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The best Alaska cruise lines feature ships that provide the ultimate in outdoor sightseeing, along with some of the most luxurious amenities. Cruising Alaska is a once in a lifetime experience for many. Seeing massive glaciers and the wonders of the state's natural beauty can be truly breathtaking. Combine that with the relaxing cruising atmosphere on ships like the Norwegian Pearl, the Disney Wonder and the Sapphire Princess, and it's a perfect vacation. Which Alaska cruises are the best? This list includes some of the greatest, so be sure to vote (and add any Alaska cruise ships that might be missing).

Any cruise to Alaska is going to offer stunning views of glaciers. There is little wonder why Alaska is among the best cruise destinations in the world. The best Alaska cruise lines allow passengers to view the entire area from every possible angle, whether on deck or in special glass-enclosed observation rooms. You don't necessarily have to be on the largest cruise ship for this kind of treat, either: Many smaller cruise lines have the same wonderful views.

In the mood for a little Alaska adventure or two? Some of the best cruise lines include special off-ship expeditions, designed to give passengers the ultimate Alaska nature experience. Don't be surprised if you see moose in the Alaskan wilderness and certainly whales in the frigid waters surrounding Alaska.

If food is your "thing," some of the best luxury cruise lines offer special Alaska-themed dining fare, including blackened Alaska salmon, crab and cod cakes. Many of these wonderful foods are served buffet-style, so be ready to eat a lot. Selections of Alaska beers and Washington state wines are also an option on some cruises.
Norwegian Cruise Line is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., is an American company operating cruise ships, headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. It began operations in 1966 under the name Norwegian Caribbean Line. The company is ...more

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Disney Cruise Line is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line is the trading name of Magical Cruise Company Limited, which operates as a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is domiciled in London, UK, with their operational headquarters located in Celebration, Florida, USA. The President is Karl ...more

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Princess Cruises is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Princess Cruises


Princess Cruises is a British-American owned cruise line, based in Santa Clarita, California in the United States and incorporated in Bermuda. Previously a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, the company is now one of ten cruise ship brands owned by Carnival Corporation & plc and accounts for ...more

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Royal Caribbean International is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Royal Caribbean International, owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., is a cruise line brand founded in Norway and based in Miami, Florida in the United States of America. As of May 2012, with 21 ships in service, it controls a 17 percent share of the world cruise market. All ships under the Royal ...more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a cruise line, formerly known as Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, headquartered in Miami, Florida. The company offers luxury cruises which visit over 300 ports world-wide. Regent Seven Seas specializes in ships with small passenger capacity and many included amenities. ...more

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Celebrity Cruises is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Celebrity Cruises


Celebrity Cruises is a cruise line which was founded in 1988 by the Greece-based Chandris Group. In 1997, Celebrity Cruises Ltd. merged with Royal Caribbean International to become Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which operates Celebrity, Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur ...more

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Holland America Line is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Holland America Line is a American owned cruise line based in Seattle. It has been owned by Carnival Corporation & plc since 1989. From 1873 to 1989, it was a Dutch shipping line, a passenger line, a cargo line and a cruise line operating primarily between the Netherlands and North America. As part ...more

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Carnival Cruise Lines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alaska Cruise Lines
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Carnival Cruise Lines is a British-American owned cruise line, based in Doral, Florida, a suburb of Miami in the United States. Originally an independent company founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, the company is now one of ten cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & plc. The ...more

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