During the past few years, interest in sailing to Alaska has soared. It’s not hard to see why.
Alaska is known at the last great frontier, and like any frontier, it can be difficult to traverse. With a limited amount of roads and other transportation, the easiest way to get around the picturesque coastline is via boat. Luckily, that’s also the best way to view the natural scenery.
And as word spreads about the beauty of taking an Alaskan cruise — and as the cruise industry grows in general — more and more people are considering taking a trip.
The good news is that with increased interest in cruises to the region, cruise lines are sailing more ships to Alaska. Today, there a staggering amount of Alaskan cruises to choose from across every budget, cruise line, and itinerary.
If you’re looking for cheap Alaskan cruises, however, then you need to be prepared to shop around. Trips to this area are seasonal — sailing from May through September. Since there is only a limited window of time to cruise, prices are considerably higher than similar Caribbean cruises you might be familiar with. As well, prices change frequently.
Below, we highlight some of the cheapest 2020 Alaskan cruises. The prices for these trips start at just $479 per person. But before we get too far, here are some tips on how to find the most affordable trips to this region…
How to Find the Cheapest Alaskan Cruise Deals (Best Deals Below)
Sail Early in the Season
The Alaskan cruising season is short — only five months long. Running from May through September, your opportunities to sail are limited, although there are a number of ships sailing at any given time.
If you want to save the most, look for cruises that sail in May. These trips early in the season are before kids are off school. That means the pool of available passengers is smaller. In order to fill the ships, cruise lines slash prices. A cruise departing in May can be hundreds of dollars less than the same trip leaving in July.
Sail Late in the Season
Didn’t we just say to sail early in the season to save? Well, the same logic applies to sailing late. If you can wait until September, cruise fares to Alaska are much cheaper. With school back in session and the bulk of the sailing season already past, you can find deals that are hundreds of dollars less than sailing just a few weeks earlier.
Most cruises sail round-trip, departing ports like Vancouver or Seattle. But if you look around, you can find one-way trips that depart from one port and let passengers off in another. Since these cruises are one-way, that means you have to find separate transportation back home. The upside? One-way cruises tend to be cheaper.
With all of these tips in mind, here are the cheapest Alaskan cruises for 2020. Note that prices may change depending on when you book.
Cheap 2020 Alaskan Cruises (One-Way)
As we mentioned above, cruises that are one-way journeys mean you will need to find transportation back from the endpoint of the cruise. Still, you can save a ton with these cruises. Below, we’ve listed the cheapest one-way Alaskan cruises we’ve found.
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7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver to Seward aboard Radiance of the Seas
Date: May 22, 2020
Price: $479 per person
A seven-night Alaskan cruise cruise for just $500 is a steal. It’s not unusual to find prices that are double this trip. One reason it is so cheap is that it is a one-way trip that begins in Seward, Alaska. That means to sail you already need to be in Alaska. A number of one-way trips sail there, including the previous trip aboard the Radiance of the Seas. That would take you round trip but extend your trip to 14 nights. Also note that another reason this cruise is so inexpensive is that it leaves in the middle of May — well before the peak of the Alaskan cruise season.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver to Whittier aboard Grand Princess
Date: May 9, 2020
Price: $509 per person
Another one way trip, this cruise aboard Princess’ Grand Princess takes you from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjord. It can pack so much into just a week because the cruise takes you one way to Alaska. But for $500, it’s hard to get much more of the beauty of the region for your money. Just keep in mind you’ll have to book a return cruise or flight to get back home.
Cheap 2020 Alaskan Cruises (Round Trip)
While one-way cruises will offer the cheaper fares in most cases, they can get pricey when you consider that you also need to figure out different transportation arrangements. The following cruises are all round trip from a single port.
