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Best time of year for Alaska Cruise
      #1630503 - 02/07/15 07:08 PM (65.13.175.190)

When is the best time of year for an Alaska Cruise? Taking into account the bugs, the weather (rain, cold, etc), and of course the wildlife activity.
We are contemplating a Cruise that leaves and returns to Seattle, Wash on either NCL or RCCL.
We have done about 50 cruises (mostly Caribbean and Panama Canal, but no Alaska Cruise yet).
Thanks for your input.


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1630523 - 02/07/15 08:52 PM (73.31.110.216)


If you are considering an Inside Passage cruise, I would recommend mid-July. Check on when the Glacier Bay area is open for cruise ships. I think that it may be closed when the seals first have their pups and opens around mid-July.

When we were on it, the days were cool (mid-50's) and pleasant.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: SMC_Irish_68]
      #1630547 - 02/08/15 08:11 AM (65.13.175.190)

Yes, inside passage, and were hoping to do it around July 23rd which would work out great !! Thank you !
Our basic plan is to fly in the day before and stay at a hotel at SeaTac airport, then catch a cab the next day to the Cruise terminal. Any suggestions ?

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: SMC_Irish_68]
      #1630570 - 02/08/15 09:11 AM (108.96.178.40)

I don't know if that is something new or not, but we went to Alaska several years ago now and we were very early in the season, around June 1, and we went to Glacier Bay. One thing we did miss because of going early is that we were not able to do the dogsled expedition we booked, because there was too much snow still in the area where they drop you off for the tour. Way early in the season or way late is often MUCH cheaper than the cruises smack in the middle of the season. When we went, we had zero mosquitoes. The weather was actually quite nice when we went and fairly warm, but that is all very much a crap shoot. We got to see a tremendous amount of eagles closer than normal. The tour guides said that later on, after the salmon are running, the eagles are full with salmon and thus don't feed from the tour guides as much. We didn't see the salmon run and didn't see the bears fishing, which happens later than when we went. If and when we go again, I definitely want to go later, to be able to see the salmon and the bears fishing.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1630577 - 02/08/15 09:25 AM (65.13.175.190)

Carol, by later, do you mean around Sept 1st or October 1st? Right now the prices for the Cruise departing July 18 are around $1250.00 for two. Do the prices get better around Oct 1st? Roundtrip airfare seems like a deal at $400.00 pp, non-stop on Alaska Air from New Orleans to SeaTac.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1630581 - 02/08/15 09:45 AM (108.96.178.40)

Actually, by October 1, I'm not sure they are even still running Alaska cruises! September 1 is pretty late in the season..

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1630585 - 02/08/15 09:56 AM (65.13.175.190)

Thanks. October seems a little late. Everything should be petty much frozen up there by then. The price in my post of $1250 is a typo. I meant to type $1650.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1630587 - 02/08/15 10:14 AM (73.31.110.216)

I think you are wise to fly in a day early. Our ship departed from Vancouver so I don't know the hotels near SeaTac.

As I mentioned, we cruised in mid-July, shortly after Glacier Bay was reopened as the seals' pups were maturing. Even though many had left, the ice was still covered with moms and pups. With binoculars, we got a good view of them which was a treat.

The only folks who had any problem with mosquitoes were the few who took the floatplane excursion to a lake lodge. We didn't encounter them on stops like Skagway, Juneau, Sitka, etc.


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: SMC_Irish_68]
      #1630637 - 02/08/15 01:53 PM (108.96.178.40)

That's interesting, we did see many seal pups, so maybe they have changed the rules since we were there.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: SMC_Irish_68]
      #1630720 - 02/08/15 09:23 PM (69.250.21.36)

Definitely go the Vancouver the day before. We did that in June 2014. We got to the hotel near the airport, but our bags did not make it. They ended up being delivered directly to the boat by the airline.

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