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Old 11-08-2015, 04:04 PM
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Talking 1st Time Cruisers Best Alaskan Cruise for family of 4?
My husband and I want to take our two sons to Alaska and figure a cruise would be the best way to see it all. Our sons are 18 and 12. We're into action on land as well--touring towns, exploring interesting sites. On the ship, we'd love to have access to typical fun activities--swimming, movies, games, etc.

Which cruise line do people recommend? Which ship? We're in Los Angeles, but could leave from anywhere- San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver. We're looking at a 6-10 day cruise, departing late June 2016. There are many different choices in the inland passage arena. We want to ideally stop at the best inland ports.

Personally, I'm hoping to get a room with a view at least, possibly a balcony (I get claustrophobic) and I'm also slightly concerned with seasickness. I've only experienced seasickness a few times, once on a ferry in the British Channel, the other time on a catamaran in Hawaii. Other times I've been fine on boats, but I've never been on a cruise ship.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:51 AM
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With Alaska, go with price and itinerary over cruise line, and if you want to use a pool make sure the ship you choose has a covered pool (one with a magrodome roof). The ship is mostly your hotel and evening dinner in Alaska and the cruise should be all about the scenery and land excursions. Excursions in Alaska are not cheap and you can easily pay more for the tours than you did for the cruise itself.

All the above said, the cruise line with the most experience in Alaska is Princess. Ideally, the best way to do Alaska is on a cruisetour where you have a few days inland, taking cruise line trains and buses to various places. I'm going next July on Celebrity, from Anchorage to Vancouver, with 4 days of touring before we board the ship. It is all included in the cruise price, including buses, train, hotels. But, in a balcony cabin it is $6500 for two, and as I said, once the cruise starts, I'll have to pay for the tours I take in the ports.

For a first timer, you might want to look at a round trip from Seattle to the Inside Passage. It's less complicated. Don't forget that even though it is a cruise to Alaska, you can still have a need for passports to travel, depending on the itinerary you choose. There are also some tours (a couple in Skagway come to mind) that go into Canada and require a passport.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:08 AM
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Thanks, Dave. That was very helpful!
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