Which cruise one to use??

Sep 3rd, 2014, 09:07 PM
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Which cruise one to use??

I know this is a hugely open-ended question: based on my 'criteria' what is the best cruise line match for us?
1. Celebrating milestone bday of boyfriend with cruise to Alaska
2. Live on west coast, an hour from San Francisco
3. Passengers - bday boy, his girlfriend, 3 adult children - 25-28
4. Would like fishing opportunity for bday boy
5. Looking for 9-10 day cruise
6. Don't want Cadillac or Volswagon style cruise, looking for something in the middle (we're on a budget and in the early research stages)
7. Would like to travel fall 2015 - is this considered off season?

I know the answers are endless to this, question, and any perspective is welcome.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 07:52 AM
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I'll let others suggest which line . . .

But one of your criteria really needs to change - unless by Fall you mean early September. The cruise season basically ends then. (Winter comes early in Alaska)

Also - most cruises are either 7 (one way) or 14 days (RT) so to do 9-10 days you'd probably do a 7 day cruise and a couple of days on land in Alaska.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 09:09 AM
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Princess and Holland American have the most experience with cruising Alaska. I would check those out first. You may want a 7 days cruise and than spend 2 or 3 days in Denali, all booked through the cruise line. Check out cruisecritic.com for more indepth info.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 11:09 AM
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Loved Holland America and it sounds as if it could be a fit for you. Agree even July can be cold.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 07:56 PM
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Best weather is late June, early to mid July.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 08:38 PM
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Thanks to each of you. From the cruise line suggestions to the length of time and time of year. All very helpful, and a great start for my research! I'm excited to start the planning.
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Sep 5th, 2014, 06:14 PM
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We took Princess to Alaska a few years ago (roundtrip out of Seattle) and I highly recommend it. Princess is reputed to be one of the best in Alaska because it's been doing it for so long. We took the itinerary through Glacier Bay, which was stupendous, with scenery that you'll never forget (snow-peaked mountains the whole way, blue-ice glaciers, water covered in broken hunks of ice...).

Some of the special features of taking Princess:
* There was a very interesting naturalist who had lived in Alaska who gave a number of lectures, and narrated the trip into Glacier Bay
* The cruise line put on a special seafood buffet (with salmon as the star)
* There were several other lectures that were great-one by a woman who won the Iditarod
* They offered (for a fee) a champagne breakfast the morning we sailed through Glacier Bay

In a nutshell, Princess added to the specialness of the destination with all kinds of things like this. And if I remember correctly, there were some fishing excursions you could sign up for (with a cost, of course).

If you're interested, I have a few postings on my blog about Alaska. It's at http://musingaboutcruising.blogspot.com.
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Sep 7th, 2014, 01:16 PM
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Hey Fal,

I think that you are old enough to prefer HAL or Princess.

Sept is definitely the end of the season for AK.

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