Alaskan Cruise?

posted 10 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My husband and I actually did a cruise to Alaska on royal Caribbean in June of 2018! It was our honeymoon trip out of Seattle. It was an amazing trip! We did a glacier walk in Juneau and a wildlife expedition in another port. It was 7 days and was worth the trip for us! We wanted to go to Alaska and found a great deal. We had an electronic balcony which showed the outdoor livestream in an inside room. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

It was fabulous! We took our kids with us and we had a great time. Beautiful scenery and great animal watching! I totally want to go back.

But dont do a snorkeling day trip in Alaska. Stick with kayaking and flying to the glaciers and things like that. I should have had my head examined with that one.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion

This is going to be a long one, but I lived in Juneau and worked at the #1 tourist attraction in all of Alaska. Most of our visitors were from the cruise ships. Most people love them. If you go to Juneau on a Tuesday that is a high traffic day (upwards of 18,000+ people with 5-7 cruise ships), and it will be packed! There were a number of visitors I spoke with who were hungry, because they felt rushed by the cruise schedule and felt like they did not have time to eat on the ship. (Some common attractions do NOT sell food….Bear problems)

In in my opinion, the best time to go would be around August if you’re interested in wildlife viewing. At that point the Sockeye salmon are spawning. The bears are out now, and they’ll be out for a long time, they’re a lot of fun. Ice caves are very tough, because they’re melting so quickly they’re not safe to enter (though people still do). If you’re looking more for more of the Northern light experience, go closer to September/October since in the summer there are extended daylight hours (about 18.5 hours of pure daylight during the solstice).

Also, Juneau does get hot. It gets up to 90*F. It is also a rainforest so it rains there a lot and most people are NOT prepared for it. So bring rain gear. 

Most visitors also really loved going to Banff, Canada (I’m probably spelling it wrong).

If you want to private message me so I can tell you about places in Juneau. But all I have is info on that one port, and what visitors have loved, and what they struggled with.

 

Overall, I think you’d have a blast though!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It was great, we used the time for ship activities and eating at restaurants! We love cruising, though. It is always fun to explore. We use our time on shore to explore the ports. I would recommend it  🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve done an Alaskan cruise several years ago and I would  recommend it for sure. It is a easy way to see more areas of Alaska. I went in August and it was cold but not too cold.  I went on Norwegian Cruise Lines and I can definately say it was worth it. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

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chitownyogini :  My daughter and I went snorkeling. I love snorkeling and scuba, but this demanded a full wetsuit including hood. It was so cold I think my heart stopped for a minute. But it was interesting and whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger lol.

The best part was when they poured hit water on us at the end when we got out.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

👀 following this thread.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion

Glacier Hikes. This one was on the Mendenhall Glacier. The person under me was almost 7 ft tall.

 

Tracy Arms Tour

Mama bear with her two cubs. (She’s a regular at the visitor center in Juneau)

 

Walking into an unofficial ice cave

 

There’s something for everyone!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you don’t live in the coast, you will find the scenery awesome. Be aware that if your wedding is in September, and you take your honeymoon then, you can get some fabulous late summer weather or grey rainy days on the coast.

Alaska cruises are often more casual than other cruises. You need rain gear, hiking boots of you choose to do that, evening wear is optional on many ships.

You can get a one way cruise out of Seattle or Vancouver, and fly the other direction, or choose a return trip cruise.

The temperature average in Prince Rupert , BC (about mid point on the cruise) starts at 60 at the beginning of September and falls to 55 at the end. September also gets about 16 days of rain per month.

You can get lots of information on TripAdvisor and Cruise Critic.

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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chitownyogini :  We went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon 2 years ago. We used Princess cruise lines and loved it! It was totally worth it and I recommend spending the extra money on a balcony room. It was amazing waking up and seeing the coast lines and being able to spend alone time on our private balcony away from everyone else on the ship. We left out of Vancouver, did a 7 day cruise and then a 3 day land excursion (total 10 days) through the cruise line, and got us all the way up to Fairbanks. We did the one that the ship only goes one direction, so we flew in to Vancouver and out of Fairbanks. If you do that, try to get a room on the side of the ship that will be facing the coastline while cruising, so you can enjoy the scenery and not just have open ocean views the whole time. We went in July just after our wedding. The weather was nice temperature wise, anywhere between 60-80 depending on what port we were in. Highly recommend bringing a rain jacket and things you can layer, since the weather can change quickly. Dinners on board weren’t too fancy, just had 2 maxi dresses that I wore with sweaters to the “fancy” dinners. 

We would love to go back! Darling Husband jokes about wanting to move to Alaska (at least I think he’s joking). It’s a beautiful state and you can have an amazing time there if you’re in to adventure and exploring and beautiful sites.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We did one out of Vancouver on Celebrity for our very first trip together 5 years ago. Absolutely wonderful! I would love to do one again, especially since we have a friend in Juneau which is typically one of the cruise ports.

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