For me, the ship is my last choice. More important is the ports, time in ports, routing, glacier, price. So maybe consider, more outside passage sailing- Vancouver superior over Seattle, Glacier Bay is the top dog here. AND have a full budget for excursions- you get only half a trip without them.
So, if any include Glacier Bay- that would be the edge for me.
It's a tough choice. I did some research and I like ports and places best on NCL's Star, which goes to Glacier bay, but RCL 's Vision has Tracy Arm Fjord and Icy Straight ( good for whale watching )so I like that too, the Celebrity Mercury has Hubbard Glacier ( I don't know much about that,) what do you think Karen? I know the Mercury is the best line and ship I can afford, but Im leaning toward Victoria over Prince Rupert, therefore it narrows it down to eather the Star or the VIsion.
Why is Mercury your favorite? We're scheduled for Sept. 2 and I have noticed that Mercury does not have a sliding double glass door, they just have a single glass door, how bad did that affect your view when you were in the cabin?
Norwedian Star should be very good ship. 91 000 gross tonnage. 25 knot speed. I went on cruise on her sister ship, Norwegian Dawn, - beautiful ship - a lot of space and a lot of things to do. Many restarants e.t.c. So you not get bored during days at sea.
I took my first Alaska cruise onboard the Celebrity (Summit) this summer (July) and would do so again. My second choice would be Holland America - better and more destinations, in my opinion.
My spouse and I are older - 50 and 56, we wanted a relaxing, quiet cruise.
We found Celebrity to provide great service, food and the atmosphere and ambiance on the ship was tranquil, classy, not many kids on this cruise, older crowd, very relaxing - which suited us perfectly.
It's so nice to know you enjoyed your cruise! We are on Infinity next July and although my husband and I are just around 40 (he's over but I'm not, we are leaving the kids behind and don't want to have to deal too much with other people's children. Everything you described is exactly why we booked with Celebrity.
Recently sailed on the NCL Star to Alaska. Beautiful ship. Had wonderful time. Only thing that I wish could be changed is to allow more port time in Juneau and less in Skagway. But overall, the Star was a great choice. Consider the freestyle dinning options as well. This is not offered with some of the other lines.