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  • Writer's pictureTrey Tracy

Unlock the Best Alaskan Cruise Experience: Top 4 Reasons to Book Early

Standing in front of Princess Cruise Lines

I recently had the incredible experience of sailing north from Vancouver to Whittier aboard Princess Cruise Line’s Sapphire Princess. During my journey, I had the pleasure of meeting wonderful travelers and engaging locals in the ports, many of whom shared the sentiment that the Alaskan cruise market is in high demand, with no signs of slowing down.

While the traditional Alaska cruise season lasts from early/mid-May to mid/late-September, some cruise lines are beginning to extend their itineraries into October. If successful, we can anticipate other companies following suit. Typically, Alaskan cruise itineraries become available for booking one and a half to two years in advance, depending on the cruise line. Considering this, here are four compelling reasons why you should book your Alaskan cruise sooner rather than later.

4 Reasons to Book Your Alaskan Cruise Early

1. Room Availability: In my experience, the prime choices are balcony rooms facing the shore — starboard side for northern voyages and port side for southern ones. These rooms sell out quickly, so securing your reservation early is key.

2. Prices: Much like airline tickets, cruise prices can fluctuate based on demand. The sooner you book, the more likely you are to snag a great deal before prices rise.

3. Excursions: There are "quintessential" excursions popular among travelers in Alaska. Booking early not only ensures availability but also gives you the pick of the best time slots for these sought-after experiences.

4. Air Options: Although air pricing might remain steep, early booking affords better flight schedules and seating options. This is particularly beneficial for travelers from southeastern US facing a long day of travel to reach the embarkation points in Seattle, Vancouver, or Anchorage.

Overlooking the port in Juneau Alaska


To fully enjoy the best that an Alaskan cruise has to offer — from premium rooms and excursions to the most affordable prices — early booking is key. Remember, a skilled travel advisor can be your guiding star, leveraging expertise to navigate these choices with you.

My journey through Alaska transcended a mere travel experience, evolving into a rich tapestry of local connections and firsthand insights, all driven by a deep love for the untouched beauty of Alaska. I invite you to capitalize on this knowledge to tailor an Alaskan adventure that is nothing short of perfect.

Are you ready to embark on a journey to the Last Frontier? Schedule a complimentary consultation call with me, your trusted travel advisor, and let’s bring your dream Alaskan cruise to life!


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