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Old 01-21-2007, 10:27 PM
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I am new to this chat line. I am in the process of looking for an Alaska cruise for july 07. 2 adults and 2 children 13 and 8.
I am so confused by all the lines and what is available. What are the best ports or sites to see?? Would it be wise to extend the trip 3 or 4 days to take the rail and sternwheeler tour?
We have cruised 4 times with carnival to the caribbean. Please could you give me some insight into my problem????Any info you could pass on to me would be appreciated.

Originally posted by PEB:

The advice you have been given is good. I have cruised Alaska 8 times with Princess and it is true when you get into glacial areas the ship will stop and turn so that both sides of the ship get good viewing. Most of the cruise will also be in the inside passage so there will be ilands or land on both sides of the ship.

The one great thing about cruising Alaska is that it is never the same due to the fact the glaciers change shape and you never know when or where you will see wildlife. In other words don't just look for the glaciers you should also keep your eyes open for the sealife that can be on all sides of the ship at anytime. I have spent hours watching dolphins and porpoise from the deck of a ship as well as spotting whales.
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:52 PM
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Hello barbosa, and welcome to cruise-chat;
the consensus around here is that Princess and Holland America do Alaska best. I would say Princess has the most to offer your two children.
My feeling is if you are going to all the trouble and expense to go to Alaska, make the most of it and see some of the interior.
Princess has cruisetours from 11 to 14 days that combine a 7 day Inside Passage cruise with a variety of land excursions. They have 5 ships in Alaska this summer. A reputable travel agent that specializes in cruises would be your best bet at this point. I would recomment their largest ships, Sapphire Princess or Diamond Princess because of the variety of activities for the children.
Half the fun of a cruise is the planning and the anticipation;
don't let it overwhelm you.
If we can answer any more specific questions please ask.
Have a great trip and stay in touch.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:19 PM
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Barbosa, each port on an Alaskan cruise has something different to offer. Of course they will all have flight tours and fishing tours, however each port is known for something special or different.

Ketchikan is a major rainforest and you are likely to get rain there. The totem parks in Ketchikan are interesting and kayaking is also big here. Fishing is probably its biggest draw.

Juneau has rafting and places to pan for gold. It is also one of the best spots for whale watching. You can also get to Mendenhall glacier cheaply and easily here. This will also be the biggest port a ship will stop at in Alaska. Flight tours onto the glaciers are great here also.

Skagway is extremely small but you spend long days here because site seeing trips into the Yukon are done from here. The Whitepass Railway has spectacular views. You can also take some nice nature tours to Haines from here. It is only a short boat ride from Skagway to Haines.

These are the most common ports to visit on a cruise. Some do hit Sitka and a few new ports have been added on some lines such as Royal Caribbean but the must stopped at ports are the ones I have mentioned.

Spending some time on land is well worth doing. We have done that ourselves. When we did it we did it on our own and not through the cruise line and truly enjoyed spending some time seeing things a little farther inland. So if you can afford it and have the time go ahead and spend a few extra days in Alaska. You won't regret it.
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