Day Cruises from Valdez

Sea life and glacier cruises.

Day cruises out of Valdez offer the opportunities to visit Columbia Glacier, one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world. To learn more about Columbia Glacier's retreating Click Here . Another main attractions is Meares Glacier.

Wildlife include; Humpback whales, minke whales, orcas (killer whales), stellar sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, puffins, and more.

Day Cruises are provided by Lulu Belle, and Stan Stephens Cruises.

Day Cruises in Valdez, Alaska

Sea Otters chillin' on an iceberg

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A Day out on the Lu-Lu Belle – The Best Valdez Glacier Cruise

One of my best day trips ever was a Columbia Glacier tour with Lu-Lu Belle Glacier Wildlife Cruises out of the port town of Valdez, Alaska.  The tours are promised to be 7 or more hours, and our tour clocked in at over 9 hours!   For many tourists, this is the best Valdez glacier cruise, or maybe even the best wildlife and glacier cruise in the state of Alaska.

The Lu-Lu Belle

The Lu-Lu Belle is a beautiful custom-made wooden ship with only 40 passengers.  There’s lots of room to sprawl out – on the front, back, inside or on the upper deck or even in the comfortable and very warm Captain’s wheelhouse.  The boat is available for private booking but most days is used for a Valdez Glacier Cruise to Columbia Glacier.

Valdez Glacier Cruise

A Foggy Start

The morning was quite cloudy and foggy and I was hoping the fog would lift by our relatively late Valdez glacier cruise 11 am departure time.  But to my dismay, we sailed out of port with clouds and fog all around us and only occasional peeks at the various peaks around us.  The captain saw a group of Sea Otters sleeping in the distance and approached them, commenting “I better be careful, it’s foggy and I might be getting too close to the oil terminal”.

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Hunted by the Coast Guard

Well, a few minutes later, a Coast Guard boat approached us with flashing lights going.  It seems that in the fog we drifted into the imaginary line that surrounds the Oil Pipeline Terminal in Valdez (this is the pipeline that starts in Prudhoe Bay.  The oil is stored in huge drums in Valdez and then loaded onto tanker ships).  We were let off with a warning but it added some excitement to our trip!

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There are a couple beautiful waterfalls on the way from Valdez to Columbia Glacier.  We had nice views despite the fog.  But not much later, the clouds and fog began to lift…

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Water Spout

Captain Fred told us to look for the white markings of a puffin as he inched us further and further into a cove.  But it was a trick!  Inside this cove was a natural waterspout.  He had us looking high when we should have been looking low.  His boat maneuvering skills are excellent.

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Wildlife Galore

We saw so many Sea Otters and Stellar Sea Lions on this Columbia Glacier tour!  Sea Otters are such amazing creatures and so cute!  Fun fact: a group of Sea Otters is called a “raft” of Sea Otters.  We saw a few puffins, but not as many as I saw on my wildlife cruise from Seward. 

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See Local Fishing Practices

We pulled over to a fishing boat to watch them pull in their net full of salmon (look carefully at this photo to see the fish). They utilize a method that uses a larger ship and a dinghy that expands the net. A pole is used to keep the fish from escaping the net. The captain thanked the fishing boat guys by giving them a ziploc bag of fresh brownies.

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Dall’s Porpoise

They occasionally encounter Humpback whales or Orcas in the Prince William Sound, but we didn’t see either of these.  We did, however, see a group of Dall’s Porpoises.  As we approached, I was lucky to be standing on the bow of the ship, because one of the porpoises swam along with the front of the ship.

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Approaching the Glacier – Icebergs Ahead!

There were icebergs everywhere as we crept up the fjord/valley towards the Columbia Glacier.  Some were the size of a loaf of bread, but others were the size of cars and larger (and consider 90% of an iceberg is below the surface). Lots of the flatter icebergs were inhabited by Sea Otters. Once the boat got too close, they jumped in the water. The captain would regularly announce the water depth and how close we were to the glacier – we seemed close but he was still announcing 3 or 4 miles away.

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The Columbia Glacier

The Columbia Glacier is a tidewater type of glacier and is one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world.  Therefore, a high activity of calving, or having chunks fall off into the sea.   We heard several cracks and saw some new icebergs being formed. 

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How Long will the Columbia Glacier Continue to Reach the Sea?

Captain Fred indicated where the Columbia Glacier reached when he first took tourists to the Columbia Glacier and it has retreated by MILES.  Looking at the Columbia Glacier today, you can see the mountains and valley behind, it may not be that many more years before Columbia no longer reaches the sea and is considered a hanging glacier.

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Should You Book the Lu-Lu Belle in Advance?

If you want to guarantee a spot, you should book in advance.  When I arrived into Valdez, they only had room on the tour the next day, with the next four days after that being totally booked.   If Lu-Lu Belle is full, you can try at the larger Stan Stevens tours, an alternative Valdez Glacier Cruise which does up to two tours daily to the Columbia or Meares Glaciers on larger boats.

Lu-Lu Belle Review

Wow!  What can I say?  The Lu-Lu Belle was a true highlight on my trip to Alaska .  Captain Fred has been doing the trips for 20 years and clearly loves his job and loves giving the passengers a good time.   While Lu Lu Belle doesn’t provide lunch on their tour, they do have a reasonably priced snack bar with chili, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, fresh baked muffins and brownies, and more.  I couldn’t pass up having a hot coffee for $1.25 after visiting the glacier.   At $145 for a 9 hour tour, this is one of the best valued wildlife and glacier tours in the state of Alaska. As a bonus, for free the crew will take your picture at the glacier and they have Santa Hats and “Merry Christmas” signs if you want to use your photo as your Christmas card.

Where to stay in Valdez

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Most people camp in Valdez, there are several RV campgrounds and boondocking sights around.  But there are also a couple of nice hotels around town, I especially like near the harbor. ( Check Rates and Availability ).

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

Explore the quieter corners of Alaska’s exceptional Prince William Sound.

Dramatic views of the Columbia Glacier.

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Whether moody and grey, or clear and blue, the scenery around Valdez is stunning. This day cruise takes passengers deep into that beautiful landscape for six hours of glacier and wildlife viewing.

The largest tidewater glacier in southcentral Alaska.

The day tour starts in Port Valdez and slowly cruises into the Valdez Arm of Prince William Sound. The sound is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and an intricate coastline of fjords, rock beaches, and craggy sea stacks. A trio of barrier islands protect from the more tumultuous water in the Gulf of Alaska. The sound's calm waters are home to a variety of marine wildlife. Passengers often see puffins and cormorants, sea lions and seals, Dall sheep and brown bear, and sometimes even orcas.

Rounding Heather Island, the catamaran soon enters Columbia Bay. Pouring from an elevation of 10,000 feet, the Columbia Glacier is the one of the largest tidewater glaciers in southcentral Alaska. It is also one of the most active glaciers in the world. This makes for exceptional glacier viewing, with guests routinely able to photograph huge chunks of ice breaking away and crashing dramatically into the otherwise still water. After a lunch of chowder and bagels, the tour returns into Valdez.

