Post # 1
We are thinking about taking a cruise to Alaska a few weeks after our wedding this coming September. We’ll be gone Saturday, 09/25 through Saturday, 10/02 on the Norwegian Star. I’ve never been on a cruise, hell, I’ve never been anywhere(!) and I’m very nervous. Most people ask why we aren’t going to a warmer location, but seriously, I do not want to be seen in a swimsuit so colder climate was better for us. My FI is excited because it will be the first time we attend a really nice dinner location and I may wear a dress for the first time in forever–he’s never seen me in a dress. Technically I guess my wedding dress will be the first dress, but (haha) I don’t think that counts since it’s not a typical dress and it’s poufy. 🙂
So, have you been up there? Any recommendations?
Post # 3
No advice since I haven’t been, but we’re also considering Alaska for our late June honeymoon!
Post # 4
I’ve been on a cruise to Alaska and it was gorgeous. I don’t think I’d go for my honeymoon though. Alaska cruises skew very old, like we joked that the ship was going to pull into heaven. I went in late May and it surprisingly warm. We went whale watching which was cool, keep in mind the whales don’t breech the surface like they do in pictures so all you see is a hump and then a tail.
Post # 5
My fiance’s parents and grandparents went, they had a pretty good time, but didn’t seem to think it was exceptional. If you don’t get much response on here and want me to ask them more, just pm me in a few days!
Post # 6
I’ve been on an Alaskan cruise! Ours was through Celebrity, but if yours is doing the Inside Passage, the route is essentially the same. Some tips:
1. BALCONY! This is the one thing I’d reccommend splurging on. The vistas of mountains, glaciers, and even some wildlife are absolutely amazing. And, if it gets too chilly to stand outside, pull your little sofa in front of the closed glass doors for a warmer but still gorgeous view.
2. EXTRAS! No alcohol or soda is included, so be wary of extra charges. With this in mind, we ate almost all of our meals on board when the ship was docked at a port of call, with the exception of lunch. The big ships anchor away from the shore, and you have to tender to the town (tender = take small boats from ship to shore and back), so you waste all kinds of time going back just for lunch. Wake up early in time to watch the ship anchor, and get on the first tendor out!
3. SPECIAL NIGHTS: I’m not sure what your specific ship does, but generally all cruises have black-tie night(s). If you plan on doing speciality dining instead of regular for one of the nights, DON’T do it on this one — everyone tries to! Book your extra-restaurant meal for the second-to-last night, and you get to dress up twice!
4. OMG PICTURES! Basically, bring extra SDcards, batteries, etc. You’ll need them.
Feel free to message me if you want more info, but that’s what springs to mind first.
Oh, and a tip for weather: polar fleece and waterproof jacket and thin pair of gloves are crucial for excursions. We did a seaplane ride over Misty Fjords and a helicopter onto the Mendenhall Glacier — I suggest you do both, and any other adventure you see!
Post # 7
I WON (hee hee) a cruise last year and my fiance and i went on it for a week. From Seattle to Juneau with Princess Cruise. It was fun, but there werent very many young people, just to keep in mind 🙂
Here is a link to my album if you want to look at some pics 🙂
Post # 8
We are leaving on an Alaskan cruise June 12 and we are suppppper excited!
Post # 9
Wow! Cool photos Bailey and thanks for all the great info BostonBaby 🙂 I’m sure I’ll PM you here pretty soon with any other questions!!
Post # 10
My DH and I went on an Alaskan cruise in summer 2005 and loved it! It is true that Alaskan cruises tend to attract an older crowd, but there are plenty of shore excursions that are geared toward more active types. Be sure to budget for extras (like shore excursions). I wouldn’t worry too much about it; it’s your honeymoon and you’ll be so blissed out that you will be happy wherever you go!
Post # 11
I went on one in college with my family. It was great – in the summer it was about 65 degrees. We got to stop off in lots of cool places – see icebergs, whales, little fishing villages. I’d recommend the zoo in seward.
Yeah. keep in mind its lots of old people and families – not quite the singles or young wed’s scene – but if you don’t mind I’d go for it!
Post # 12
@bailey…we are also going on the golden princess…thanks for the photos!
Post # 13
No problem ladies!! I am more the happy to help if you have any questions (or i can suggest stuff!!) Please feel free to PM! 🙂
Post # 14
I went on an Alaskan Cruise last summer with my bff and it was to date one of the BEST vacas I have ever been on. FI is actually really disappointed that I dont want to do it again for our honeymoon, so we agreed to do it for our one yr anniversary 🙂 It does bring an older crowd, but that didnt bother us at all. I COMPLETELY agree SPLURGE on a balcony, it is totally worth it!!! You wont have to fight the crowds on deck to see glaciers and wildlife. And keep in mind, room service is included, so you can have it delivered and you and your hubby can eat on the balcony and enjoy each others company while looking at the amazing scenery.
IF I hadnt already been, I would totally do it. Esp if it sounds fun to you and your fiance. And cruise ships usually pay a lot of attention to honeymooners. Only other advice is get involved in on board activities on your days at sea, youll get a ‘cruise compass’ on your bed every day for the following days activities, check it out! Usually have different classes, gameshows, etc to attend.
Feel free to msg me if you have any questions!! Oh and lastly, I dont know if you and FI are the adventurous type…but my FAVORITE excursion was ziplining in Juneau. It was amazing, 4hrs long, 10 zip lines and a boat ride. So much fun!