Wildflowers at the base of mountains in Denali National Park
Couple on board an inside passage Alaska cruise from San Francisco

Alaska Cruises from San Francisco

Convenient access to famous treasures on a roundtrip 10 or 11-day Alaska cruise from San Francisco

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and into a world of adventure as you head north on an Alaska cruise from San Francisco. Journey through beautiful waterways and get a front row seat to the world’s most breathtaking glaciers. Visit charming ports that invite you to learn about the region’s rich history and culture. Or relax at sea aboard your Inside Passage cruise from San Francisco.

Map of cruise route for inside passage from San Francisco cruises - refer to the page below and the Cruise Details page for a list of port names

* Port order and/or content may vary by sailing date.

Itinerary Ports

Storefronts on Creek Street at Ketchikan

When you cruise to Alaska from San Francisco, encounter unique ports of call that are rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

Waterfalls of Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Enjoy one glacier viewing day when you cruise to Alaska from San Francisco. In Glacier Bay National Park, visit Margerie Glacier and admire wildlife like humpback whales and sea lions. While cruising through the 48-kilometre waterway of Endicott Arm Fjord, get up close to Dawes Glacier and hear it roar with white thunder. Sail past waterfalls and granite canyon walls that disappear into the fjords.

Gondola Lift at Juneau on an Alaska cruise

Juneau is unlike any other city in the United States. With no roads connecting it to the rest of Alaska or North America, it is truly a protected destination. Founded as a gold mining town and now the state’s capital, Juneau has one foot in history and one in the future. Embark on a whale watching tour, or sail past Mendenhall Glacier on an Alaska cruise.

View cruises with Juneau | View Juneau shore excursions | Watch video: Juneau port overview

A man catching a fish in Ketchikan on Alaska cruise

Known for its timber, Ketchikan hosts the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where athletes throw, race and chop their way to victory. Explore one of the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Pole Heritage Centre, or stroll along Creek Street. As the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan’s waters make for incredible fishing. Cast your rod into a sea of opportunity on a cruise to Alaska.

View cruises with Ketchikan | View Ketchikan shore excursions | Watch video: Ketchikan port overview

Tucked in a temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert, B.C. is nicknamed "The City of Rainbows." Once a commerce hub for First Nations people, it developed as a town when it was selected as the western end point for the Grand Turk Pacific Railway. On a cruise to Alaska, take in its history strolling through museums and shops, enjoy a hike in the Butze Rainforest, or see eagles and humpbacks on a wildlife cruise.

View cruises with Prince Rupert | View Prince Rupert shore excursions

Residential houses in the San Francisco Bay Area

It’s not hard to see why San Francisco has captured so many hearts and minds. World-class cuisine, iconic architecture, diverse neighbourhoods and history all wait at your fingertips. Ride the ferry to Alcatraz, or tour Sonoma wine country and taste some of the world's best wines on a cruise to Alaska from San Francisco.

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White Pass Railway passing through treacherous maintain in Skagway, Alaska

Once the gateway to Alaska's Gold Rush, Skagway strikes a dramatic image nestled between the water's edge and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of miners with a ride on a scenic train along the famous White Pass route through coastal mountains. During your Alaska cruise, explore the Yukon's pristine wilderness, pan for gold with professionals or meet sled dog puppies in training.

View cruises with Skagway | View Skagway shore excursions | Watch video: Skagway port overview

Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C

At first glance many mistake Victoria for an English coastal city or northern European town. Full of greenery, pubs and Victorian architecture, it's difficult to believe that this was a tent city full of rough and tumble miners just 150 years ago. On a cruise to Alaska, explore the Butchart Gardens, tour the pub scene and taste some of the local brews or sail the bay for a whale-watching adventure.

View cruises with Victoria, B.C. | View Victoria, B.C. shore excursions

Why Choose This Itinerary?

