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Default Best Cruise Lines to Alaska for these ages?

I got a group of 4 in their early and late 20s, and a group of 2 in their late 40s early 50s. We would love to be around people are age, but of course we don't mind kids and senior citizens. We just don't want to get stuck on a ship full of them that will either a) make us feel out of place and/or b) drive us nuts. Any recommended cruise lines? I was thiking Princess.
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Alaska used to be an itinerary where you'd find mostly older folks. That really doesn't hold true anymore. Many more young people and families cruising to Alaska these days.

That said.. you may encounter a more elderly crowd on Princess, and Holland America than you would on Royal Caribbean or Carnival.
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I've sailed on HAL twice to Alaska, once on the Statendam in Sept ansd once on the Oosterdam in July. The ages were very much mixed in July on the Vista class O-dam which was built for younger adults and families as compared to the older HAL ships.
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I'd say take any cruise line, the demographics change from day to day, ship to ship and NOBODY CAN FORECAST ! IMO don't be concerned with the PAX, focus on your itinerary.

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As NAS-Karr says....try not to worry about the age of passengers. If you go after school has let out there will be passengers of all ages.
Try to focus on itinerary, one-way or round trip, Glacier bay or Hubbard Glacier or Sawyer glaciers, Ports of departure. Ports being visited.
Do you like to hang around the pools? If yes, find a ship that has a covered pool. Balcony or not?

There's a ton of things to weigh when deciding and much of it will depend on your likes and what's important to you on a ship vs what's not important to you. Once you narrow many of these questions down, your choice will get easier.

We've sailed NCL, HAL, and Celebrity and found all 3 to be similar in age and quality in Alaska. NCL has freestyle. Do you like set eating times, then NCL isn't for you.

Have fun with the research. That's part of the fun IMO.
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I got a group of 4 in their early and late 20s, and a group of 2 in their late 40s early 50s. We would love to be around people are age, but of course we don't mind kids and senior citizens. We just don't want to get stuck on a ship full of them that will either a) make us feel out of place and/or b) drive us nuts. Any recommended cruise lines? I was thiking Princess.
It'e really more about personality and style than about demographics, as most of the major cruise lines draw a fairly broad spectrum of ages. You don't want a cruise line that's constantly nagging you to participate in activities if you want a relaxing vacation, but conversely you don't want a sedate cruise line if you are looking for more activity. Also, you don't want a cruise line that caters to the "pretzels and beer" crowd if your preferences lean toward 'champagne and caviar" -- or vice versa. Start by getting a guide book to cruises and cruise lines (all the major series of travel guides like Frommer's, Fodor's, Berlitz, etc., have them) and reading the descriptions of the major cruise lines, then pick the one that sounds like the best fit for your preferred lifestyles, or at least narrowing the choices down to two or three.

The itineraries offered by all of the major cruise lines (Gulf of Alaska Northbound, Gulf of Alaska Southbound, and Inside Passage round trip)are pretty comparable. I generally recommend a cruise that crosses the Gulf, with plans to spend at least a weekend in Anchorage before or after the cruise. You can rent a car at Anchorage International Airport for day trips or for indpendent touring during your stay.

Be sure to reserve hotels in advance for your time in Anchorage and the interior, as the summer is Alaska's peak season so hotels can be rather full.

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