The Columbia Glacier Cruise is a great choice for guests staying at the Copper River Princess Lodge . Valdez is about 100 miles or two scenic hours away by car.

The tour boat has two levels with heated cabins on each, wrap-around exterior walkways, and viewing decks at the bow and stern. There are also power outlets for recharging cameras and phones. No smoking is allowed on the boat.

The onboard meal includes a hearty bowl of clam chowder, a bagel, cream cheese, and cookies. A vegetarian lunch option is available when requested in advance. Complimentary coffee, hot tea, lemonade, and water are available throughout the cruise.

What to Bring

It is important to dress in layers for this day tour. Bring a rain jacket, hat, and gloves. Wear rubber-soled shoes. Even on a sunny day the air coming off the glacier can be in the 40s. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars. Seasickness is not generally a problem in the calm water of Prince William Sound, but if concerned, air on the side of caution and take preventatives before departing.

Special Instructions

Check in at the tour office on the west side of the Valdez Small Boat Harbor one hour prior to departure.

Transfers & Meeting Points

For independent travelers, Valdez is best reached by car. The tour operator will provide direction to free parking for self-drivers.

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Child rates apply to children under the age of 13. Infants under the age of 2 may travel for free but must sit on an adult's lap.

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  • Price $162 + Tax
  • Duration 6 Hours
  • Departures 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
  • Operating Dates Daily from 5/17/2024 to 9/15/2024
  • Activity Level Less Active

What's Included

  • 80-mile roundtrip day cruise.
  • Hearty meal.
  • Complimentary hot and cold drinks.
  • Onboard narration.

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"They were very helpful in accommodating my handicapped wife on and off the boat. The tour was very informative, and they did an excellent job getting us right up in front of the glacier."

~Mark from Texas~

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Guests can get outside and feel the crisp wind coming off of Columbia glacier.

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Join us this summer for a day cruise through Prince William Sound in Valdez, Alaska. Our destination is the Columbia Glacier, the second-largest tidewater glacier in North America, but we will encounter all of unique sights along the way. Bring your family, friends and camera as you experience an exciting and memorable day aboard the Lu-Lu Belle, "Limousine of Prince William Sound".

For more information about our Alaskan glacier cruises please read Our Cruises page.

Travel agents: please contact our office at 1-800-411-0090 to reserve your client's spots.

2024 Prices: (tickets bought online include current fuel surcharge)

  • 7+ hour tour: $176 (includes $15 fuel surcharge and all applicable taxes)
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  • Harbor Cruise: $4000 (3 hours)
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What to do with one day in Valdez

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Whether you’re visiting to take advantage of Valdez’s world-class access to backcountry skiing and snowboarding, stopping in because of the community’s access to phenomenal fishing in Prince William Sound , or just checking it out, you’re likely left with some spare time and wondering what to do with one day in Valdez.

Valdez is about a five hour drive from Anchorage and six hour drive from Fairbanks. It sits at the end of the Richardson Highway and is the terminus of the trans-Alaska pipeline. Unless you’re flying in or taking the marine ferry system, you’ll have to follow the Richardson Highway because it’s the only way in and out of Valdez.

Waterfalls and glaciers

On the way in or out, stop and marvel at Bridal Veil Falls. At the same stop, try the Valdez Goat Trail. The trail is a two-mile trek that is a restored route of the first glacier-free land route from Valdez to interior Alaska. A little ways past the falls at V 28.9 is the Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site, which has viewing telescopes and some short hiking options to view the glacier.

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Columbia Glacier

Worthington is an amazing stop on the way, but once in town Columbia Glacier must be near the top of the list of things to do with one day in Valdez. Columbia is the second largest tidewater glacier in North America. There are lots of wildlife cruises in town that offer glacier and wildlife viewing. The cruise will eat up a big chunk of the day, but is worth it. If the prospect of a long cruise is too much, there are flightseeing tours that offer aerial views of Columbia Glacier and the surrounding Chugach mountains.

Valdez Museum

Valdez has a storied history. Stopping at the museum will give you a chance to learn about the gold rush, 1964 earthquake, trans-Alaska pipeline, 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the region’s native culture. General admission to the museum is $5. Kids 13 and under are free.

Solomon Gulch Hatchery

Stop in the Solomon Gulch salmon hatchery . The hatchery releases about 250 million pink salmon fry and 1.8 million coho salmon smolt every year. If you’re visiting during a salmon run, the hatchery provides a great opportunity to see hordes of salmon and all the predatory wildlife that congregate to take advantage of the abundance. In addition to learning about salmon, you might see eagles, seals, sea lions, and bears.

There are many delicious places to eat in Valdez. Just remember, when in Valdez, eat seafood. Don’t be this close to the source and pass up the opportunity to taste the bounty of Prince William Sound.

Stop in The Fat Mermaid , The Roadside Potato Head , or The Wheelhouse Bar and Restaurant for dining by the water. If you’re craving street tacos, stop in Nat Shack . For pizza, kick back at The Stampmill .

Lots of choice, but the point is, you’ve had a full and adventurous day. Enjoy some grub and sip a drink.

Then plan your next trip to Valdez.

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Valdez Day Cruises, Kayaking Day Trips & Outdoor Adventures

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Valdez is a picturesque community located on Prince William Sound in Southcentral, Alaska . It is well known for its fishing heritage and as one of Alaska’s few ice-free ports. The surrounding coastal mountains have been compared to those of the Swiss Alps.

The original town of Valdez, founded in 1898, was created via a scam to lure prospectors off the Klondike Gold Rush trail. Steamship companies promoted the Valdez Glacier Trail as a better route than Skagway for miners to reach the Klondike gold fields and the Copper River fields in interior Alaska. With steep glacier trails, many miners died attempting the crossing, and Valdez only flourished after the construction of the Richardson Highway in 1899. The highway connected Valdez and Fairbanks and permanently established the town as the first overland supply station in the interior of Alaska.

Since its gold rush days, Valdez has evolved into an important shipping center because it is the most northerly year-round, ice-free port in the western hemisphere. Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was completed in 1977, and Valdez was chosen as the terminus for the 800-mile pipeline out of Prudhoe Bay. During the construction phase of the pipeline, Valdez’s population surged to 10,000. When it was completed, and the oil started flowing, the people settled to their current level of about 4,000 year-round residents.

