(Closed) ALASKAN CRUISE HELP!!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Royal Carribean.  Very mellow.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Holland America

Alaska is a much less party atmosphere and Holland America is a much less party ship than some of the others but still enough to do so you’re not bored. My ex and I went in 2008 and it was the trip of a lifetime.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d recommend Celebrity; they have a nice classy crowd and their food has consistently been rated the best. If you can book the Solstice line of ships, a majority of them have gorgeous lawns on the top deck and glass blowing!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

I went on Princess and it was ‘fine’… I wouldn’t steer you away or advise you towards it.

I would, however, highly recommend a room with a balcony – the day we cruised through glaciers it was so nice to sit out on the balcony, have breakfast, and enjoy the view!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Alaskan cruises are generally more laid-back (and an older crowd) than other cruises to start with, so I don’t think any of the cruiselines are really going to be a party ship on this itinerary. 

We usually sail on Carnival, but went with Princess for Alaska.

One thing to look at is do you want the cruise to be round trip (ie-same embarkation and debarkation port)? Or are you OK with flying into one port and flying out of another? 

That was a big part of making our decision as it was cheaper to fly into & out of Seattle rather than flying to/from Alaska on one end of the cruise.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I second Holland America. I used it for my 7-day Alaskan trip in Sept. 2009 (Booked via Costco). I believe most of their ships have been renovated since then. In the past I’ve cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. I think Royal and Holland America were very similar price-wise and crowd-wise and would use either in a heartbeat. Alaskan cruises in general are much more chill and have very unique excursions so take advantage of that.

Also, Cruise Critic (http://www.cruisecritic.com) is a fantastic resource site where you can compare ships, learn about different excursions, best seasons to travel and packing ideas.

Happy travels!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We went this last may. We used Carnival. Ended up going on the ship Spirit. It was a younger crowd, which was nice. Lots of things to do. Comedy shows, games, bar, etc. we did the 7 day cruise. All together I believe we payed $1900.00 for the cruise. We left out of Seattle. One thing I wish I would have known is the cost of jewelry up there. Seriously it’s SOOOO cheap. They throw diamonds at you. I bought a pair of blue diamond earrings for $99. Yeah. The place was called Klassique jewelers in Skagway. If I’d have known it was that cheap I’d have saved up and bought myself something good! Bring lots of souvenir money, because you’ll want all the fun stuff. Buy an ulu knife!!!! It’s tradition. And some Russian memorabilia. Just cuz. If you want to go on the excursions then go on the ones provided by the ship, because you don’t want to miss a sail out! But they are SO expensive. So be prepared to shell out lots of extre money. The views are absolutely breath taking, bring a great camera, you don’t want to miss a thing. Cruise ships do great portraits, so that would be fun too! Kinda pricy though. Always pay the gratuities prior to going. It’s SO much easier. Eat and the fancy restaurant at least once, you will not regret it. Mingle, mingle, mingle!!! Seriously the stories people tell you are half the fun. If you get motion sick, bring all the things you need… It’s a rough ride! And bring fancy clothes for the formal night. It’s SOOOO fun! If you want pictures or other detail just email me!! [email protected] (-:

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a Royal Carribean girl and have not been to Alaska but I highly suggest checking out vacationstogo.com  They offer discounted cruises where the deals are crazy!  I booked all my cruises through them and always compared with booking on the cruiselines actual site and the savings where amazing.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just an example of pricing since its 12:30am and I’m wide awake!

7 nights departing September 1, 2013 on
Holland America’s Statendam

Brochure Inside

$2,019

Our Inside

$949

You Save

53%

Brochure Oceanview

$2,299

Our Oceanview

$949

You Save

59%

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I live in Alaska, and though I obviously have never gone on an Alaskan Cruise myself, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Princess. Tourists often gush about their Princess cruises. The atmosphere would be mellow, definitely, as most tourists I’ve seen from cruises are families/older. 

Enjoy your trip! Alaska is definitely a one-of-a-kind place, you won’t regret it! 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Loved Princess, I have done two cruises with them. They are definitely mellow. You MUST get a balcony for sure! Sitka is my favorite Southeast Alaska town.

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