I thought Alaska was very boring and way overpriced. the ports were small, repititive, and disapointing. We went on a Royal Caribean 5 day land, 7 day cruise southbound tour on Vision of the Seas. The land tour stopped at ever restroom facility possible. I was disapointed
I guess it depends on what cruiseline you took. I went on Holland America in early May and it was wonderful. Beautiful weather in all of the ports.. No problems that I can think of. My ship went to Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway and Ketickan.
We were on the same cruise and a definate NOT Boring!!. You get out of it what you put in. I am so ready to go back. The experience of Hubbard Glacier and Misty Fiords is beyond words. The land tours Ican't say because we did our own.We rode the train to Seward vs the bus and saw alot of wild life. We also did the train on our own and spent the majority of the trip in the dome car. Boring, definately not. It's not the caribbean but a totally different perspective.
We LOVED Alaska, so much so that we are taking our daughter and son-in-law back in a few years, our treat. It is so beautiful! There is so much to see. Maybe different excursions would have been better for you?
Different stroke for different folks! I can think of many words to describe Alaska and BORING just doen't come to mind. last year I did my first trip to Alaska( HAL Statendam) and just had to return this year( HAL Oosterdam). If someone is bored with Alaska what would they find interesting?
AMARSH Thanks for the good words concerning Hubbard Glacier and Misty Fjords. Those 2 places are to highlight this year's trip. I just hope that Hubbard Glacier doen't create another dam and peril which would prevent the Oosterdam from getting too close. In Misty Fjords I am doing a floatplane and small boat trip.
I am 22 years old, sailed on the radianc eto alaska and it was the most incredible trip of my life and I have done the caribbean as well. If you don't have anything planned or don't make the most of it then you might be set out for a major disappointment. too bad.
So, Im definately in the minority. I wonder where all of you live that this trip is so unbelievable. I really enjoed the trip so dont get me wrong. But after the first day or so it became very repetitive. The Hubbard Glaicer was amazing but it was only two hours of a seve day cruise! Misty fjords was very nice but then agian it was only two or three hours of a 7 day cruise. We stopped a Icy straits, this place is a dump. Our boat anchored for 8 - 10 hours here. I went whale watching and visited the cannery in a little over 4 hours. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO DO THERE!!! I live about 5 minutes from the gulf of mexico in Florida so maybe I am allready relaxed and I get to see marine life daily for free if i wish to. I dont know who to feel more sorry for. Me for not have an amazing overpriced time or for all of yor who are lying to yourselves.
Ptb, I don't think anyone has to be lying to themselves -- you or people who really enjoyed it! Everyone can like different things.
What is it that you enjoy doing on other cruises? Were these things not available on the Alaska cruise?
I've never been on a cruise before --- our trip to Alaska in a month is my first. I'm looking forward to playing the games the activities director organizes, and taking dance lessons with my husband. I'm looking forward to taking the train up the mountain, going on a helicopter and visiting a dog sled, and going out with Captain Larry to see some humpbacks. I'm even looking forward to taking the DUCK tour on that silly little aquabus! I'm looking forward to going to having all different kinds of food, and going to the Noveau Supper Club. Mostly, I'm looking forward to just reading and relaxing among the beautiful scenery of mountains, glaciers and the sea. I'm particularly excited about being able to see glaciers calf.
Of course, none of those things may appeal to you, in which you should probably save your money and go elsewhere. :-)
We did the HAL Veendam last August, Vancouver to Seward and it was the best vacation I could have hoped for. The scenery was beautiful and relaxing. The excursions we planned and sightseeing we did in each port was varied (especially a with 2 teenagers!). No one was bored either on land or on the ship...way too much to choose from and not enough hours in the day!!!! Both the children were thrilled with the entire trip, which made it more fun for Mom and Dad!! As others have said, we all have our own personal preferences. I'm envious of all of you heading there this summer....I hope to go back in a few years...............
Yeah, it was Alaska can be a little boring... Some of the other boring things things I don't recommend...
1. France - all that political stuff, it really is true
2. Disney World - the cokes are like $2.50!?!
3. Grand Canyon - like, it's just a hole in the ground
4. New York City - a bunch of homeless people and the prices of the hotels are terrible
5. that new Harry Potter movie - this is the third time I've gone to one and it's not over yet!
