Am looking for info on the best cruise to Alaska from Seattle, San Francisco or Vancouver. My wife and I (just turned Boomers) are looking to go in Spring or Summer 07. Would like to see glaciers up close, stop in interesting cities along the way and take a few good excursions.
My in-laws took alaska cruise this summer from Seattle and they really enjoyed it except they realized they should have made all the reservations for various activities at several cities in advance. By the time they arrived at cities, all the activities were fully booked. So I recommend you make all the reservations ahead.
Hi curtiejoe. If you're looking for something other than a big cruise ship experience, you might like to check out Cruise West. They have small ships, more casual, and more focused on nature and the destination. I believe excursions are also included.
Hi Curtiejoe TRy Lindbald Expeditions - these are smaller ships, staffed with National Geographic experts in their field. These boats can get closer due to their size - they also have smaller rafts for fewer passengers on special excursions after docking. I've heard cruisebrothers and cruisedeals are websites to look at also. Have Fun! This is a dream of mine oneday...Funtimes
I've done 3 Alaska cruises on various cruise lines. Other have mentioned options for smaller ships...but among the larger cruise lines CELEBRITY is geared towards boomers with a taste for luxury. Holland America is also high end withoutbeing too pricey, but I think the crowd tends to be a bit older.At the top of the heap is CRYSTAL, but they are very expensive.
Every cruise line will offer similar excursion options such as sea kayaking or taking a helicopter up to a glacier and walking around...these two excursions were among my favorites.
Message Edited by cruisinred on 01-26-200701:43 PM
Tried to find Linbald Expeditions. No luck. But, I think I hit paydirt with Lindblad Expeditions!
Thanx. The site has a lot of great info about many marvellous cruises all over the world including two itineraries for Alaska. They both look very interesting. My wife andI will give them a close look at http://www.expeditions.com/expeditio...sp?region_id=2before we decide.
Your log-in "handle" certainly seems appropriate, as you've done a lot of cruising. Curious about where the "red" comes from?
We've done kayaking in the Pacific off the coast of BC and loved it., especially getting up-close to wildlife like sea lions and watching bald eagles soaring high overhead or sitting guard over their brood of eaglets in the top of a tall pine high above the cliffs.
Have never taken a helicopter ride up to a glacier but the idea is very appealing. Will take a look at all three of the cruise lines you mention.