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

Length: 6 hours

Starting at: $167 / pp

This Valdez day tour with a glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board, you can view Prince Williams Sound’s diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. Learn... Browse itinerary

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Duck Flats Kayaking Tour from Valdez

Length: 3 hours

Starting at: $89 / pp

On this guided Alaska kayaking tour from Valdez, you will kayak into the calm protected waters of the Valdez “duck flats.” This kayaking day trip will follow a chain of small islands recognized for their nesting birds and... Browse itinerary

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Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour

Length: 8 hours

Starting at: $244 / pp

This Valdez kayaking tour to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds’ many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect for both beginner and experienced kayakers. Climb aboard a motor boat for... Browse itinerary

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Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour

Length: 10 hours

Starting at: $349 / pp

On this Valdez day tour, search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters, and sea lions as you cruise for two hours to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi. This is Alaska’s second-largest tidewater glacier. Since the early... Browse itinerary

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Meares Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Length: 7.5 hours

Starting at: $190 / pp

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile glacier cruise through the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board, you can spot and photograph Prince William Sound wildlife, including sea otters, harbor seals,... Browse itinerary

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

Amazing glaciers, exciting wildlife, and a rich history

$162 Adult / Child $81 + $4 per person*

10:30 a.m. departure, 5/17/2024 – 9/15/2024, 6-hour columbia glacier cruise.

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If your time is more limited, our Columbia Glacier Cruise is the perfect option. This 6-hour journey through Prince William Sound features a visit to the Columbia Glacier area, where you will view history in the making as the glacier retreats into the Chugach Mountains. In addition to the amazing ice in Columbia Bay, you will see the wildlife that lives in Prince William Sound, and learn about the mining, oil shipping, earthquakes and fishing history of the area.

On board a light meal is served. Complimentary water, tea, coffee, and lemonade are available, along with additional snacks for purchase.

Departure Time: 10:30 AM *** Length: 6 hours Dates of Operation: May 17 – September 15, 2024 Rates: $162.00 Adult + $4 Fees; $81.00 Child + $4 Fees

*** Departure time is modified for the following dates: 7:30 AM on June 14, July 3, 4 and 24, August 7, 21 and 23 2:30 PM on June 15, July 1, 3, 4, 5, 21, 24 and 25, August 7, 10, 14, 21, 23 and 30.

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Captain Amanda looks forward to visiting Columbia Glacier to see its amazing blue ice. “Growing up, I had heard of the color glacier blue, but really had no idea what it truly was until I went to Columbia Glacier. There is nothing I love more at Columbia Glacier than being able to cruise up to a huge, blue iceberg and letting people experience it firsthand.”

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Captain Alan believes Columbia Glacier is one of the more unique tidewater glaciers in Alaska that one can visit. “No matter how close you are, you are getting to witness its retreat and geologic history.”  

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Captain Chris enjoys sharing the story of Columbia Glacier’s retreat and how “it’s the first time a retreat such as this has been documented from start to finish (whenever that may be).”

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Captain Caleb’s favorite part of Columbia Glacier is “cruising among the massive glacial ice chunks and being surrounded by the ice and mountains.”

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We are fascinated by the ice in Columbia Bay, and Marketing & Reservations Manager Selah agrees!  “Seeing the massive glacial ice in Columbia Glacier Bay is my favorite part of going on our Columbia Glacier cruise.”

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Welcome to Valdez and Prince William Sound 

Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises respectfully acknowledges that we live, work, and operate on the traditional land of the Alaska Native Alutiiq/Sugpiaq peoples. It is because of their stewardship that we are able to share the wonders of Prince William Sound today.

The traditional name of this area in Sugt’stun, the language of the Sugpiaq, is Suacit, which means, “the people of the place that rises into view.” Suacit and the surrounding Prince William Sound villages provided a bountiful harvest for the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq people. We strive to respect the traditional lands and waterways as we operate. We encourage our guests to take time to learn about the history of our region’s Alaska Native people and their living culture.

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A paradise for fishing enthusiasts, Valdez offers every kind of salmon, huge halibut and ample opportunity to reel them in. Rivers and streams spill into the Sound here and are ideal for kayaking.

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How much does an alaska cruise cost in 2024.

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Alaska Cruise Cost

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If you're planning a cruise to Alaska this year, you may be enticed by low prices (in the hundreds) for a weeklong cruise. However, it's important to know that those fares are just the beginning of the cost for the entire trip.

Typically, the lowest advertised prices with mainstream cruise lines don't include taxes and port fees, specialty dining costs, alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks, shore excursions , Wi-Fi access, gratuities and other expenses. On top of that, bargain fares usually refer to inside cabins with no windows. In a picturesque, bucket list destination like Alaska, you will realistically want a room with a private balcony so you can take in the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your room.

When to cruise to Alaska depends on what you're interested in seeing and doing during your vacation , but summer is typically the best time to visit The Great Land. Between mid-May and mid-July, you can experience 24 hours of daylight. This period is also an optimal time for wildlife viewing; you can see bears feasting on salmon, humpback whales and orcas, furry baby moose and thousands of nesting bald eagles. Cruise lines often reserve their lowest prices for sailings early or late in the Alaska cruising season , but it's still possible to find deals in the middle of the summer.

With all of this in mind, we've listed both the lowest interior cabin fares and the average total costs for a balcony stateroom across eight popular cruise lines for weeklong itineraries in June 2024. (Note: All fares quoted are per person, double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices were accurate at the time of writing.)

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Holland America Line

The Holland America Line Noordam in Yakutat Bay.

Holland America Line's 2024 Alaska season extends from April to September; in 2024, there are more than 60 cruise-only voyages and cruisetours (combined land and sea packages). With the exception of one 28-day journey, itineraries range from seven to 18 days.

Average starting price (per person)

This June, Holland America 's lowest-priced itinerary is the 7-Day Glacier Discovery Southbound voyage departing from Whittier, Alaska, on June 23, 2024, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam . The voyage features scenic cruising in Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and the Inside Passage. You'll also stop in the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, before disembarking in Vancouver, British Columbia . The starting price is $409 per person for an inside cabin, and veranda staterooms start at $2,114 per person (cruise-only fare).

Starting price (per person)

For this sailing, there is a $291 charge per person for taxes, fees and port expenses. Specialty dining, alcoholic drinks (and many nonalcoholic beverages, such as bottled water and specialty coffees), excursions, Wi-Fi access, gratuities and some other amenities cost extra.

Instead of paying for these extras individually, you can book Holland America's "Have It All" package. It covers one dinner at a specialty restaurant; one shore excursion (up to $100 per guest); a signature beverage package (for drinks up to $11 each) and a Wi-Fi package. For a limited time, you can also receive a $200 onboard credit per stateroom. A veranda stateroom plus the package starts at $2,569 per person.

If you purchase the "Have It All" package with the veranda stateroom, select the location of your cabin yourself (an additional $90), add in the port taxes and fees ($291) and include crew gratuities at $17 per guest, per day for non-suite staterooms ($119), the total cost is about $3,000 per person. You'll still need to budget for drinks that cost more than $11 each; bottles of wine with dinner; additional evenings of specialty dining; other shore excursions and miscellaneous expenses.

Total cost: From $3,069 per person

Princess Cruises

The Crown Princess in Haines, Alaska.

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Princess is offering 14 unique itineraries and 68 cruisetours during the 2024 Alaska season, which runs from May to September. Itineraries range from a seven-day cruise to a 17-day escorted cruisetour.

