Celebrity: Solstice, Century
& Millennium (top rated in premium class)
Royal Caribbean: Radiance of the Seas (best for families)
Regent Navigator ( luxury
class tops overall)
Third and fourth passengers per cabin cruise for much less, but triple and quad cabins are the first to sell out. You need to reserve early for these cabins - particularly Princess which has very few of these cabins. By booking early you get the best selection, and if prices go down we will adjust your price down. Deposits are fully refundable up until final payment. Please don't wait until the last minute and be disappointed when your choice is no longer available.
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Celebrity's Millennium, Infinity and Century are the top premium class ships to Alaska. We rate Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Sea a notch below Celebrity for adults and a better choice for families. The only ships we rate above Celebrity are luxury class ships like Regent Seven Seas Navigator which is outstanding but typically costs about 2 to 3 times as much, so you can see the great value that Celebrity ships offers to most people. If you want the best regardless of price then go with Regent Seven Seas.
Celebrity has the top rated premium class ships Infinity and Millennium in Alaska. Millennium does 7-night cruises back & forth between Vancouver,B.C. and Seward, Alaska with Northbound cruises calling on the Inside Passage(cruising), Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway,Icy Strait Point, and Hubbard Glacier (the largest tidewater glacier and the most active in Alaska). Southbound cruises do the reverse. Infinity does roundtrip Seattle sailings with an itinerary that includes the Inside Passage(cruising), Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm & Sawyer Glacier, and gorgeous Victoria, B.C.(Butchart Gardens). The Century does roundtrip Vancouver sailing with calls on the Inside Passage(cruising), Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Hubbard Glacier.
Millennium offers one-way cruises between Vancouver and Seward so people can take land tours into the interior of Alaska. Celebrity Millennium is our top rated ship overall for Alaska Crusietours.
Celebrity's Infinity & Millennium
These 91,000 ton beauties started sailing in 2001. They are identical twins of the Summit and Constellation. They all hold 1950 people (double occupancy) and have about the same high space ratio per person as some luxury lines like Crystal. These four "Millennium Class" ships were rated #1 to #4 in a recent Conde Nast Traveler reader's survey of large cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer their own cruise and land tour combinations and we rate them ahead of Princess and Holland America to offer the best overall Alaska cruisetours. Their tours feature the new ultra-domed Wilderness Express rail cars (outstanding!) built exclusively for Royal Caribbean & Celebrity guests. Prices are usually about the same price as Princess and less than Holland America for the newest Alaska tour product - a great value to Alaska. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are now our top rated choice for cruisetours to Alaska as well. We highly recommend them and our clients have come back with great praise for these outstanding escorted cruise tours.
Alaska Cruisetour Pricing
12 to 18-Day Cruisetours include
a 7-day cruise and a 5 to 11-day land tour before or after the cruise for a
total of 12 to 18-days. Prices are typically $900 to $1500 more than a cruise
alone. We recommend 12 or 13-night cruisetours for most people as this gives
you enough time to see Denali National Park, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks
and have some free time to explore those areas and really enjoy them. 10-night
cruisetours are too short to see much and make many compromises.
Cruisetours prices vary depending on departure date and length of the cruisetour but typically cruisetours run about:
Almost all cruisetours include spectacular Denali National
Park - the most popular destination and the highlight of most Alaska Cruisetour.
Be sure you get a cruisetour that takes the 7-hour
tour into Denali and not the 3-hour tour that barely gets into the park and
that misses all of the best areas - including the best areas for viewing wildlife
like the bears and for viewing Mt. McKinley. We've been and can explain the
differences that many agents don't know about. See
our On-line Alaska Cruise Brochure for more
detail on Alaska ports-of-call and cruise tours options. We can also customize
some cruisetours with other pre and post options, just ask. The following prices
are typical prices for Alaska Cruisetours. Actual prices may be signicantly
different because of special pricing we may have obtained or because the tour
is almost sold out.
11-day cruisetour from $1799. Oceanviews from $2099 and balconies from $2399.
12-day cruisetour from $1899. Oceanviews from $2199. Balconies from $2499.
13-day cruisetour from $1999. Oceanviews from $2299, balcony from $2599 per person.
14-day cruisetour from $2099. Oceanviews from $2399, balcony from $2699 per person.
The outstanding Radiance of the Seas (a personal favorite) is a fabulous Royal Caribbean ship. She is clearly the top ship from Royal Caribbean in Alaska and close to the ratings for Celebrity's ship's. Radiance of the Seas is our top rated ships to Alaska for families to Alaska. There are no ships at any price that is better for families. Radiance does one-way cruises between Vancouver and Seward. The older Rhapsody of the Seas sails roundtrip from Vancouver.
Royal Caribbean ships are wonderful for Alaska, with over acres of glass windows. We especially like the Viking Crown lounge with 360-degree views and the Windjammer restaurant in the front of the ship, which provides incredible 180-degree views while dining. The covered warm Solarium/Pool is also very nice for Alaska. Royal Caribbean is also the best choice to Alaska for families. Their ships have the largest number of cabins that hold 3 or 4 guests, and they have the best children's program, and the most impressive facilities dedicated just for children as well as a separate center for teens. Our clients love these ships and satisfaction levels are extremely high.
As you can see we really like both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity's ships to Alaska. It turns out we aren't alone. The top 10 ships in Conde Nast Travelers 2006 Readers Survey of large cruise ships are all Celebrity (6 of the 10) and Royal Caribbean Ships (4 or the 10). It is hard to do much better.
See our On-line
brochure for Radiance of the Seas
for a detailed view of this great ship
Prices are usually lower on Royal Caribbean & Celebrity compared to other premium class ships on any given date and offer the best value to Alaska.
Examples of the lowest prices (May & September sailings) follow. June is about $100 to $200 more with much better weather. Peak season (July) is only $200 to $500 per person higher.
The Seven Seas Navigator is our top rated luxury ship to Alaska. She is a 5+ star ship.
You will be glad you did.
Click here to see our on-line brochure for the Radisson Navigator.
The Ryndam, Volendam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Veendam, Zaandam and Statendam are all beautiful sister ships. All are about 55,000 to 60,000 tons and hold about 1600 to 2000 passengers. We love these gorgeous mid-sized ships with outstanding service, a refined atmosphere with beautiful works of art. Prepare to be pampered! Holland America typically costs more than Princess or Celebrity but less than Regent. Holland has a children's program but does not usually get very many children on board compared to Royal Caribbean or Princess. The average age will be much higher than on other premium lines.
See our On-line Alaska Cruise Brochure for more detail on Alaska ports-of-call and cruise tours options.
Disney Cruise Lines - starting in 2011 the Disney Wonder will offer 7-nt Alaska cruises roundtrip from Vancouver. The cruises leave and return on Tuesday each week which could be an ackward day of the week for some. The cruise itienrary does not visits only Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier and neither Hihubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay. For Disney fans or people with children or grandchildren that love Disney characters, this is a great new Alaska option. The Disney Wonder is a very nice ship but don't expect bargain prices. A more economical family option with a great kids program is Royal Caribbean's offferings. RCCL also has better itinearies, better food & better service. They do have less pixie dust and no Disney character's on board.
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