Cruises Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Alaska Shore excursion on the cheap

Jump to last reply

We have often heard friends who have told us that they cannot afford to go on a cruise as it is so expensive, especially shore excursions and all the “extras”. We decided to prove them wrong and embarked on a cruise to Alaska, for 7 days, on a mass market cruise line mega ship, and do it all for under $1,000 per person including all expenses (except airfare).

A little bit of a preamble is required here. We were supposed to go on an Alaska cruise with our older son and DIL this coming August. Since he took a new job in May, the August Alaska cruise is off so we booked something else instead. Then we received words that a major cruise line that seldom discounts is offering a 7 day inside passage from Seattle for $349 plus tax (port charges). We have to jump on it and book our cheapo cruise to Alaska.

For the purpose of this trip report, the ship and the cruise line is not important. The point I am trying to make here is that you can do great self-guided shore excursions on the cheap and see more than people who are paying for an expensive shire excursion. The rule is simple: you have to do your homework. It helps if you’ve been there before but is not a pre-requisite.

So here it goes ….

Cruise to Alaska inside passage round trip Seattle 7 days with 4 port stops. June 2-9.

34 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:11 PM
View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Alaska Cruise with Celebrity Solstice 7/11/14 - 7/18/14
  2. 2 Holland America supports mass slaughter of whales in the Faroes!
  3. 3 Power converters for onboard cruise
  4. 4 Trip Report STAY AWAY FROM VIKING
  5. 5 Douro or Danube for river cruise
  6. 6 river cruise cabins
  7. 7 Anyone ever used Vacations To Go?
  8. 8 Trip Report Viking River Cruise Disappoints
  9. 9 Elia or Kalafatis beach on Mykonos
  10. 10 Trip Report Cruise on the Galapagos Explorer II
  11. 11 Trip Report Beware of Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel
  12. 12 a little worried about getting wet feet...1st ever cruise pending
  13. 13 Trip Report Regent Seven Seas Voyager - Bangkok to Dubai - April, 2014
  14. 14 Trip Report Alaska Shore excursion on the cheap
  15. 15 Sending an On-Board 'gift'?
  16. 16 Gate 1 River Cruise to Russia - Know anything about it?
  17. 17 Legend of the Seas - July 20th Shore Excursions?
  18. 18 Budgeting for on-board spending
  19. 19 carniva cruise key west and cozumel in august 2014
  20. 20 First Time Cruiser -- Travel Agent Yes or No?
  21. 21 Trip Report Grand Circle Rivers of Europe Cruise
  22. 22 Trip Report Holland America Southbound Cruise - early June
  23. 23 Any small-scale Alaska cruises out there?
  24. 24 What mistakes did you make as a newbie cruiser?
  25. 25 Aida pulls out of Israel. Shrapnel on deck!
View next 25 » Back to the top