Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska cruise itineraries provide amazing opportunities to explore the best of America’s “Last Frontier” onboard our luxurious Solstice-class ship, the gorgeous Celebrity Eclipse.
See the mighty Mendenhall Glacier up close in Juneau. Go on a salmon fishing adventure in Ketchikan, “the salmon capital of the world”. Venture on wildlife and whale-watching tours that take you down rivers and through the Tongass National Forest. Ride through Yukon gold-rush country on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad in Skagway. Admire the majesty of Hubbard Glacier. These are just some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences available during an Alaska cruise.
On Celebrity Eclipse, relish the luxury around you as you enjoy a morning coffee on your stateroom’s veranda thanks to 24-hour room service, and check out the day’s activities outlined in the Celebrity Today newsletter delivered right to your door.
The many amenities, activities, and venues aboard Eclipse offer unlimited ways to unwind during days and nights at sea. Spend time on the sundeck with a frosty drink from the Pool & Mast Bar, take a cool dip in the adults-only Solarium Pool, or enjoy a rejuvenating wellness day at the spa.
Play games like croquet, golf, and lawn bowling at the Lawn Club, Eclipse’s real-grass, top-deck venue. After a sumptuous dinner of world-class cuisine at one of the ships’ specialty restaurants, take in a Broadway-worthy show at The Theater, dance the night away at Quasar, a retro nightclub, or meet friends and make friends at the ice-topped Martini Bar, one of the ships’ most popular gathering places.
What itineraries are available on a cruise to Alaska on Celebrity Eclipse?
There are three itineraries available on a Celebrity Eclipse Alaska cruise:
- A 7-night round-trip Alaska cruise from Vancouver, sails through the Inside Passage, stops in Icy Strait Point, sails through Hubbard Glacier, and stops in Juneau and Ketchikan before sailing through the Inside Passage again on the way back to Vancouver.
- A 7-night cruise that departs from Vancouver, sails through the Inside Passage, stops in Sitka, sails through Hubbard Glacier, and stops in Juneau and Ketchikan before sailing through the Inside Passage again on the way back to Vancouver.
Celebrity Eclipse makes its way to Alaska along the Inside Passage, a stunning stretch of interconnected waterways along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, and its southeastern coastline, often called its panhandle.
The passage is about 500 miles long and 100 miles wide, carved out by the force of glaciers eons ago, and offers calm waters punctuated by islands, inlets and coves, gorgeous coastal views, mountain backdrops, and countless wildlife sightings, including whales, sea lions, bears, eagles, and raptors.
The ports of call on Celebrity Eclipse Alaska cruises are coastal towns both large and small and include Juneau, Alaska’s capital city; Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world; and either Sitka or Icy Strait Point, each with its own distinct character and charm. This exciting itinerary also includes a day sailing to and discovering the massive beauty of the icy blue Hubbard Glacier, an actively calving glacier that is nothing short of magnificent to see.
What excursions are available on Celebrity Eclipse cruises to Alaska?
Now that you know the stellar itineraries available on Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska sailings on Eclipse, you’ll be happy to know that once you arrive at each port of call, there are spectacular Alaska shore excursions available to delight, surprise, and educate you as you travel the “Last Frontier,” as Alaska is fondly known.
Booking shore excursions on your Celebrity Eclipse Alaska cruise ensures that your experiences in each port are as easy, effortless, and enjoyable as your cruise experience.
An excellent first Juneau shore excursion is one that gives you panoramic views of the area. From Mt. Roberts Tramway, located directly across from the cruise dock, get a bird’s-eye view of alpine meadows, majestic mountain peaks, a temperate rainforest, and likely sightings of Alaska’s native wildlife, including brown bears on the ground and bald eagles in the air.
Can’t wait to get ashore and see a glacier up close? There are multiple ways to see Juneau’s most accessible glacier, the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier. Among them is a shore excursion to Mendenhall Glacier Park, where you can get close to the mighty icy wonder on walking trails and take photos of a lifetime from the visitors center outlook. There are also canoe, catamaran, kayak, helicopter, and bike rides that offer incredible views of the glacier, and glacier treks combined with whale-watching and wildlife tours.
For more active adventures, some of the best things to do in Juneau is to visit a dog-sledding musher’s camp, zipline through the rainforest, or go on a sportfishing or fly-fishing excursion. For adventures of another kind, take a floatplane ride to a rustic lodge for a salmon bake or join a walking and tasting tour of Juneau conducted by a local resident with stops for crab tasting and craft brews.
