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Old April 23rd, 2009, 03:04 PM
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Planning a trip to Alaska in early June and have been there before on the Spirit. I am wondering who the best for service line is?? Of the main stream lines which do you prefer?
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I've done both Celebrity and Princess, both excellent Alaska cruises. There are so many ships up there, with different itinaries, you'll need to decide what you want to see and then find the ships that stop there.
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What didn't you get to see last time that is a must see for you this time?

The itineraries vary a lot so I would start there to narrow it down.
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Ya know, I have not heard of bad trips just bad ships! The Spirit was nice but I heard Celeb. & Princ. also treat you great. We did Jun, Sitk, Kitch. and once in Skagway is enough. Thanks for the response!
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Since you've seen enough of Skagway then you might want to look at a cruise that stops at Sitka. Also if you went to Glacier bay, try Hubbard...or vice versa. Then you can narrow down the ship depending on itinerary.

We've said HAL, Celebrity, NCL in Alaska and we felt all 3 lines treated us equally well. NCL seems to get slammed a lot on these sites but we were plenty happy with them. It all really depends on what you're looking for in a ship.
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Wow, lots more opinions on this thread sure would be great!

I know lots about Southeast AK, but nearly nothing about cruising.

We took our first cruise in 2001. We weren't sold completely, and since then have tried other means of vacationing. Now, we just want to cruise. since we aren't retired yet, just once a year. I'm debating on trying all of the cruise lines, but since we want to keep doing it, I'd like to start building credits/points to a cruise perk club. We were on Princess, now on HAL. For the next one, I'd like to be locked into one line.

It seems that you get the same opulence on all of the major lines. Most are owned by only two companies, so little difference, i would think.

I do have a theory though. The crew is on the same ships going round and round for months. I would think that cruising early in the particular seasons, you would get a "fresher" crew. Six months into my job, my smile would be hard to find.

Anyone notice a difference between early in the season as opposed to late?
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For service, HAL gets consistently rave reviews.

Princess supposedly does Alaska the best -- great itinerary.

Carnival has some great deals.

But everyone's expectations are different. That's why it's hard to tell someone else which line is the best.

I am traveling w/ teens so the best line for us would have activities for them --- so we chose RCL.

But I never sail for the ship --- always the ports -- so the ship holds less importance to me.

Only you can decide which cruiseline meets your needs/expectations.
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I have sailed Princess, Holland America and Celebrity to Alaska and would rank Princess first with Holland America a close second. Both Princess and HAL go into Glacier Bay National Park. Celebrity has had many problems in Alaska over the years with their known recurring propulsion problems on their m-class ships. For the cruise to the Caribbean, which is close to me, I might consider taking one of these ships if the price was right, but for a cruise to Alaska, IMHO, the chance of missing ports or even having your cruise cancelled at the last minute is simply not worth the risk. Just my opinion.

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I have sailed Alaska on 5 different lines. All will provide you with something.

Princess, has a poor round trip Seattle itinerary in my opinion, with their one ways, excellent. HAL has some of the best itineraries on all routes. NCL has an excellent Tracy Arm add on tour- WAY superior to any cruiseship sailing. RCI/Celebrity, has Hoonah. Princess, HAL, Carnival, all have EXCELLENT ship naturalists, that can greatly enhance your trip.


So, in consideration- look at ports, time in ports, glacier, ship naturalists, route, price. THEN pick the ship that fits your priority best. Budget fully for shore touring of interest. You get only half a trip without it.

KEY for the choice is to do your homework. Will pay off greatly.
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