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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
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.
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.
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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 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 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.
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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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.