Thank you everybody for all your advice so far! At this point I'm just on the verge of going to my local trusted TA and seeing what they can come up with for myself, Grandma and Mom. But before I make the commitment I have just a couple last questions.
The background is, I'm taking my Grandma and Mom on a 6-8 day Alaskan cruise on either HAL, Princess, or Celebrity. And because Grandma is fairly restricted in movement (wheelchair with some walking) we'll probably stay on the boat most of the time, so scenery from the boat is a big priority. So, as we're looking at different cruise itineraries, I'm writing to ask you guys who know more about where these ships go than I do, what ports of call or general scenery would you suggest that'll give us the best views from the ship? So far we've got advice for Glacier and Hubbard Bay, but are there other great places we should be aware of?
And as a last little thing here, I'd like to get myself and Mom on a helicopter ride somewhere in the middle of this journey. Can you guys suggest where we should aim for a thrilling chopper ride? Curious about how much this would cost also.
Well, I have no idea of how much help I'll be as I've not been to Alaska yet myself. I have been looking at Alaska cruises for next year and am leaning heavily toward NCL.
You want to cruise the Inside Passage and do Glacier Bay. As for the helicopter ride, it depends on how on how long the ride and where you want to go. From what I am seeing it's about $300.00 to $600.oo per person, with weight restrictions of 250 or less. If you weigh more you pay extra.
To lessen the possibility of rough seas I would choose Glacier Bay over Hubbard glacier. I prefer Glacier bay anyway. Also, as I recall, occasionally in the past HAL had a ship that went to both Glacier bay and the Tracy Arm. Not sure if they're still doing that but I would certainly look for that option.
Can't help you with the helicopter option but they are very pricey.