Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle or Alaska Cruise

May 22nd, 2004, 10:11 PM
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Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle or Alaska Cruise

Hi, my husband and I (both young and married for 3 years; mexican, by the way) have two roundtrip airplane tickets to Vancouver, BC. (Mazatlan,MX - Vancouver,BC - Mazatlan)and they expire in October.
We are planning to go as soon as posible (maybe in June) but we dont know if we want:
1.-Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle
or,
2.-A cruise to Alaska (of course, without spending time in the last cities mentioned)
We have like 1 week to 10 days for our vacation and no kids. We like to have fun.
What would you recomend.
(sorry if my english is not very good)
Please help! Thank you...
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May 22nd, 2004, 11:08 PM
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These are totally different vacations and it depends on your tastes and interests. A cruise is easy, with much of the work done for you, but is more superficial. It is a floating hotel/casino that travels to small communities, where the people getting off the cruise ships double the size of the town. Alaska is pretty neat, but the view from a cruise ship is limited.
Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle is a city trip, though you could add some scenic areas en route. All are interesting cities with a lot to offer.
If it were my first trip and I wanted to get a feel for the northwest, I'd do the land trip and not a cruise. You could visit some of the beautiful national parks as well as the cities.
If I just wanted to relax, party, and view scenery, maybe a cruise.
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May 23rd, 2004, 04:19 AM
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Alita - I would consider a seven night round trip cruise out of Vancouver and a couple additional nights in Victoria BC.

If you act fast, there still may be some great bargains for June sailings. Otherwise, you might need to wait for early September. We are leaving for a cruise next week with an outside cabin for only $800 per person (total price, all fees). We couldn't possibly do a hotel and food for that for a week.
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May 23rd, 2004, 08:12 AM
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Alaska is wonderful, and it would definatly be my first pick, but I would do a land trip rather than a cruise.
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May 23rd, 2004, 05:59 PM
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Thank you all for your travel tips.
We do like to be pampered in a cruise without having to pack and unpack each time we change place, but we are thinking about it because it IS more expensive than the land trip. Im sure its worth it but we still have to add the land tours on the places the ship visits.
But anyways, we want a good hotel in Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle but theyre very expensive, and then you add the food and the shopping and you almost end up with the same cost of the Cruise Vacation.
So we are thinking more of the Cruise, but I will let you know so you can give me more tips when we decide.
Thankyou.
PS: HappyLC: We cannot stay extra days in Victoria, thats why its difficult to decide because with the cruise we wont get to spent days in the cities I mentioned. Bye.
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May 23rd, 2004, 07:06 PM
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Before my kids were born, hubby and I went to Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria TWICE. We loved it. Yes, it is "city" but the scenery and driving is very beautiful. We truly loved our trip. I've never taken a cruise. Good luck!
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May 23rd, 2004, 09:09 PM
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We just talked to a few couples that went last year to Vancouver, etc., and they all agreed that we will have lots of fun there and we will love the scenery too.
They said that there are a lot of places to go and things to do.
So we are thinking more of the land trip!!!!!
Now, could you help us decide how to distribute our days?
We want to arrive one Friday and return 10 days after (on Sunday).
We want to saty more days in Vancouver, and how about 2 nights in Victoria, what do you think?
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May 24th, 2004, 06:34 AM
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Actually the cruise might be cheaper regardless - figure just the hotel and meals costs for a land based holiday, then compare that to the cruise cost. Yes, the excursions on cruises cost extra but so do many of the "excursions" one makes on shore - museums, mountain gondolas, aquarium, etc. On an Alaska cruise much of the scenery comes to you, and a number of the ports of call don't require anything more in the way of an "excursion" than to walk around the historic towns (Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan...)

Having said that, Vancouver is a wonderful city for exploring and I'm sure you'll love it. One big cost-saving possibility is to use Priceline.com for your hotel - typically one can get 4-star (the best) hotels in Vancouver in the summer for US$60-$70 per night using Priceline. See www.biddingfortravel.com for results and pointers on how to use Priceline if you're not familiar. You may have some difficulty with PL if you don't have a credit card issued by a US bank, but there are ways around this problem.

With 10 days I'd allocate 3 or 4 to Vancouver proper, 2 to Victoria, 2 to Whistler, and 2 or 3 to Seattle. You will need a car (another thing you wouldn't need on a cruise.)
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May 24th, 2004, 02:44 PM
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Thanks all!!!
We decided to fly on friday to Vancouver (because we cant chang the tickets)and go directly to Seattle to sleep there. Stay in Seattle three nights, then go to Victoria for one night and spend the rest of our trip in Vancouver (they say theres a lot to do).
PS. Maybe 2 nights in Victoria instead of 1 (and steal one from Vancouver).
NOW, what do you recommend us to do when getting to Vancouver, I mean, what would be the easyest way to go to Seattle (we arrive in Van. very late, almost at 11pm)?
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