Princess's lowest-priced cruise in June is the 7-Day Voyage of the Glaciers with Glacier Bay (Northbound) from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska , on Grand Princess. Embarking on June 5, 2024, the sailing includes scenic cruising in College Fjord and Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, a day at sea and stops in the coastal towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway in Alaska. Interior cabins start at $448 per person, while staterooms with a balcony start at $1,698 per person. If you select your own balcony stateroom (instead of letting the cruise line place you), the cost is $1,791 per person.

Additional fees (taxes, gratuities, etc.)

Taxes, fees and port expenses for this cruise will run you $284 per person. At the $1,791 rate, you will be in the Princess Standard fare class, which includes the ships' complimentary dining venues, entertainment and the MedallionClass experience.

You can upgrade to Princess Plus (starting at $2,211 for a balcony room) to add Wi-Fi access (one device per guest); gratuities; a beverage package (covering drinks up to $15 each); two fitness classes per cruise; two premium desserts per day; two casual dining meals and more. For additional amenities, such as Wi-Fi access for up to four devices per guest; a higher-level beverage package (for drinks up to $20 each); two specialty dining meals per guest; unlimited exercise classes and more, opt for the Princess Premier package. Balcony rooms under this category start at $2,351 per guest.

If you purchase the Princess Premier package with the balcony room, the total cost with port taxes and fees is a little more than $2,600 per person – and the pricing is nearly all-inclusive. This package may also include free cruise fare for third and fourth guests traveling in the same stateroom. You will still need to budget for shore excursions; note that over-the-top experiences like flightseeing, helicopter and dog sledding tours, and scenic rides on the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway can get pricey.

Total cost: From $2,635 per person

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Bliss in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Norwegian Cruise Line offers one of the longest Alaska cruising seasons. In 2024, there are 44 scheduled cruise and cruisetour itineraries between April and October, ranging from seven to 18 days.

The June 3, 2024, sailing on Norwegian Jewel is Norwegian Cruise Line 's least expensive Alaska cruise that month, starting at $449 per person for an inside cabin. In comparison, a balcony cabin starts at $1,879 per person. The itinerary – Alaska: Hubbard Glacier & Skagway – embarks from Seward, Alaska, and includes scenic sea days cruising Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage, plus stops in the ports of Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan (Ward Cove) in Alaska, before disembarking in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The line's ongoing "Free At Sea" deal is included in the price and features an unlimited open bar, free specialty dining (up to $180 for the first two guests in the stateroom), a discount of $50 per excursion and complimentary Wi-Fi access (a savings of up to $200).

Open bar and specialty dining gratuities in the package are approximately $175 per person. Taxes, fees and port expenses are about $302 per person. You'll also need to include the additional $20 per person, per day service charge ($140 for the seven-day voyage).

If you book the balcony stateroom at $1,879 per person, which includes the "Free At Sea" package, and add in the taxes and port fees, dining and beverage gratuities and the daily service charge for the crew, the total cost for the cruise is around $2,500 per person. Remaining costs for shore excursions, specialty dining over $180, additional Wi-Fi usage, gratuities and other miscellaneous costs are not included in the "Free At Sea" package.

Total cost: From $2,496 per person

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas in Seattle.

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Royal Caribbean International's 2024 Alaska cruise season extends from April to September; there are 50 scheduled cruise-only and land-and-sea tours. Combined pre- and post-cruise tours last up to 13 nights, and cruise-only itineraries last between six to eight nights.

For the lowest fare in June, sail from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, on a seven-night cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas on June 7, 2024. The inside cabin fare starts at $438 per person. A balcony stateroom starts at $2,877 per person (to select your own room). This voyage cruises around Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, sails the Inside Passage in Canada and stops in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan in Alaska.

The guaranteed balcony price at $2,877 is for a smaller stateroom; you can select a larger cabin for a higher cost. Taxes, fees and port expenses for the cruise are $389 per person.

The total cost for the balcony stateroom, port taxes and fees, and gratuities ($18 per person, per day) for this Royal Caribbean cruise is about $3,400 per person. This price does not include extras like specialty dining, shore excursions, beverage packages or Wi-Fi access, so you will need to budget extra to cover those expenses.

Total cost: From $3,392 per person

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Disney Cruise Line

Disney cruise ship in the Alaska fjords.

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Disney Cruise Line has 19 five- to nine-night itineraries for the 2024 Alaska season, which runs from May to September.

The lowest price for a seven-night Alaska cruise in June with Disney Cruise Line is the June 3, 2024, voyage on Disney Wonder . The price for an inside cabin starts at approximately $3,472 for two guests, which includes taxes, fees and port expenses. In contrast, the fare for a guaranteed veranda stateroom starts at about $6,482 for two guests (including the additional fees); at this rate, Disney will select your specific cabin.

This round-trip sailing embarks from Vancouver, British Columbia. You'll begin your journey with a day at sea, then glacier viewing at Stikine Icecap in Alaska. Guests will stop in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska before another sea day and disembarkation in Vancouver.

Guests staying in regular stateroom accommodations will have gratuities of about $15 per person, per night. Once you add that in, you're looking at a cost of close to $6,600 per room (based on double occupancy) – or around $3,300 per person, if you split it. This price covers the cruise fare, taxes and port fees, the complimentary dining venues, onboard entertainment and gratuities for the crew.

You will need to budget extra for port adventures, beverages, and meals at adults-only venues like the Cadillac Lounge and Italian-themed Palo. The line offers Wi-Fi packages for an additional fee, which you can select once on board. You will also need to pay extra for alcoholic beverages, and there is an 18% gratuity added to bar and beverage services.

Total cost: From $6,587 per room (double occupancy)

Carnival Cruise Line

The Carnival Miracle in Alaska.

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Carnival Cruise Line's 2024 Alaska season runs from April through September, and there are 16 itineraries that range from seven to 14 days.

The lowest Alaska fare in June is $814 per person for the June 4, 2024, voyage aboard Carnival Spirit . The seven-day round-trip itinerary departing from Seattle, Washington , includes one day at sea, cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord and stops in the Alaska port towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus Victoria, British Columbia. A guaranteed balcony room without an obstructed view starts at $1,579 per person.

Taxes, fees and port expenses for this cruise are about $313 per person. If you'd like Wi-Fi access, you can purchase the Social Wi-Fi Plan starting at approximately $15 per person, per day. The higher level Value Wi-Fi Plan costs about $20 per person, per day, while the Premium Wi-Fi Plan comes in at around $21 per person, per day.

A nonalcoholic beverage package, Bottomless Bubbles, starts at around $10 per adult and around $7 per child each day. For nonalcoholic beverages and select alcoholic drinks (up to $20 each), purchase the Cheers package. It starts at about $60 per person, per day, but you can save 10% if you purchase the package before you sail. With Cheers, you'll also receive a discount on bottles of wine (plus other perks). Gratuities cost $16 per person, per day, in a regular stateroom. Restaurants like the Mexican-inspired BlueIguana Cantina and Guy's Burger Joint are complimentary.

