Top Alaska Cruise Ships of 2019

Top Alaska Cruise Ships of 2019

The spring is almost here, so there’s no
better time than now to start planning your 2019 vacations. 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 in the region than ever before, this year is a
great year to see the Pacific Northwest. I’m DB from If
you’re planning a trip to Alaska, here’s our picks for the top Alaska cruises in
2019. The Celebrity Solstice sailing from Seattle makes our list of the best
Alaskan cruises for 2019. We might be a bit biased
since we sailed on the ship in 2014 and loved it. On Celebrity Solstice, you can
enjoy a picnic or some bocce ball at the Lawn Club. You can also enjoy a drink and
the amazing views at the sky observation lounge or some late-night comedy at
celebrity central. Be sure to grab a cocktail at the crush martini bar
complete with a frosted bar top. If the ship’s amenities aren’t enough to win
you over, you’ll love the traditional Alaskan
cruise itinerary. This round trip itinerary includes stops in Juneau,
Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia. With the success of Celebrity
Edge, Celebrity Cruises has begun a multi-year 500 million dollar fleet wide
Celebrity revolution. Celebrity Millennium is 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 2019. When she sets sail this summer, the ship
will feature many improvements. Guests will love the upgrades to the cabins
including the new exhale bedding and cashmere mattresses as well as improved
bathrooms. These stateroom enhancements will mean even more modern luxury for all
passengers. Dining will also be upgraded, with changes to the design of both the
main dining room and the Ocean View Cafe. Not to mention, there will also be updates
to the menus including adding Le Petit Chef experience. If you want to splurge,
cruisers opting for suites will appreciate the newly updated
retreat deck and retreat Lounge. Celebrity Millennium will sail northern and
southern glacier routes providing one-way trips from either Vancouver or Seward,
Alaska. This itinerary will visit the icy strait point and the hubbard glacier.
Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas offers big ship amenities with a small
ship feel. This ship which offers one-way itineraries leaving from Vancouver,
British Columbia or Seward, Alaska visits ports of call including Juneau,
Ketchikan, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point. 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 options including the main dining room, the specialty
restaurant chops grill, and the newly added complimentary venue the Park Cafe.
The largest ship to ever cruise in Alaska, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the
Seas 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
rollerskating. There’s also the innovative North Star. This aerial gondola
extends over 300 feet above sea level and will give you one of a kind views of
the Alaskan landscape. This ship also has a skydiving simulator and distinct
entertainment in several different venues. Ovation of the Seas will be
offering seven day round-trip cruises from Seattle, Washington
visiting ports that have the berths to handle a ship of this magnitude. One of
our top ships of 2018, Norwegian Bliss still retains its position on the list
this year. The ship offers several unique features with firsts at sea like a
racetrack and outdoor laser tag. Yes, it’s a great ship for families but also
for us big kids too. 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 Q Texas Smokehouse and the
new Los Lobos Mexican restaurant. The line’s popular Italian, French, and
Japanese restaurants are also onboard Norwegian Bliss. At night, the main
theater comes alive with the award-winning musical Jersey Boys. In addition, there’s
the line’s original production show Havana which will spice up your voyage.
This mega ship will sail the classic Alaskan itinerary from Seattle with
stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia. Not to be
outdone, Norwegian Cruise Line is adding a second Breakaway Plus class ship to
the region in 2019. Sister ship Norwegian Joy is currently being refurbished and
will be ready to set sail to Alaska in May 2019. While this ship offers many of
the same amenities and onboard experiences as Norwegian Bliss, it has
some surprises of its own. The ship will offer cruisers stops at Icy
Straight Point along with alternative time spots in other ports. Norwegian Joy
is also home to the Galaxy Pavilion, an interactive digital playground with
virtual reality experiences 5-D ride simulators and other technologically
enhanced entertainment options. This ship is also home to the Observation Lounge
offering unparalleled views while you are cruising the North Pacific Ocean.
Featuring many of the similar dining and entertainment experiences found on Bliss,
this gives you more options for freestyle cruising to Alaska in 2019.
It’s tough to pick the best Alaskan cruise for 2019 among the seven
different Princess Cruises’ ships sailing in the region. For mega ship lovers, we
choose the Royal Princess. This ship will be offering one-way seven night trips
departing from either Vancouver, British Columbia 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. With over ten dining options, cruisers can indulge in a variety of
culinary treats on Royal Princess. The ship also features the cruise line’s
signature entertainment in the main theater as well as Princess Live, a venue
with game shows, trivia, and other interactive activities occurring
throughout the cruise. Further, you won’t be able to beat the views from the sea
walk, a 60-foot glass walkway extending 28 feet off the side of the ship. If you
are looking to make the most of your trip to Alaska, then perhaps you’re not
looking for a cruise but rather an UnCruise Adventure. This fleet of small
expedition ships provides you with an up-close and personal trip that you will
not find on any other vessel. The line’s 14-night Alaska ultimate expedition will
take you past several glaciers, fjords, and in-and-out of the national parks
that large ships won’t even dare to pass through. The all-inclusive nature means
everything is part of the cruise fare. This includes shore excursions, use of
the onboard kayaks and paddleboards, as well as all dining and all beverages
including alcohol. Not to mention, you get to enjoy the wildlife right from the
ship. Whale watches, glacier viewings, and black bear sightings are all common
occurrences from the sundeck. And that is our list of the top Alaskan cruises for
2019, but of course we’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments
below your favorite ship cruising in the region.
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29 thoughts on “Top Alaska Cruise Ships of 2019

