Jen1j
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Alaska cruise

Hello, I need help whats the best cruises for the money ?? I'm looking to go on. 7 day Alaska cruise! Thanks for the info!! 

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Johngold
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Ok, Will you sail out of Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran. Let us know. I grew up in Vancouver and I can send to to some places to see before and after the cruise. One issue I have is the return cruise misses some ports and the 7 day you have to fly to some place. Let us know.

 

Jen1j
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

I. Been looking out of Seattle, but whatever better! I was looking on holland but someone said it for older ppl is that true?

AuntPinkie
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Holland does tend to be an older crowd.  We enjoyed our Carnival sailing out of Seattle.  Actually, I have never heard anyone complain about any Alaskan cruise.  I have friends that swear by Norwegian and others Princess.  You really can't go wrong.

meghad23
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I am in the same boat! (No pun intended) I have an alaskan cruise in sites... roughly 7 days, but I want to be out of Seattle... I find RCI or Celebrity to be the front runners so far, but am open to expert opinions. 

JusMe
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Round trip Seattle or Vancouver are nice because when you do the one way trip you get a nice long 4 hour buss ride from airport to ship port.  The bus ride is not fun and would be bad if your traveling with kids or elderly.  

 

HAL has some great prices offered but they are the cruise line of the senior set.  The ships are very nice but do not have all the activities of the new mega ships.

 

RCI and Celebrity are good choices depending on what you want out of a ship.   If your younger and active you may prefer RCI with the rock climbing wall and more active activities.  If your more mellow and want elegance to relax, more space per person on the ship and higher quality food,  Celebrity is a great choice.

 

If your traveling with kids...... then RCI all the way for the kids club.  You will have a lot less kids on Celebrity or HAL for your kids to play with.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Welcome to Alaska. The two cruise lines with the longest history in Alaska are HAL and Princess. Both have made considerable investments up here in the way of excursion transportation (buses and dome railroad coaches) and hotel chains (Westmark Hotels for HAL and 5 wilderness lodges for Princess). Both lines now operate under the Holland America Group of Carnival Corp which includes the combined land holdings of both.

 

Most major cruise lines offer excellent cruises to Alaska, NCL also being one of the largest players although none have the land based holdings that the HAG has.

 

Assuming you are sticking with a 7 day cruise you won’t be crossing the Gulf of Alaska and coming further north to South Central Alaska or going on into the interior, but most likely doing a “round robin” cruise of Southeast Alaska (our Panhandle) originating and ending in either Vancouver or Seattle. Almost all of these cruises do the Alaska Inside Passage.

 

My personal preference for these round robins is to get on a cruise that voyages through the Canadian Inside Passage as well. Meaning, they travel to the east of Vancouver Island as opposed to the west of the island which places the vessel out into the North Pacific where scenic voyaging is limited to non-existent. Vancouver is the best port for this.

 

We have taken only one cruise to Alaska, which was on Regent, a two weeker originating in San Francisco and ending in Vancouver, around the end of May and first of June. We came as far north as Valdez in Prince William Sound and hit every obligatory port in Southeast. Excellent cruise; the only downer was, both north and south, we skipped the Canadian Inside Passage and traveled to the west of Vancouver Island.

 

I was born and raised on Prince William Sound, when I was a kid about the only practical way for the family to visit relatives in the states was to travel on the Alaska Steamship Company’s vessels, which were combined passenger and freight, to and from Seattle. From Cape Spencer (the northern tip of Southeast before the vessels leave, or enter, the Alaska Inside Passage) Alaska Steam always stayed out of the Gulf and voyaged all the way to Seattle via the Inside Passages.  I’ll never forget the scenic wonders of all that.     

Jen1j
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Thanks for the info!!! What month did you go on? I will look into celebrity or royal! I'm from ny so I was looking to see what's better Seattle or Canada! I appreciate the help :)

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I cruised Alaska twice, once in August and once in September. Both times with Celebrity, and I loved it. We sailed out of Vancouver. Flew into Seattle and spent the night with friends. Then we took the train to Vancouver, a lovely trip.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I don't know about the other lines, but Celebrity Solstice made a good trip (RT from Seattle). They had several speakers who appeared to have expert knowledge about Alaska and were willing to share it with you -- both from behind the mic and also if you just bumped into them somewhere on the ship or in port.

GTVCRUISER
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I have cruised on Princess , HAL , RCCL to Alaska , I liked them all

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