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Old 12-28-2012, 12:38 PM   #16
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. . . I'm on the fence between Princess and HAL.
I don't think you could go wrong with either Princess or HAL for an Alaska cruise. They are my top choices.

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #17
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I wonder what is the best time of year to experience Alaska? DCL itineraries limit the choice, but it sounds like the other lines give options.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #18
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I wonder what is the best time of year to experience Alaska? DCL itineraries limit the choice, but it sounds like the other lines give options.
The Alaska season generally runs from May-September. On any cruiseline.

We've been in September and May/June. Both great choices. Next time we're going in July (in spite of there probably being more people). Each month is really it's own season, so different things to see/experience.

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"I wonder what is the best time of year to experience Alaska? DCL itineraries limit the choice, but it sounds like the other lines give options."

Weather-wise we really lucked out with our cruise the week of August 27th this year. Every port had sunny, warm weather. We were walking around the ports in sunglasses and t-shirts!

I also think later in the season you have a chance of getting closer to the glacier since the ice has melted in the channels. The captain said we supposedly got closer to the glacier than any other DCL cruise the entire season. It was a beautiful, sunny day.

I know we were very lucky, but I would cruise again in late August/early September to Alaska for sure.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #20
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This helpful......I'd like to cruise to Alaska again. But with DCL prices and them now leaving out of Vancouver instead of Seattle, I am looking for other options. I'm on the fence between Princess and HAL.
We cruised Alaska in June on HAL, but looked at Disney first, knowing the rates would be higher. What was the deal killer was Disney goes Monday to Monday instead of Saturday-Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. I would have to burn up an additonal vacation day to make Monday to Monday work, and they prefer we take our vacation in week chunks, not days. We had done Alaska on HAL 10 years before, that time on the Amsterdam, this time on the Westerdam.
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I don't think you could go wrong with either Princess or HAL for an Alaska cruise. They are my top choices.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #22
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Thanks for everyone's great advice / suggestions. This was so much more information than my travel agent provided.
I will look more at the land/ tours.
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Can't agree more with both postings. Princess owns Alaska. If you are going all the way to Alaska, don't miss doing the land portion. I always think of Alaska as just up north from us in San Francisco, but in fact it is over 2,000 miles, the flight from SFO to Anchorage is 5 hours, 11 hours from the east coast. After coming (and paying) all that way, don't miss seeing Alaska. You will see more animals in Denali park in one hour then you will see the entire cruise. The port towns on the cruise are lovely, but small and filled with tee-shirt shops. Although the cruise is beautiful, you won't see Alaska. Princess has their own train and lodges. Both the Denali and Mount McKinley lodges are beautiful.
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This helpful......I'd like to cruise to Alaska again. But with DCL prices and them now leaving out of Vancouver instead of Seattle, I am looking for other options. I'm on the fence between Princess and HAL.
I agree that you'd do fine with either Princess or Hal. Especially if you're looking to add a land portion before or after the cruise (I recommend before). Both HAL and Princess have their own domed railroad cars for when you travel on the Alaska railroad, and Princess has their own lodges, also, which are beautiful places in fabulous locations.

This sunset photo of Mt Denali (McKinley) was taken from the deck at Princess's Mt McKinley lodge. (Of course, sunset was at 11:15pm... )



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