February 24, 2024

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Cruises from San Francisco to Alaska: Best deals in 2023

Cruises from San Francisco to Alaska: Best deals in 2023

Cruising to Alaska is an experience on many people’s travel bucket lists. Add sailing out of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful ports on the West Coast, and you’re set for a one-of-a-kind vacation. 

One of the biggest highlights before travelers even get to Alaska is getting to sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Regardless, cruises from San Francisco to Alaska offer travelers a bit more ease than other departure ports like Vancouver; doing so can “alleviate much of the logistics that can make the beginning or end of your cruise hectic” such as to international travel requirements, says Eric Goldring, owner of Goldring Travel, a member of Ensemble Travel Group.

How to get the best price on a cruise from San Francisco to Alaska

Booking a cruise to Alaska should be done as early as possible to get the best deal. Booking early means that travelers have a better chance of snagging a stateroom that works for them and their budget. 

“While some think it is best to book close in, you may wind up with choices that aren’t the best for you or even be closed out of a sailing you really want,” says Goldring. 

Ketchikan is a popular destination for Alaska cruises from San Francisco.

Ketchikan is a popular destination for Alaska cruises from San Francisco.

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When it comes to finding a deal, Goldring has a word of advice for travelers: “It is far better to book your cruise with a travel agency that has an excellent reputation for prompt, accurate service over saving a few dollars up front,” he says. “There are a number of travel agencies that will sell you a Princess or Carnival cruise with either a steep discount or generous onboard credits, but when it comes to servicing you for things like airfare, pre-cruise hotels, tours — which can make or break an Alaska experience — or, most importantly, when issues arise, those ‘deals’ can ultimately become very expensive.”