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Old October 3rd, 2002, 10:13 AM
Karen16 Karen16 is offline
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We are thinking about doing an Alaska cruise next summer. My husband and I have cruised the Caribbean and the Panama Canal a few times and a few years ago we took our kids on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Sea which they loved.

What are the pros and cons of going one way vs a round trip during the Alaska cruise? Right now I'm looking at Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Sea which sails round trip from Vancouver and Diamond Princess which sails round trip from Seattle.

My kids will be 13 and 12 next summer and love the days at sea and aren't too much into real adventurous excursions.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


I would never take a one way without at least 5 days independent or 7 cruise tour, interior traveling. It is just too far and expensive in/out of Anchorage not to take advantage. I also would never go on a tour with kids- definately go on your own- you will see twice as much for less than 1/2 the cost and very very few kids on the tours. The cruise portion will have more similarities than differences, both get 3+ ports and a glacier, one ways get College Fjords as well. With any Seattle departure- your ship must make a foreign stop- Victoria, Vancouver. Look carefully at the route- some are outside Vancouver Island (difinate disadvantage) and some port times may be cut short.
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