Alaska has thousands of miles of wild and scenic coastline that are perfect for cruising. As Alaska cruise experts, we have helped thousands of travelers plan and book their Alaska cruise. We have answered every question imaginable. This Alaska cruise guide, written by our crew of cruise professionals with decades of experience cruising in Alaska, compiles the best Alaska cruise tips, suggestions and advice to help you plan. Find out how to choose your Alaska cruise, when the best time for your Alaska cruise is, learn about family-friendly cruises and more. Read on for expert Alaskan cruise tips or scroll straight down to the information you need.   

Alaska Cruise Tips Curated by Our Experts

This guide is full of useful Alaska cruise tips. We have curated the most essential articles and webpages with a focus on the most important information to help you plan. This Alaska cruise guide will help you determine the best Alaska cruise lines, learn about itineraries, discover small ships and more, but the best part is that it’s all written by our team of travel specialists who have firsthand experience aboard Alaska cruises. You will not find a better collection of Alaska cruise tips anywhere.   

Alaska Small Ship Cruise Guide 

Each summer travelers flock to The Great Land to board ships, large and small, to experience the nature, wildlife and culture that Alaska has to offer. We emphatically believe that smaller is better in Alaskan cruising, so most of our advice centers on Alaska small ship cruises. Most travelers visit Alaska to view glaciers, bears, whales and eagles, and simply put, small ships cruise where big ships cannot. To learn more, visit Small Ship vs Big Ship – What is the Difference? Find out why many travelers who have visited Alaska aboard a big ship come back to us and say, “I want to see the real Alaska aboard a small ship.”

How to Choose Your Alaska Cruise 

Many of our best Alaska cruise tips can be found in this How to Choose Your Alaska Cruise guide. Our experts offer advice on itineraries, ships, ports, getting to Alaska, seasickness, guides, family cruises, charter cruises and more. This is a great place to start your research.  

When is the Best Time for Alaska Cruises?  

A common question we receive from clients is “when is the best time for Alaska cruises?” The Alaska season begins in April and runs through September. Weather in Alaska can be unpredictable. Consult our Alaska by Month: When to Go & Why and Alaska climate guides for details on the best time for Alaska cruises.   

Advice on the Best Alaska Cruise Lines 

Another frequent question is “what is the best Alaska cruise line?” We work with only the best Alaska small ship cruise lines. Each has its own unique style of travel that appeals to a variety of travelers. The best Alaska cruise line for you will depend on your interests, activity level and budget. For instance, UnCruise Adventures offers more off-vessel activity than most, Lindblad Expeditions has a reputation for in-depth education and intellectual expedition leaders affiliated with National Geographic, while Alaskan Dream Cruises is focused on local history and indigenous culture. We also represent smaller operators with regional specialties, such as Sea Wolf Adventures in Glacier Bay, who may be off the radar of most travelers. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients, learning their interests and travel style, then recommending the best Alaska cruise line for them.  

Tips on Choosing Your Alaska Cruise Itinerary

Alaska cruise itineraries are as diverse as the wildlife and choosing one can be a challenge. Beyond choosing the region of Alaska you want to see and ports of call, travelers must consider their group size, the age of travelers, whether they plan to add an Alaska land package and so on. One way to find the best Alaska cruise itinerary is to read the experience of others. View our Alaska cruise reviews written by our crew of Alaska professionals and travelers just like you. Still need advice? Contact our crew to tap into our extensive knowledge and firsthand experience.  

Best Alaska Cruise Ships 

As an unbiased expert, we are here to help suggest the best Alaska cruise ships for you. The best ship for an active adventure client may be different than a client seeking luxury. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients personally and recommending the best Alaska cruise ship for their interests, ability and budget. View our selection of the best Alaska cruise ships available anywhere.   

Help Improve This Alaska Cruise Guide 

Below, find our top resource pages and articles with the best Alaskan cruise tips, but we haven’t covered it all. Do you have a question you’d like us to answer? Use the comment fields at the bottom of each article to provide your feedback or ask a question. Or contact us to suggest a topic and your idea could guide our future Alaskan cruise tips or be among our collection of topics for our worldwide small ship cruise guide.