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Best Cruises in Alaska

U.S. News ranks 25 Best Cruises in Alaska based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Silver Shadow is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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Silver Shadow Silversea Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Silver Shadow, along with its sister ship, Silver Whisper, is slightly larger than the older Silversea ships (but not as big as the Silver Spirit). Silver Shadow is also among the most recently refurbished. Built in 2000 and renovated in ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Inaugurated in 2008, the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice was the first ship to debut in the line's Solstice class. Solstice distinguishes itself from its predecessors with features like the half-acre Lawn Club and the Hot Glass Show. The ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Disney Wonder Disney Cruise Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

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

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Seven Seas Mariner Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, along with its sister ships, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager, appeals to travelers seeking tailored onboard experiences. While the ship maintains a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, some recent cruisers say they didn't ... Reviews & Pictures»

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ms Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Borrowing its name from the city of New Amsterdam (now known as New York City), this 2,106-passenger member of the Holland America fleet is famous for its extensive art collection. Valued at more than $3 million, the ms Nieuw ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Island Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • 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 more intimate onboard experiences than ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Debuting in 2001, Celebrity Infinity was most recently renovated in 2011 to introduce new venues like the Cellar Masters wine bar, a martini bar and Qsine, an interactive restaurant (complete with iPad menus). The ship offers numerous dining options, though ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Coral Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Designed to navigate the Panama Canal, the ships smaller size allows it to reach remote ports of call along the West Coast and Alaska. With nearly 2,000 passengers and guest-to-crew ratio of 2-to-1, the ship offers a more intimate ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Ruby Princess Princess Cruises
  • 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. Debuted in 2008 and refurbished in 2011, the ship is offering itineraries in Alaska, California and Canada in 2016. And ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,158-passenger Celebrity Millennium debuted in 2000, but thanks to a 2012 refurbishment, the ship received new spa-focused cabins, stateroom renovations and additional balconies. Though nearly 80 percent of cabins offer ocean views, the ship features fewer Veranda staterooms ... Reviews & Pictures»

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ms Noordam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2006, the ms Noordam is the youngest of Holland America's Vista-class ships, which are characterized by their spacious spas and extensive dining options. While past cruisers compliment the high-quality cuisine served at the ship's varied dining ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Explorer of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2000, Explorer of the Seas underwent refurbishment in early 2015 to bring on features like the surf simulator, the 3-D movie theater and additional dining options. The ship offers activities for cruisers of all ages and onboard highlights ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Radiance of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Welcomed to the fleet in 2001, Radiance of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships, carrying up to 2,466 guests and 894 staff members. Cruisers give high marks for the ships service thanks to a nearly ... Reviews & Pictures»

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ms Volendam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The ms Volendam is one of the more dated ships in the Holland America fleet, and while some recent guests describe the decor as outdated and lacking some of the "Signature of Excellence" renovations, most passengers say they enjoyed their ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel (the namesake of the line's Jewel-class ships) has been cruising since 2005. Maintaining a low 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ratio, the ship offers more tailored experiences than you’d find on its 4,000-passenger megaship siblings ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2002 and most recently updated in 2014, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend offers a higher level of service than you might expect on the fleet’s larger ships by maintaining a low 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio. Of the ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

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ms Zaandam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

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ms Westerdam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Since debuting in 2004, this Vista-class ship has impressed passengers with its extensive art collection made up of historic Dutch paintings, 5,000-year-old sculptures and contemporary works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Susanna Holt. However, cruisers who boarded ... Reviews & Pictures»

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ms Amsterdam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2000 and named for the Dutch capital, the ms Amsterdam can carry up to 1,380 passengers. With a nearly 2-to-1 passengers-to-crew ratio, recent cruisers say the ship hardly ever feels crowded. Aboard the ms Amsterdam, you'll ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Grand Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 1998, the 2,606-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»

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 22 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.