6. Da Vinci Code - it's about an apple for God's sake!
7. The Olympics - bunch of people not capable of being successful at REAL jobs trying to be famous by holding their breath underwater and swimming in unison... PLEASE!
8. The Pacific Coast Line on Highway 1 in California - it's two lanes, not even an interstate!
9. Halle Berry - you call that beautiful? nah, b-o-r-i-n-g!!!
10. Computers and the internet - way overhyped... (it's really just a series of 1's and 0's someone told me, can you believe that!?!)
You want fun? I suggest one of those new shows on the WB Blue Collar TV lineup!
Pbt, I also don't think that anyone is lying to themselves here. We just have different tastes. I am getting ready to go on my second Alaska cruise because I loved it so much the last time. Sure, things are a bit expensive but they are the types of things one cannot do just anywhere either. I get the sense that you are a "bright lights, big city" type of person while those of us who love Alaska are more the "great outdoors" types. Nothing wrong with either. We just need to take that into consideration when we plan a vacation.
I've lived a long time, but next month will be my first cruise. To Alaska too. Never heard anyone complain of an Alaskan cruise before. But heard many enthusiastic recommendations so we are going with 3 generations on Princess Dawn. Can't imagine it will be boring. We have traveled over much of the world alone or as a couple , by boat, plane, train, bus, car, helicopter, motorcycle and have been amazed at every trip. Saudi Arabia came closest to being boring with all the sand and limits on travel and customs, but getting to know locals offset that a lot. From what I know already, we will not be bored on this trip. Salmon fishing, whale viewing, train excursions, floatplane flights, lumberjack rodeos, food, food, food, glaciers, personal celebrations, mountains, fjords, etc. No, it won't be boring as long as we have a pulse. And we'll have a 1000 hi-res digital photos and hours of video to bring it all back to revel in afterwards. We go to the Florida Gulf Coast annually too and think that is terrific with white beaches, warm water, pelicans, porpoises, fishing, swimming, seafood. I guess boring must be a sad state of mind. Don't expect me to affirm that experience until I have Alzheimers.
I am a Florida native (lived on the Gulf of Mexico) and that is why travel! I like to experience something other than horrendous heat, even more horrendous humidity and terrain that is flatter than my chest. Theibugs and snakes are equally annoying. I like Florida (in the fall and winter) but like anywhere else, it is not the center of the universe. Travel expands one's horizons, perceptions and tolerances.
What about the service, meals, activities, shows, entertainment, bars , clubs, casino, and shops onboard? How about personal interactions with 3000 passengers and crew? How about the local shops, museums, cultural sights? How about the history, the exploration, gold rush, native culture, Russian influences? Plenty of mountains, glaciers, whales, eagles and such in Florida? What about the differences in life styles, cultures, heritage?
Perhaps if there had only been a big mall, an Imax Theatre, a baseball stadium,
a 16 screen multiplex? . Maybe if they had wave runners and parasailing? Maybe a golf driving range and a big video arcade. Then Alaska might not be so boring. I'm personally hoping for plenty of neon lights, perhaps some moving tramways and lots of blacktop paved parking lots. Do you think there will be some good internet cafes?
Give me Disney World, Saw Grass Mills and Sea World, now there is a non boring vacation. Lots of concrete and electonics. That's for me.
OK- Ptb- was sometimes bored in Alaska. Frankly- I have seen plenty of bored people in my travels and YES some in Alaska. We all travel for different reasons and have different likes/dislikes. I think perhaps getting away from the group land tour would have been better??? One thing about Alaska is- it's FULL of hidden gems that a lot of people just don't experience. You have to be able to get off the "tourist" track sometimes but it can be a very rewarding experience. I hope for better travels for all. I have definately become bored with cruising- except occasionly Alaska sailing but I am now doing more land touring. Is this wrong??? Nope- just different depending on differences. Happy travels!!!!!!!
This is a question for Whansami. What do you mean by the DUCK tour ? How do I get confirm for this ? I'm going to Alaska over the 4th of July on Sapphire Also the dog sled where did sign up for this trip . Is their one better than another ? thanks for all your tips!! I do have Captain Larry booked a back to back trip. Thanks for your help !!