  • March 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    We sailed on Norwegian Bliss to Alaska last year, and the ship was amazing!

  • March 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Wife and I are in the planning stage now. Main question is a balcony that big of a must get? Seems so much more expensive and not sure it would be completely worth it. Thank you!

  • April 25, 2019 at 3:02 am

    If you want more of a exploration cruise National Geographic offers Alaskan cruises

  • May 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    We're set for NCL Joy in july 2020

  • May 3, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Will be on the JOY in three weeks!

  • May 6, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Seaward Alaska, SOO, not SEE ward

  • May 7, 2019 at 12:05 am

    great info. I have been on many cruises but still haven't done the Alaska route yet. thanks

  • May 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    On Celebrity Solstice we took part in the best massages spa. Thanks to Mrs. Galina!

  • May 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Royal Princess doesn't have azipods, which makes it harder to maneuver between glaciers in Alaska.

  • May 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I'm going August 2020 with princess

  • May 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I thought the bliss was outstanding ❤️

  • May 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Want to go in 2020 somewhere in the month of August plz suggest me the best season n cruise n cost also

  • June 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Awesome video- hard to pick one, but I think it will between one of the Celebrity and Norwegian cruises.

  • June 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    We recently returned from a 7-day round trip out of Seattle on board Holland America's Eurodam. A great trip and an outstanding ship! Great food, super service. H.A. is no longer just a "geriatric" cruise line! Lots of younger and middle-age folks. Not a lot of activities for young children, though. Go instead with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.

  • June 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Will be on the ovation in May 2020.

  • June 6, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I'm glad I found this can't wait for the Seattle Alaska cruise it's gonna be my first time 😀

  • June 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I am going on the Royal Princess a few weeks from now. So excited!

  • June 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    What would be the best cruise for a family? I am going with my family to vacation to Alaska. Thanks!

  • July 5, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I want to go on an Alaskan cruise that features glacier calving. I'd love to see that.

  • July 6, 2019 at 2:23 am

    My wife and I just returned from a 14 day Alaska cruise starting and ending in Seattle aboard Holland America Amsterdam. Interior cabin 1297. Everything about cruise was 10+, the ship, the crew, our cabin, food and entertainment. No tenders on any of our ports. Absolutely perfect in every regard.

  • July 6, 2019 at 4:41 am

    This was very helpful. Does anyone know which glacier id the first one shown in the intro? I would love to do a helicopter or boat tour near it when I go on the Royal Princess in July 2020.

  • July 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We went on the Golden Princess in May 2019. It was an AWESOME trip. Ok the ship was a little older but the staff surly made up for that. They took care of us so well. We cannot say enough how great this cruise was. Whittier to Vancouver.

  • July 20, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Crystal Symphony!!!!!! We're biased. 😉

  • July 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I will be cruising on the Royal Princess Southbound, after much research I realized immediately that on an Alaskan cruise the must-see destination is Glacier Bay National Park the icing on the cake. Other Cruise ships cant enter Glacier bay, with the exception of HA. So we know who the real Winner is here.

  • August 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    that is so cool that there's a boat please close and personal to everything

  • August 23, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    while Canada is preaching to the world about climate change, going green
    and carbon taxing our own citizens we welcome these monstrous polluters
    with open arms and empty heads. I guess money trumps everything in this
    ass-backward, hypocrite system.

  • August 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Very surprised that a Holland American ship didn't make the list. They have been cruising Alaska since before it became a state.

  • September 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    please watch our experience of alaska cruise here

  • September 19, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Norwegian was awful the ship was beautiful but they pack you like sardines and the employees are surly get a smaller ship or u wont see much


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