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Old August 9th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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We are planning a extended family cruise trip to Alaska. Any mid-size ships that offer a closer view and stick to the Inside Passage for more ofthe trip? Don't really like mega-ships, but do want activities for thepre-teen and teen-agers. Suggestions??
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Old August 9th, 2005, 01:14 PM
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HAL probably has the "smallest" of the major lines now sailing. Don't be put off by the "old" passenger myth. They are an excellent line sailing Alaska.

But in Alaska just as important are the ports, time in ports, glacier, route, price. Budget fully for costly excursions they are half your trip. HAL fits well in the above with some round trip Vancouver having 2 glacier sailing days.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 09:43 PM
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Thanks for the info. Any particular HAL ship you would recommend?? I was put off, having sailed HAL before in Europe and seeing only "old" people like myself -looking for fun for the kids but alson some creative education. L
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Old August 10th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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Hi, Louise,
We sailed on the Statendam in May. Inside passage southbound. We are both 48 and, yes, there were a fair number of older passengers, but they got around just as well, if not better than people our age. Lots of activities and things to do for all ages. We checked out the teen area on one of the top decks - really cool decor, beautiful and set up exclusively for teens. They had their own area to meet, mingle, relax and have fun. Not a big ship, which is exactly what we were looking for after sailing on the mega-ships of RCCL and Carnival. We had a great time, ship was beautiful, newly refurbished, crew was great - everything we had heard about HAL and their service was proven to be true.
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