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The City of Lights and Flowers
Alaska's largest city combines a lively metropolis with a scenic backdrop.
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Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, the largest city in all of Alaska, is a great place to visit during an Alaska cruise. It's known for its rich culture and fantastic wildlife experiences. Many Alaska cruises have itineraries that include Anchorage as a port of call, while others offer it as the initial departure port of their cruises. Cruises from Anchorage are almost always one-way, southbound Alaska cruises (usually a week long), ending in a port city such as Vancouver, British Columbia.

Some travelers opt to fly into Anchorage and then take a cruise leaving from the nearby Alaskan port cities of Whittier or Seward.

Whittier, Alaska is only about a 1-hour-and-30-minute drive from the Anchorage Airport. There is a nice selection of Princess and Holland America Line cruises departing from Whittier. Please view our Cruises from Whittier page if you'd like to access information about cruises from Whittier.

Anchorage is around a 2-hour-and-30-minute drive from Seward, Alaska. Like Whittier, many cruisers book cruises from Seward since there are a many cruise lines that sail from there. Among the cruise lines departing from Seward are Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Silversea Cruises. Please view our Cruises from Seward page if you're interested in finding out more information about cruises departing from Seward.

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Destinations for Cruises to Anchorage, AK

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Anchorage, AK. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Anchorage, AK

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Anchorage, AK. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Anchorage, AK:

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Premium Cruise Lines

These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.

Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.

These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

Celebrity Cruises
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  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (16 - 3,260 Guests)
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Cunard Line
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  • Ships: 4 (2,061 - 2,996 Guests)
  • State-Of-The-Art Ocean Liners
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Holland America Line
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  • Ships: 11 (1,432 - 2,668 Guests)
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Hurtigruten Expeditions
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (90 - 970 Guests)
  • Unique Expedition-Style Voyages
  • Wide Range of Excursions
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Princess Cruises
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (2,000 - 3,660 Guests)
  • Great Dining & Entertainment
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 5 (490 - 750 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive, Ultra-Luxury
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Royal Caribbean
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 27 (1,992 - 5,610 Guests)
  • State-of-the-art Ships
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (264 - 600 Guests)
  • Open Bars Throughout the Ship
  • All Dining Venues are Complimentary
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Silversea Cruises
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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Tauck Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
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Windstar Cruises
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (148 - 312 Guests)
  • Small Ship Sizes Lead to Exotic Ports
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Things to do near Anchorage, AK

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Anchorage, along with a brief description:

♦ Alaska Native Heritage Center

This venue is a great place to learn all about the history and cultures of Alaska’s original natives. The Alaska Native Heritage Center features great exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and workshops, including indoor and outdoor village sites. The Hall of Cultures, a wonderful section of the center, features tools, watercraft, clothing, pieces of art, drums and more artifacts from the native Alaskans.

♦ Anchorage Museum of History & Art

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, located in downtown Anchorage, brings the best of Alaska to its visitors. While there, you can experience the art, history and science of Alaska through a variety of exhibits. Among the permanent exhibits of this museum are "Art of the North" and "Anchorage 1910-1935." Hours of operations vary seasonally. If you are an art or history lover, you migh consider visiting this museum before or after your cruise.

♦ Alaska Flightseeing

Flightseeing tours are an exciting way to experience Anchorage! Such tours may include flyover visits of Prince William Sound and/or Mount McKinley, as well as opportunities to view a wide range of wildlife (such as bears and bald eagles). Flightseeing tours are typically available via floatplane, fixed wing and helicopter, and are the perfect complement to a cruise from Anchorage.

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