Discover the top reasons to cruise to Alaska from San Francisco.
Golden gate bridge on inside passage Alaska cruise from San Francisco
  1. Premium Glacier-Viewing Experience — Cruise to Alaska from San Francisco and visit natural landmarks that are only accessible by sea–like Glacier Bay National Park or Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier.
  2. Alaska’s Most Famous Ports of Call — On an Inside Passage cruise, relive history, discover new cultures and see wildlife up close. Visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C. on a 10-day Alaska cruise.
  3. Convenient Round Trip Airfare — On a round trip cruise to Alaska from San Francisco, save on the flight costs so you can splurge on an excursion ashore or a romantic dinner on board.
  4. Additional Time in the Golden Gate City — Add an extra day to your trip and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, tour Alcatraz or make a trip to Napa Valley Wine Country on an Alaska cruise from San Francisco.

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A Princess Cruise Ship docked in an Alaska port of call.

Ships on This Itinerary

Our Princess fleet includes ships that range from our smaller vessels to large ships. From a balcony stateroom, marvel at the glaciers passing by before enjoying local seafood in one of our many eateries during your 10-day Alaska cruise.

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Alaska Cruise Experience

We have a 50-year legacy of sharing the best places and experiences with our guests. On an Alaska cruise, unpack once and explore glaciers, wildlife and national parks.
Stunning mountains and national parks in Alaska

One of the Biggest Reasons People Visit

Glaciers feel alive. They groan, creak and shudder on their march to the sea, punctuated by the booms and crashes of "white thunder" — a sound that echoes across the water when ice calves into the ocean below. On an Alaska cruise, let us show you Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier.

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Untamed, Just Like Alaska

Alaska is home to a rich array of wildlife, from the famous Big Five animals that live in Denali National Park — grizzly bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep and caribou — to bald eagles and humpback whales that migrate through the Inside Passage. On a cruise to Alaska, live a nature lover's dream in the land where guests can catch postcard-worthy sights.

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National Treasures

With national parks and four of North America’s tallest mountains, Alaska’s wilderness has been preserved for generations. Denali National Park is larger than Vermont and home to the highest peak on the continent. Meanwhile, Glacier Bay National Park has over 5,200 square kilometres of glacial coverage. Along with Wrangell-St. Elias and Kenai Fjords, a world of natural wonders awaits on an Alaska cruise or cruisetour.

Learn more about Alaska Mountains & National Parks

Couple casting a fishing line out on an Alaska excursion

Alaska Excursions

Don't just visit this famous land, live it on Alaska excursions. Rush across the snow on a dog sled with a professional musher, fly fish for salmon in fresh rivers and soar over kilometres of glacial tundra in a helicopter. Watch migrating humpback whales from the deck of a catamaran or Native craftsman carve a traditional totem pole, and expand your Alaska cruise experience.

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#PrincessCruises Alaska Connection

See Alaska through our guests' eyes.

Alaska Cruise On-board Experience

Princess presents North To Alaska logo

Our award-winning North to Alaska program brings local personalities, culture and cuisine on board and ashore to immerse you in all things Alaska during your cruise to the Great Land.

Learn more about our North to Alaska Program

A family taking pictures with some of Skagway’s newest sled dogs on Alaska cruise

Fresh and Bountiful, Like Alaska Itself

Alaska's seafood is famous, and we bring the best to you with locally inspired dishes from the state’s best eateries. With Cook My Catch excursions, catch your own salmon or halibut with the help of a local expert, and in the evening our talented chefs will prepare your haul for your dinner — a Princess exclusive. From ship to shore, the best is at your fingertips on our Alaska cruises.

Real Alaska From Local Alaskans

Alaskans are inviting people who love to share what makes their state unique. Watch lumberjacks in action, learn from Glacier Bay National Park rangers and craft with a Native totem pole carver. Or listen to harrowing Tales from the Deadliest Catch fishermen and climbers who have summited Denali during your Alaska cruise.

Great Experiences From the Great Land

Travel back in time and pan for gold like a prospector during the Gold Rush. Snuggle sled dog puppies in the ship's Piazza, or see the Northern Lights in the planetarium. At the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, explore our treehouse and enjoy unmatched views of Denali. Or savour tree-inspired bites at our very own Sappy Hour. Dive deeper into what makes the Great Land special on your cruise to Alaska.

Travel, Airfare, & Hotels: Let Princess Get You There

We Get You Where You Need to Go

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

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Stay Longer and Relax

Extend your Alaska cruise holiday, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

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