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The Best Alaska Cruise Lines

Updated June 8, 2017 652 votes 140 voters 13.6k views17 items

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.
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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 best known for its Freestyle Cruising concept, which means that there are no set times or seating arrangements for meals, nor is formal attire required. Norwegian is a publicly traded company with 44.1% publicly listed on NASDAQ, with major shareholders including Genting Group, Apollo Global Management, and TPG Capital as of 30 June 2014. Norwegian Cruise Line controls approximately 8% of the total...  more
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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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    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 Caribbean International brand have had names ending in "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises and CDF Croisières de France....  more
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    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 Cruises and CDF Croisières de France. The signature "Χ" displayed on the funnel of Celebrity ships is the Greek letter chi, for "Chandris". The company has its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Common features on board Celebrity brand ships are aft-glass dining rooms, formal foyer areas, alternate dining venues, balcony and suite staterooms, large pools and lounging areas, signature bars and...  more
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