meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

What cruise line is best for Alaska?

So my BF and I had a great debate tonight... We agree we both want to go on an alaskan cruise. We have been loyal crown and anchor members on RCI, but I've been looking into Celebrity for this Alaskan cruise. I will soon be platinum with RCI, and if I understand correctly, I would have a similar level on Celebrity's program. I tried explaining things to my BF about exploring outside of just RCI, different itineraries, ports etc etc, but his stance is "Why would we sacrifice a cruise and points on a cruise with a different line"

So loyalty aside, because it may just take some time to convince him, but honest feedback for those who have done Alaska.. What is the best cruise line for Alaska...

 

Thinks I know/prefer: 

Get a balcony

must be 7+ days 

Prefer to port out of a US port- Seattle more than likely

Tags: Alaska cruise lines

17 Answers

GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain

I cruised Alaska 3 times Holland America , RCCL , Princess ,I liked all 3 cruise lines

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

That is good to know Happy

 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I am not loyal to any line -- the programs are becoming watered down anyway.

I would rather be able to choose any itinerary on any ship without worrying whether or not I get a free drink. Each line has something different to offer, and I don't want to risk the burnout factor.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

That's what I tried telling him, but men never like listening until it's too late. 

 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

In my opinion you can not go wrong on Celebrity.  the Solstice Class ships are the nicest I have been on.  Celebrity and RCI are the same company but Celebrity is more upscale with better food, more elegant ships but does not have all the amenities that RCI does for activities, no Rock wall,  Surf rider or ice skating.   Celebrity also gets an older crowd and less children then then RCI.

 

Since they are in the same company your Captains club level benefits transfer to Celebrity but the points do not get combined.

 

I have done both RCI and Celebrity and enjoyed both,  but I also have had fun on Carnival.  In Alaska you are going to see Alaska,  not the ship.   I would choose the Itinerary and price point then worry about a few points.  Choose the ship where you can afford the Balcony cabin,  Alaska is one place that a balcony would be worth the extra $$.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Hey -- I resemble that remarkBig Smile

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

You make some good points. I know I'm looking at the price and itinerary, but the BF is looking at points. In my mind, the rock wall and wave rider are going to be a moot point on an Alaskan cruise for the weather purposes. Like I said, the balcony is high on our list. From what I can tell bewtween the RCI and Celebrity cruises, the stops are the same, just in a different order, but Celebrity stops at one extra city.

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Base the best cruise line on what YOU want  and what YOUR demographic is. My son and his wife went to Alaska on Celebrity when he was 25. They were called the ships babies.They were the youngest on board. the next level of children were 35.

So do your homework.

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We were booked on a Holland America voyage before I got hurt and had to cancel.  I have heard however, that Princess does Alaska the best.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

My BF had the audacity to tell me to book an inside cabin for Alaska... I just looked at him and said... Uh... No! How else are you supposed to enjoy the scenery and where can I set up a tripod and take pictures without people in front of me??? He told me to go up on the pool deck....Angry

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