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It’s time to choose one of the Alaska cruise lines and ship that will be your home away from home. After visiting our cruise guide, you’ve made the hard decision – what’s it gonna be? Big ship or small ship?

The following profiles are designed to quickly familiarize you with the various brands and the kind of experience you can expect to have. The summaries for each ship sailing Alaska follow. We hope that after reading this the Captain and his crew will soon be welcoming you onboard your chosen ship.

Contemporary Cruises

Contemporary cruise lines offer a very good overall vacation value. They rival land-based resorts offering an amenity filled holiday inclusive of accommodations, meals and entertainment in a relaxed setting. The ships are designed with your comfort in mind and feature lots of open deck and pool space, organized activities, spa sanctuaries, sports, beauty and fitness centers, libraries, shops, lounges, major "Vegas" style or "Broadway" productions, night life, dancing, music, and friendly casinos. Your dining choices include buffet-style and sit-down meals (with some formal nights) available on every cruise.

Carnival Cruise Lines: Got fun? When you’re on a Carnival cruise, you’ll experience Alaska in a non-stop festive yet casual atmosphere. The flashy Las Vegas style décor and high-spirited excitement are in stark contrast to the natural wonders of your surroundings. Grab your favorite umbrella topped drink, hang loose and marvel at wildlife in its natural setting. Carnival has a lot of flair and the appetite for fun is infectious.

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Norwegian Cruise Line: Bye, Bye ordinary. This is Alaska any way you want it. With no schedules to follow you’re free to whatever. Create your own vacation with more choices on everything from the widest array of accommodations, flexible dining options and a relaxed attire policy. NCL excels in the activities department and the ships are modern, offering a hip, upbeat environment. Boredom is not an option.

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Royal Caribbean International: How’d they do that? With a rock-climbing wall onboard, your journey could be as incredible as the destination. Bold, brash and an innovator in the industry your Alaska cruise with Royal Caribbean will provide you with nothing short of an exhilarating onboard experience. The décor is subdued and classy with a slightly sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. The ships are expertly run, reasonably priced and offer oodles of fun for all ages to keep everyone happy. How many vacations can say that?

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Premium Cruises

Premium cruise lines take your cruise vacation experience to the next level. An up-scale travel experience equal to the best packages offered by first-class resorts. If you desire more sophisticated dining, refined service and extra amenities you will undoubtedly appreciate sailing aboard a premium cruise line. While the onboard amenities are similar to their contemporary cousins, the premium lines exceptional quality is evident in beautifully appointed ships that offer spacious surroundings, art collections, onboard enrichment programs and gourmet style cuisine. A cruise vacation on a premium line will often cost a bit more, but the price difference is often made up for by the added value provided.

Celebrity Cruises: Two thumbs up! Celebrity offers you a refined Alaska cruise experience with an air of understated elegance and comfortable sophistication. The service is impeccable. You’ll be treated not simply as a passenger but as an honored guest. Celebrity gets kudos in a lot of categories: award-winning gourmet cuisine, their AquaSpa treatments and environment, a variety of innovative onboard activities and cutting-edge art collections. Celebrity cruise line is dedicated to exceeding your expectations where no request is to great, no detail to small.

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Holland America Line: “Legendary.” Holland America is a recognized leader in Alaska travel. You’ll encounter the proud tradition of cruising with the ocean liner ambience of days gone by. White glove service, formal tea and dining to the gentle sounds of a string ensemble or piano are as much a part of the Holland America experience today as they were a century ago. The smaller mid-size ships designed to carry fewer guests offer a quieter less hurried pace. They set the standard for mass market cruising.

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Princess Cruises: “The Love Boat.” Princess is a major player in the Alaska cruise market and offers a consistent first-rate experience with roots in British tradition, balanced with California style. Ship design exudes a small ship feel with intimate peaceful areas that characterize smaller vessels. Your cruise vacation will be non-regimented with a lot of bang for your buck. The only surprises you’ll have are the pleasant ones.

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Luxury Cruises

Luxury cruise lines are the ultimate travel experience and offer the finest quality in every respect. The ships are a destination unto themselves. Onboard you’ll indulge in the finest cuisine, uncompromising white-glove service and accommodations appointed and decorated with grace. A formal atmosphere where no detail is overlooked and their expertise shows. A luxury cruise line is the ultimate opportunity to do whatever your heart desires, without the limitations of scheduled activities, assigned dining seating, or standardized menus.

Crystal Cruises: “Biggest-ships-in luxury-class.” Crystal offers an elite Alaska cruise experience for discriminating clientele. The moment you step onboard the commitment to make each instant memorable and every detail sublime is top priority. Your crew goes through a rigorous selection process to ensure they are uniquely qualified to serve you. These ships aren't huge, but they're larger than their high-end peers and offer far more options. Crystal cruise line consistently receives "world's best" awards for its exceptional service and overall superb cruising experience.

Regent Seven Seas: “Subtle luxury.” Enjoy Alaska in a more relaxed, friendly atmosphere than that found on Crystal. Regent Seven Seas cruise line is a nearly all-inclusive experience with top cuisine and 6-star exquisite service. Superior lecture and enrichment activities are destination-focused which you enjoy at your own pace. Regent boasts some of the industry’s highest space-per-guest and staff-per-guest ratios. This is as good as it gets.

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Small Ship Cruises

Small ship cruise lines offer the intimate experience found at a bed and breakfast establishment. The focus is on the destination, “what’s outside the ship,” rather than on the ship as the primary experience. Activities center on educational pursuits and dress is casual for comfort rather than glamour. Meals are served home-style during a single-seating. The food is high quality and usually highlights regional delicacies. The number of passengers (200 or fewer) encourages personal interaction between both crew and fellow passengers. Service is individualized and welcoming. Staterooms have all the key facilities and with the variety of small ships available today any level of cruise amenities requested can be supplied. On a large vessel, there’s little connection with the sea. On a small ship, the sea is ever present, a magical, romantic companion during the entire voyage, and an integral part of the experience.

American Safari Cruises

Cruise West

Glacier Bay Cruiseline

Lindblad Expeditions

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