We have done the cruise and now we are looking forward to doing Alaska with an RV next time!! We are just back a couple of days ago. We had a great time but spent lots of money and the cheaper way we think would be by RV but Denise is right, eat on the Lido deck we did 4 out of 7 nights had great food and just relaxed by the windows and watched the scenery as we ate. We didn't book a balcony but kind of wished we had. We had an inside cabin which I wouldn't do again. I can see where a balcony would have been an added pleasure. You have to do a cruise to experience it and then you'll know what you like and dislike. Have fun!!
I just got back from an Alaskan cruise on the Princess. People don't really get dressed up on formal nights. Most men wore just a nice shirt and pants. Most ladies wore a nice blouse or sweater with pants.
People who cruise on the Celebrity do dress up in beautiful clothes even on non dressy nights. I loved looking at all the glitter.
I think Carnival and Princess have the best prices for cruises.
If you are the outdoors type you must have a balcony. You can order room service and eat on your balcony once in awhile. Lucy
We went on the Royal Carribean and there were people who wore jeans on casual nights. Others wore clothes they would wear to church. I think just about anything goes except shorts on Alaska cruises. Also, formal nights there were formals and clothes you would wear to church.. We had a great time. I hope you do to. Have fun.
On our Carnival cruise in May people were VERY dressed up.
Another option for you could be the Alaska Marine Highway. We ran in to quite a few people doing this and they had only good things to say about it. If we didn't have a child with us, we think we would have preferred this option.