When you add up the price of the balcony stateroom, port taxes and fees, the Value package for Wi-Fi access, the Cheers beverage package and gratuities, you're looking at around $2,600 per person for this Carnival Cruise Line itinerary. In addition to those expenses, you'll have to budget extra funds for shore excursions, specialty dining and some other amenities.

Total cost: From $2,564 per person

Silversea Cruises

The Silver Nova lit up at night.

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Silversea Cruises is offering 35 Alaska voyages between May and September 2024. The shortest itinerary is seven days and the longest itinerary is 16 days.

The lowest-priced Alaska cruise with Silversea in June is the June 27, 2024, seven-day sailing aboard Silver Muse from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska. The intimate 596-guest ship will visit Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Skagway and Valdez in Alaska – and complete two days of scenic cruising – before disembarking in Seward.

The all-inclusive port-to-port fare starts at $4,350 per person for a Classic Veranda Suite (the most affordable suite category with a balcony). For a room with a window instead of a balcony, book a Vista Suite starting at $3,350 per person.

Silversea's all-inclusive fares include luxurious suite accommodations, Champagne upon arrival, butler service and other perks. The pricing covers port taxes and fees; complimentary gourmet dining; all beverages, including Champagne, wine, beer and premium spirits; and gratuities. You'll also receive personalized, attentive service with a nearly one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio, and at least one included shore excursion in every port. Complimentary excursions in Skagway include a ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway, a visit to a sled dog and musher's camp and the Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float Adventure. Many of the included excursions with Silversea are quite costly on other lines.

There are no additional fees with the all-inclusive fare. However, you might incur additional personal expenses if you choose to order a fancy bottle of wine with dinner or book an extreme shore excursion adventure, like flightseeing over the glaciers.

Total cost: $4,550 per person (all-inclusive)

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

A suite balcony on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer.

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Regent Seven Seas' 22 Alaska cruises in 2024 sail between May and September and last seven to 14 nights.

The seven-night voyage on June 5, 2024, is the line's lowest-priced June sailing in Alaska, starting at $6,599 per person. Guests on Seven Seas Explorer will sail from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska, plus two days of scenic cruising at the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier.

The 2-for-1 all-inclusive fares include a luxury veranda suite with a welcome bottle of Champagne and a fresh fruit arrangement. You'll also have an in-suite minibar, free valet laundry service and other upscale amenities. In addition, the fare includes a selection of free unlimited shore excursions; free unlimited beverages with fine wines and spirits; prepaid gratuities; complimentary specialty restaurants; unlimited Wi-Fi access and more.

There are no additional expenses on this Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage – unless you choose a shore excursion that comes with an added cost or purchase a special bottle of wine at dinner.

Total cost: $6,599 per person (all-inclusive)

Bottom line

The low base fares for Alaska cruises on larger cruise lines may grab your attention, but as you click through to see what's included and make your booking, you'll find additional costs on nearly every page.

Before making a reservation, be sure to read the fine print and find out exactly what's included (and not included) in your cruise fare. You may find that booking an all-inclusive rate with a luxury line offers a better value – an option that you may never have considered unless you compared the total price of each cruise.

Why Trust U.S. News Travel

Gwen Pratesi has been an avid cruiser since her early 20s. She has sailed on nearly every type of cruise ship, including the newest megaships, traditional masted sailing ships, river ships in Europe and a small luxury expedition vessel in Antarctica . She has cruised to Alaska and visited The Great Land in the summer, fall and winter, and journeyed to remote areas by bush plane above the Arctic Circle. She used her knowledge of Alaska cruises and extensive research to write this article. Pratesi covers the travel and culinary industries for major publications, including U.S. News & World Report.

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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

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  • Take a cruise to Alaska’s Columbia Glacier from Valdez
  • Learn about the local wildlife and geology of the area and the glacier
  • Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments included in your tour
  • Discover local animals, such as puffins, sea lions, and porpoises
  • See itinerary
  • Lunch: Served around 12:00 PM is a light soup lunch.
  • Light refreshments: Complimentary coffee, tea and water.
  • Entry/Admission - Columbia Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Prince William Sound
  • Entry/Admission - Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
  • Food and drinks: A cash based snack bar with snacks and soda is on board.
  • Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, 112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA Address: 112 N Harbor Drive. Located behind the Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn Directions: Please park along the west end of North Harbor Drive. Walk along the front of the Best Western Hotel windows to our office that is built on pilings over the water just above the Tour Dock in Valdez.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • We do provide a vegetarian option, however are not able to meet all special dietary needs. If you have specific restrictions or needs please feel free to bring your own meals/snacks.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • You'll start at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises 112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA Address: 112 N Harbor Drive. Located behind the Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn Directions: Please park along the west end of North Harbor Drive. Walk along the front of the Best Western Hotel windows to our office that is built on pilings over the water just above the Tour Dock in Valdez. See address & details
  • 1 Columbia Glacier Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included See details
  • 2 Prince William Sound Stop: 6 hours - Admission included See details
  • 3 Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises Stop: 6 hours - Admission included See details
  • You'll return to the starting point

