Post # 1
Can anyone recommend a good one? Were there a lot of outings/activities for you and your DH, or did you mostly just stay on the ship? My biggest worry is that we’ll spend a ton of money on a crusie, and then my DH will want to stay on the ship all week and do nothing but eat haha.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@mvg120: Okay, I haven’t been on a cruise but I just went to AK last week with my DH and it was sooooo beautiful!! We rented an RV and drove around, and we got to go to some amazing remote places. We walked on a 10-mile-long, 300-foot-of-ice glacier, we climbed around in ice caves, we saw bears and salmon in the wild – I could go on an on, it was amazing! If you want any specific recs PM me! I will mention that the best time of year to go is in the summer – it gets dark very, very early in the winter and it gets super cold. Also, Anchorage was nothing to write home about – I wouldn’t spend more than a day there; the best gems in Alaska are in the great outdoors.
ETA: Most of the Alaska cruises are out of Seattle. I used to live in Seattle, and I would recommend spending a couple days there before or after your cruise, as it’s an amazing city with a million and one things to do. That would give you two trips in one, in a way!
Post # 4
I also have not been on a cruise…nor to AK. But we are booking a cruise next month for June. We’re going with some friends/experienced cruisers so I’ll come back and update what we end up booking. 🙂
Post # 5
I haven’t been on one, but have always wanted to go! I’ve heard they are amazing. I think Princess runs their Alaskan cruises out of SF
Post # 6
I went on an Alaskan cruis last summer with my mom and it was INCREDIBLE! There were three stops, and a spot were you did some scenic cruising. We got off in each port, but we only signed up for 1 excursion. At the other 2 ports, we walked around, took public transportation to a park with a lot of totem poles, went on hikes, it was amazing. In Juneau we went on a life-changing whale watching trip. The memories made were wonderful!
Depending on your sense of adventure, there’s lots to do and the cruise offers a lot of different excursions.
Post # 7
@mvg120: Have not been to Alaska but I have cruised to Mexico on Carnival (which does alaskan cruises) and I have also sailed on royal carribean. I LOVED carnival cruise lines. It was so much fun, but dont worry im sure DH will still want to get off and take a look around. You can look at the excursions available through the cruise line before you sail and see what there is to do at the ports. They also usually have little seminars on board about Port Activities.
On the ship is so much fun! The entertainment was exceptional i would compare to Vegas. The lounges, casino, pools, guest activities were interactive and had alot of energy (if you dont want to be that involved thats OK too – plenty to do!)
Post # 8
I have been on an Alaskan cruise and it wasn’t something I’d do again. Ther are a LOT of seniors on the boat so it wasn’t great for meeting people which was kind of a bummer. The excursions are also really expensive, and it’s hard to do anything indipendently because of the way the ports are set up. That said, if you’re willing to pay the money for the excursions they are apparently really good.
I haven’t been on a tropical cruise, but I understnad the vibe is much younger and more “party” on those.
Post # 9
I went on an AK cruise with my family (not honeymoon) it was on Princess and was the Sea and Land cruise. It was AMAZING. It left out of Vancouver I believe and travelled up the coast of Alaska and into the fjords (definitely worth getting a balcony cabin if you can afford it because the scenery is amazing!). We went to various ports and did a few excursions along the sea portion. Then the ship docked and the Land part began. Princess has their own train that goes into the depths of Alaska and to a grand lodge. My favorite part of the trip was taking a river boat through the National Forest to a lodge that is run by one of the only people to live IN the National Forest due to law changes he was able to stay there since he lived in the lodge before the forest became a protected land. Another great excursion was a helicopter ride to the edge of an ice canyon! Ooooh and the float plane ride was also great!
PM me and I’ll tell you even more!!!
Post # 10
We’ve been on an Alaskan cruise, but not for our honeymoon. Alaska is gorgeous and we loved it!! It was surprisingly warm (other than when the ship was sailing – we ended up wearing short sleeves all week.
We did lots of activites off of the ship. The whale watching was INCREDIBLE. I’ve been whale watching in Hawaii too and it was nothing compared to Alaska. We were on a relatively small boat and there was a pod of Orca whales literally two feet from us. They were everywhere! Coming up close to the boat with their babies and everything. It was amazing.
I also really liked the White Pass & Yukon Route scenic train that goes from Skagway, Alaska to Canada. You see some really beautiful sights and its not too pricey to do. Here is a link to it, but you can book it through a ship excurision too if you don’t want to do it separately. http://www.wpyr.com/
I will say that I have been on 11 cruises and our Alaskan one was the first time we ever got sea sick. I don’t know if its typical or not, but the waters were really choppy sailing from Washington to Alaska. I mean, REALLY choppy. I have never had motion sickness in my life, but this was horrible. I’d make sure to bring some dramamine with you just in case!!
Also, I don’t know if it matters to you, but when we went we were some of the youngest people on the ship (we were 24 at the time). For the most part everyone else was pretty much 60+, so I wouldn’t consider it a young, party environment. This was fine with us, but if you’re looking for a wild cruise it might not be the top choice 😉