Alaska cruise 40-50 what is the best cruise line

Hi.  My best friend wants to take a cruise for her 50th birthday to Alaska.

We are looking to go in 2018 leaving from Seattle.

 

What is a good cruise line to take for ages 40-50?   We enjoy good food, drinks, good shows/entertainment.  First time to Alaska.

 

Thank you for your suggestions.

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It is not what's the best cruise line.

The question is. What do you want?

Go to see a Professional Travel Agent.

Sit down and discuss everything. Bring up how much you have to spend, how much you may drink, special restaurants, pictures, shore excursions. 

My son and his wife went on a cruise when they we in their mid 20's . They were called the little  grandkids by their table mates. They were the youngest on board. the median age was about 70.

Explore each line to see which one works for you.

and have fun.

 

Glad to see you want to visit us. Actually, 50 years old is a kid on some cruises, Haw. However, if you prefer the older crowds and less youth running around as well as enjoy higher quality cuisine, I would look at the all inclusive's or so called luxury lines, like Regent, Silver Seas, Seabourn, Crystal Cruises (warning--- these are not cheap). Then, an in between the mass markets and luxury lines is Oceania, as far as the larger lines go, that cater to a slightly older average guest, try Princess, Holland America, and Celebrity----If you want a more raw-raw cruise where considerable kids abound, try, or stay away from, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Disney. Note, my opinion only: You may get some contradiction in recommendations here and they no doubt have merit, as we only sail on Princess, HAL and Regent. Here are links to more pertinent discussions.    http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/hello-alaska-hello-canada-help http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/how-early-is-too-early-to-head-to-alaska http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/alaska-which-cruise-and-itinerary-is-the-best http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/alaska-cruise

I took Celebrity to Alaska -- good mix of ages, good entertainment for all ages, no rowdy kids (of any age). Princess (from what I have heard) has a better AK itinerary, but seems to be set to an older clientele (great if you enjoy string quartets and piano players, which I doBig Smile).

We sailed on Carnival to Alaska.  There were fewer children (hardly any) than on most Carnival sailings The crowd was also a bit older in general than the usual passengers component. The Alaskan cruise is about the itinerary, so find the one that goes to the ports you prefer (if you know).  I agree with the previous posts, best bet talk to a travel agent.

I'd talk with a travel agent if this is your first cruise, but be careful - we found the travel agent we met with, just wanted to upsell and get us to choose a more expensive cruise line. 

Thank you everyone for your comments.  I really appreciate it. I will share all of this with my friend.  Happy

We will look at  the ports to see what sounds interesting and talk to a travel agent. I know she wants to go to Sitka, 

Has anyone used Costco travel?  

 

We have not used Costco.  Thanks for coming back.  Good luck.

 

I agree. We cruised to Alaska twice on Celebrity. There was all kinds of music, and plenty of activities.

 

For 40 to 50 year old,  if your not party animals I'd suggest Celebrity,  modern elegant ships with great food and service.  The Solstice class ship are my favorite class of ships.

I would suggest Celebrity.  I traveled to Alaska by cruise ship twice & used HAL.  Most of the passengers were 65 and older but that is my age so I was most happy with the food, service & entertainment.  Princess & HAL have their own lodges if you want to include a land portion as well.  What is more important to me is the itinerary.  Check the various cruise lines to see what ports they include and then make your decision. 

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