Sheila, I went to the web site & Im still confused .Is the Duck tour in ketchikan ? Which one of the tours where you taking? I did not see the duck tour thanks again!!! Also you mention about activities director organizes is this in all cruise ?i'm on the princess sapphire Jackie
Yes the duck tour is in Ketchikan. You can book a glacier dog sledding- out of Juneau, Skagway, Seward. You can do dog sledding on wheels- Skagway- now only ship booked as they have a contract, Seward is the best one- with Seavey's and the Dog Sled Headquarters museum in Wasilla is the cheapest- $5 for a brief but fun ride. There are also many many independent dog sledding options all along the Parks Highway- from about Wasilla up to Fairbanks- offering a variety of activities and can be real nice seeing the "real" thing if interested.
I just got back from Alaska (Celebrity Mercury) and thought it was incredible. I've done most of my cruising in warm weather locations and wasn't sure Alaska would appeal to me but the scenery was beyond words.
I agree the port towns were all very similar but then again, I didn't go to Alask to shop for t-shirts and totem poles (Ketchikan had by far the best shopping). We did very active excursions that allowed us to see a lot of the surrounding landscape and wore us out in the process. We returned to the ship after each day in port feeling like we really had a full and productive day.
Regarding the small ports -Alaska has an area of approx. 580,000 sq. miles and a population of about 600,000 with half the population living in Anchorage -- that doesn't make for big ports or big cities. Some of us like things less crowded and find the wildlife and beauty here to be anything but boring. Too each his own.
I find each Inside Passage port VASTLY different and unique, you just have to know where to look. And that means past the shopping. For more information - request each city's visitor guide. Happy visiting.
We are on the Coral Princess 28th Aug. 2004. Coming from Scotland we are paying a huge amount of money for this cruise and the last thing I hope I am going to be is "bored". The vast majority of reviews have been very stimulating and I am very excited about going to Alaska although it was my husbands choice of destination (I wanted to go to Hawaii- maybe next year!).
Our first cruise was 7 years ago and we did the Baltic capitals. St Petersburg in Russia is the single most awesome place I have visited to date. The whole feel of the city was "enigmatic" and the sights to see wonderful. This post reminded me of when we were there. My son was 10 at the time and he was "bored". We hoped as he got older and his outlook on life broadened he would appreciate the beauty and history he had been priveleged to witness first hand and indeed now when he looks back he does still talk about the magnificence of the Catherine Palace at Pushkin, the wonderful folk show we saw where there were no fancy acoustics or sound effects only the music made sometimes on old saws etc. and just the sheer beauty of the entire place.
Perhaps the original poster will be able to do likewise.
I just returned from vacation to Alaska, via the Statendam along the inside passage. I found the ship and the ports of call (and the various side trips at each) to be fun and exciting--where else could I take a ride in a helicopter to wak on a glacier; where else could I ride in a float plane to Misty Fjords and see incredible views, or view a black bear in someone's backyard in Juneau; or travel by railroad through some of the US's most beautiful, unspoiled country?
The cooler weather was great also (I live in Austin and it was 100 the day I left for Vancouver)! I thought the activities on the ship--or lack thereof, depending on my mood--were great. The staff and food were excellent in all regards. I recommend this trip to everyone.
PTB I understand your post, but then you see I know that Alaska wouldn't appeal to me so I wouldn't ake an Alaskan Cruise. We live on the west coast of Canada and have driven all over the province. I have seen ( and walked )on glaciers, I have seen all sorts of wildlife,( bears, whatles eagles, deers, etc.). We are a "port" city so we have all the tourist shops that sell First Nation souvieners, little Totem poles , carvings , beadwork, and hand knit sweaters.
So... therefore, although I understand what others come to see, I wouldn't pay to see it, I want SUN, SAND ,and PALM TREES( and WARM water to swim in) . I also enjoy history, so the sights in the Med and Europe fasinate me.
There is NO bad cruise, just the wrong cruise for some, so choose to cruise based on your expectations, not others.
I found the towns visited quite boring as well. However one has to remember these are
actually fishing /mining ports that have been re invented for the tourist trade .
Did you take any shore exucursions and if so how did you find them ?
I have actually been in south east Alaska as well as the Britstol bay area of north west Alaska on an employment situation . A Canadian working in Alaska . Shush don't tell anyone .
I found the passing scenery always magnificant.
Where are you from and what other cruising have you been on?
I found the "shopping" in all the ports very tedious and refused any and all attempts
to accompany my wife . PEROID
We were on Radiance of the seas , and haven't cruise for 35 years and my experience was on the older P & O vessels and lots of Asia coastal freighters etc.