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Competition is Heating Up for 2019 Alaskan Cruises

Summer 2019 is going to be a very interesting year to cruise Alaska! In addition to Princess and Holland America, NCL and Royal Caribbean are putting a lot of resources into Alaskan itineraries for 2019. Including some of their newest and best ships, exciting promos and FREE Airfare for 2019 Alaskan itineraries. Here is a short list of what the different cruise lines are offering to get you to try Alaska next summer.

Princess (Undisputed Champion)

Princess is hands down the leader in Alaska, they have built 5 lodges to service their Cruisetour business and will position 7 ships in Alaska for Summer 2019. In addition to some of it’s smaller vessels, Princess will be porting it’s flagship vessel, the Royal Princess, in Vancouver operating 7 night itineraries to Anchorage. Also this year, the Grand Princess will be running 10 night round trip sailings out of San Francisco. Princess truly offers the widest variety of options from ships, to itineraries to cruisetours.

As of the writing of this article, Princess is offering their “3 Free” promotion, which includes a FREE room location upgrade, FREE gratuities and FREE onboard spending money.

Royal Caribbean (Family Friendly High Tech Ship)

While Royal Caribbean is only sending two ships to Alaska this summer, they are doing something interesting; they are pulling Ovation of the Seas from the Asian market for summer 2019. Ovation will be offering 7 night roundtrip sailings out of Seattle. Why is this big news you ask? Well, while Royal’s Oasis Class might have broken records, the Quantum Class (Ovation is the third and newest in the class) was the class that brought true technological innovation to Royal’s fleet. With bumper cars, true high speed WIFI, indoor skydiving, the Northstar observation pod, XBOX lounge and roller skating just to name a few, this ship is the PERFECT ship for families wanting to see Alaska.

Royal is not currently offering specific Alaska promotions, but the shoulder season sailings (May and September) are eligible for kids sail free offers when they do come around.

Norwegian Cruise Line (Newest Ships and Free Airfare)

After positioning their newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss in Alaska for summer 2018, Norwegian has announced that the Bliss’ sister, the Norwegian Joy will be joining her in Alaska for 2019. That is right, NCL’s two newest ships will be ported in Seattle for summer 2019 doing 7 night round-trip Alaskan itineraries. This continues NCL’s trend of position their biggest and newest vessels in locations outside of Florida, Norwegian has also announced that New Orleans will be the seasonal home port of the Breakaway and Getaway for winter 2019 and 2020 respectively.

What is even more compelling is that NCL is currently offering FREE and deeply discounted airfare for all Alaska sailings on the Norwegian Joy. That is right, your airfare can be free when booking a balcony or greater stateroom. This is in addition to NCL’s current offer of choose up to 5 FREE promotion, which can include free open bar, free shore excursions, free specialty dining, free wifi and kids sail free.

Which is best for you?

While these are just three options, and there are many other cruise lines going to Alaska in 2019, at the end of the day it comes down to what you want to accomplish on your Alaskan Cruise. If you are wanting to add on a 3-5 day land tour option, Princess might be your best bet since they have the most flexible options. If you are looking for the most family friendly, Royal, NCL or even Disney might be a solid option for you.

If all of these options seem overwhelming, or you would just like help finding the best promotion and itinerary for your family feel free to call or email us at Physician Travel Guide. We can be reached at john@pixievacations.com or by calling 704-665-7890.


While Physician Travel Guide specializes in planning travel for physicians and their families, we have experience helping families from all backgrounds and offer the same concierge service no matter what your budget. And as always, our services are always free. 

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