Experience the Rugged Beauty of the Last Frontier
Alaska is so much more than its legends and myths. Boasting lively farmer’s markets, modern art galleries, and fine dining, 21st-century Alaska blends the old and the new, and urban life with the great outdoors in towns and cities surrounded by wilderness. Journey through the wild terrain of Alaska with our Alaska cruises and discover the natural wonders that await as the rugged beauty of this pristine frontier unfolds. Set out on an unforgettable adventure where you’ll get up close and personal with 30-ton whales, zip-line through the rainforest with a visit to Mendenhall Glacier afterwards, or take flight high above the snow-capped lands and glaciers. Let any of our three award-winning ships take you there: Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, or Celebrity Millennium, which has recently emerged from her Celebrity Revolution modernization.
And, with our 9-to-13-night Alaska Cruisetours, you can combine your Alaska cruise with an exciting land tour where you’ll stay in authentic lodges and travel remote roads and railways in deluxe motor coaches and luxurious train. A cruisetour will take you to cultured Anchorage, folksy Talkeetna, and wild Denali—a visit to these inland areas truly give you a feel for the 49th State. Experience our acclaimed Alaska cruises and take your sense of wonder to new heights.
Inside Passage, Alaska
Whether you sail north or south on Celebrity Cruises, you will take in the views of bays, mountain goats and orcas. You will also witness seals sunbathing on rocks and pods of humpback whales breaching the surface of the water when hunting. Our Alaska cruises are as charming as the sights and adventures you’ll encounter.
For drama and beauty, few places in the world match the breathtaking splendor of Alaska. For one, there are glaciers—100,000—some bigger than states. Alaska’s wild coastal plains, towering snow-capped mountains, and glacier-rimmed fjords have a way of making you feel worlds away from home.
Ample land and pristine environmental conditions make Alaska well known for its abundant wildlife. While on an Alaska cruise or Cruisetour, make sure to try and spot the “Big 5” of Alaskan land mammals – bear, moose (the state animal), caribou, wolf, and Dall sheep. You’ll see plentiful bald eagles, colorful puffins, humpback whales, orcas, and reindeer in their natural habitat, as well, so make sure you bring a pair of binoculars and a good camera.
Well before it became our 49th state in 1959, the region belonged to Russia. A deal was made by U.S. Secretary of State, William Seward, in 1867 for $7.2 million, or about two cents an acre. People called it Seward’s Folly because they thought the land was useless. Little did they know that in 1880 gold would be discovered in Juneau and in 1902 oil would be discovered and mined in Cordova.
To explore further into Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, you can extend your cruise with a Cruisetour. This allows you to travel inland via motorcoach and railway exploring Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, Talkeetna, Girdwood (Alyeska) and Denali National Park, taking in the views of the highest mountain peak in North America. Cruisetours include the finest hotel accommodations, a local dedicated Alaskan/Canadian Tour Director, luxury transportation, and some activities.
Owned by Alaska Natives, Icy Strait Point offers hiking, whale watching, and a glimpse into the Tlingit people’s culture. The world’s largest and highest ZipRider is here, running 5,495 feet with a 1,300-foot drop and top speed of 65 mph. Another focal point — the fully-restored salmon cannery, originally built in 1912.
Take Mt. Roberts Tram up to hike through a rainforest (Juneau has more hiking trails than roads), go glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier in the Juneau ice field, whale watching in Auke Bay, helicopter up the glacier for dog sledding, or just explore Alaska’s second largest city.
Named after Gardiner Hubbard, the founder of National Geographic, Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in the world (76 miles long and as tall as a 30-story building). Calving occurs on a daily basis here, so you’ll get to watch and hear as massive chunks of ice fall from the glacier.
Denali National Park encompasses 6 million acres with the 20,310-ft.-high Denali (formally known as Mount McKinley), North America’s tallest peak, at the center. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. It’s a great place to see Alaska’s Big 5. You can visit on a pre- or post-Cruisetour from your sailing on Millennium.
Nestled among snowcapped mountains, sandy beaches, and a rainforest, Vancouver, offers a little bit of everything. You’ll have a chance to venture into nature with hiking, whale watching and kayaking or explore the city’s history and culinary side before or after you embark on your Alaska cruise from Vancouver.
Surrounded by mountains, water and evergreen forests, Seattle is the perfect place to begin your Alaskan adventure (only available on our Solstice 7-night roundtrip sailings). Before embarking on a cruise from Seattle, explore the city including the first-ever Starbucks, Pike’s Place Market, the Space Needle and more or you can get out of the city and explore nature in the surrounding islands, whale-watching on Puget Sound, hiking and a variety of other adventurous activities.
Take in the breathtaking views as you sail through Kenai Fjords National Park, which is a hot spot for sighting whales, puffins, and sea lions. Seward is also the southernmost starting point of the Alaska railroad connecting Seward to Anchorage and further north. Quaint and charming, the intimately small size of Seward adds to its appeal and why so many people cruise to Seward.
There are so many ways to explore your ports of call on an Alaska cruise. Whether you’re an outdoorsy, active type or a foodie out to explore local cuisine and craft beers, Celebrity has an Alaska shore excursion geared to your interests.
Experience something the whole family will enjoy in this incredible part of the world. Go dog sledding on a glacier and learn all about all the planning that goes into the Iditarod race, ride a 4 x 4 through the forest, hike through a rainforest (yes, they exist in Alaska), kayak past majestic mountains, even take a seaplane to view the fjords and Alaska from above.
From whale watching, to moose searching to cruising through a peninsula teeming with marine life, there are plenty of options to see and learn more about Alaska’s wild side. Looking for something more hands on? Try your luck at fishing for the local catch—halibut or salmon.
Learn more about the native people and their traditions that have been handed down throughout the years. Experience the excitement of the gold rush and the life of those who fled to Alaska trying to strike gold. Learn about the life of a lumberjack. Or just learn more about what life was like for the natives and early settlers.
With the debut of Celebrity Eclipse in Alaska, Celebrity Millennium returning from her Celebrity Revolution℠ modernization, and the commanding repeat performance of Celebrity Solstice, you can now explore these rugged lands on any of three stunning ships.
While Italy has its beautiful eggplant parmigiana, and Thailand has amazing khao soi, Alaska can also stand proud in its culinary offerings. This region is known for the abundance of fresh seafood—salmon, crab legs (King and Dungeness), black cod, halibut, reindeer and elk sausage, moose, caribou, and a wide range of berries turned into exquisite desserts. There are many options that are unique to the area.
Alaska is famous for its fresh caught salmon and there is no shortage of ways they prepare it. The fresh waters bring about a range of salmon from sockeye, to coho, to king (Alaska’s state fish). As a matter of fact, Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the entire world.
Alaska is known for its own kind of berries from salmonberries, mossberries, blueberries, lingonberries and so many more that are picked in the wild and eaten fresh or in delectable desserts. Or, try the native Akutaq ice cream, a blend of seal oil, reindeer fat, snow, and wild Alaskan berries.
Alaska has over 30 breweries that produce a wide range of beers in different styles. There’s Alaskan Brewing Co. with Alaskan Amber and Hopothermia. Anchorage Brewing Co. with Crazy Ray’s IPA and Darkest Hour imperial stout. Haines Brewing Co. pours Captain Cook’s Spruce Tip Ale and more. The variety is endless.