The Cheapest 2018 Alaskan Cruises (Starting at Just $599)

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 the cheapest 2018 Alaskan cruises. The prices for these trips start at just $599 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.

Sail One-Way
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 2018. Note that prices may change depending on when you book.

Cheapest 2018 Alaskan Cruises (One-Way)

Ship docked

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.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver to Whittier aboard Crown Princess
Date: May 19, 2018
Price: $609 per person

The absolute cheapest Alaskan cruise we found, this week-long journey is a one-way trip from Vancouver, Canada to Whittier, Alaska. Sailing aboard the Crown Princess on Saturday, May 19, you’ll stop in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and see other spots before porting in Whittier. The cost for an interior cabin is just $609 per person if you sail on the mid-May departure date.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver to Seward aboard Holland America’s Noordam
Date: May 20, 2018
Price: $609 per person

A one-way trip? Check. A cruise departing early in the Alaskan cruising season? Check. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that this is one of the cheapest cruises we found. For only $609 per person, you can book an interior room on this trip aboard Holland America’s Noordam that departs Vancouver, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and finally, Seward. The same trip runs regularly throughout the season, but can cost hundreds more than this particular itinerary.

Cheapest 2018 Alaskan Cruises (Round Trip)

Alaskan cruise ship

While one-way cruises will offer the cheapest overall fares, 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.

6-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver aboard Holland America’s Noordam
Date: May 6, 2018
Price: $599 per person

One way to make a cruise cheaper is to make it shorter. Instead of the typical week-long trip, this cruise is just six nights. Sailing aboard Holland America’s Noordam, the trip departs Vancouver, with stops in Juneau and Ketchikan before returning home. If you want to sail on this trip, you’ll need to be ready to cruise extremely early in the season. A departure date of May 6 makes this one of the earliest Alaskan cruises you can take.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Emerald Princess
Date: May 27, 2018
Price: $759 per person

Another early season sailing, if you can depart on  May 27 — then you’ll pay just $759 for an interior cabin aboard the Emerald Princess. The cruise stops in the familiar Alaskan ports, including Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. In addition, it offers a stop in Victoria, Canada and cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Holland America’s Eurodam
Date: May 19, 2018
Price: $779 per person

Holland America is one of the big names in affordable Alaskan cruises. Case in point: This trip aboard the Eurodam costs just $779 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 12, there are subsequent sailings on May 19 and May 26 for about the same price.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Norwegian Pearl
Date: September 23, 2018
Price: $779 per person

The final sailing of the season aboard the Norwegian Pearl, you can hop aboard this cruise from Seattle for $779. This particular trip departs on September 23. To get an idea of the deal, sailing just a week early costs $879 per person for an interior cabin. You’ll cruise Icy Strait Point and Glacier Bay, along with stops in Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Ruby Princess
Date: May 12, 2018
Price: $799 per person

Sail on May 5, and you’ll pay $879 per person. But on May 12, we found this deal for a 7-night cruise for $799. The trip is aboard the Ruby Princess from Princess Cruise Lines. You’ll port in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria. In addition, you will also get to cruise the famous Glacier Bay. This isn’t the cheapest deal we found, but it’s in the ballpark.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam
Date: September 2, 2018
Price: $799 per person

While the cheapest one-way 7-day cruise we found is $609, we found this 7-day roundtrip sailing from Seattle for $799. This cruise departs on September 2 aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam. It stops in Juneau, Silka, Ketchikan, and Victoria (Canada). This late season trip is one of the last to depart, however, there are also sailings on September 9 and September 16 for the same price.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Norwegian Pearl
Date: May 20, 2018
Price: $849 per person

This is the second entry for a cheap Alaskan cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The early entry was a late-season trip. This early season sailing departs May 20, with the classic stops including Juneau and Victoria. While the May 20 cruise will set you back $849 per person for an interior cabin, that’s a deal compared to the $1,399 for the same cruise just a week earlier. In other words, this trip saves you about $550 per person versus similar trips.

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Seattle aboard Carnival Legend
Date: May 15, 2018
Price: $899 per person

The final entry in our list is a cruise aboard the Carnival Legend that departs Seattle on May 15. 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. If you can’t make the May 15 departure date, there is another sailing for the same price of $899.

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