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  • suesW5671GT 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Highly recommend it! This tour was well organized. The crew was knowledgeable and they provided excellent customer service. The boat looked new and was extremely clean with panoramic views inside and outside. The captain allowed visitors to the bridge which was very cool. We were lucky to see sea lions, otters and a pod of orcas. The captain was very skilled cruising to Columbia Glacier by avoiding bergy bits, growlers and brash. We had to remain about 3 miles from the glacier due to the bergy bits but the stunning scenery with majestic mountains in the background was unforgettable. A warm lunch with clam chowder and bagel with Oreo cookies hit the spot on our way back to Valdez. Highly recommend this tour! Read more Written September 23, 2023
  • janetdM5143ZS 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Stan Stephens Glacier Tour Despite a rainy, foggy day, Stan Stephens Tour of Meares Glacier was wonderful. We saw Orcas, sea otters, sea lions, eagles and of course the glacier. We were lucky enough to catch a small calfing off the glacier just as we arrived. Bagels and chicken dinner aboard the boat were a plus. We travelled with our adult children (Not teens but there were many on board enjoying the day) Read more Written August 21, 2023
  • 527bernadetteo 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful cruise with great people What a wonderful cruise. We saw lots of wildlife in beautiful Prince William Sound. The crew was the best---they knew so much about the area and the wildlife and it was obvious they were happy to share it with us. I learned a lot about the Valdez area. It was a drizzly cloudy day but there was plenty of warm indoor seating on the boat. And the crew encouraged us to come up to the wheelhouse and enjoy their view. My husband I spent quite a bit of time up there talking to the crew and asking them questions. Definitely a highlight of our Alaska vaction. They served a nice lunch as well a bagel snack . Would highly recommend this cruise Read more Written August 18, 2023
  • Exploration761309 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Surpassed my expectations Simply one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in person. A giant chunk of glacier fell off and created a large wave. It was exhilarating. And we saw tons of interesting wildlife on the journey. Stan Stephens company did a great job. Very professional and informative. Read more Written July 29, 2023
  • traveltime99999 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Beautiful Glacier The Glacier was very beautiful. The ship was very comfortable and the food was excellent. The captain was very informative and staff were friendly. Our only disappointment was the amount of time we got at the Glacier itself. Our cameras showed 30 minutes at the Glacier. We’ve gone on several Glacier tours and have had much more time at them than this one. The captain was even talking over them while they were calving about how we needed to leave to see the sea lions on the ice nearby. For us, we would have rather had more time in front of the Glacier, the purpose of our visit, than to leave an actively calving Glacier to see sea lions. For us personally, in our opinion, it was a long day to only get 30 minutes in front of the Glacier. We were actually shocked when he said we were leaving as it felt as if we had just gotten there. Overall, a good tour, just not enough glacier time for us in our opinion. Read more Written July 24, 2023
  • markmd1212 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles The glacier up close This is an excursion not to be missed. The boat was comfortable and the crew was nice and helpful. The food was good. The glaciers are spectacular. Definitely worth the money and time. Read more Written July 24, 2023
  • 04Honda599 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Best ever tour If I could give this tour a 11 out of 10 I would. Weather of course is key factor and we had good conditions. Crew and going to bridge with captain was great. Bagel and chicken/ rice lunch was very tasty. We managed to see sea lions, sea otters, seals, humpback whale and calf, eagles, puffins, porpoises to name a few. Glacier area bought out sunshine for great photography. I highly recommend this tour over Columbia as you can get within 1/4 mile of base. Fantastic job by all. Read more Written July 18, 2023
  • Cubette6 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Spectacular View of the Meares Glacier!!!!! We took the Stan Stephens Meares Glacier tour this AM. We loved the boat. It was so big and comfortable for this tour. On the way to the Glacier we were treated to seeing Sea Otters, Seals, Bald Eagles and so much more. The highlight was of course the Glacier!!!!!!! This boat tour exceeded our expectations from the beautiful scenery to all of the personnel on board. The food they served us so good. On our trip back we saw Dolphin and Orca Whales. It rained on us the entire trip but do not let that deter you. The boat cabin is totally dry with big windows. Read more Written June 29, 2023
  • Trudy P 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Outstanding not to be missed! Highlight of our trip to Alaska Our trip out on Prince William Sound with Stan Stevens.l Cruises was absolutely outstanding. Everything was brilliant from start to finish. The staff on board were exceptional, and nothing was too much trouble for them and the Captain Greg was incredible. His knowledge of the Sound was brilliant, and you could feel his passion and love of this amazing country come through in every story his shared. He made sure our day was one of the most unforgettable experiences we have had In Alaska Read more Written June 21, 2023
  • Lisa H 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing Adventure! I am so glad this was part of our land tour in Alaska! We saw everything we could want to see while on this tour. We were able to see a pod of Orca's and were able to get pretty close to get some great pictures on them coming up out of the water. We also saw Tufted Puffins, seals and sea lions while on this adventure. The glaciers were also amazing. The staff was great and answered a ton questions that the guests had and kept up comfortable the whole trip. Unfortunately I was feeling a bit of motion sickness while lunch was being served so I wasn't able to eat it, but my husband and the rest of our group said it was really good. Read more Written October 19, 2022
  • Richard S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Absolutely wonderful trip. Bad thing is I got charged 2 x for the same trip. $297. $297. plus minus change. Have been working with bank since to correct. No action so far. No response or adjustment even Stevens acknowledges yes only 2 people took trip Read more Written September 12, 2022
  • Adaminaction 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Easy, comfortable, way to see the Meares glacier Great day on a big boat touring the glacier. Staff were helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. The captain (in training) was very in tune with the guests and wanted to ensure we had a good time. No notes for the crew..very dialed in to customer service and comfort even with less than idea weather. Food provided was a bagel and a very white dish of rice and chicken. This is a very commerical, comfort oriented, trip ideal for families. It’s a large vessel that provides that kind of experience. Easy to sit back and relax and not have to worry about sea state or holding on for dear life. There may be more exciting and “authentic” ways to see a glacier, but this is definitely the most comfortable and problem-free. Read more Written August 13, 2022
  • Seaside378687 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent experience Great in every way. Very professional staff. First class vessel, great Captain provided excellent narration/information. Really enjoyed entire trip. Read more Written August 10, 2022
  • Becky S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Experience This was by far the best excursion we have been on in AK! The area is simply beautiful, and the abundance of sea life and birds was incredible. The Caption was very knowledgeable with interesting facts and allowed us plenty of time to appreciate and experience the glacier. I would highly recommend this cruise. Read more Written August 10, 2022
  • juliafL6341XT 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Fabulous trip Fabulous trip and certainly highly recommended. Very comfortable, stable boat with helpful staff and a very good lunch - viewing decks had plenty of room for photographers and there was no jostling for best views. The scenery during the trip was stunning and sitting in front of Meares Glacier watching and listening to the Glacier was an incredible experience. To top off a wonderful day, we saw whales and other great wildlife. Read more Written June 28, 2022

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Russia-Ukraine latest: Russia rejects US confirmation that attack was ISIS - as suspects dragged into court

Four suspects have appeared in court in Moscow after gunmen attacked a concert hall on Friday, with three pleading guilty to terror charges. The number of people killed in the Crocus City Hall shooting has risen to 137.

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  • Heavily bruised Moscow attack suspects appear in court with one in a wheelchair
  • Number of people killed rises to 137
  • Russia will not stop if it wins war in Ukraine, US ambassador warns
  • Shapps says 'destruction' of key Russian ships a 'historic moment'
  • Analysis:  An offensive on Crimea could force Putin's hand
  • Watch:  Video shows gunmen storming Moscow concert hall
  • Live reporting by Katie Williams

Ukraine's military shot down eight of nine drones launched by Russia at areas of southern Ukraine overnight.

The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces said the "Shahed" drones were originally launched from Crimea and were downed over the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions.

We reported in our previous post that downed drone debris injured 11 people in Mykolaiv overnight. There were also emergency power outages in Odesa after one of the high-voltage facilities there was damaged.

It's unclear what happened to the drone that was not destroyed or whether it hit Ukrainian territory.

At least 11 people have been injured after Russian drone debris hit a residential area of Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv region.

Ukraine's state emergency service said a two-storey residential building was partially destroyed in the overnight attack, with nearby houses also hit.

The attack saw a fire erupt in a house and two cars, it said, with the flames "quickly extinguished".

According to initial reports, 11 people have been injured - two of whom have been taken to hospital.

A Russian foreign ministry official has urged the US to "think again" on its assertion that Islamic State was behind the concert attack.

