Hi. My husband and I are considering an Alaska cruise this summer, and we were just wondering if anyone has an opinion as to which direction to go...Northbound or Southbound? Also, does any particular cruise line do Alaska better than the next? Any info. is appreciated. Thanks!
I prefer southbound- but I would never consider any one way without an additional 5 days independent touring. Round trips and one ways are more similar than different, and with the significant added cost and time to get in/out Anchorage- it makes sense to take advantage. Choose carefully based on ports, time in ports, route, glacier, cost. Then select a ship/line that works for you. Myself I give an edge to HAL and won't sail RCI unless they are giving it away. (which sometimes they do!!) Be certain to budget for port touring- a necessary part of Alaska travel and only 1/2 a trip with them.
Thanks so much for the info. I really appreciate it. We have cruised on HAL before, and really enjoyed it. I was pleased to see you recommend them for Alaska. They have some good deals going on right now - that makes it easy! Thanks again!
Ambir, We are so excited to go nb this July on the Coral Princess, Vancouver to Seward (Ancorage). Never having been to Alaska before, we wanted to see the scenery unfold as we go farther into our vacation. I think the beauty and excitement will build as we travel further up the coast. However, I am sure any direction you end up choosing will be great. Have fun planning the with rest of us!
I do not like RCI ships due to their front blue screens that greatly distract my marine wildlife viewing. I do not like viewing through glass and it just is not for me, I want a full open front deck. A major reason I like southbound sailing- excellent bonanza day last sailing day back to Vancouver - loaded with marine wildlife sightings and best chance for orca viewing. Northbound this area is sailed at night.