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Old 08-13-2019, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Alaskan Cruise - Who's done it

My daughter wants me to go on an Alaskan Cruise, but not the frilly kind.
She wants to go on an Expedition Cruise, smaller ship, less frills, 60-100 guests and more expensive.

Has anyone gone on one of these? Thoughts and comments.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:41 PM   #2
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No but it is on my list to do one day. Frilly or regular so interested in the responses here.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:44 PM   #3
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I have not but seen them when we did the land sea cruise. From what I seen they get in closer to shore and see more wildlife both at sea and on land. I would like it but my wife gets sea sick on the Bolivar Ferry so I would have to go alone.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:45 PM   #4
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Just got back from ruby princess cruise out of Seattle. We flew out of Austin to Seattle for a day and onto Juneau, Skagway Ketchikan, glacier bay and Victoria British Columbia. Haven't done the smaller ships but wonder why she wants to be on a smaller ship especially if it costs more. Take the cheapest cruise and spend your money on excursions. Imo
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:49 PM   #5
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I did one in 2008 on a bigger ship. I believe we went on Princess. It was awesome. My wife wants to go again once the kids are older. I'd imagine that we will. We did a train on one stop, a deadliest catch boat one one stop, and a glacier on one stop. We spent 2 days among the glaciers on the ship and also did an excursion between Whittier and Anchorage on the way to the Airport. I'd go again in a heartbeat. My parents and brother got on a train at the end and went for another week or so on the train and saw a lot more of the state. My wife and I didn't have the time off to accommodate that addition tot he trip, but it sounded like it's worth it.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:59 PM   #6
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Did you go through the tunnel at Whittier ??
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:31 PM   #7
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Just got back from ruby princess cruise out of Seattle. We flew out of Austin to Seattle for a day and onto Juneau, Skagway Ketchikan, glacier bay and Victoria British Columbia. Haven't done the smaller ships but wonder why she wants to be on a smaller ship especially if it costs more. Take the cheapest cruise and spend your money on excursions. Imo
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I did one in 2008 on a bigger ship. I believe we went on Princess. It was awesome. My wife wants to go again once the kids are older. I'd imagine that we will. We did a train on one stop, a deadliest catch boat one one stop, and a glacier on one stop. We spent 2 days among the glaciers on the ship and also did an excursion between Whittier and Anchorage on the way to the Airport. I'd go again in a heartbeat. My parents and brother got on a train at the end and went for another week or so on the train and saw a lot more of the state. My wife and I didn't have the time off to accommodate that addition tot he trip, but it sounded like it's worth it.
Same here^^^

Never heard of the smaller boat situation but we did a Alaskan sea-land cruise combo for our 30th wedding anniversary through Princess cruise lines last June. Even the land portion was on Princess properties. It was a great experience.

We flew into Seattle and spent a couple of days doing some sightseeing there before heading up to Vancouver where we boarded the ship.

I recommend paying the extra funds for a balcony room. Weíve taken many cruises in the past and I wouldnít say a balcony view was a deal breaker on most of them....but not Alaska! Thereís just so many breathtaken views that you donít want to miss, trust me.

We were on the Coral Princess with stops and excursions in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord and Whittier before starting the land portion throughout Denali NP. The tour through Denali and the train ride from Whittier to Denali were spectacular.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:54 PM   #8
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Havenít been on an Alaskan cruise yet, but I think Iíd take the cheaper more pampered way.
But, I chimed in because everyone is mentioning Seattle. We did Seattle, La Push on the coast, and a little cabin in a town near Seattle called Index. That cabin in Index is probably one of my very favorite places Iíve visited. Tiny town in the mountains on the river, nothing going on, but beautiful, and itís one of those rare times on vacation you actually get to relax and take it all in. If you go through Seattle, itís worth considering.


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Old 08-14-2019, 05:19 AM   #9
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She wants no frills? Try the Alaska Marine Highway. It’s just a ferry from Bellingham,WA to Haines, AK. It’s been about 12 years since I was on it. It had a cafeteria that was only open during the standard meal times and really expensive. The bar that was open for about six hours in the evening. They also had a movie room and showed a movie once a day.

They had cabins you could rent or you could pitch a tent out on the deck and freeze your buns off. The ferry stopped at all of the same cities along the inside passage (southeast AK) that the cruise liners stop at.

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Old 08-14-2019, 10:06 AM   #10
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Went last August out of Vancouver. Spent 3 days on Vancouver island, caught the ship, got off and rented a car for 10 days of land travel. Enjoyed the cruise(Princess), loved the land part even more.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:07 AM   #11
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Lindblad is the ticket.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:46 PM   #12
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We went on a big ship but we had 10 days on land and then 7 days on the boat coming back. Great experience


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Old 08-14-2019, 06:13 PM   #13
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Fly to Anchorage, rent an RV, see Alaska. The end.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:08 PM   #14
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Bucket list for sure.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:02 PM   #15
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Going on an 8 day cruise to Alaska next month. We are more than excited....gonna eat some salmon, climb some glaciers, and ride a helicopter.


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Old 08-14-2019, 08:39 PM   #16
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We did Holland America last September, I think it was 8 days at sea and 8 days on land. Was a great experience, would like to do it again someday. I really enjoyed the land portion. Seams like August 30 thru September 16 with with airfare alcohol, and excursions for two people was like 12,000
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:45 PM   #17
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Haven’t been but I want too. Alaska is an amazing place.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:10 PM   #18
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Went a few years back out of Seattle. You will not regret an Alaskan cruise.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:30 PM   #19
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We've done the inside passage cruise 3 times now, all through Princess, and I'd highly recommend it. The bigger boat has more on-board entertainment and more food options, plus it's cheaper. We'll go again, but this time do glacier bay and probably a cruisetour rather than just a cruise. You can do the criusetour less expensively if you go in May or September (beginning and end of the cruise season). If you want more on your own time, rather than do a more expensive smaller cruise, just do a do-it-yourself Alaska vacation (RV, rent a car, etc.).
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:37 PM   #20
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Norwegian Pearl
Juneau- helicopter to glacier, dog sledding, crevice exploration stop on way back
Skagway - rented car, drove 150 miles into Canadian Yukon, to emerald lake, sand dunes, suspension bridge, waterfalls
Glacier Bay
Ketchican - ziplining, lumberjack show, seafood
Victoria BC - boring tourist trap

Amazing trip, will never go on a cruise again.
Next time I'll fly in and explore.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:14 PM   #21
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My wife and I wanted to go this summer for our 20th anniversary, but it just didn't happen. She is VERY motion sensitive, she even "feels" multi-story buildings swaying. I'm not sure that she wouldn't be sick for the entire trip. It is on my bucket list, though.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:27 PM   #22
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We went on one in April and had a great time.
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