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Old September 3rd, 2007, 06:45 PM
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We are new to cruising, and would like help in deciding which cruise line is best for us. We are planning on cruising to Alaska in May of 2008. Since we live in Seattle, would like a ship that leaves from Seattle.

We are in our mid 50s. We would prefer avoiding the formal nights if at all possible. Personal service is not important to us. We do not drink. However, we like to keep active, and would like a ship with alot of activities to choose from.

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To start with, if scenery is important, you need to consider Vancouver sailings. Seattle sailings go west of Vancouver Island, Vancouver sailings take the scenic route to the east. I'm a huge fan of RCI - the Radiance of the Seas in particular, and our demographic is similar to yours. (I've also done Alaska on the Vision of the Seas, and with Holland America). Much of your decision, though, should be based on the ports (and glaciers) visited - have a look at the possibilities (http://www.youralaskacruise.com/alas...ise_ports.html) and decide which are the most interesting to you.

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We are new to cruising, and would like help in deciding which cruise line is best for us. We are planning on cruising to Alaska in May of 2008. Since we live in Seattle, would like a ship that leaves from Seattle.

We are in our mid 50s. We would prefer avoiding the formal nights if at all possible. Personal service is not important to us. We do not drink. However, we like to keep active, and would like a ship with alot of activities to choose from.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can give us.

Cheryl
If you want to sail from Seattle and aren't interested in formal nights, I'd highly recommend the NCL Pearl. NCL ships have "freestyle cruising", which basically means no formal attire is required -- resort casual works for everything, and there won't be any assigned seating at dinner. You're free to dine in one of 10 or more restaurants, including a steakhouse, Asian, french, Tex-Max, the buffet, and two main restaurants -- and I know I missed a couple. Since there are no assigned dining times, you can dine when you want. Reservations are required for the specialty dining rooms, but still allow you quite a bit of flexibility in your dining choices.

The Pearl has the only bowling alleys on a cruise ship so far, and there's also a rock climbing wall. We sailed on the Pearl last May to Alaska and had such a wonderful time that we're trying to figure out if we can do a return trip next May with our young-adult aged kids.
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For a round trip Seattle, I also highly recommend the NCL Pearl, also in May, you have the potential of some great humpback viewing due to the migration.

The Pearl itinerary is a winner with Glacier Bay.

Freestyle, works perfectly in Alaska.
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I am about to leave for an Alaskan cruise on NCL's Pearl this weekend. I'm very anxious to try the freestyle cruising. It sounds like NCL might be worth looking into for your requirements. I'll post when I return and let you know how it went for us.
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Thanks for your suggestions. I will research the NCL Pearl. We live across the sound from Seattle, so getting to the cruise ship would be alot easier in Seattle then Vancouver.

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