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Old 12-14-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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If only there was a way to cruise SE Alaska in style and at a reasonable cost without being subjected to all those mobs of tourons you'd be subjected to at every port...
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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If only there was a way to cruise SE Alaska in style and at a reasonable cost without being subjected to all those mobs of tourons you'd be subjected to at every port...
Take the first or last cruise of the season and choose a luxury ship like Regent. They usually offer some great fares during shoulder season.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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If only there was a way to cruise SE Alaska in style and at a reasonable cost without being subjected to all those mobs of tourons you'd be subjected to at every port...
Alaska Marine Highway System :: Official Site :: Alaska DOT&PF


There ya go....this is what we're looking into for our next one.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks everyone, some real good information...and...Motordave, the pics are beautiful! I wanna go!
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't have a recommendation regarding a cruise line, but having cruised Alaska twice, I have the following suggestions:

1. I wouldn't pay extra for a balcony, just get an outside room with a good-size window that you can sit in front of. It was too cold outside, even in midsummer, to make use of the balcony. Go up on deck if you want to sit outside.

2. If you go to Alaska and don't visit Denali park, you've wasted your money. The cruise experience is great, but Denali park is spectacular.

3. Take along some warm outer wear, even if you're going in midsummer. The first time I went it was over July 4th week, and when the ship came near to glaciers and I was up on deck to see the action, I was freezing! You need a hat, gloves, heavy jacket, all that stuff.

4. The Inside Passage is very calm and nice, but getting across the Gulf of Alaska (if your cruise departs from or ends up in Seward) can be very very rough.
I agree with much of what you say but not everything: 1-I always judge the importance of a balc based on price and I told my clients this when I was an agent: if the price is $100 a person different, go for the balc, otherwise you can get good views from the upper decks of the ship. 2-Danali park, can be worth the money or not, depending on what you expect to get out of it and see. I know some who wouldn't do it any other way and others who say, for the extra cost and the long train or bus ride, it isn't really worth it. Your other 2 points I completely agree with, especially point 4. We did Alaska in early June on a rather small ship. it was awesome until we got to the last 2 days, then it was super rough.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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All good points I had forgotten to include in my 50Cts.

In Skagway, we rented from Sourdough Car Rental, (pre-ordered so they had a car), and did the ride north out of Skagway on CDA Rt 2, up into the Yukon Territory to Emerald Lake, Caribou Crossing, etc. A very scenic, easy half day, in landscapes you won't see often and won't forget.




Also in Skagway we hooked up with Temsco Helicopter for a couple hour shot to Meade Glacier: it is worth the cost, imo.
Temsco Helicopters, Inc.



I realize the OP and most people have a 'budget', but how often does one do a trip to AK?

GL, mD
Great pics. we did a mini van tour in skagway, very similar to your renting a car; I would recommend either over the popular train ride. you see more for about 1/2 the cost..
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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I think going to Denali or not depends on how much you've traveled and where in the past. If your idea of wildlife is a party and you think of the Ozarks as high peaks, then don't miss Denali.

I've you've spent time in the Rockies, Alps, Pyrenees, or Himalayas, then you might be underwhelmed.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Just checking in with a comment about timing, May in Alaska is still border season so not all the tree's will have budded out and it may look pretty gray, you may run into some warm sunny days but otherwise you will need at least a coat and maybe hat and gloves too. August is the beginning of Alaska's rainy season and once those clouds come down you won't see mountain tops for days.

Personally I would go for June if the option is there.

The Alaska Marine Highway is an option however from experience its as expensive as a cruise but without the time in port to visit and sight see. We totally missed the glaciers in Prince William sound as we sailed past them at night, the Marine Highway is run as a means of transportation so isn't geared to sight-seeing.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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We just booked for a family of 4 late August on Celebrity. We booked Concierge class with a balcony, and I am excited. The excursions are steeply priced so doing my research to see how we can save but make the most of the trip. Originally from FL, but living in MN so the cold is not much of an issue - but I can give my FL friends some tips.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I think going to Denali or not depends on how much you've traveled and where in the past. If your idea of wildlife is a party and you think of the Ozarks as high peaks, then don't miss Denali.

I've you've spent time in the Rockies, Alps, Pyrenees, or Himalayas, then you might be underwhelmed.
you made me smile with your comment about the Ozarks..I was raised in So Ca, went to the University of Colo and lived in NM for 7 years. Now we are in NWA, with the Ozarks and I laughed at people who talk about the Ozarks as being mountains. The area is beautiful but there are no mountains, just a lot of rolling hills, at best.. You probably have it down pretty well; it depends on what you have experienced in life.
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