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Old June 18th, 2015, 01:36 PM
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I am planning my 1st Alaska cruise in July 2015 for my daughter's graduation present. I have been doing so much research, but still confused. I am a single mom with budget. I am torn between 7-days cruise and 10-days cruise plus land tours. My question is if I book the 10days cruise with land tours, will it duplicate to some port excursions in the cruise? Should I just save money and book a 7-days cruise, so I have some budget to go the excursions on the cruise?

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This is one cruise I always suggest talking with a Cruise Specialist who has been there done that so they can help answer all the many questions you're going to have. They can also help you sort through all the options available, which are plentiful.

With that said, there are several wonderful cruises as well as many tours to take after the cruise. If you want to do a cruise along with a tour, then you need to look at one-way cruises either going northbound or southbound depending on whether you want to do the tour before the cruise or after the cruise. Tours can range from 3 days to 2 weeks with many of the most popular ones already sold out. You're quite late to be looking for this year since many people plan many months in advance for Alaska cruisetours as there are alot of plans to be made and airfare getting more expensive the closer you get.

But you won't come close to visiting the same ports on a tour, since those are going to be inland starting or ending in Anchorage. A cruise will visit different ports, possibly including one of the two major glaciers.

Alaska is one of those special places you have to visit at least once in your lifetime, but definitely do not want to be in a hurry. We spent two weeks doing a cruisetour and it was amazing. Can't wait to do something like that again.

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Hi Sun,
Welcome to Cruise Mates. I agree with what Pete said. While the longer your trip - the more you will see, and there is a lot to see in Alaska, don't spend all your budget on the cruise and air. Be sure you have funds to enjoy your ports and ship.
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Thank you both of your suggestions. I did have travel agent, but they just want to rush me to make a decision. I think that I know what to do now.
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I good travel agent should NEVER rush you to make a decision. And they should never be pushing into a decision. A good agent will provide you as much information as you can handle so you can make a decision on what's best for you based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Keep in mind that like I always say, what one person loves, another will hate. So just because somebody is recommending something does not necessarily mean it's right for you.

But as was stated, you definitely want to spend the time to really see Alaska in all it's glory, so make sure you have money for some shore excursions.

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