Alaskan cruise VS Carribean Cruise

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ThunderStruck:  I have not don’t either, becuase my DH is not into cruises. We spend a lot of personal time on a boat in the carribian and islands so he has no desire to get on a cruise ship. BUT, he has always said if there was one cruise he’d do it would be an Alaskan cruise. We’ve actually looked into it, and every person I know who has done an Alaskan curise loved it. That being said, you’ve got a lifetime of anniversaries to celebrate so I say pick one for this year, and do the other next year. 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I have only been cruising to the Caribbean – but I think it fully depends what kind of vacation you want. Do you want a lounging in the sun vacation? Or more activities? My bff went to Alaska on a cruise for her honeymoon, and loved it – but she didn’t relax much. 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

@ThunderStruck:  They did excursions and stuff in port. Not sure exactly what, but sightseeing and such. And it was cold, so its not as thought they could sunbathe. 

I know that when I went to the Carribbean I was sunbathing / at pool when I was on the ship, and I went to the beach and did a little shopping in port.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve been on the carribean cruises and I’m going to Alaska in June. I personally hate cruises and Alaska is one of 2 cruises I would do. I would never to a carribean cruise again. I just didn’t enjoy it.  If you like cruises either could be nice. For me, Alaska is so expensive that you shoukd do it while you can and enjoy it. Everyone I’ve known who has gone to Alaska has just raved about it. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon.  We haven’t been on a caribean cruise so I don’t have anything to compare it to but we did enjoy ourselves.  We went at the beginning of June so it was still pretty cold out but we’re not sit on the beach/hot weather type of people so we didn’t mind.  One thing to note (if you really like the sun) is that most cruises take you through the part of Alaska that is mostly a temperate rainforest.  So while most of the scenery is lush and beatiful, it rains a LOT.  It was really neat to see whales not far from the boat and the color of the blue in some of those mini icebergs was amazing.  TONS of bald eagles! 

If you can, be sure to get a room with a balcony.  The private view was worth it!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ThunderStruck:  We did the Alaskan cruise this year. We really enjoyed it. We did excursions at every port including: helicopter onto a glacier, four wheeling up a mountain, sea kayaking with sea lions, high speed catamarans, tram up a mountain, conservation center, etc.

One tip- don’t do a whale watching excursion! You do a lot of whale watching from the actual cruise ship. We spent a day in glacier bay and national park rangers got on the boat for a day and would announce information about the glaciers and wildlife.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh also, we went in August and had amazing weather. Sunshine! It only got cold towards glacier bay. Def worth having a balcony.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’ve done both cruises and loved them both for different reasons.

First, Caribbean in March (one week): I live in Canada (brrr!) so warmth, sun, and beach were the draw for me. I LOVED being in the sun after 5 months of winter. Hello vitamin B! 🙂 A Caribbean vacation is all about being in the sun and sea. The activities available usually have to do with water. That being said, I enjoyed the land tours in Aruba and there’s some nice archetecture in the Dutch Caribbean. It was relaxing and warm. You can suntan on deck for boat days.

Second, Alaska in September 2012 (one week): The first time we did Alaska I hated it. I went with the “vacation of a lifetime!” “the last frontier!” mentality and booked all kinds of excusions through the ship; Going down a gold mine (lame. We didn’t go ‘down’ at all, just 50 feet into a tunnel at ground level), zip-lining (lame. The highest one was about 25 feet off the ground and the longest was only 50 ft) and The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show (this was actually really fun). I was so disappointed.

My FI loved it though, so we went back again this past fall (for two weeks) and I went with a different mentality; Relax, enjoy the scenery, and book the two things we’d heard other passengers rave about last year – the salmon bake and the White Pass train ride. Both were great!

We also did spa treatments, sat in the hottubs on the top deck to watch the glaciers and wildlife go by, ate tons of food, sat in the lobby and listened to the string quartet (while I DIY’d out wedding invitations. lol) and drank warm lattes while sitting reading on deckchairs bundled in blankets provided by the ship. It was honestly the two most relaxing weeks of my life and I’d go back in a heartbeat! (Also, we waited to book until 6 weeks before sailing and got the 14 night cruise for $489ppCAD. Seriously.)

So, the two experiences are very different but both great, depending on what you want.

Hope that helps!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ThunderStruck:  My opinion is I would do the Alaska cruise as another trip and do something warm for your honeymoon. Def worth doing both1

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I’ve been on an Alaskan cruise and I absolutely would not recommend it.  It’s my least favourite vacation ever, and I’ve been on my fair share.  This is because:

1.) The icebergs and glaciers are supposed to be immense and impressive.  They were not that large in reality and consequently not that impressive.

2.) The weather.  I went in the summer and it was rainy.  Damp cold is not fun.  If I wanted to be cold I could just wait for winter in Toronto!

3.) The excusions sucked.  They were very touristy and boring.  I went to some kind of wildlife viewing hike and a gold mining excursion…and a few other things I don’t even remember.  The hike was wet and cold, and we looked at animal tracks more than anything.  The gold mining was very touristy and lame (like how a PP said “going down a gold mine” was just 50 feet down a tunnel)…we watched some videos, stood around waist-high boxes of water, and swished sand around a basket.  The other excursions were not memorable at all.

There were a bunch of other reasons why I didn’t like it, but the above are destination-specific reasons.  I also found that I just don’t like cruises, so there’s that.

I say go for the Caribbean!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@ThunderStruck:  It was on the Diamond Princess. We booked it through the Princess website. We’ve discovered that six weeks before sail date, the prices drop by at least 50%. So if you can stomach waiting ’till then to book, the deals are amazing!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ThunderStruck:  check out cruise critic’s boards, you’ll definately find people who have done both and can provide you an objective review.

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