Has anyone been on one? DH and I are looking through cruises and came across Alaska...seems like something different, but wanted to hear from others :) TIA!
This is my dream cruise! I want to go on it sooo bad, but it's so 'spensive )):
My parents went for their 20th anniversary and LLOOVVEEDD it! She says they spent about $6k when it was all said and done.
I've been on one. I personally liked the Caribbean and other tropical locations more, but that's just because I live in the Northwest so it didn't feel like as much of a vacation.... it was GORGEOUS though
My parents went and had a wonderful time :o) how long are you staying? You will have so much fun :o)
Not sure how long, it will be our first cruise. The tropical destinations seem sooo fun, but the Alaska one seemed sooo different. So we're stuck on which one to choose. We originally wanted to do a Mediterranean one (I want sooo bad to see Greece) but we're gonna have to save up big time for that...so probably next year for the Mediterranean.
But for now, Alaska or Carribean/Bahamas?
my mother did a 2 week alaska cruise through Princess Cruiselines. the first week was on the ship, going up the coast and making stops at different ports. then the 2nd week was a "guided" land tour going up north through alaska. she loved it and says "she can die now" because she went to alaska. she can sometimes be a bit dramatic :-)
My DH and I have always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise! I've heard nothing but good things about it from people who have actually gone. I think it's a great idea.
I haven't been on one, but friends of mine went for their honeymoon and LOVED it!! I saw their pictures and they were absolutely beautiful! :)
Now this could be due to the time my parents went, or just what my parents noticed, but they said the majority of people on the cruise were there age (40-60+) and families. I'm not sure it would play a factor into deciding what cruise to go on, but I know for some people it my sway their opinion.
It's FANTASTIC! You should be prepared, though, to be the youngest ones aboard. However, it doesn't matter, because this trip is all about the excursions. The only time you will spend in your room is when you first leave..and definitely get a balcony room it is worth the extra money.
To save a little, plan your own excursions. The ones from the ship are very expensive and you can save a lot by doing them yourself.
Which cruise are you looking at? I live in Alaska, so I can help with any questions.
Thank you for tips! I'll have to share them with DH.
@akbridehi...here are some of the ports of call we saw: Cruising Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Cruising Inside Passage
My DH wants to do one as well - his parents did one about 15 years ago and loved it!
My mom and I did an Alaskan cruise in 2005 on Holland America. It was a life changing experience! I fell in love with Alaska and would really like to take my husband there. It's one of those places you can go back several times and never see it all. We did the "inside passage" tour which started at Vancouver and went in the inside passage, passing several glaciers, and back. The stops were Junau, Ketchican (my favorite) and Skagway.
This is most definitely the cruise to do excursions. This is the only way to see the real Alaska because much of the mainstreet of the cruise ports is like any cruise port, totally geared towards tourism.
We spent a LOT on excursions but this was my mom's bucket list trip so the sky was the limit! We went on a helicopter ride that landed on a glacier, a float-plane ride over the Misty Fjords and landed in a lake only accessible by plane, toured a dog-sled camp (went sledding on their "mud sleds" used in the off season when there is no snow), and a few other ground tours. It was AMAAAAAAAAZING! I liken it to other people describing their experience with the Grand Canyon - Alaska made me feel so small!
I also loved stopping in front of a few glaciers and watching them "calve" - break off into the sea. Unfathomable chunks of ice dropping off and creating massive waves!
Watching whales! OMG, humpbacks and orcas...breathtaking.
Ok, I did say I loved Alaska, didn't I? ;o)
VHeartsM - The cruises in the Southeast are absolutely beautiful. You will see whales, sea lions, otters, etc. I love Juneau, it's one of my favorite towns in Alaska, but it's really expensive to live there and it's so isolated being on an island that we prefer to be up here by Anchorage.
One thing that I would suggest is having a cruise that ports in Seward - which is Southcentral Alaska and then taking the train or a bus up to Anchorage. As beautiful as the cruises are, you really only get that view of Alaska. If you were to port in Seward, the ride up to Anchorage is one of the most beautiful scenes you can find. Plus, there are all kinds of great things to do around here. Walk on a glacier, hike up a mountain, see wildlife (there is a great wildlife park in Girdwood that has brown bears, moose, buffalo, all kinds of great animals in their natural environment), enjoy the midnight sun (it's light all but 2-3 hours a day in the summer).
So yes, you will love the cruise but I definitely recommend porting in Seward rather than heading back to Vancouver - there is a lot to see up here and you can see it all pretty locally!
Don't hesitate to PM me if you have any more questions!!