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Surprise Alaskan Cruise for my Mom for Mother's Day

Surprise Alaskan Cruise for my Mom for Mother's Day

May 7th, 2017, 08:36 PM
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Surprise Alaskan Cruise for my Mom for Mother's Day

Hello all!

So...just to give you a little background. My house flooded in Baton Rouge back in August. My husband and I did the majority of the work to get it livable again. My Mom came, without hesitation and lived in a 5th wheel with us that some great friends loaned us. She helped watch my then 2 month and 2 year old while my husband spent months rebuilding. She really was such a big help to us and I want to repay her in a big way. Sorry to give you all this information that you probably don't care much about, but I want y'all to know how special this trip is!

I want to surprise my Mom for Mother's Day with an Alaskan Cruise. I can recall, on more than one occasion, that this is one of 2 things on her bucket list. She would be absolutely shocked if I give this to her. Just so you know, my budget is about $2k, flight included. Looking at the flights, they currently run about $600 RT from both Seattle and Vancouver (for the ones that aren't overly long). I was hoping to include some spending money, but after seeing some of the prices, I'm not sure if it will be feasible. If I don't include spending money, my Mom will bring her own. I've already contacted one of her great friends who I know she would love to go with, and she has agreed to go with her.

The months that I am looking at that would work for her friend are July, August, and MAYBE Sept, but most likely July or August.

Some things that might effect the trip: My Mom has some hip and back issues so they would want to avoid things that require a lot of walking. Her friend has never been on a cruise, partially for fear of sea-sickness....something that she tends to get.

I was doing some reading and it seems as though taking and inside passage from Vancouver would be a preferred place to leave from. I know my Mom LOVES beautiful scenery and and would probably love to whale watch as well. Anything that is breathtakingly beautiful is right up her alley.

I want this to be as special as possible within the budget I have, so I would really appreciate all of your advice on what is the best Cruise Line(s) to take, best months to go, best type of room to get (considering the budget), etc. What are the MUST DO/SEE excursions that you would recommend given the information I have given you. Any advice you can give would by greatly appreciated!!!

Currently, I'm looking at the 7 day Cruises.

Thanks in advance!
Kim
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May 8th, 2017, 06:08 AM
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Just a quick comment -- others will throw in recommendations for specific cruises/lines. Late season (Sept.) cruises tend to be less expensive but also there is is risk of wet/cold weather. Don't worry about her mobility - she can pick and choose which shore excursions they take based on that. Some have very little walking. Also, shore excursions offered through the cruise line are usually more expensive than ones booked independently.
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May 11th, 2017, 03:41 PM
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Best weather would be in July.
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May 11th, 2017, 09:12 PM
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What a wonderful way to thank your mother! Wow!

Vancouver cruises tend to be one way North bound. Most Seattle cruises would be inside passage round trip. One way is cheaper, but you have to fly back from Alaska. My suggestion is look at Seattle round trip inside passage first.

Princess has the most ships and most choices. I have been through Alaska in all the summer months. All I can say the weather is always a roll of the dice. There is only one guarantee: prepare for rain/drizzle/cloud for at least part of the cruise. I have only been on one cruise to Alaska that is sunny for all 7 days.

If you are budget conscious, last week in August and first week of September will get you the best value, with decent chance of decent weather. Even in June and July, you will see rain, and you will be cold (and windy) as you sail towards the Glacier.

You do not need to spend a lot of money on excursions. You just have to temper your activities. Mobility should not be an issue, and neither should motion sickness. The ship is huge and most time, you don't even know it's moving.

You can find my trip report here named "Alaska Shore excursion on the cheap". It took a bit of planning, but you really can see a lot in Alaska without spending a pile of money.

http://www.fodors.com/community/crui...-the-cheap.cfm

Once you have booked the cruise and know what port stops are, I can suggest options for easy to do excursions with minimal walking. She can then determine if she wants to spend the money or take more frugal choices.
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