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Old September 5th, 2005, 06:21 PM
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My fiancee and I are considering taking an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon. We've researched the small boats and have gathered that the unique experience justify the higher cost vs. a big ship. Issue: this will be our 1st cruise ever.

Any suggestions? Big boat (less money) vs. small boat (greater value)??

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Old September 5th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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Congratulations on your engagement and I think a cruise is a perfect honeymoon. We cruised on the Radiance of the Seas in May for its repositioning cruise to Canada and this coming Friday we are going again on her for our Alaska cruise. She is the perfect size ship with lots of glass for viewing. There is a glass elevator that looks out to the ocean. She does have mini golf and a rock wall but no ice skating or roller blade course. You can check her out in the photo gallery up in the right corner, just do a search there. Good luck and enjoy.

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Congrats on your engagement! My husband and I went on our first cruise for our honeymoon and are about to celebrate our 25th on the Spirit next week. If you can afford to go now - go because it took us 25 years to get up there (but have been on others in between). I have always cruised carnival --
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If you can afford it, definately the smaller ships like Cruise West, Lindblad.

On the regular lines, factor in costs of tours, and don't skimp here. You get only half a trip without them.
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Old September 6th, 2005, 09:21 PM
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THanks very much for the input!! Now onto searching for deals...any tips on that would also be much appreciated!!

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If you go in to the CruiseWest website you can order a free DVD of the cruising options they offer.
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Congrads on your engagement! I can't give an opinion on a ship since I've only done 1 cruise (our ship Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean does Alaska), but from what I've heard / read on here, don't expect any "perks" from the cruise lines for your honeymoon.

So if that's something you are looking for as well, head to an all-inclusive resort down in the Caribbean where they cater for such events.
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Maybe this won't be an issue for you but are your chances of getting sea sick greater on a smaller ship ??? Just a thought. Probably wouldn't be great for a honeymoon.
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It depends entirely upon your specific interests. If it's Alaska you want to see in detail and the shipboard experience is very much secondary, go for the small ship. If the activities on the big ships are of interest (shows, bars, shopping, several restaurants, etc etc.), then that may be right for you. The small ships get you into places that the big ones can't go to - to me, that's the biggest advantage.

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As for sea sickness, can happen on any boat, you are on water. If prone, take precautions. It is a myth the Inside Passage is "smooth as glass" not always so.
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Congratulations on your engagement!
I specialize in small ship cruises and do offer discounts with Cruise West.

Would love to talk (or email) you concerning big ship vs small ship and the different ships and itineraries in Alaska.

No hard sell tactics; I just love small ship cruising and in particular, Cruise West.
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