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Best Cruises in Alaska

U.S. News ranks 26 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.

#1 Silver Shadow (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Along with its sister ship, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow is defined by its "Millennium Class" designation. These two ships are slightly larger than Silver Cloud and Silver Wind (though not as big as Silver Spirit). They're also among the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Celebrity Solstice (Celebrity)
  • 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. With innovative features, including a top-deck half-acre Lawn Club and Hot Glass Show, Celebrity Solstice distinguishes itself from its predecessors ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Seven Seas Navigator (Regent)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

#4 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»

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

Carrying up to 2,502 passengers and 859 crew members, Jewel of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships. Introduced in 2004 and a member of the line's Radiance class, Jewel of the Seas welcomes almost ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Celebrity Infinity (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Celebrity Infinity debuted in 2001 and was updated in 2011 to upgrade many of the ship's staterooms and public areas. The 2011 refurbishment also introduced new venues like Cellar Masters wine bar and Martini Bar & Crush and Qsine, an ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 ms Oosterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

#5 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»

#5 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»

#10 Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,158-passenger Celebrity Millennium first debuted in 2000, but thanks to a 2012 refurbishment, the ship has stayed on par with its Solstice-class siblings. As part of the upgrade, the ship received new spa-focused cabins, stateroom renovations and additional ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 ms Noordam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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. Aboard the ms Noordam, guests have four onboard restaurants to choose from. While past ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 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 you ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Welcomed to the fleet in 2001, Radiance of the Seas consistently receives high praise for its attentive staff. One of the smaller ships within the fleet, Radiance of the Seas welcomes up to 2,466 guests (less than half of ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 ms Volendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

#15 Carnival Legend (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2002 (and updated in 2011 and 2014), the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend maintains a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher level of personalization than you might expect on Carnival's larger 3,000-passenger ships. Of Carnival Legend ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 ms Westerdam (Holland America)
  • 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»

#15 ms Zaandam (Holland America)
  • 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»

#18 ms Amsterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2000 and named for the Dutch capital, the ms Amsterdam can carry up to 1,380 passengers. With a nearly 3-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, the ship is hardly crowd-free, but past cruisers don't seem to mind. Aboard the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 Golden Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

On the 2,600-passenger Golden Princess, travelers can count on a higher level of personalization than they would likely find on larger ships, thanks to a low crew-to-guest ratio (the ship carries 1,100 staff members). Apart from more tailored ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 Grand Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

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.