The militant group's Afghan branch, ISIS-K, claimed responsibility for the attack which killed at least 137 people. Washington officials confirmed the claim not long afterwards, and have also said that Ukraine had no responsibility.

In an article for the Russian Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote: "Attention - a question to the White House: Are you sure it's ISIS? Might you think again about that?"

Ms Zakharova claimed the US was attempting to "cover itself" with the "bogeyman" of Islamic State due to having "wards" in Kyiv.

She also noted that the US supported the "mujahideen" fighters in the Soviet-Afghan war.

"American political engineers have driven themselves into a trap with stories that the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall was carried out by the terrorist organisation ISIS," she said.

A vigil has been held in an area of Russian-occupied Ukraine for the victims of the concert hall attack near Moscow.

People gathered with candles to pay tribute in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk - more than half of which is under Russian control.

Lit candles formed the message: "DPR [Donetsk People's Republic]. We mourn. 22.03.24."

The Russian-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is not internationally recognised.

Russia will not stop if it wins the war in Ukraine, the US ambassador to the UK has told Sky News.

Speaking to Sky News presenter Kay Burley from her official residence in central London last week, Jane Hartley said she is "optimistic" that the US will release more funding for Ukraine, but said "anybody who thinks that Russia may stop after this, I think is wrong".

"I was ambassador [to France and Monaco] in 2014, and I saw what happened in Crimea. I don't know why anybody would say, 'oh this is it for Russia'," she said.

"Democracy, I think, is at stake. So we need to support Ukraine."

Ms Hartley added that "these are difficult days" after Burley asked if she felt an atmosphere "almost comparable" to that last seen before the Second World War.

She then said that "we want to do everything we can to make sure Ukraine is still a strong democracy and that Russia loses this war".

Read more here and watch the full interview below...

Some Russian officials have proposed more anti-migrant policies in response to the Crocus City Hall attack, according to military analysts.

The Institute for the Study of War cited comments from Vladimir Putin ally Mikhail Sheremet, who said Russia should "limit the entry of migrants into Russia" and that the West was targeting migrants in the country to conduct terrorist attacks.

He also said Russia was not capable of determining which migrants have "good intentions" as its efforts are primarily focused on the war.

Vladislav Davankov, who ran in the Russian presidential election, also suggested harsher measures against migrants including a "zero tolerance" policy for those who commit a crime during their first year in Russia.

He also said Russia should have "digital control" over migrants.

The US-based ISW said Russia's anti-migrant policies and an "increasingly ultranationalist Kremlin" are "likely further alienating migrant communities and generating animosities that Salafi-Jihadi groups can exploit in recruitment efforts".

Russian forces downed 11 Ukrainian drones over the southwestern Rostov region overnight, Russia's defence ministry has claimed.

Regional governor Vasily Golubev reported a fire early this morning at Rostov's Novocherkassk power plant, which caused a temporary shutdown to two of its units.

There were no casualties. Kyiv has not commented on the claim that it targeted Russian territory.

Mr Golubev did not report the cause of the fire and whether it was related to the 11 downed drones - however, the Baza Telegram channel said the fire was caused by the drones.

Sky News has not independently verified the reports.

If you're just waking up, here's a reminder of the latest after more than 130 people were killed in an attack on a concert hall outside Moscow on Friday.

Three out of four suspects have pleaded guilty after appearing in court charged with terror offences.

All four suspects, from Tajikistan, have been remanded in custody until at least 22 May before facing trial, according to Russian authorities.

Dalerdzhon Barotovich Mirzoyev, 32, Saidakrami Murodali Rachabalizoda, 30, Shamsidin Fariduni, 25, and Muhammadsobir Fayzov, 19, appeared at the Basmanny district court in Moscow yesterday.

The number of people killed in the attack on the Piknik rock concert at Crocus City Hall Krasnogorsk on Friday night has risen to 137. At least 154 people were injured, and more than 100 remain in hospital.

Mirzoyev, Rachabalizoda and Shamsidin all admitted guilt after being charged.

The fourth suspect, Fayzov, was brought to court directly from a hospital in a wheelchair.

Medical staff stayed with Fayzov while he was in court, where he wore a hospital gown and trousers. He appeared to have a number of cuts.

The other three suspects appeared in court heavily bruised with swollen faces amid reports in Russian media that they were tortured during interrogation by the security services.

Video footage showed them being dragged through the court building before the hearing.

Welcome back to our live coverage of the war and the fallout to the Russian terror attack, after four men were charged with terrorism and remanded in custody for two months by a Moscow court.

The suspects, some with black eyes, were accused over the shooting attack on Crocus City Hall in Moscow on Friday, in which 137 people died.

Before we resume our live updates and analysis, here is a recap of the other key moments from the last 24 hours:

Airspace 'violated':  Poland demanded an explanation from Russia after reporting one of its missiles strayed briefly into Polish airspace during a major missile attack on Ukraine.

'Historic' ship attacks:  UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps called Ukrainian strikes on two Russian Black Sea landing ships a "significant milestone".

Terror threat level:  France raised its terror threat level to the "highest possible" in light of the concert hall attack near Moscow.

Putin pays tribute: The Kremlin released footage showing an emotional Vladimir Putin lighting a candle in tribute to those who died at Crocus City Hall.

False flag theories rejected:  The Institute for the Study of War concluded Islamic State "very likely" carried out the attack, dismissing allegations of a Russian false flag operation or any Ukrainian involvement.

The Islamic State is very likely responsible for the concert shooting, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has said.

Both the conduct of the attack and the style of the IS announcement were consistent with their previous attacks, said the US-based thinktank.

Allegations that the attack was a false flag operation are inconsistent with the evidence, it added.

The ISW also said it was "highly unlikely" IS conducted the attack under orders from Kyiv, appearing to refer to Russian claims that the perpetrators had links to Ukraine.

"IS would not falsely claim an attack that may have been conducted by one Christian state against another (or by the Kremlin against Russia's own people in some sort of false-flag operation), because the implications of IS conducting an attack at the behest of a predominantly Christian country would damage IS credentials within the Salafi-Jihadi community."

The ISW added that to falsely take responsibility for such a high profile attack would also risk undermining the purpose of IS propaganda - to "fundraise and disseminate its guidance to lower-level commanders and supporters".

"The conduct of the attack itself is also consistent with previous IS attacks, including the 2015 Paris terror attacks," said the thinktank.

"The Amaq News Agency announcement is consistent in terms of style, branding, and language with previous Amaq claims for other attacks," it added.

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‘3 Body Problem’ Episode 5 Recap: Judgment Day

An elaborate plan is disturbingly effective and once again, an episode closes on a horrific high note.

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In an austere landscape, two people talk to a woman with a sword on her back

By Sean T. Collins

Season 1, Episode 5: ‘Judgment Day’

“It’s not working,” Raj Varma says.

