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With the fate of the 2021 Alaska cruise season still uncertain, there is no better time to start planning the ultimate cruise for 2022. If you are looking to book that bucket list cruise now, we have put together our list of the Top Alaska Cruises for 2022. Put those future cruise credits to good use and book your trip of a lifetime!
Top Alaska Cruises for 2022
Norwegian Encore is the newest ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. Debuting in 2019 in the Caribbean, Norwegian Encore will be making her way to Alaska in 2022. This ship will sail the popular 7-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle. The itinerary will offer stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC.
While Norwegian Encore is very similar to her sisters, it’s the little touches that set this ship apart, such as slight design and decor changes to places like the Local, the Observation Lounge, and the Speedway.
Of course, Norwegian Encore boasts a few unique features of her own too. One of our favorite additions is the brand-new Italian restaurant, Onda by Scarpetta. Also debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Encore is the show Kinky Boots, which ranks as one of our top signature shows on a cruise ship.
Norwegian Bliss will be joining Encore in Seattle offering 7-day cruises to Alaska. Some itineraries will feature Icy Strait Point.
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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel will also be heading to Alaska for the 2022 season. This popular ship will be offering one-way itineraries from either Vancouver, B.C. or Seward, Alaska. Again, these northbound or southbound itineraries will include classic Alaskan ports of call like Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Skagway.
If you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the larger mega-ships, the Norwegian Jewel might be perfect for you. The ship still offers a classic Freestyle NCL experience but with less crowds and less up-charges.
There are still plenty of nightly entertainment and dining options onboard to help you unwind after a long day ashore. You will find the specialty restaurants Cagney’s Steakhouse, Le Bistro, La Cucina, and the hibachi style Teppanyaki. Of course, there is also the popular and complimentary O’Sheehan’s Pub. Not to mention, there are plenty of bars, the Bliss Ultra Lounge, and unique production shows in the main theater.
Ovation of the Seas
As another one of the largest ships to 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.
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Ovation of the Seas will be offering 7-day roundtrip cruises from Seattle. The ship will sail itineraries with slight variations including the Alaska Glacier Cruise and the Alaska Experience Cruise.
Quantum of the Seas will also be sailing Alaska in 2022 with a similar itinerary.
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Radiance of the Seas
As one of the top Alaska cruises year after year, Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas will continue to sail the region in 2022. This ship will offer one-way itineraries leaving from either Vancouver, British Columbia or Seward, Alaska. These sailings visit ports of call including Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, as well as either Icy Strait Point, Haines, or Sitka. 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 on this ship, you can also enjoy favorites like the Schooner Bar and Chops Grille.
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Celebrity Solstice, sailing from Seattle, makes our list again this year for the top Alaska 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 Martini Bar, and indulge in some fine dining at Murano or Tuscan Grille.
Celebrity Solstice will offer a 7-day roundtrip itinerary with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. Sister ship Celebrity Eclipse will also be sailing in Alaska making round-trip journeys from Vancouver.
With the success of the new Edge-class, Celebrity Cruises has begun a multi-year $500 million dollar fleetwide 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 for 2022.
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 2022 among the 6 Princess Cruises’ ships planned to sail in the region. Given that we are partial to mega-ships, the brand new Discovery Princess has to be at the top of our list. This ship will be offering roundtrip Inside Passage cruises from Seattle. The itinerary will visit all the popular stops including cruising through Endicott Arm and the Dawes Glacier.
The Discovery Princess is the final Royal-class ship scheduled to debut in 2022. With the largest balconies at sea, this ship is perfect for cruising in Alaska. 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, cruisers can also indulge in a variety of culinary treats, unwind in the Sanctuary, and enjoy the cruise line’s signature entertainment in the main theater and Princess Live!.
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Sister ship Majestic Princess will also be cruising the region offering one-way itineraries from either Anchorage (Whittier) or Vancouver, or a few select longer sailings.
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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 is Ruby Princess.
This ship will sail 10-day roundtrip voyages from San Francisco offering two slightly different itineraries in 2022. One itinerary includes Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, in addition to cruising Glacier Bay National Park. The other itinerary visits Icy Strait Point, Haines, Juneau, and Victoria, in addition to cruising Endicott Arm and the Dawes Glacier.
Onboard Ruby Princess, guests will find familiar favorites for the cruise line. SHARE by Curtis Stone 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 2022. This itinerary will sail from Vancouver to Seward and visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Valdez. This itinerary also includes scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and Yakutat Bay.
Further, there are several pre-cruise and post cruise extensions available. The best part is this trip includes seven guided tours. Thus, Viking is our pick for the top Alaska cruise for luxury travelers.
On a Viking Ocean cruise, you receive a free tour in each port of call, WiFi, no up-charges for specialty dining, and complimentary room service. Guests can also enjoy 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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Holland America’s Koningsdam
Holland America Line also boasts six ships scheduled to sail in Alaska in 2022. On this list is one of HAL’s newest ships, the MS Koningsdam. This Pinnacle-class ship which debuted in 2016 will be sailing 7-day roundtrip cruises from Vancouver.
The itinerary will visit Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. 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, 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.
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