(Closed) Alaskan Cruise?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I heard that Sept is not the best time to go because it’s so much colder.  When we heard that we decided to go elsewhere.

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve been on an Alaskan Cruise and while I’m generally not at all a cruise person I think it’s a great way to visit alaska b/c you can see things you might not otherwise.  That said, I think rosychicklet is right about weather in September.  I don’t know for sure, but you can start getting snow in the mountains even down in Washington and Oregon then, so I’m guessing things get colder up north a lot sooner.

Post # 5
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i agree with the other two, the cruising season for alaska usually runs from late may to early september. i think this has to do with it being cold and too much ice being in the water. we went in late may and ice was a little bit of a problem when we were in one of the passages. it’s a great way to see alaska, but maybe you could wait until the following summer to go and do something else for your hooneymoon.

Post # 6
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was on a cruise in Alaska in the middle of August last year and it was already quite cold (although we were told that it was unseasonably so) and we had a slight problem with ice.  I think if you speak with a travel agent you trust and get an honest opinion as to the likelihood of problems, you will be better able to assess the seasonal issue.  IMO, if the ships are still cruising, there is a significant chance that everything will be alright (if not ideal) at the end of the season.  If you decide to go ahead with the cruise, I would definitely suggest taking some of the wildlife viewing excursions, but be aware that wild animals are a bit unpredictable and do not always appear on cue. 

Post # 7
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

Our honeymoon was a 7-night Alaskan cruise combined with a 3-night Vancouver/Whistler package through Royal Caribbean.  We went the last week of August 2008.  It was chilly and drizzling in a couple ports, but no one goes to Alaska expecting tropical weather, and we didn’t mind a bit!  In fact, it was awesome to cuddle up under a blanket on our balcony watching the icebergs go by.  We saw bears, whales, and eagles, and the scenery is just amazing.  We did zip lines and went hiking through a temperate rainforest.  It was the most wonderful trip we’ve ever taken, and we wish we had the money to go back every year.  I say, if an outdoorsy honeymoon appeals to you and a company is offering sailing dates that fit your schedule, GO!

Post # 8
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My friends did an Alaskan cruise for their honeymoon, and they didn’t enjoy it as much as they thought because the boat was full of elderly people. They had no one to hang out with and the tours were really slow. If you decide on an Alaskan cruise, be sure to check with a travel agent to see if there will be other young couples on board.

Post # 9
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A good friend of mine went on an Alasakan cruise for her honeymoon in September. She said it was cold but they had a great time. There are a lot of things to do and they went in the "off" season so it was cheaper.

Post # 10
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

does anyoe know when is the best time to see the northern lights I thought it was during the colder months?

Post # 11
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

 TO Angelwinged:  Re – Northern Lights

They are expecting 2013 to be exceptional… and YES Wintertime is the best time to see them… here is the link to the Northern Lights Centre Website = http://www.northernlightscentre.ca/northernlights.html

You can also find more info on-line by GOOGLING – Northern Lights Aurora Borealis –

Hope this helps,



Post # 12
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I was considering a cruise until I realized that the ones where I live dont include drinks of any kind, not even soda or juice. So make sure you look into that because my friend said those things were VERY expensive. She went to Alaska in mid Sept and said the weather was great, not to hot not to cold.

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