Alaska Cruise Deals
$799 Balcony on Alaska Summer Cruise
Sail in late August from Vancouver w/FREE drinks, low rates and moreExpires: 02-17-2017Orbitz
7-Night Alaska Summer Cruises from $699
Bonuses include onboard credit and free drinksExpires: 02-16-2017Orbitz
Epic Balcony & Suite Cruise Sale
Up to 3-category upgrade + up to $750 in Cruise CashExpires: 02-24-2017Orbitz
Exlclusive Alaska Cruise Sale from $549
Sail this summer with discounts + up to $100 0nboard CreditExpires: 02-02-2017Travelocity
5-Day Royal Caribbean Cruise Sale from $499
2nd Guest 50% Off & More + Taxes & Fees are FREEExpires: 02-10-2017Travelocity
Balcony on 7-Nt. Glacier Cruise
Bonuses include up to $150 in onboard spendingExpires: 01-12-2017Orbitz
HAL Anniversary Sale - Alaska Cruises from $449
Top-rated sailings through fall with up to $750 onboard cried, FREE drinks, moreExpires: 01-20-2017Travelocity
All Royal Caribbean Cruises BOGO
Select sailings offer $100-$200 credit, kids sail freeExpires: 12-30-2016Expedia
Celebrity Cruises - 50% Off 2nd Guest + Free Perks
Includes up to $1000 liquor credit and $1000 hotel couponExpires: 02-16-2017Priceline
Princess Cruise Line Anniversary Sale
Get up to $600 FREE onboard spending money per stateroom on all destinations sailing Summer 2017 through SprinExpires: 12-29-2016Princess Cruise Line
MSC: Buy One Cruise Get One FREE
Valid on select Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings into 2017Expires: 12-22-2016Travelocity
7-Nt Alaska Cruise on Top Ship from $739
Early saver rates, onboard credit, moreExpires: 03-17-2017Travelocity
Alaska Cruise Deals
If you're looking for a cruise experience that's a distinctive departure from hot sands and tropical fish, you'll fall in love with the vibrant and rugged experiences that await you on an Alaskan cruise vacation.
What Is Alaska Like?
Though you may picture Alaska as a frozen escape blanketed in snow, this cruise destination offers a diverse selection of sights, many of which are much greener than you may imagine. Denali National Park is a prime example of the stunning diversity of Alaska. You'll find taiga forest, alpine tundra, and snowy mountains. Glacier Bay National Park features everything from snow-capped mountains and tidewater glaciers to a temperate rainforest rich in spruce and western hemlock. Alaska's forested shores are a far cry from the sandy beaches of other cruise destinations, offering a refreshing escape that's undeniably distinct.
Best Time of Year for Cruises to Alaska
Alaska's cruise season runs from May through September for most cruise lines, though a few will tack on an extra month. June and July are the most popular picks for cruising Alaska because of the warmer weather and optimal daylight. However, you'll enjoy lighter crowds and lower prices in the shoulder months of May and September. September is also the ideal time for viewing fall foliage and picking summer berries, and the mosquitos that can be so bothersome in the summer have generally died off by this time. You can avoid bugs in May as well because they haven't hatched yet. This season is ideal for seeing budding spring flowers and impressive waterfalls as snow melts.
Popular Stopover Places for Cruise Lines
Juneau is the capital of Alaska, and one of the most popular ports of call. Juneau is home to the Alaska State Museum and Last Chance Mining Museum. Popular excursions in the area can take you out to explore ice caves or go dog sledding. Ketchikan is another common stop. This is the "Salmon Capital of World" and home to the Saxman Native Totem Village and Totem Heritage Center. Skagway is a must-see port of call if you're interested in relics from the gold rush. This was the gateway for those headed to the Yukon. You can tour gold rush camps, talk to reenactors from the period, and even pan for gold yourself. Don't forget to stop in the Red Onion Saloon, a National Historic Building that was once an exclusive bordello. Today the saloon houses a respectable bar and restaurant.