NEW 2021 ALASKA CRUISES
Wilderness, wildlife, and natural beauty await you on a 2021 Alaska cruise
Once again, we’ll have three award-winning ships dedicated to bringing you all of Alaska’s wild wonders in 2021—Celebrity Eclipse®, Celebrity Solstice®, and Celebrity Millennium®. In fact, this will be a season of firsts in The Last Frontier. It’s the first time our newly revolutionized Celebrity Eclipse® will sail Alaska since its stunning, multi-million-dollar transformation. And it’s the first time we’ll be visiting spectacular Homer, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula—the highlight of a brand-new Cruisetour for 2021.
Want to journey deeper into the heart of Alaska or the Canadian Rockies? We’ll continue to offer a wide array of Cruisetours, which combine a 7-night Alaska sailing with an in-depth, multi-night land tour. These land-and-sea vacation packages will be available on two revolutionized ships in 2021. Choose from a variety of Alaska Cruisetours exclusively on Celebrity Millennium®—or Canadian Rockies Cruisetours on Celebrity Millennium® and Celebrity Eclipse®. We’re also adding a brand- new, 13-night Alaska Cruisetour to our lineup in 2021, featuring two nights in Homer and two nights in Denali.
Nestled on the farthest reaches of Alaska’s dramatic Kenai Peninsula, Homer is widely known as where the Alaska locals go to play. As part of your Cruisetour experience, you’ll walk the docks with a knowledgeable local expert, who will bring this area’s rich history and culture to life. Book a day on the water and try your luck at halibut and salmon fishing (this is the halibut fishing capital of the world, after all). Or hop aboard a ferry and explore the remote Alaskan communities of Halibut Cove and Seldovia. However you spend your time in Homer, be sure to soak up all the scenery you can. This is one of the best spots to take in the rugged beauty of the Kenai Peninsula
The newly revolutionized Celebrity Eclipse® will make sure your vacation in unspoiled Alaska is anything but rugged. The already award-winning ship will now feature completely redesigned suites, The Retreat® experience for all suite guests, refreshed staterooms, and luxuriously upgraded public spaces all throughout the ship. Continuing to offer 7-night itineraries to Hubbard Glacier, Celebrity Eclipse® will sail round-trip from Vancouver. A city that perfectly blends urban sophistication with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is an ideal launching point for your Alaska vacation and worth exploring on your own before or after your cruise.
Celebrity Solstice® will continue to offer 7-night itineraries to Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier sailing round-trip from cosmopolitan Seattle, and our revolutionized Celebrity Millennium® will again offer 7-night open-ended itineraries between Vancouver and Seward. Every Alaska itinerary we offer includes the chance to sail the breathtaking Inside Passage and get up close and personal with active glaciers.
As part of our $500-million fleet-wide modernization program, Celebrity Millennium® is now making even more waves in Alaskan waters. Choose from a variety of Alaska Cruisetours on Canadian Rockies Cruisetours exclusively on Celebrity Millennium.
Before sailing off into the Alaskan wilderness, you can depart from the energetic, picturesque port town of Vancouver. Explore Stanley Park, where fitness lovers can walk, bike, and run the paved paths surrounded by beautiful views of over a thousand acres of British Columbia. Sample local seafood or go bar-hopping in Gastown, a trendy spot for souvenir shopping, food tours, or reading a book at a quaint cafe. Skiing and snow sports are must-do activities after a Skyride up Grouse Mountain. You’ll be fully immersed in vacation mode before embarkation day even begins.
Mountains and glaciers make Seward an especially photogenic town. It’s well known for the Iditarod Trail, the famous dog-sledding trail you might have seen immortalized in dozens of movies and TV shows. Seward is also known for being an ideal entry point to get to Kenai Fjords National Park and the breathtaking Exit Glacier. Watch boats gently bob in the waters at the quaint Seward Boat Harbor. Animal lovers can meet sea lions and puffins at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Aptly named Waterfront Park offers a scenic overlook. Fishing at Resurrection Bay is a pastime for locals, where you’re likely to catch halibut, silver salmon, and more, depending on the time of year you’re there.
