the SeaWalk, a 60-foot glass walkway extending 28 feet off the side of the ship.

Star Princess

Of course, Princess Cruises is known as one of the best Alaskan cruise lines. So, it is no surprise another Princess Cruises’ ship to make our list of the top Alaska cruises in 2020 is Star Princess. This ship will sail 10-day round-trip voyages from San Francisco offering two slightly different itineraries. Both stopping in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, one will cruise Glacier Bay National Park while the other cruises Endicott Arm and the Dawes Glacier.

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Onboard Star Princess, guests will find familiar favorites for the cruise line. Sabatini’s and the Crown Grill specialty restaurants will tempt your palette. While Movies Under the Stars, live music, and nightly theater productions will keep you entertained. You can relax in the adults only Sanctuary and rejuvenate on the Princess Luxury Bed before another full day ashore exploring all that Alaska has to offer.

Viking Orion

Viking Orion will offer an 11-day Alaska and Inside Passage Cruise in 2020. This itinerary will sail from Vancouver to Seward and visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Valdez. There are also several pre-cruise and post cruise extensions available. The best part is this trip includes seven guided tours. Thus, Viking is one of our picks for best Alaska cruise for luxury travelers.

Best Alaska Cruises

That’s right- On a Viking Ocean cruise, you will enjoy a free tour in each port of call, WiFi, no up-charges for specialty dining, complimentary room service, included beer, wine, and soft drinks at meals, specialty coffees and bottled water, access to the thermal suite, and more without any nickel and diming. This small 930-passenger vessel also boasts state of the art technology and all veranda staterooms. These destination-focused itineraries compliment the unparalleled service and inclusive nature of the cruise line.

Related Post: Best Things to Do in Ketchikan

MS Koningsdam

One of Holland America’s newest ships is also making its way to Alaska in 2020. The MS Koningsdam will be sailing 7-day round-trip cruises from Vancouver. This HAL ship tops our list of the best Alaska cruises.

The itinerary will visit Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as cruising Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage. There are also several different cruise and land tour packages from Vancouver to Anchorage available ranging from 9 days to 14 days.

When you need a break from sightseeing, Koningsdam offers plenty of top-notch amenities, entertainment, and dining as well. There’s theater performances on the World Stage, BB King’s Blues Club, the Rolling Stone Rock Room, and Lincoln Center Stage showcasing amazing musicians. Cruisers can also indulge in Pacific Northwest cuisine at the intimate Pinnacle Grill as well as Italian, Asian, and French dishes at other specialty restaurants onboard the ship. There’s even America’s Test Kitchen live cooking shows and BBC Earth Experiences to bring you closer to nature through concerts and films.


Have we convinced you to book a cruise to Alaska in 2020? Have you sailed on any of these great ships? Drop us an anchor below to share your picks for the best Alaska cruise experiences with us.

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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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  1. Looks like the Royal Carib. is your pick if wanting to dock in Vancouver?

      Hi Sue, Royal Caribbean does offer some great cruise options if you want to depart from Vancouver, British Colombia. We haven’t sailed with the cruise line in Alaska, but the ships get great reviews. Let us know if you have any other questions. Happy Cruising.

    We are 4 families, plus two sets of parents, and young children under 11 years. Which cruise ship would you recommend for July 2019 from Seattle?

      Hi Amit,
      Depends on what your preferences are for travel. We would suggest you investigate Norwegian Bliss. That ship offers plenty of diverse activities for cruisers of all ages. Other options out of Seattle also include Royal Caribbean, which tends to be family friendly as well.

    Trying to decide between Holland America vs Princess?!?! Doing Denali and cruise of inside passage…

      Tough choices! We have not sailed on either line in Alaska, so difficult for us to provide suggestions. Both cruise lines receive strong ratings, and it depends on a number of factors such as price and time of year you plan on cruise.

    Grandmother & 20 year old Grandson, would like to take an Alaskan Cruise in early September-2019. What do you suggest. We are not the black tie style of people. We just want to explore & see Alaska.

      Our suggestions tend to lean toward Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Lines, which appeals to cruisers of all ages.

    My wife and i have not been on an Alaska cruise before but have been on several other. One thing we would really like to do is an Alaska cruise within the next year or two.
    Not sure what would be the best ship for us. We will both be retired.

    My husband and I want to take an Alaskan cruise with a change to take a train ride in or to Denali and would love to see the glaciers. What do you recommend and what time of year is the best time to go? We are fancy . We are simply down to earth enjoying life .

    What is your view on coral princess which is the only one with the return trip by Vancouver BC?

      We have never sailed on Coral Princess, but it does receive strong reviews from cruisers.

    So many questions with no answers. Is this website monitoring anything?

      Hi Debra,
      Thanks for the comment. Happy to answer any questions you have about this post.

    Looking for G pa, Daughter, and two grand kids cruse. Like one way to alaska. No Black tie, and free kids would be great. Timing open and {other than Alaska} if its better for the G kids.

      Sounds like one of the Norwegian Cruise Line. They are one of our favorite Alaskan cruise lines. Happy cruising!

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