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Old 02-01-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Live Free or Die
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Not sure what their policy is regarding where you can have a tent. It use to be ok to put up a tent outside of the solarium area as long as it was out of the way. The problem with putting up a tent in the solarium is the passengers that have little or no respect for the other passengers always seem to end up camping out in the solarium. If you manage to get a prime location, then you end up having to guard it the whole trip.
Tents used to be allowed outside on all 'tiers' except the lowest. Has this changed? This was on a ship that held about 600 passengers. Tenting was extremely comfortable, especially compared to the lounge chairs most 'camped in'.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It might be cheaper to just fly to Alaska, rent a car, and stay in hotels or lodges. You can see the same kinds of landscape, and choose your destinations according to the local weather, ascertainable when you get there on a day to day basis, and enjoy the environment and local culture on the ground.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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A cruise is a very good way to see a slice of Alaska. Regardless of how you visit Alaska, you will only experience a small part. A 7 day cruise and then 7 days of exploring the interior, including Denali is a good way to go.

We had the opportunity to experience small ship cruising last May. We overnighted in small coves, did some glacier trekking, whale watching and kayaked in front of glaciers. It's an incredible experience if you can swing it. For those that think cruising is not the real Alaska, it can be.

The driest month is May although if you want wildlife sightings such as bears you may want to go when the salmon are running in July/August.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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Regents seems to be the smaller ships that come into Seward. Would I do it no. However talking to customers I serve in Seward off the ships, they had a real good time, saw lots of things. Friend of mine that is a redneck taxidermery from Mt Rainier in WA - wife made him go on a cruise to AK. Told him they had poker on board..which he decided to go. He only played poker once said he loved it and would do it again. Each their own.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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If you are only adults, Regent would be the way to go. Mid-sized upscale ships with a lot of amenities and they don't nickel and dime you to death like some of the mega lines do. Almost all cabins are "suites" with balconies. You'll find your fellow passengers to be well traveled and overall middle aged. Alaska on Regent is "cruise casual" for all dinners, no formal nights.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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It might be cheaper to just fly to Alaska, rent a car, and stay in hotels or lodges. You can see the same kinds of landscape, and choose your destinations according to the local weather, ascertainable when you get there on a day to day basis, and enjoy the environment and local culture on the ground.
I'm not trying to hijack this thread, so if you feel it's best I start my own thread I will gladly do so.

We will be two in their early 30's, no children, who are active and want to see Alaska in all it's glory the last week of June into July of this year. We've talked about cruise ships, but we don't think that is us. We've talked about renting a car and driving around certain areas, as it has been reminded to us many times...the towns are NOT close despite how close they look on a map. Our thinking was that we could hit a few day excursions without having to commit to a whole adventure tour. We've thought about taking a flight into Denali for the day rather than driving. Things like this...and then this weekend someone told us we would probably be disappointed in all the Alaskan poverty we'd see driving around. FYI, we are not hunters and are not into fishing, but we love the outdoors and being active.

Any thoughts or additional ideas to make this a great Alaskan trip?
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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We took a 14-day Alaska Cruise-Land trip in May-June (2009) and had a great time! -- At a couple of ports, we rented cars and spent the day driving around the area. When we got near McKinley, it was a clear day, so we caught a small plane and flew up to a base camp -- What a beautiful, fantastic experience. (We took the Princess cruise ... and have found most cruise lines to be similar). The 'Land' portion involved a series of buses, trains and vans.

We've taken several cruises and really enjoy traveling that way ... no hotel or dining reservations or transportation logistics and hassles, great food and entertainment every night, different ports every day. Then, if there are places when one really wants to spend more time, a return trip with some knowledge of the local area is a great way to do this. (We did the Mediterranean that way, and will now plan some return trips to special places).
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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If you do take a cruise, wander away from the tourist trap parts of town and help out the local businesses.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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If you do take a cruise, wander away from the tourist trap parts of town and help out the local businesses.
In Alaska, sure. In the Caribbean, no way!
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