Hi all -
I know lots of you have been to Alaska many times, and I'm looking for recommendations for my parents. They are thinking about doing an Alaska cruise this year for their anniversary. I have a good idea of what to recommend them but thought I'd ask people that have actually sailed there.
They both went on a Celebrity cruise to Bermuda in 2000, which is my dad's only cruise so far. My mom also joined me last year on a Viking ocean cruise in Europe, which she absolutely loved. I think it was her favorite vacation she's ever taken. As much as they'd love to sail luxury, it's too expensive and they're looking for a regular mainstream line to Alaska.
I know that Princess and Holland America tend to be the best in that region, and right now I'm leaning towards HAL for them for many reasons. They're in their early 50's but my mom enjoys the slower pace like we experienced on Viking, where she and I were both among the youngest passengers lol!
Who recommends HAL and why, or what other line do you have a good argument for? And also, what are the best week-long itineraries for people who have never been to Alaska or even the northwest before? They're thinking Seattle looks like a good port to sail from to explore a bit beforehand but Canada would work, too.