Have you heard the good news? Two days ago, on May 25th, President Biden signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, legislation that sets the stage for large ships to cruise in Alaska this Summer. To board, all passengers over the age of 16 will be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated 14 days ahead of the cruise's start date. Starting August 1st, every passenger over age 12 will be required to be fully vaccinated to board.
Do you have dreams of going to Alaska? Well, make those dreams come true and jump aboard one of Alaska's most popular cruise lines. You won't regret it. First I’ve listed cruise lines and start dates and ports of call. I also want to tell you of the six most significant reasons you should cruise to The Last Frontier sooner rather than later.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises Royal Caribbean Group announced Friday that its cruise lines Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises will plan to sail from Seattle to Alaska on round-trip itineraries starting in July. Celebrity set a date of July 23, but other restart dates were not specified.
Royal Caribbean will resume sailings in Alaska on July 19th on Serenade of the Seas, and August 13th on Ovation of the Seas. Seven day cruises on Serenade of the Seas have 3 sailing dates with ports of call in Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Serenade of the Seas also has 7 sailing dates with ports of call in Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacer, Juneau and Ketchikan. Ovation of the Seas has 5 sailing dates, with port calls in Alaska Inside Passage, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier. Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
Celebrity Cruises will resume 7 night sailings in Alaska on July 23rd on Celebrity Summit. Dawes Glacier cruises will visit Ketchikan, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Juneau, Skagway and Alaska Inside Passage.
Princess Cruises will resume sailings in Alaska July 25, and seven-day cruises on the Majestic Princess will run through Sept. 26 visiting ports, glaciers and other attractions, such as Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.
Holland America Line will start Alaska seven-day sailings on the Nieuw Amsterdam with port calls at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan departing July 24 with 10 Saturday departure dates scheduled to run through Oct. 2.
Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corp.'s flagship line, will have one ship, the Carnival Miracle sail from Seattle for seven-day cruises with departures starting July 27 and running through Sept. 14 with port calls in Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord. The Sept. 14 departure is for an eight-day cruise and will include an extra stop in Icy Strait Point.
Carnival is also working on finalizing plans for Carnival Horizon to sail from Miami, and for Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze to sail from Galveston in July with final details expected next week.
Norwegian Cruises Tickets are on sale for Alaska itineraries on the company's Norwegian Bliss ship starting Aug. 7 through the end of the season sailing from Seattle, according to a news release shared Monday. The statement from the cruise line did not specify what the end of the season would be. In the past, ships have visited southeast Alaska into September.
Here are six of the most significant reasons you should cruise to The Last Frontier sooner rather than later:
1. You decide which cruise line to take. Sailing in Alaska extends from the middle of May (except for 2021) to mid-September. During these months, you won't likely see a shortage of cruise line options. Choose to go on a luxury or expedition-style cruise or maybe something a little more unique.
2. Alaska is desirable to people of all ages and tends to be high up on many bucket lists. Many families come here each year to enjoy the beauty of the great state and the broad scope of activities and events.
3. The wildlife is absolutely out of this world. When traveling to Alaska by cruise ship, don't be surprised to spot bear hunting for fish, whales, eagles, and several other beautiful creatures.
4. Dare to go dog sledding? You may have to take a helicopter ride to get into the mountains first. This could be one thrilling adventure. Best of all, you get to hang with sweet huskies all day.
5. Go on a land tour before or after your cruise. Hike through the Denali National Park or the Kenai River Valley.
6. Sadly, Alaska won't be as charming as it is now, forever. Right now, you can see the nation in all of its iconic glory. From lush forests to enormous glaciers, there is so much to admire before global warming takes it all away. Alaska truly is one of the most magical places on Earth, and it's right here in the United States. If you, like almost everyone else, have "visit Alaska" on your bucket list, what are you waiting for? There's no better way to visit the state than by ship, so contact me now to start learning of all the cruise line options. Before you know it, you'll have a one-of-a-kind vacation planned that will undoubtedly bring you memories that last a lifetime.