Which cruise line should my family go with? Last year we cruised with RC (voyager) to the caribbean and were very happy with it. We have two children (13 & 14) that will be going with us. I'm interested in the inside passage cruise.
My entire extended family went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska last summer. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, including the teens in the group. They sail round trip out of Vancouver--I believe Radiance leaves on Saturdays and Serenade leaves on Sunday. Both are very new ships, should be a good experience.
The other option that might be good is one of the new princess ships. Although many people complain that they like ships out of Vancouver rather than Seattle, Seattle to me is more convenient, and seeing most of Alaska is still great. The best thing they have with regards to families is 4 restaurants you can go to involving personal choice dining. If it were me, I'd go with Princess just for that reason alone, but my kids are difficult in eating so convenience in eating is a big deal with me.
A major negative with RCI is no ship naturalists. A necessary benefit for first time Alaska visitors. I have to disagree- my clear preference is for inside Vancouver Island sailing- very few of the Seattle trips do it. Especially for the return trip it is a highlight of marine wildlife opportunities, my opinion only.
The Inland Passage is not to be ignored. We left Vancouver [after having stayed at a B and B for the weekend] on Princess. Glacier Bay is a MUST see. We stayed at Seward for an extra two days [ Wind SOng Lodge] rented a car and drove to Talkeetna. There we stayed at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Both are owned by this group:
My family and I are just starting our research for an Alska cruise but we have determined the date and it is the same as your group. We are a couple in our 40's with two girls ( ages 17 and 10). We like activity and educational opportunities on our vacations. I would be interested in getting more information abou your group bookings.
Prices are all over. Perhaps post an ad on this site's bargain finder board and see what may be available. I booked my cruise last season through it and was very pleased with what I got- Sun Princess 9-1 sailing- $475 inside.
Another thing that we had to look at was the availability of pools, when you have kids. We had pretty much decided on Celebrity when we discovered that there are no outdoor heated pools (and on an Alaskan cruise, you need it heated if it is outdoors!) and the only indoor pool is adults only (in the spa). We had to cross Celebrity off the list and start over again.
Hi Evelyn, we booked our cruise with Vacations to go.com and got an excellant price for
a Balcony suite with H.A.L. The 90 day ticker will give you the best prices on their web site. However I booked our flight to Anchorage and the hotel room myself at a much cheaper price and have better accomodations than the agency could provide.