Best Alaska Cruise Ships 2023 - Top Itineraries and Cruise Lines

Best Alaska Cruise Ships 2023 - Top Itineraries and Cruise Lines

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Before you begin planning your Alaska Cruise, you will want to check out our picks for the Best Alaska Cruises 2023. We detail the best Alaska cruise ships and itineraries for this year. See what made the list in our latest video!

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0:00 Introduction
1:47 Royal Princess
3:36 Norwegian Encore
5:26 Ovation of the Seas
7:05 HAL Koningsdam
HAL Nieuw Amsterdam
9:51 Carnival Luminosa
11:46 Celebrity Eclipse
13:09 Norwegian Spirit
14:48 Disney Wonder
16:16 Star Breeze
17:32 Viking Orion
19:19 Ruby Princess

It is a new year, which means new cruise ships sailing to Alaska. If you are planning a cruise way up north, this guide showcases the top 12 Alaska cruise ships for 2023.

With several ships in the region, it is no surprise that two Princess Cruises ships made our list. Royal Princess is sailing the Inside Passage roundtrip from Seattle in 2023. The itinerary will visit all the popular stops, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria as well as cruise through Glacier Bay. There is also Ruby Princess offering 10-day roundtrip departures from San Francisco.

Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas features several indoor amenities which are perfect in this region, like the SeaPlex. There's also the North Star for one-of-a-kind Alaska views. Not to mention, the ship has many of the Royal Caribbean staple bars and restaurants. Families can sail this mega-ship round trip from Seattle, WA on a typical Alaska cruise route.

Holland America Line will also have several ships in the region in 2023. HAL Koningsdam features signature restaurants and entertainment venues. This ship cruises Glacier Bay and typical southeastern Alaska ports on roundtrip cruises from Vancouver, BC. Nieuw Amsterdam, offers similar comforts with fewer guests. On this ship, you can discover more of Alaska with one way itineraries from Vancouver, BC or Whitter, AK.

New to the fleet, Carnival Luminosa will be one of the brand's Fun Ships in Alaska for 2023. Transferring from the Costa fleet, this ship combines elements of the Spirit Class and Vista Class ships for guests to enjoy while cruising to Alaska roundtrip from Seattle.

Celebrity Eclipse offers premium roundtrip Alaska cruises from Vancouver, BC. A member of the cruise line's Solstice Class, this mid-sized ship offers plenty of amenities, along with fantastic views of the landscape.

Norwegian Cruise Line too will have several ships in the region, with two making our list for Best Alaska Cruise ships. Mega-ships Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss will offer roundtrip cruises from Seattle. These ships feature a stunning observation lounge and onboard amenities the whole family will enjoy. There is also the newly revitalized Norwegian Spirit. This ship will sail one-way cruises with some unique stops including Icy Strait Point, Valdez, and the Hubbard Glacier.

Disney Cruise Line fans can cruise to Alaska too. Disney Wonder make our list of best Alaska cruises with its roundtrip cruises from Vancouver. With a sprinkle of Disney Magic, families can enjoy the scenic region and wildlife on 7-night sailings.

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises will have the newly renovated Star Breeze cruising in Alaska this year. This Alaska cruise ship holds just 300 passengers, making it the perfect ship to access lesser visited areas in this region on its various one-way itineraries.

Finally, another of the best Alaska cruise ships is the luxury cruise ship, Viking Orion. This ship will offer one-way, 11-day cruises with scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and Yakutat Bay. With Viking, guests can enjoy a more all-inclusive cruise experience including a shore excursion in every port.


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