5-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver aboard Serenade of the Seas
Date: May 26, 2020
Price: $599 per person
This is it — the absolute cheapest roundtrip Alaskan cruise we found. It departs from Vancouver in late May and only lasts five days. That’s why it’s cheaper than the rest of our findings. Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, you’ll stop in Icy Strait Point and Sitka, Alaska — with the stops sandwiched between two days at sea. While the trip is short, being able to take any Alaska cruise for less than $600 per person is a deal.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Norwegian Sun
Date: September 25, 2020
Price: $649 per person
The absolute cheapest 7-day roundtrip Alaskan cruise we found, this trip offers a full seven days aboard the Norwegian Sun. The cruise departs from Seattle, headed to Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. So why is this trip so cheap? The cruise departs late in the season, setting sail on September 25, making it one of the last cruises for the year. As well, it’s on the Norwegian Sun, one of the cruise line’s older ships.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam
Date: May 17, 2020
Price: $699 per person
Holland America is often one of the least expensive cruise lines offering trips to Alaska. This cruise departs Seattle, with a number of days cruising through scenic passages, also stopping in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria. The best news is that we found three dates — May 3, May 10, and May 17 with the $699 price for an interior cabin. That’s much cheaper than the $999 for the same cabin that’s charged during the peak of the season in July.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver aboard Holland America’s Westerdam
Date: May 10, 2020
Price: $649 per person
Another Holland America offering, this trip aboard the Westerdam departs from Vancouver instead of Seattle. You’ll get all the Alaskan cruise staples, including stops in Juneau, Skagway and cruising Glacier Bay for less than $700 per person. If you’re in the U.S., it’s often cheaper to fly into Seattle, but don’t let that stop you from sailing Vancouver. You can take the train to Canada for only about $40.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Emerald Princess
Date: May 31, 2020
Price: $689 per person
Another reasonable trip that’s still under $700 per person if you book an interior cabin, you can hop on the Emerald Princess from Princess Cruises and head to explore the last great frontier. This cruise departs Seattle with several stops in the major Alaskan ports like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. There is also a short stop in Victoria, Canada. It departs in late May, so it’s likely to have fewer families on board versus trips that depart during the peak of summer.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Holland America’s Eurodam
Date: May 9, 2020
Price: $749 per person
We mentioned early that Holland America is one of the big names in affordable Alaskan cruises. No wonder it shows up multiple times on our list. Case in point: This trip aboard the Eurodam costs just $749 per person. That may sound pricey compared to some Caribbean cruises, but it’s cheap for a cruise to Alaska. You’ll stop in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria before returning home to Seattle. If you can’t depart on May 9, there is the same cruise on May 2 for the same price.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Ruby Princess
Date: May 30, 2020
Price: $699 per person
Depart on May 30, 2020 on the Ruby Princess from Princess Cruises and you’ll pay only $699 per person for an interior cabin. The cruise will depart Seattle, with stops in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan before a final port of call in Victoria. It’s also a Saturday to Saturday sailing meaning that you get a couple of extra days away from work without having to take time off. How good is this deal? The same cruise in August is $899 per person.
6-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Ovation of the Seas
Date: September 11, 2020
Price: $813 per person
It’s well known that if you can find odd-scheduled cruises that you’ll often find cheaper prices. For instance, this trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is six nights instead of the usual seven night trip. It leaves on a Friday and returns on a Thursday. That scheduling quirk is one reason that it’s $810 per person for an interior cabin. The other reason is that it departs Seattle but returns to Vancouver. The train ride back to Seattle runs about $40 per person.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Norwegian Joy
Date: September 26, 2020
Price: $799 per person
Most of the cruises we’ve covered thus far are on older and/or smaller ships. There’s nothing wrong with these ships, but many of the most recently-built cruise ships go above and beyond. This trip is aboard the Norwegian Joy, which was launched in 2017. The ship also features tons of balcony rooms, which are highly popular for Alaskan cruises because they offer your own private view of the scenery. You’ll depart on September 26 from Seattle for under $800 per person.
7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Carnival Spirit
Date: May 5, 2020
Price: $759 per person
The final entry in our list is a cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit that departs Seattle on May 5. It’s surprising that Carnival — long known as an affordable cruise line — just barely makes the list of cheapest Alaskan cruises. The trip has stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria and then returns to the homeport of Seattle.