We are going on our 6th cruise to Alaska !! 😍😍😍 . We are so excited ! I have seen a lot of info but I need some more specific answers ! We are booked on Carnival Legend June 2, 2015 from Seattle . Qt. Cruise terminal any hotels really close by we are flying in a day before . Should I use cruiser transfer for next day or cheaper to get a taxi ( 4 of us going . DH and 2 kids ( 10/13 ) . What best time to get to port? Formal nights ? How many cruise is for 7 days . What to wear and pack ( must needs and can't do without and don't need ) I tend to over pack ! What is the weather like in June ? Shore excursion . What are the must see , plan on doing one at each port . Their are a few we are ingested in that we would leave the kids on ship ( some are the more expensive ones , my 10yr old has Autism the tour wouldn't be appropriate for him or he would get to excited and jump and turn over raft ! Lol ) I think we decided mendenhall salmon bake , float or raft trip , possibly a plane ride ( and not the one that says I have to buy two seats bc I'm over 250 !! ) maybe the lumber jack or duck tour for the kids . Just weighing must see with not letting kids miss Ak !
Just got back from Alaska 2 weeks ago. we did the Mendenhall Glacier/Salmon Bake and it was the best tour of the trip. We also did the Misty Fijords Floatplane trip and all I can say is NEVER AGAIN!! If I could have kissed the ground when we landed I would have. The weather turned bad on us during the flight and the pilot even admitted he was having trouble holding the plane steady. We were the lucky/unlucky ones that made it back though.. A few others that were farther out had to land on the lake and a boat had to pick them up. It was raining sideways when we got off the plane. Hubby did the small plane to Mt McKinley and he said it was worse than the floatplane as being bumpy. The mountains have a lot of do with the bumpiness according to the pilot. As far as clothes, be sure and bring more than 1 pair of jeans/long pants. We were drying our jeans with the hairdryer after our trip in sideways rain. Bring a rain jacket or something with a hood. My hubby's umbrella turned inside out the first time he used it. I don't know how the weather is in June. We were there in August. We did the Lumberjack show in Ketchikan and while hokey, it was just something we have to do when you are in Alaska.. My favorite port was Icy Strait. I don't think Carnival goes there though. Small quaint village with not much commercialism. Can't speak for the children's programs.. We don't have kids.. You really can't go wrong with the Whale watching tours. You didn't say if you are doing a land portion. That is where you really see wildlife.. Either way, it's beautiful country ENJOY!!
God you made it safely back! They don't call it "Misty" Fijords for nothing!! We did the trip there by tour boat instead of plane when we went in May 2013 and it pretty much rained the entire time.
We heeded well the advice we got before hand to "stay dry" and both had on waterproof jackets with hoods, waterproof pants and shoes. Those who didn't had to sit indoors looking through fogged up, rain drop covered windows or got soaked out on deck. It was the best Alaska advice we got. Leave the umbrellas home. They do not work in Alaska and just block everyone else's view.
All members had shared really worthwhile information here. Which would be really useful for all tourists who are planing their cruising tour to Alaska as well as for me. Nowadays i was thinking to plan a summer tour of Any state of USA. After reading that massive discussion, I think Alaska Would be a good one destination.
We did the Inside Passage several years ago. It was cold at the end of May. A Balcony is a must for us. The still waters and the Whales are seareal. A few months later we flew back and rented a car and stayed in Lodges and Hotels. It was awesome. One thing I learned was that you didn't have to be on a cruise to book a Princess Lodge. Now we are returning by ship and will get a Balcony and expect warmer than May. It has been 8 years since we went to Alaska and am now trying to figure out plans.
I wonder if the walking tour on own in Ketchikan can be done in a short time? We will have 5 or 6 hours. Thanks!