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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: SeeDiver]
      #1531045 - 08/27/13 01:43 PM (71.101.34.243)

It depends. Many people recommend southbound, however we did northbound and were very happy we did. The further north you go, the more spectacular the scenery is. The first day or so out of Vancouver or Seattle, frankly, the scenery is a bit boring, compared to further north. The Inside Passage is ok, but Glacier Bay, etc., is really spectacular. If you want to have the most spectacular scenery at the BEGINNING of your cruise, it seems to me that you will be disappointed, the further on you go during the cruise. That's why we booked northbound, so that the most spectacular sights were at the end. It depends also on what you are going to do AFTER your cruise. We did a few days in Denali after the cruise, so if you're going to do that, it really makes more sense to me to go northbound.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: SeeDiver]
      #1531055 - 08/27/13 02:39 PM (71.201.78.161)

This is a neat tool. Daylight Hours Explorer

Late June at 58.3deg north shows 17.9 hours of daylight.
Same time in the BVI at 18.4deg has only 13.1 hours.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: SeeDiver]
      #1531096 - 08/27/13 07:04 PM (72.148.177.145)

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SeeDiver said:
It also appears that Northbound vs Southbound makes a difference. My reading says northbound between Ketchikan and Juneau ships pass through Snow Passage - a very beautiful area known for sightings of humpback whales. Northbound most of the season ships transit this area
after dark however southbound it is during the morning.




We did a 7-day northbound followed by 7-day inland ending up in Fairbanks. We chose to cruise north because we had never been there and for us it was like peeling back an onion. The scenery became more beautiful each day. And we found it different that when we got further north, it never got darker than dusk.We cruised on Celebrity and enjoyed it very much. The inland portion (by bus and train) was well worth it and we got great views of Mt. Denali and an enjoyable day traveling into Denali NP. We also added a couple of days at the end to go above the Arctic Circle. The flights home from Fairbanks to Florida were long but we're glad we went northbound. On our next Alaska cruise we will try it southbound.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1532012 - 09/03/13 03:10 PM (97.115.237.223)

Celebrity and Royal Caribbean do not cruise Glacier Bay.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: SeeDiver]
      #1532498 - 09/06/13 12:37 PM (66.153.240.194)

You may want to take a look at Oceania. We just returned on the Regatta and it was a wonderful cruise. It is a little upscale but an excellent line. The one we were on left Vancouver and stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, Cruising the Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Vancouver Island, Astoria, OR and San Francisco. The ship in small and we got to within a mile of the Glacier which I'm told is pretty good.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: Wayne]
      #1534704 - 09/18/13 08:26 AM (174.59.228.196)

Has anyone been on the Norwegian cruise in Alaska?

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: stuckinma]
      #1554439 - 12/29/13 10:56 AM (72.218.168.10)

We went in late July, early August on Princess. We're not cruise people and were a little apprehensive. Picked Princess because of their longtime presence in Alaska. IIf you do a cruise and cannot do Glacier Bay don't go.Service and food were wonderful. The longistics behind the cruise is amazing. We worried about the amount of people but never felt crowded even on boarding compared to the airlines. Do your homework on excursions. The cruise lines sell their excursions by guaranteeing that if the excursion is late the ship will wait but the will leave you if your indepent trip misses departure time. We booked independently, saved 70% and had no problems. We were also lucky with the weather and enjoyed the land portion of the trip.

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: eastoceanview]
      #1555422 - 01/02/14 06:36 PM (174.59.228.196)

eastoceanview Would you share which excursions you did and would recommend? Thanks

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Re: Alaska Cruise [Re: SeeDiver]
      #1557646 - 01/09/14 08:49 PM (24.67.14.23)

there is also another option of which many british Columbians partake.. though I never really paid much attention as I see no need to go anywhere colder!

every spring and fall the cruise lines reposition their ships. it is more economical to go one way during this period. once in Alaska, you can rent a vehicle to drive south (beware of Alaskan highway if you are crossing the border, u won't have much left of your vehicle/winnebago).

another option (not suiting the op initial requirements but so much adventure) is to fly to queen charlotte islands (sandspit airport from Vancouver) and take the overnight bc ferry up (you will remember the ferry sinking because of feuding ex lovers/employees doing the nasty... hmmmm). though I understand depending on the time of year and direction, you sleep thru most of the BC Coastline (hence how the two employees got away with their 'extra duties'). this does not take you to Alaska but then you have the option to take an Alaskan cruise back down.

I understand the scenery is spectacular and that the Alaskan whale day trip is a rip off due to Alaskan environmental laws prohibiting much whale sight seeing - too far away may as well stay onboard and view the same thing)

enjoy our coastline... it is supernatural british Columbia... like nowhere else! (enjoy Alaska's too)

for Vancouver departures, check out travebestbets.com or expedia.

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