Notices

Alaska-cruises

Old Apr 28th, 2009, 12:58 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 982
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Alaska-cruises

We have traveled extensively, but have never taken a cruise. Knowing that there are great sales going on, any suggestions for a small cruise line and itinerary ideas?
virginiafish is offline  
Old Apr 29th, 2009, 10:05 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 4,469
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"Small", will be Cruise West, Lindblad, Alaska Safari. The significant "sales" are on the mega liners. With HAL, probably having the "smaller" ships.

Get yourself educated on the different routings and decide what is your choice, first. Then look for a ship that matches.

One way- also consider adding time for interior Alaska touring, take advantage of being there.

Round trip Vancouver, offers fantastic scenic sailing, the least scenic sailing is round trip Seattle. But with Seattle, there is ease of cheap Seattle flights. Easy to get between Seattle/Vancouver with an extra day, if of interest. Plenty of choices. Look at ports, glacier, time in ports, route, price. All choices will involve compromises. Pick what is best for you.
BudgetQueen is offline  
Old Apr 29th, 2009, 11:28 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,986
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I recommend HAL, especially if you choose an itinerary that includes Glacier Bay. If you have not been to Alaska I do recommend a cruise tour. You are missing too much if you only do a cruise
hpeabody is offline  
Old Apr 29th, 2009, 04:58 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 982
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
thanks! I will research more. We have taken a ferry trip on the Inside Passage, but that's all.
virginiafish is offline  
Old Apr 29th, 2009, 05:15 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,916
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The 14 day itinerary that the 670 passenger Pacific Princess is offering out of Seattle this year looks pretty interesting. It's "small" compared to the mega ships but large compared to Cruise West, etc--but those are quite a bit more expensive.
NWWanderer is offline  
Old Apr 30th, 2009, 08:55 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 4,469
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It is a definate advantage to consider adding days for interior Alaska touring with a one way cruise. However, I definately disagree with the above recommendation for a "cruise tour" and "missing too much". Actually you miss plenty with cruisetours, which many times is the most costly way to tour, seeing the least. Be VERY informed on cruisetour choices,and understand EVERYTHING about them, MOST people do not.

Independent is a very simple option to also consider, of which you can see and do significantly more.
BudgetQueen is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 02:41 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 49
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just returned from an RCI Inside Passage 7-day cruise, round trip from Seattle. The port stops were Juneau, Skagway & Victoria, BC. The glacier was Saywer.

There were a couple reasons for chosing RT from Seattle--airfare cost and one person in our party didn't have a passport required for flying. Barring the above restrictions, I would have chosen to depart from Vancouver -- I would have preferred another Alaska port stop instead of Victoria, and a different (bigger) glacier would have been better. Don't get me wrong, it was still a great trip and the ship was beautiful. We splurged for balcony rooms and it was one of the BEST decisions we made!
Sproketz is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
styme123
Cruises
16
May 15th, 2016 07:49 AM
hawnmom
Cruises
5
Feb 11th, 2008 10:06 PM
MissO
Cruises
9
Mar 16th, 2007 01:29 PM
PaulaL
United States
5
Mar 14th, 2004 05:49 AM
J Brooks
Cruises
4
Jun 17th, 2002 12:24 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information