Sail from San Francisco
An Alaska cruise from San Francisco takes anywhere from 10 nights to two weeks or longer, depending on the itinerary.
Cruise lines offering itineraries out of San Francisco include Royal Caribbean, Princess, Radisson, and Celebrity.
Most cruise itineraries out of San Francisco travel as only as far north as either Glacier Bay National Park, at the top of the Inside Passage, or the Hubbard Glacier, just beyond the Inside Passage.
Due to time constraints, most ships out of San Francisco do not make it as far north as Anchorage, so if you are looking to do an inland tour of Alaska, including a trip to Denali National Park/Mt. McKinley, you would do better to book a cruise out of either Seattle, Vancouver, or Anchorage/Whittier/Seward.
Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Radisson offer only limited itineraries on this route, mainly in May, as they are moving their ships up the Pacific to Alaska from their winter routes in either Hawaii or the Caribbean.
Princess Cruises offers a far wider variety of cruises out of San Francisco throughout the late spring and summer seasons.
These Princess cruises tend to be 10 night round trip itineraries, with stops at various ports in Alaska’s Inside Passage, including Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.
Overall, an Alaska cruise from San Francisco can be a great way to explore the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, especially for those starting from California, who can avoid the need to fly to Seattle, Vancouver, or Alaska.
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