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Alaskan Cruise for the 'I hate cruises' guy

Alaskan Cruise for the 'I hate cruises' guy

Jul 21st, 2008, 09:45 AM
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Alaskan Cruise for the 'I hate cruises' guy

My wife wants to do an Alaskan cruise. I want to tour Vancouver Island. Compromise? One week for each. Are there any large cruise lines that don't do the Vegas thing? We both are not that type, but the small ships that can get close to the real reason for going to Alaska, but are very expensive. So what cruise line does not feature dancing and disco balls, crappy over the hill entertainers, sitting at the captain's table, trying to figurre out which of the eight forks to use, tuxedos...you get the drift. Thanks.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 09:55 AM
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On Dawn Princess they had a string quartet, a very good one, played classic music every evening. And a piano player, mostly classic. So we didn't have to watch "crappy over the hill entertainers".

Captain table? It's probably for those who cruise a lot. We didn't even know about it!

And if you don't like tuxedos, there are buffets and room service, you don't have to dress up, and it's only once or twice per cruise.

I don't think there are any cruises without "Vegas thing".
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Jul 21st, 2008, 10:00 AM
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the good news is that all the cruise lines have enough to do so you dont have get caught up in the Vegas crowd.

I go salmon fishing is just about every port and we enjoy dinner in the dining room once in a while with a few dinners in the cabin. There's a lot of great tours too.

I would say Holland America is a good compromise.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 10:34 AM
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I would say Holland America also, but it is geared towards the older crowd. Holland America is all about the shows, the Captains Dinner, etc. They have great ships that are small but have the large ship amenities. And they are more expensive. But they have the best food!!!

You could try and go with a bigger line and ship. The bigger ships tend to have more places to get away from the things you do not like, plus more stuff to do. Choose a cruise with the least amount of At Sea Days. This way your in port and not on the ship doing the bingo/art auction thing.

My favorite thing in Alaska is cruising Glacier Bay. Grab a Hot Chocolate and a deck chair with a view and spend the entire day looking at an amazing site.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 10:41 AM
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I think your best bet would be Holland-America, which caters to the more sedate crowd. Like Princess it has a string group that plays every night. Also, it only has two formal nights on a seven day cruise, which can be missed by going to the buffet or ordering room service. It rarely makes announcements over the PA, features good movies, and allows you to relax at your own speed. You might find it stll too "ritzy" for your tastes, but I believe of the mass market lines, it is your best bet.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 10:42 AM
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My husband and I just returned from Alaska on Holland America. We did not "do Vegas". There was a casino-no reason to go if you don't want to. There are shows-actually a variety of them-again, attendance not required. No disco that I remember. We did enjoy dancing in the Crow's Nest. many other venues to just sit and listen. You can really do what you choose.

We did choose traditional dining and enjoyed it. My husband wore a suit (to please me) on the 2 formal nights, but we could have had a lovely dinner in the Lido or in the room. Hint on the forks-outside in. The steward will remove any not needed for the next course.

As to age, there was a wide variety of ages on our trip. We are certainly not old and very much enjoyed ourselves.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 11:25 AM
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Have you considered a ferry?
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Jul 22nd, 2008, 01:14 PM
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I hate cruises but found our Holland America cruise to Alaska absolutely fantastic.

I spent almost the entire time I was on the ship sitting on the back deck watching the mountains. Never went to the casino, never went to any of the shows, barely went inside except once the sun had set (@10pm) and had a great time.

I think itinerary is important - you want to make sure to see Glacier Bay. Also, I found the food on Holland America terrible, but YMMV. The food isn't really the point of Alaska (and you can always get fish and chips at dock if you want).

A smaller boat makes a difference too - it really does make a difference to be closer to the ocean. The Holland America boat was big, but it was small enough that we could see otters and whales and dolphins pretty well from the deck.

Holland America was a comprise for me between what I really wanted (a small boat) and what I could afford. But it turned out great.
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Jul 25th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for all the responses. I too would prefer the small boats, but they are really expensive. Jas anyone ever had any experience with them? Since this would be a one-shot deal, we might just want to go small. Would love to get up close and personal with the beauty of Alaska. Thanks again everyone!
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Jul 25th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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I think that you can do what you want on a cruise. Forget the captain's table and the casino etc.
We had a great cruise on a smaller Holland America ship. And we took the land trip to Fairbanks. Probably more interesting than VAncouver Island - very nice but still touristy.
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