My wife and I both have an Alaskan cruise as a "bucket list" item. I am considering making this a special Christmas gift to her this year. Does anyone have any special advice for the best cruise line...cruise package...routes???
I would suggest doing a lot of research and decide on the ports you must see, then check the different cruiselines and find the right ship. You will find that there are more itinaries with Princess and I must say, they do Alaska wonderfully. I've also cruised out of both Vancouver and Seattle and much like going out of Vancouver a ton better, much more scenery and lots to look at through the inside passage, even though going out of Seattle, they call that an inside passage, I thought it was anything but that.
I think you will love a cruise like this, it is, so far my favorite.....Feel free to ask any questions you may have...
Princess offers some really nice land and rail tours in conjuction with your cruise. We haven't actually cruised Alaska yet but have done extensive research on it (we were booked July 2009 and ended up moving cross country instead, so had to cancel our cruise!). When it's time to go, we'll be choosing Princess. Check 'em out -- Alaska Cruise & Cruisetours : Alaska Cruise Vacation : Princess Cruises