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The A to Z Guide of Alaska Cruising in 2023

Alaska Cruising A to Z

It’s shaping up as a potentially blockbuster cruise season in Alaska, with CLIA Alaska predicting that cruise arrivals will return to 2019’s record of 1.3 million—and could go as high as 1.65 million. It’s also shaping up as an affordable cruise season, with some lines promoting fares starting at as little as $47 a day for a seven-day cruise. The Alaska cruise season is getting longer, as well, with CLIA Alaska reporting that the first ship of 2023 is scheduled for April 17 and the last on October 25. Altogether, more than 20 cruise lines are sailing in Alaska for 2023, with nearly 60 cruise ships large and small sailing around 700 voyages. All rates quoted are per person based on double occupancy as listed on cruise line websites as of January 2023.

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Alaskan Dream Cruises—Alaska’s only Indigenous-owned cruise line—invites guests to experience the “True Alaska with True Alaskans.” ADC offers 72 sailings this season on nine different Inside Passage itineraries of five, seven, eight or nine nights. The company’s fleet of six small ships ranges from the 10-passenger Misty Fjord to the 76-passenger Chichagof Dream. One vessel, the 12-passenger Kruzof Explorer, is a former Bering Sea crab-fishing boat converted to cruise service. Prices start at $2,795.

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has three different Alaska itineraries to choose from aboard the 170-passenger/2017-built American Constellation: An eight-day/seven-night “Southeast Alaska” cruise sails roundtrip from Juneau. Longer 11-day/10-night “Alaskan Explorer” cruises also depart roundtrip from Juneau. The line’s longest Alaska itineraries are 15-day/14-night “Alaska Inside Passage” cruises one-way between Seattle and Juneau to begin and end the season. Prices start at $6,355.

American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages returns for a second season of adventures in Alaska with a series of 12- and 13-day itineraries aboard the Ocean Victory. Featuring a unique x-bow design, the 186-passenger/2021-built Ocean Victory ice-class ship is fully equipped for expedition cruising with inflatable Zodiac landing craft, kayaks for up-close exploration and platforms for water-level viewing. Fourteen departures are scheduled from May through September, traveling one way between Vancouver and Sitka. Prices start at $3,571.24.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line introduces the newly transformed Carnival Luminosa (formerly the Costa Luminosa), which makes its northern debut on six-, seven- and eight-day cruises out of Seattle. The vessel also offers two longer transpacific Carnival Journeys to begin and end the season, including a 22-day eastbound voyage from Brisbane to Seattle departing April 13 and a 30-day return trip on September 14. Joining the Luminosa in Alaska are the Carnival Spirit on seven- or 14-day voyages from Seattle and the Carnival Miracle on 10- and 11-day sailings from San Francisco or 14-day sailings from Los Angeles. Prices start at $534.