BTDT, back about '02 when Amsterdam left from Bell Town instead of the southern terminal. September is a better price but weather will be much less sunny. Bring some rain gear and layered clothing. Skip the premium for a balcony - best in sunnier cruises. Nothing wrong with mist and light rain as it can add to the atmosphere and mystery of Alaska.
Alaska is typically a cruise taken by cruise veterans and older folks, and this especially applies to September when the kiddos are in school, so the crowd will be more mature, probably more formal.
Do take the boat excursions looking for whales, otters, and eagles. Would hesitate on the flying excursions depending on weather clarity.
See the totem pole park in Ketchican to pick up a little on the Native American flavor.
Originally Posted by stlguy_57
My partner and I are planning to go on a RSVP cruise in Sept. to Alaska out of Seattle. The cruise will be on Holland's Amsterdam ship. Neither of us have ever cruised before and both of us are very excited. Has anyone on these boards gone on this cruise before and how was it. Any advise welcome.