4 Best Alaska Cruises

Dreaming of a cruise to Alaska? These four Alaskan cruises are our top picks for exploring the Last Frontier. Find more of our best cruises with our Best Cruises Guide.

4 Best Alaska Cruises
Get Closer to Wildlife In honor of the U.S. National Park Service centennial, Un-Cruise Adventures will launch 18 departures of the new itinerary, Exploring Muri's Wilderness, aboard the 84-person Safari Endeavour, sailing from Juneau. This smaller cruise line is known for flexible itineraries that allow for longer Zodiac tours when groups encounter humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Likewise, sail-away times will be pushed when kayakers spot bears fishing on shorelines. *From $4,695 per person based on double occupancy for a seven-night sail, offered May to September; un-cruise.comUn-Cruise
4 Best Alaska Cruises
Gear Up for Adventure The one-year-old, Juneau-based company Adventure Flow - known for break-the-mould Alaskan cruise excursions, including guided trail-running tours - is introducing its own cruises of Glacier National Park aboard the S.V. Arcturus. Groups are limited to six to allow for nonstop adventures, including kayaking by moonlight and pack-rafting into the inner woods of Glacier Bay. From $3,120 per person based on double occupancy for a five-night sail, offered March to April; adventureflow.ucAdventure Flow
4 Best Alaska Cruises
Mingle with Locals This season, Alaska Dream Cruises will debut its 74-passenger vessel, Chicagof Dream, the fifth in its fleet. Thanks to its small size, the ship can slip into smaller harbors, including those of the town Kake and Petersburg, plus Metlakatla, home to tribes of Tsimshian people. Also, onboard cultural heritage guides will relate the history and context of those you meet. From $3,379 per person based on double occupancy for a seven-night sail, offered June to September; alaskadreamcruises.comAlaska Dream Cruises
4 Best Alaska Cruises
Satisfy Your Foodie Cravings The latest culinary experiences aboard Princess Cruises' Alaska sailings start with a wide offering of regional seafood, plus dishes from local eateries like the Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan and Tracy's King Crab Shake in Juneau. Aboard Ruby Princess, just-crafted menus by Australian chef Curtis Stone will be unveiled in the main dining room. Also new for 2016 is The Salty Dog, a gastropub serving small bites dreamed up by chef Ernesto Uchimura of the restaurant Umami Burger. *From $799 per person based on double occupancy for a seven-night sail, offered May to September; princess.comPrincess