On the way to Alaska, why not take a detour to the Pacific Northwest? Cruise from Seattle and see the iconic Space Needle or spend a day art-gallery hopping. Look out over Puget Sound into the beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean. This city is a coffee lover’s paradise, so don’t miss your chance to see the birthplace of coffee giant Starbucks or sip an espresso (or two!) at a local roastery.
Ketchikan is uniquely nestled at the southernmost entry to Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, which attracts millions of curious visitors each year. Opt outside and hike along Deer Mountain, or spend a day soaking up Alaskan heritage and history at the Totem Heritage Center or the Tongass Historical Museum. Whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to sample fresh-caught salmon. Animal lovers will enjoy the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary dedicated to conservation and preservation of native Alaskan species.
The capital city of Alaska has a ton of heart and energy. Juneau is known for its hundreds of species of exotic wildlife, plentiful natural beauty, and hiking destinations galore. Visit Juneau’s stunning glaciers, like the Mendenhall Glacier, or local inlets like Tracy’s Arm. Naturalists will enjoy the crisp air, opportunities for skiing, and walkable downtown lined with shops and restaurants.
Icy Strait Point is pure Alaska, home to cozy waterfront restaurants and a historic salmon cannery, which you can tour to discover the history of the town, or shop for souvenirs. Take 360-degree photos of Chichagof Island from Tongass National Park after a scenic two-mile hike. Icy Strait Point is also where the largest concentration of grizzly bears in Alaska gravitate to, so you just might spot a bear in the forest, humpback whales along the water, and even bald eagles soaring free.
With a population of less than a thousand people, you might overlook Skagway and mistakenly take it as a tiny Alaskan town with not too much to do. You’d be wrong, though. Skagway’s architecture and some infrastructure dates back to the 19th century Gold Rush, where you can walk in the lucky (and not-so-lucky) footsteps of miners who traversed to Alaska to make their own way in the world and discover their fortune. Take a tour of Gold Rush era buildings and artifacts at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then discover indigenous history at the Skagway Museum. Marvel at the White Pass and Yukon Route, a railroad track where vintage trains sputter along. July to August is peak visiting months in Skagway, and layering up in the winter is highly recommended.
Thrill-seekers and rest-seekers can find a shore excursion that perfectly matches their interests during their 2021 Alaska cruise. Take it easy on wine and distillery tours, sipping on local beverages and tasting regional cheeses. Search for wildlife on sighting tours, where you just might spot humpback whales, sea lions, and more. Embark on a guided journey into the Alaskan wilderness and take a scenic ride through Seward, Alaska. Kenai Fjord National Park awaits, too.
An Alaska cruise vacation isn’t for the faint of heart or the unadventurous. Rugged landscapes, incredible wildlife sightings, and jaw-dropping views are just a few reasons Alaska is one of the most captivating regions of the world. In the summer, soak up the extra daylight and hike among glaciers and in expertly preserved national parks. In spring and autumn, bundle up and get ready for snow sports and a flurry of activity.
Wildlife in Alaska is another draw for travelers and nature enthusiasts alike. Dramatic species like grizzly bears, massive humpback whales, seals, and sea lions are regularly spotted on our itineraries, and shore excursion to national parks and protected wildlife preserves will give you a glimpse of why protecting these special creatures is so important. Local fishing is part of the Alaska experience, so if you can, grab a reel and go fishing for a fresh catch.
Some 2021 Alaska cruise itineraries spend sea days sailing through dramatic glacier structures, providing a sweet view from your stateroom, like the Inside Passage or Hubbard Glacier. Sip your morning coffee, read a book, or plan your next day’s activities on land while you float by incredible Alaskan mountainscapes and fjords you’ll remember forever.