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Best Cruises in Alaska

U.S. News ranks 29 Best Cruises in Alaska based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Silver Shadow is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Silver Shadow (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With all-suite accommodations and 302 staff members attending 382 passengers, Silver Shadow wows travelers with its serene ambiance and genuine hospitality. Travelers say they felt like royalty from start to finish thanks to personalized service — crew members make a point ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Celebrity Solstice (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The first of the Solstice Class ships, the Celebrity Solstice will set the standard for style and elegance on the high seas. Experience well appointed and intelligently designed staterooms as well as a new contemporary class of veranda staterooms called ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Disney Wonder (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,713-passenger Disney Wonder first debuted in 1999, rolling out family-oriented amenities and entertainment offerings, like Sail Away dance parties and meet-and-greets with familiar Disney characters. With eight designated family areas, five youth-oriented spaces and seven adult-only areas, the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Ruby Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With offerings like movie screenings beneath the stars and couples' massages at the adults-only Sanctuary, Ruby Princess caters to couples. But the ship (which debuted in 2008 and was refurbished in 2011) also appeals to other traveler types with its ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Seven Seas Navigator (Regent)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Carrying only 490 passengers, Seven Seas Navigator offers guests intimate surroundings, with all-suite accommodations outfitted with marble bathrooms, L'Occitane bath products and (in most guestrooms) a private balcony. While the ship first launched in 1999, it boats modern facilities ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 ms Oosterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The introduction of bold colors to a line best known for refined decor caught some experts off guard when they set foot on the ms Oosterdam, one of Holland America's Vista-class ships. That shock still hasn't quite worn ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 ms Statendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

If the main goal of your cruise to relax and recharge, consider cruising to Mexico or the Pacific on the 1,260-passenger ms Statendam in 2015. The ms Statendam first set sail in 1993, and it received the fleet-wide "Signature ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Rhapsody of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

You'll spot a different view around every corner on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas, built with dramatic glass walls and a retractable canopy. Enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring a brandy in the Viking Crown Lounge and Explorers ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Coral Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Designed to navigate the Panama Canal, Coral Princess carries only 1,974 passengers. Its small size allows it to reach remote ports of call along the West Coast and Alaska's Inside Passage. And with an almost 2-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Radiance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Get out and see the world aboard the spectacular Radiance of the Seas. No matter what your destination, you'll be able to enjoy impressive features like an African-themed solarium, a rock-climbing wall and numerous entertainment options. Indulge in premium ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 ms Zuiderdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The ms Zuiderdam first set sail in 2002 as the first of Holland America's Vista-class ships. Aboard the ship, guests can admire an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by famed artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 ms Volendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The ms Volendam's flowery decor prompts passengers to describe it as outdated. And because the ship — which first took to the seas in 1999 — hasn't yet undergone "Signature of Excellence" renovations, it doesn't carry all of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Crown Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 3,080-passenger Crown Princess features a casino, kids clubs and a 300-square-foot poolside theater, making it more reminiscent of a floating resort than an old-time ocean liner. Despite its large-scale amenities, the ship contains quiet nooks, like the Library ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Grand Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 1998, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess was the first — and largest — Princess ship to debut some large-scale amenities, including a 28,000-square-foot food galley and a top-deck disco (later relocated to the center of the boat). And thanks ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Diamond Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,670-guest Diamond Princess first debuted in 2004, sailing to popular destinations across Southeast Asia. Today, the ship still offers Asia- and Australia-focused itineraries and thanks to a major upgrade in 2010, the ship is outfitted with new amenities ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 ms Zaandam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The ms Zaandam attracts older, sophisticated travelers, with onboard activities catering more to those in need of R&R rather than to those seeking an adrenaline rush. With a capacity of 1,432 passengers and 615 crew members per voyage ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Island Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to its compact size, Island Princess can access hard-to-reach ports of call along the Panama Canal. And with the capacity to carry up to 1,974 passengers and 900 crew members, travelers can expect a more intimate onboard experience ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Star Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like its sister ships, Grand Princess and Golden Princess, the 2,600-passenger Star Princess offers the modern amenities of larger Princess ships — including a 300-square-foot poolside theater and The Sanctuary, an adults-only retreat — without sacrificing personalized service. Though Star Princess ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Norwegian Jewel (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Jewel (the namesake of the line's Jewel class ships) has been cruising since 2005. Maintaining a low guest-to-crew ratio (about 1,100 staff members serve up to 2,376 passengers), the ship offers a more tailored experience than ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

After a major renovation in 2012, the Celebrity Millennium flaunts recognizable Solstice-class features like AquaClass cabins, which come appointed with spa-inspired bath amenities and access to the ship's Persian Garden, the onboard spa's aromatherapy area. (All cabins or ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 24 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.