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How much does an Alaska cruise cost?

Princess ship sailing in Alaska

An Alaska cruise can cost as little as $350 per person for a seven-night cruise in an inside cabin on a mainstream line. Or, it can cost upwards of $10,000 per person for a week in a suite on a luxury cruise ship. The price varies greatly depending on the cruise line and ship, departure date, and itinerary.

Plus, you’ll need to factor in airfare, hotel stays, shore excursions, and other costs to determine the total price of an Alaska sailing. Below, we answer the question of how much an Alaska cruise costs by breaking down the expenses you are likely to incur on your vacation up north.  

Check out our Alaska cruise guide for more planning tips and the best itineraries.

How much do Alaska cruise fares cost?

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Princess cruise ship in Alaska

Alaska cruise prices are constantly changing, even for the same ship and itinerary. As a ship sells out, cruise fares will increase. If one itinerary isn’t selling well, prices might drop. A shoulder-season sailing will typically be cheaper than a midsummer voyage, and an inside cabin is nearly always cheaper than a balcony cabin. Suites range from a mini-suite (i.e. a roomy balcony cabin) to a lavish multi-room, multi-deck enclave, and cruise fares vary accordingly.

You can use the following ranges to estimate how much your Alaska cruise fare will cost on a big-ship cruise line:

  • Inside cabin: $50 to $150 per person, per day ($700 to $2,100 per couple, per week)
  • Outside cabin: $75 to $200 per person, per day ($1,050 to $2,800 per couple, per week)
  • Balcony cabin: $100 to $300 per person, per day ($1,400 to $4,200 per couple, per week)
  • Suite: $250+ per person, per day ($3,500+ per couple, per week)

For a family-friendly, big-ship cruise line, Disney is always priced higher than lines like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. Its inside cabins start from $225 per person, per day, and the smallest suite starts at $1,000 per person, per day.

What is the cost of an Alaska cruise tour?

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Alaska tour Princess

Cruise tours cost more per night than cruises alone, likely because the cost of lodging and transportation in Alaska is high and some activities are included. Most cruise tours run 9 to 14 nights, featuring a seven-night cruise and a bus- and train-based tour through Southcentral and Interior Alaska.

When we checked Alaska cruise tour prices on Royal Caribbean, fares ranged from $160 to $210 per person, per night, for an inside cabin, and from $240 to $320 per person, per night, for a balcony. The cheapest cruise tour we found was $1,410 per person for an inside cabin and $1,882 for a balcony on a seven-night September cruise with a two-night tour to Denali and Anchorage.

How much does it cost to fly to my Alaska cruise homeport?

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Vancouver city

If you live driving distance from the Seattle cruise port, you can pay $0 for airfare, and your transportation costs will mainly consist of gas and parking or taxi and Uber fares. If you live in New York and are taking a one-way cruise from Seward to Vancouver, you might pay $500 to $1,000 per person for one-way flights into Anchorage and out of Vancouver.

Cruises that sail roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver will typically cost less in airfare than one-way cruises that travel between Alaska and Canada. If you want to save money on your total cruise booking, consider how your itinerary can impact your airfare.

Don’t forget that you can use frequent flyer miles or credit card points to book your flights, saving you money on that total Alaska cruise cost.

How much should I budget for shore excursions?

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I definitely recommend giving yourself a large budget for shore excursions on your Alaska cruise. Given that Alaska is part of the U.S. and also a remote destination where many products must be shipped long distances from elsewhere, goods and services in Alaska tend to be more expensive than you’ll find at home. Shore tours are typically priced higher than in the Caribbean or the Bahamas.

Second, you’ll discover a few fun attractions and lots of shopping within walking distance from each Alaska cruise pier, but the real draw lies beyond the city limits. You’ll want to take tours in nearly every port to make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime visit to the 49th state.

Looking at Alaska shore excursion prices on Norwegian Cruise Line, one- or two-hour city tours or guided walks cost $40 to $100, but you’ll find the majority of half-days tours cost $100 to $300 per adult. A dogsledding and flightseeing tour on a glacier can cost $550 or more.

Depending on what kind of bucket list experiences you plan to have, you might want to budget $1,000 per person for shore excursions on your Alaska cruise.

Related: What are the best Alaska cruise ports?

What other expenses will I incur on an Alaska cruise?

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Alaska glacier bay ship

The one expense everyone incurs, but often forgets to budget for, is cruise ship gratuities. Every cruise line tacks on daily tips for the dining and housekeeping staff onboard. As you won’t necessarily come into contact with everyone who makes your Alaska cruise amazing, we strongly encourage you to pay the suggested amount or more. 

Cruise ship gratuities run $14 to $19 per person, per day. Celebrity Cruises is currently including tips in its cruise fares, as do most luxury lines.

Hotel stays are another major cost if you’re flying into your cruise departure destination earlier or lingering in Alaska after your cruise ends. Hotel rates will vary depending if you pick a Motel 6 or the Ritz. According to Kayak, the average daily hotel price in Anchorage ranges from $174 in May to $249 in August.

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You might like to get a drink or meal off the ship in the Alaskan ports of call. At Juneau’s famous Red Dog Saloon, popular with cruisers, a locally brewed draught beer will set you back $5 to $7; a salmon burger costs $17 and an Alaskan reindeer sausage sandwich $13. 

Depending on your shopping tastes, your budget for souvenirs might be $25 per person or it could be hundreds or thousands if you plan on buying gold or diamonds in the many jewelry shops in port.

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