There's something about cruising Alaska that fills travellers with awe and exhilaration. Perhaps it's sailing past expansive glaciers glistening in the sunlight. Maybe it's witnessing The Last Frontier's dramatic terrain that transforms from wildflower-studded fields to immense old-growth forests that bow before snowcapped mountains stretching up toward the glow of the Northern Lights, all from the deck of your cruise ship. Or perhaps it's the opportunity to come closer to the diverse range of wildlife claiming the surrounding waterways and storied landscapes as their home. No matter what aspect of Alaska you connect with, one thing is certain — you'll want to soak in as much of the natural beauty and stunning vistas as possible during your cruise vacation.
That's why Norwegian has carefully selected five of its award-winning cruise ships to do just that on a variety of unique and specially-curated itineraries — for you to enjoy immersive Alaska experiences from ship to shore. Our ships are custom-built for the best way to discover Alaska while our extended sailing season allows for unique experiences like viewing the Northern Lights. If you're ready to Break Free and start planning your Alaska cruise, read on to find your ideal ship to explore The Last Frontier.
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Feel Free to Let the Outside In
Our larger cruise ships offer some pretty remarkable onboard experiences. Imagine zooming around a two-story race track as a bald eagle soars overhead. Imagine playing nighttime laser tag beneath the shimmering Milky Way or savouring a romantic dinner al fresco as the sun sinks behind jagged peaks. You can do all this and so much more aboard two of Norwegian’s newest ships, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore — custom-built for the spectacular.
After an incredible hike to Mendenhall Glacier, return on board and unwind in the revolutionary 180-degree Observation Lounge with your favourite cocktail or a steaming cup of hot chocolate. The Observation Lounge is located at the front of the ship and features floor-to-ceiling windows, plush chairs, and a full-service bar — the ideal space to watch Alaska’s dramatic landscape unfold before you.
Go from a wildlife tour in Icy Strait Point to taking your taste buds on tour at one of the restaurants lining The Waterfront — our quarter-mile oceanfront promenade. Settle at a table along The Waterfront, where every seat boasts the best view in the house, and enjoy fresh seafood dishes at the upscale Ocean Blue. Wave to passing sea otters, puffin, and small icebergs as you share a plate of Cagney’s Steakhouse’s famous parmesan truffle fries.
Enjoy an awe-inspiring ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway steam train and then return on board for a steam at Mandara Spa followed by total relaxation in the Thermal Suite where floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful vistas await you.
Not only do Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore offer numerous ways to let the outside in, they also provide something for everyone to enjoy. From vibrant casinos and smash-hit Broadway shows to thrilling Aqua Parks and out-of-this-world experiences in the Galaxy Pavilion, excitement can be found around every curve of the ship. Discover more dining options than days of your cruise, unique bars and lounges to toast another incredible day in Alaska and well-appointed staterooms to match most every travel style.
7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle on Norwegian Encore (Extended Season)
7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle on Norwegian Bliss (Extended Season)
12-Day Alaska Cruisetour from Seattle on Norwegian Bliss (Land & Sea Package)
Feel Free to Let the Moment In
Our smaller ships — Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Sun — are ideal for those seeking a more intimate cruising experience in The Last Frontier. Embark on a longer cruise itinerary set to a slower pace, allowing you more time to be immersed in authentic Alaska experiences.
Want to hang with adorable pups at a dog sled camp? You got it. Daydreaming of the Inside Passage’s extraordinary vistas and wildlife? Bring your camera! Care to explore some of Glacier Bay’s legendary terrain? Lace up those hiking boots and bring the wonder of the surrounding nature back on board with you.
Refresh and recharge in the Thermal Spa Suite where your worries will melt away as mountainous vistas fill the floor-to-ceiling windows. Count the nearby glaciers from the comfort of a hot tub. Watch a whale splash in the sea before you take a dip in the top-deck pool. Take walking or jogging to new heights on the top-deck jogging/walking track where The Last Frontier provides an unforgettable backdrop for your workout. Then toast incredible panoramic views from the vibrant Spinnaker Lounge.
Along the way, delight in a variety of delicious dining options, from upscale French, Brazilian and Japanese cuisine to casual dishes served poolside. Start your morning with room service breakfast served on your private balcony with a side of breathtaking vistas. Then after returning from unforgettable shore excursions, make each night incredible with live entertainment and music or by rolling into good times at the casino.
7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle on Norwegian Sun (Extended Season)
7-Day Alaska Cruise from Vancouver to Seward on Norwegian Jewel (Extended Season)
7-Day Alaska Cruise from Vancouver to Seward on Norwegian Spirit (Extended Season)
Feel Free to Experience Authentic Alaska
Alaska experiences are as seemingly vast as the state’s untouched wilderness. And whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover, wildlife enthusiast or history buff, finding the ideal Alaska cruise ship to get you there is a breeze with Norwegian. Our shore excursions will immerse you in unforgettable authentic experiences while our five incredible cruise ships ensure that you won’t miss a moment of the spectacular natural beauty of The Last Frontier during your Alaska cruise.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on Dec. 10, 2021. It has been updated to show related itineraries.