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Old 12-04-2009, 12:53 PM
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My husband and I are thinking to take a 7-day RT alaska cruise in May 2010 and this will be our first cruise. We couldn't decide whether to leave from Vancouver or from Seattle. Which port is better? also, any recommendation on the cruiseline? We like to have some flexibility (i.e. no specific dinner time, table, etc) and not too much of a partying couple. I'd appreciate any tips provided. Thanks
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:57 PM
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Hi hariken, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Congratulations on your up-coming cruise! Just be warned, cruising is addictive It depends on what you want to see and what ports you're interested in on where you depart from. My best suggestion is to visit a travel agent that specializes in cruises. All the major lines offer their own special atmosphere. A good cruise specialist can ask the right questions to find the perfect fit for you. Our favorite cruise line is Princess, but that might not work for what you want. Best wishes and please let us know what you decide on!
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:59 PM
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I think you will find the 7 day round-trip itineraries pretty much the same whether you leave from Vancouver or Seattle. You don't say where you are coming from; but if you are flying I think you will find the air fares much less to Seattle. Also, the distance from the airport to the pier is less in Seattle. I can't really think of any advantage to going out of Vancouver.

I agree with Penny: Princess is my favorite cruise line because of its quality and value. They offer Anytime Dining and Princess ships are elegant and more refined; definitely not "party" cruises.
You sound like Princess people to me. But do as Penny suggests: see a good cruise travel agent. They can present all the options available and help you make the best decision.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:55 PM
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Welcome to Cruise Chat. We have done one 7 day RT from Seattle and 2 from Vancouver. One major difference is the foreign port requirement. Since you leave from Canada you do not have to have a foreign port. The trip from Seattle make a late port stop in Victoria. It is a very nice port, but a very short and late stop.
Leaving from Vancouver gives you the same ports, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and scenic cruising in Tracy's Arm (at least that is what ours did). What you gain is a scenic cruise day in Glacier Bay. That is a great trade IMHO.
Also you cruise on the east side of Vancouver Island, not the west. The west can be a little rougher. The East side is more scenic, but most of it is done at night anyway.
Either one will give you a great cruise. If you have an extra day, both Seattle, and Vancouver are great places to visit.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:30 PM
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That's great information, Gary; first, I thought they all went up the Inside Passage, or East side of Vancouver Island. I've been on the West side and you are right--it can be rough. Also, as you say, Victoria is lovely, but much better seen during the day. And a day in Glacier Bay alone is worth a Vancouver departure.

So unless there is a BIG difference in the airfare, Gary, you have convinced me, at least, that Vancouver is the better choice.

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:34 AM
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Rick I believe that the inside passage and the passage to the east side of Vancouver Island are two different places. Check this link. You still will be in some "open water" but not much.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:59 AM
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Thank you all for the great tips.
gdjoslin, do you have a travel agent specializing in alaska cruise that you can recommend? We are coming from NY and I checked the fare difference between Seattle and Vancouver is about $100 each...so it's not too much.
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Gary, thank you again! All these years I thought "Inside Passage" simply meant the lee side of Vancouver Island.
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Thanks for that link Gary. I was so pleased to be associated with Alan Walker at the old SeaLetter site. His articles are timeless, as well as being excellent. He always impressed me with the research he did before writing something. Pretty good considering he is a full-time attorney in Vancouver with not much spare time.
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Thanks for that link Gary. I was so pleased to be associated with Alan Walker at the old SeaLetter site. His articles are timeless, as well as being excellent. He always impressed me with the research he did before writing something. Pretty good considering he is a full-time attorney in Vancouver with not much spare time.
I have read a few of his articles, he does a good job. I always enjoy them.
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