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Old 12-06-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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Alaska not DCL?

Hope someone can help me. We are interested in an Alaskan cruise but want to leave out of Seattle (it's cheaper and easier). Having only sailed DCL, can anyone recommend a good cruiseline to Alaska? We have a 14 and 10 year old traveling with us.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hope someone can help me. We are interested in an Alaskan cruise but want to leave out of Seattle (it's cheaper and easier). Having only sailed DCL, can anyone recommend a good cruiseline to Alaska? We have a 14 and 10 year old traveling with us.
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Actually, for Alaska, I would recommend not taking DCL. This recommendation does not come easily having taken 28 DCL cruises, but DCL has one big disadvantage--they don't go into Glacier Bay.

I have cruised Alaska 3 times (twice with Glacier Bay and once without) and while Hubbard Glacier is nice... It is not near the same.

So, saying that and wanting to go out of Seattle, I would look at Princess cruises that go into Glacier Bay. There are only a couple of ships a day allowed into Glacier Bay and HAL and Princess have most of them.

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Hope someone can help me. We are interested in an Alaskan cruise but want to leave out of Seattle (it's cheaper and easier). Having only sailed DCL, can anyone recommend a good cruiseline to Alaska? We have a 14 and 10 year old traveling with us.
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We did an Alaskan cruise on NCL's Norwegian Pearl (from Seattle) and had a GREAT cruise! Our DS was 13 at the time and had a blast. We really enjoyed everything about the ship. The different dining venues were very good, the entertainment was good (not DCL quality, but still good), the shore excursions were great, and the day in Glacier Bay was very interesting. The ship even has a bowling alley, which was a lot of fun and interesting when we were at sea. We wouldn't hesitate to go again.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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We have sailed Alaska twice. Once with Disney and it was great. Tracy Arm was beautiful

The other time was with RCCL and we visited Glacier Bay. Of course, someone will point out that they no longer sail Glacier Bay. Don't let the absence of Glacier Bay stop you from cruising the line of your choice. The beauty all over will amaze you.

Disney was our favorite, but RCCL wasn't a bad choice

I'd choose a ship that might have a younger demographic. We feel more comfortable cruising with people around our age or with the same interests.

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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Our honeymoon cruise was on Radiance of the Seas to Alaska. It was lovely. Though we left out of BC, and Radiance only rarely is up there anymore, we would do RCCL again to Alaska, definitely.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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Alaska has been my favorite destination out of all the cruises I've been on. Accordingly, it's pretty easy to recommend a line for Alaska. Princess or Holland. The best stops in Alaska have limited numbers of access and Princess and Holland have the great majority of those slots. They're the 800 lb gorilla of Alaska cruising.

So, while Disney has been my favorite line to sail with, for Alaska, I'd recommend Princess or Holland. I've done Alaska twice with Princess. Great, great cruises.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
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We did Alaska on Celebrity. The cruise itself was amazing. The food was better than DCL. Guest Services was GREAT. The stateroom host system was a little odd, but worked well (one person cleaned the room, a different person cleaned the bathroom????) Tips were handled the same as DCL--billed to stateroom account.

The entertainment was lacking. There were a couple of good musical groups and they had a live orchestra for their "shows," but the show quality was high school. For a very port intensive cruise, it wasn't a big deal; for a cruise with lots of sea days, it would have been!

OH, one nice touch--an enclosed pool/hot tub area. It seems it is normally an adult area, but because it was Alaska, there were signs up indicating that children with parental supervision were welcome in this area during the following hours..and listed a couple of hours each day.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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We have done Alaska twice with NCL. Once with the Pearl and once with Jewel.

The Pearl had Glacier Bay, which we found amazing. The Pearl also has the bowling alley.

The Jewel has Nickolean theme activites & characters (Spongebob, Patrick, Dora and Diego). They do not have a bowling alley, however they do have private karoeke rooms that my DDs though were really fun.

My DDs were 7 & 8 on these cruises. They did enjoy the kids club on DCL better. However, they loved the shows and dining options better on NCL.

The one thing I try to point out to friends when they think about cruising NCL is that it is a little differnet. There is no formal night, no assigned dining times, etc. So if you like/are use to having the same servers every night - it may not be the right fit. We did bond with some servers and requested them each evening, and most times did get them . . so if it is possible, but not set like other cruises lines tend to be.
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Actually, for Alaska, I would recommend not taking DCL. This recommendation does not come easily having taken 28 DCL cruises, but DCL has one big disadvantage--they don't go into Glacier Bay.

I have cruised Alaska 3 times (twice with Glacier Bay and once without) and while Hubbard Glacier is nice... It is not near the same.

So, saying that and wanting to go out of Seattle, I would look at Princess cruises that go into Glacier Bay. There are only a couple of ships a day allowed into Glacier Bay and HAL and Princess have most of them.

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I agree completely. I have also taken 3 Alaska Cruises, 2 Glacier Bay and one without.
We made sure the 3rd included it because it is so much better.
I liked HAL better than Princess, but it could have just been our one cruise that wasn't so great.
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One other consideration -- a land/sea trip. I know you can do the land portion on your own, but we really enjoyed staying at the Princess lodge at the base of Mt. McKinley for three days. We also went through Denali, and up to Fairbanks.
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I recommend HAL or Princess. I second the advice to do a land/cruise tour. Alaska has so much to offer both on the water and the land. Denali was just as spectacular as was Glacier Bay. Staying at the lodge was a highlight.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:53 PM   #12
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We did a cruise on the NCL Pearl in 2007. Glacier Bay was great, but I also liked Tracy Arm on the Wonder this summer as well. The food was better on the Pearl but the shows and service were better on the Wonder.
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Our honeymoon cruise was on Radiance of the Seas to Alaska. It was lovely. Though we left out of BC, and Radiance only rarely is up there anymore, we would do RCCL again to Alaska, definitely.
Radiance of the Seas is still doing one-way Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska. It's true that Royal Caribbean and Celebrity don't go to Glacier Bay.

I have sailed to Alaska twice on Princess and twice on Holland America. Two were one-way cruises and two were roundtrip from Seattle. If you have the time I would strongly suggest a one-way cruise plus a land trip. We arranged our own land trip with a rental car, because I am not a fan of the cruise lines' "cruise tours".
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:50 AM   #14
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My dh wants an Alaska cruise. So I have been looking at other lines as well. Ncl sails out of Seattle and they seem to be very nice. If I was to book I would pick them and I have 3 boys 12,8,4. But that is just my opinion from research I have never been.
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We are planning to take our 3rd Alaska cruise (first with our DDs) in 2014. We are looking to sail HAL or Princess because we want a one way North or South with a land portion. Haven't decided if we will DIY on the land portion or do a package through the cruise line. Glacier Bay is a must.
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