(Closed) Cruise Advice Please!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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366 posts
Helper bee

My Fiance and I have done an Alaska cruise the past two years in a row. We’re fans! We sailed Princess cruises.

If you have any questions, PM me.

Post # 18
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Definitely find your own excursions, you will save lots of money… and prob get more out of it than the ones cruiselines offer. Just do your research on tripadvisor!

 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DaniLyn:  The first vacation my husband and I took together (when we were still dating) was an Alaskan cruise over the 4th of July. 

We went with Holland America Line, which was recommended by my husband’s parents who cruise every year. They had reasonable prices and the customer service was great. Holland America’s ships are smaller than many other lines, which was nice because the ship didn’t seem crowded or busy, just relaxing and still big enough that there was stuff to do.

If you’ve never cruised before, keep in mind that almost everything costs extra: soda, booze, spa services, excursions. So if those are things you want to do, just be aware that it will cost more and budget for that. If you drink wine, on your first night at dinner you can purchase a wine package which is less expensive than buying a bottle every night. All the food, use of the gym and pool, and the movie theater (I think) are free, though. The rooms have DVD players, too, so you can bring your own movies. The ship also has a library where you can check out books and there’s internet, but it’s very expensive to use. We waited until docking in Juneau to use our phones to check email. (We were in Juneau during their 4th of July parade, which was a lot of fun.)

If you get seasickness (or if you’ve never been on a boat and don’t know if you do) bring Dramamine with you. They sell medicine on the ship, but it is very expensive. Also, eating green apples is supposed to help. One of the bartenders on the ship told us this, because crew members are not allowed to take Dramamine (it makes you drowsy) they eat green apples instead. I tried it and it seemed to work pretty well.

A note on excursions:  You can do your own excursions, which may be less expensive, but keep in mind that those excursions will not guarantee that you’ll make it back to the ship before it leaves. So, if something goes wrong and your self-guided excursion runs long there’s a chance you could miss the boat – and the boat will leave without you if you’re not back on time. However, if you go on an excursion organized by the cruise line, they will guarantee that you get back to the ship on time. 

ETA:  There are a lot of dining options, all of which were good. The Lido deck has a buffet which is open most of the time and that food was good, but the dining room, which is like a restaurant, was excellent. I still crave the king crab legs I had!

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