Some 1.3 million passengers are expected to set sail for Alaska in 2019, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Two lines will soon make their debuts in the Last Frontier, while another makes a long-awaited return.
Azamara Club Cruises’ 686-passenger Azamara Quest will sail from Seward to Vancouver (or reverse) on several 9- and 11-day itineraries that emphasize destination immersion. During a call in Icy Strait Point, passengers prep the catch of the day with a local fisherwoman, and in Haines – a small port that larger ships can’t access – they’ll kayak, bird-watch, or knock back a few beers at Haines Brewing Company.
Cunard is back in Alaska for the first time in 20 years, with 11-day, round-trip-from-Vancouver itineraries on the 2,092-passenger Queen Elizabeth. And there’s more big news: the launch of a new spa concept, Mareel Wellness & Beauty, in partnership with Canyon Ranch. A Last Frontier-themed treatment includes guided meditation and stretching, an Alaskan glacial mud bath, a massage, and a facial.
Visit Ketchikan, Sitka, and six more ports on Viking Ocean Cruises’ 11-day Vancouver-to-Seward sailing. Classic Alaskan experiences include cruising the Inside Passage and Yakutat Bay, and digging into fresh Dungeness crab at local restaurants. During at-sea time on the sleek, 930-passenger Viking Orion, passengers can spot wildlife from the Explorers’ Lounge or chill out in the spa’s snow grotto.
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