See why Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and go salmon fishing, tour a cannery, and indulge in an all-you-can-eat salmon feast to taste the best of Alaskan food. For an awe-inspiring journey, head to Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States and one of the last remaining intact temperate rainforests in the world.
Whether you book a wildlife cruise, a hiking expedition, a kayaking trip, or a jeep-and-canoe safari, you’ll enjoy thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime glimpses of the rainforest, snow-capped mountain peaks, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls that cover Southeast Alaska.
Immerse yourself in local culture and art on Ketchikan shore excursions to a local village, where you’ll experience a ceremonial welcome, or a totem park, where the works of some of the most gifted totem pole carvers are on display. Watch professional lumberjacks compete for bragging rights in events like log rolling, tree climbing, and log splitting with chainsaws.
Icy Strait Point Excursions
Enjoy your time ashore with Icy Strait Point excursions that include whale watching right from the shores of Hoonah, the former cannery town, named after the Huna, the native Tlingit tribe that has resided there for thousands of years.
To get the most out of your Alaska whale-watching cruise, you can book open-boat or guided whale-watching tours and even a combination whale-watching and ziplining tour.
Alaska’s incredible variety of native wildlife is on view at Icy Strait Point when you book shore excursions to the famed “Trail of the Bears” on the Spasski River; wilderness hikes that pass through Tongass National Forest; and coastal explorations that let you man your own Zodiac while learning about the area’s ecology and spotting brown bears, sea lions, soaring bald eagles, and humpback whales.
Step back in time at the Hoonah fishing village and learn about their heritage through tribal stories and dance. At the port, visit the restored cannery that’s found new life as a museum, craft shop, and restaurant destination.
Book a Sitka shore excursion to explore the city’s Russian history and culture and see the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral; experience the area’s natural beauty on a visit to a bear sanctuary where rescued orphan bear cubs are rehabilitated; and see the flight center where injured eagles and other birds are rehabilitated and released.
Enjoy action-packed Sitka experiences on a high-speed ocean raft excursion to explore volcanic coastline and caves of Kruzof Island and see migratory birds on St. Lazaria Island; take a bike-and-hike adventure through the Tongass temperate rainforest; or cruise through narrow island passages on a water-jet powered vessel to spot humpback whales, sea otters, black-tailed deer, and brown bears.
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Step back into the wild days of the Klondike Gold Rush on Skagway shore excursions. Get a glimpse of the gold rush life at an authentic dredge, tour a brewery, and enjoy panning for gold.
Meet Iditarod sled dogs and mushers at a musher’s camp excursion that’s perfect for families, hike to Laughton Glacier, or take a thrilling and scenic ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway that crosses over the Canadian border.
What is there to do on Celebrity Eclipse?
Cruises to Alaska aboard the Solstice-class Eclipse offer endless opportunities for exactly the kind of attention you expect on a luxury cruise. Whether you’re looking to unwind and be pampered or experience nonstop activity and entertainment, or a combination of both, you’ll find it onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska-bound Eclipse.
Visit the onboard spa for a variety of massages, full body wraps, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Get comfy in a plush lounger on the sundeck while taking in the passing water view, favorite frozen drink in hand, then cool off with a dip in the outdoor pool or sink into one of the four outdoor hot tubs. For further tranquility, enjoy the quiet of the adults-only Solarium complete with indoor pool.
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Look to the Lawn Club, a real-grass lawn located on the ship’s top deck, to indulge in a friendly game of bocce ball or croquet with Alaska’s Inside Passage as a backdrop. Try your hand at games of chance in the Fortunes casino or games with the kids at the arcade.
If you’re looking to break a sweat, try a pick up game of basketball on our outdoor court or take a class in the fitness center. For evening entertainment, dance to live music at the Sky Observation Deck.
Our onboard restaurants are their own wonderful, world-class form of entertainment. Le Petit Chef, a dining experience that lets you watch an animated chef run around your plate and table as he “prepares” your meal, is made possible thanks to 3D projection mapping technology.
For the ultimate Celebrity Eclipse Alaska onboard cruise activity, be on deck as the ship approaches the awesome Hubbard Glacier, hear the commentary by our onboard naturalist, and watch the calving (massive ice chunks breaking away from the glacier) as it happens.
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