An officer in the Royal Navy — and the boyfriend of the cosmologist Jin Cheng, a fact one doubts is a coincidence — Raj has been handpicked by top black-ops bloke Thomas Wade to run a crucial operation. Scientists and military engineers under his command must retrieve all available data from the floating headquarters of Mike Evans’s pro-alien cult, without allowing the cultists to destroy the information or doing so themselves in the process.

To Raj, it looks like the plan has failed. Using the experimental nanofibers developed by Auggie Salazar, finally free of that maddening alien countdown, now that the Shan-Ti have cut off contact with their faithful, they’ve constructed an invisible net that seems ready to catch the ship. Given how the team is talking about casualties, sinking seems the more likely outcome.

But to all appearances, the gigantic repurposed oil tanker is cruising right through the Panama Canal, passing by the support beams across which the nano-net has been stretched. Raj, who inherited his ends-justify-the-means attitude from his war-hero father, has long suspected Auggie’s heart isn’t in the project, since she’s pretty much told him so to his face. He suspects sabotage. He leans in toward her in the command center. “Why isn’t it working?” he asks her accusingly.

The camera shifts focus from his face to hers. “It is,” she says, never taking her eyes off the monitor showing her the ship.

It was at this point that I said, out loud, “Oh, this is going to be gnarly. ”

These recaps have stressed how much power “3 Body Problem” derives from its sense of inevitability: These aliens have no other choice, they are on their way, they are powerful, and one day they will arrive. In the bravura special effects sequence that follows that moment, the co-creators and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the director Minkie Spiro and the visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier boil this dread down into immediate physical form.

For the next several minutes after Auggie confirms her nanofibers are in working order — dialogue-free minutes in which our nominal heroes stare in dumbfounded horror at the carnage — these invisible blades slice through the slowly-moving ship, cutting everything and everyone aboard to ribbons. A severed hose dribbling water as it twitches to and fro is our first clue as to the effect the fibers are going to have when they make contact with human bodies. Even so, the resulting image of person after person coming apart and falling to bloody rectangular pieces is one of the most admirably disgusting things ever filmed for the small screen.

It’s fascinating work to observe in light of Benioff and Weiss’s much, and for my money unjustly, criticized ending for “Game of Thrones.” Whether or not that ending was prescribed by the novelist George R.R. Martin is immaterial: Of course any filmmakers this obviously invested in violence as a form of moral spectacle were going to burn down King’s Landing.

And make no mistake, it is a moral spectacle. To Wade and to Raj, if not to Auggie, the end of defeating the San-Ti justifies the means of massacring their human followers down to the last child. But isn’t this the logic of Evans, his partner Ye Wenjie and their followers — that sacrificing humanity’s freedom is worth it if it’s in service of the greater good? Isn’t it the logic Raj’s father was observing when he single-handedly killed off a platoon of Pakistani soldiers? Isn’t it the logic by which Wenjie’s father was beaten to death onstage? The graphic gore forces us to reckon with the underlying ethics in a literally visceral way.

In terms of sheer scale, though, the incident has nothing on what’s to come. Wade and his team retrieve the ship’s data from the carcass of Mike Evans. (Exit Jonathan Pryce — another “Game of Thrones” alum bites the dust. Hang in there, Liam Cunningham!) The drive decrypts itself deliberately, allowing Wade and his new recruit, Jin, to access a new level of the virtual reality video game.

This time, the San-Ti, represented by the placid-voiced swordswoman who’s served as their mouthpiece throughout the series, detail their plan. Unlike their disaster-shattered civilization, humanity accrues technological development at an accelerating pace over time, leading the aliens to conclude that their invasion will be defeated easily by the time it arrives. Unless, that is, the aliens impede humanity’s progress.

They intend to do this using sophons, stupendously powerful sentient computers carved into single protons by use of redirected extra-dimensional energy. (The visuals here are as extravagantly sci-fi as the concept.) Two of the San-Ti’s four linked sophons are already on Earth, messing with particle colliders and creating those hallucinatory visuals. The end goal is to destroy human science and plunge the species into a superstitious, fearful new Dark Age.

Since the sophons can expand and contract exponentially in moments, the aliens have a chance to make that plunge into darkness literal. A sophon encircles the planet and replaces the sky with a colossal mirror reflecting the ground. In the middle, in place of the sun, a massive eye opens up. One message accompanies this display on every electronic device in the world: “YOU ARE BUGS.”

It’s around this point that Wenjie begins reconsidering her allegiances. Clarence has, by now, played her a recording of the conversation in which the San-Ti first turned on and then abandoned Evans. No one knows how powerful these beings are better than Wenjie, so no one has a better sense of the odds.

Again, this all plays out in micro with Will. Bequeathed a fortune by Jack, he’s choosing to spend it by laying back and chilling out rather than pouring his money into experimental and likely painful new treatments. In his way he’s the opposite of Wade, who comes across more and more like a character from a 1960s secret agent thriller as he speeds around in expensive cars, throwing his apparently bottomless resources at the problem. The eye in the sky suggests they simply will not be enough.

Once again, “3 Body Problem” closes on a horrific high note, something that seemed impossible to do in an episode featuring hundreds of julienned corpses. The closing of the sky by a giant mirror once again conjures up intense feelings of vertigo. There’s something obscene in the idea that sentient beings could cause a disruption of the natural order on that scale at that speed. But this, of course, is a lesson humanity is currently learning in the real world.

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Astros’ Framber Valdez to start Opening Day, Jose Urquidy suffers injury as Blake Snell rumors swirl

T wo updates, one positive and one negative, emerged from Houston Astros camp on Friday. It was revealed that Framber Valdez will start Opening Day for the third consecutive season, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. However, Jose Urquidy reportedly suffered an elbow injury during a minor league outing Friday and is currently being evaluated, per McTaggart as well.

The Astros are rumored to be interested in adding more starting pitching. Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. are also battling injures , so Houston may look to sign a free agent such as Blake Snell .

Valdez starting Opening Day

The 30-year-old left-hander has emerged as an ace over the past few years. He’s pitched in exactly 31 games over the past two seasons, and has averaged right around 200 innings per year during that span.

Valdez pitched to a 3.45 ERA across 198 innings in 2023. He added a career-high 200 strikeouts. Houston is counting on Valdez to lead the charge in 2024 amid Houston’s injury concerns.

And those concerns will be worth closely monitoring.

Astros may look to make addition before Opening Day

Chandler Rome of The Athletic recently mentioned Blake Snell as a possible free agent target for Houston. Jordan Montgomery and Michael Lorenzen remain unsigned as well.

Houston has a fairly deep rotation when healthy. At the moment, though, this rotation has a plethora of injury concerns. The Astros are hoping for a positive update on Urquidy, but even if he returns without issue the Astros still have pitching uncertainty.

It would not be surprising to see the Astros continue to be linked to starting pitchers as Opening Day draws near. Houston could also try to make a trade, but the free agency route appears to be more likely right now.

Framber Valdez will start Opening Day, but will there be a new star joining him in the rotation before the 2024 season gets underway?

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