Fit for a Queen: Cunard’s Alaska Cruise on Queen Elizabeth

Cunard®’s 2023 Alaska itineraries dazzle all the senses by delivering breathtaking scenery with unforgettable style.

Cunard cruise ship in the water off Alaska Cunard

Over 180 years ago, Cunard® ushered in the golden age of ocean cruising, and today it continues to offer the timeless traditions of elegance, style and superior service unsurpassed at sea. It is because of this rich maritime history of luxury cruising that there’s no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth®. Luxury meets adventure. The ship’s majestic grandeur fuses seamlessly with the majestic beauty of the wilds of Alaska. 

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Amazing Alaska. Distinctly Cunard

For Cunard, Alaska is not just a destination, it’s the opportunity to celebrate the wonder and splendor that makes up the “Last Frontier.” As guests step aboard the Queen Elizabeth, they not only revel in the art deco grandeur and elevated elegance of Cunard’s renowned White Star Service®, they also experience enriching days and enthralling nights that showcase the uniqueness and beauty of Alaskan culture in every aspect of the voyage. 

Cunard pairs its iconic luxury with culturally rich and unique insights into the land and people of our 49th state. The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word “Alyeska,” meaning “Great Land” and on this cruise, this great land is the star of the show. Cunard’s Alaska Insights Programs features thrilling adventurers and engaging explorers, like Bear Grylls, Kenton Cool and other renowned experts, sharing captivating tales of their personal adventures within Alaska. 

From the ship’s bridge, guests hear live commentary from naturalist experts of the National Park Service on the passing tidewater glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park, the serene majesty of Hubbard Glacier or a lucky sighting of a humpback whale. In addition, Alaska Native heritage guides are on board every voyage, offering personal and unique perspectives on local history and in-depth cultural insights. 

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth cruise ship off the coast of an Alaskan glacier field Cunard

Making Alaskan Memories

Breathtaking ports of call are planned for Cunard passengers during their voyage on the Queen Elizabeth. While on shore, there is no shortage of options to select for adventure or cultural excursions, either independently or with expert guides.

Make memories experiencing Alaska’s iconic sport of mushing on a dogsledding tour in Skagway or soaring above a stunning patchwork of wilderness during a glacier flightseeing in Juneau. History buffs can relax in the vintage passenger cars of the White Pass Railroad as it passes the original Klondike Trail of 1898 or join members of the Beaver Clan House in Ketchikan in tribal storytelling, songs and dances. Each adventure allows you to encounter and embrace the true spirit of Alaska.

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Cunard Delights

The Alaskan culture is interwoven into every aspect of a voyage on the Queen Elizabeth, and the culinary experience is no exception. From the signature white-glove Afternoon Tea service to the glamourous Ice White Ball on a Gala Evening, specially crafted Alaskan-themed menus celebrate the culinary legacy of the Alaskan people.

From fresh seafood pulled straight out of the ocean to succulent wild berries, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients are curated to create dishes and drinks as memorable as the excursions on shore. (Pro tip: Don’t miss the cocktail garnished with smoked Alaskan salmon.) 

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Explore Longer

For those passengers looking to extend their Alaskan adventure, Cunard offers the perfect complement to a cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth, a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer. Rail tours pre- and post- voyage travel through a spectacular array of scenery including the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels.

Answer the Royal Summons

The next time wanderlust grips your imagination, just think of it as a royal summons from Cunard. Let your mind wander to the elegant and awe-inspiring vacation experience that awaits you on an Alaska cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth.

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