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Old January 8th, 2014, 01:26 PM
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Hey all haven't been around in a LONG time but husband and I are getting ready to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next year! and we've decided we want to go on another cruise. My question is Alaska around our anniversary Aug 9th or the Carribbean sometime either late this year, early next year or later next year?? We have decided that we do NOT want to go to carribbean in the summer because it's too hot! although we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise in 2005 on the conquest, it was just too hot and muggy! I know the choice will be entirely up to us and our limited budget. but any ideas?? we're thinking if we go to Alaska we'll go out of Seattle (we could drive there from Utah) Caribbean we'll have to fly into where ever--another question I know things have changed a lot since we last cruised in 2006 (on Royal Caribbean monarch of the seas) and 2005 on Carnival Conquest--what meals and food options are still available that we can get without additional costs as part of the price we pay for the cruise. Also since the last time we cruised my husband and I are both on CPAP will we be able to take our machines and have at least one outlet to plug into even if we have to bring extension cords to access it.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 01:42 PM
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First, you really need to discuss all this with a reputable cruise specialist; they can be invaluable with information about all the things you're most concerned with to help you make the best decision.

As for where to go, obviously there are good things and bad things about each location and it really depends on what you're looking for.

Alaska is awesome and can be very reasonably priced in May and September. Summer is more expensive and crowded. But I would definitely not only consider leaving out of Seattle since there are some wonderful cruises going out of Vancouver. You really need to look at the itineraries and prices to see which one works out best.

As for the Caribbean, best time of the year for pricing is September and between Thanksgiving & Christmas. Keep in mind that hurricane season goes form June 1st to November 30th. Also, don't overlook going to the Southern Caribbean - great deals and wonderful ports.

As for food, you can get by on a cruise ship eating 24/7 and never spend a dime if that's what you want.

And as for the CPAP machines, it's not a problem - just make sure to take an extension cord. And note that some cruise lines provide distilled water for the machines and others do not, so have your agent check to see what they provide.

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Congrats on the upcoming anniversary...
From what you've mentioned already, I have to agree about Alaska...Especially saving the air fare is a huge amount to cut off the budget. Although, you really will want to do some excursions, so check those out as well, they can be pricey, but it is a once in a lifetime kind of trip...Keep us posted as to what you finally decide....
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Thanks so far for all the suggestions. I hadn't thought about going thru a travel agent again but maybe I should. I used to belong to this board several years ago when I was planning my 2 other cruises that we took. You guys/gals were always so helpful and I'm excited to be back. My name is Lisa and from Utah. I couldn't seem to be able to sign in with my old username/pw so I reregistered. you might have seen my name as karessamom or Lisa?? I just remembered having the time of our lives on Conquest that we did in 2005 then we followed up in 2006 with another much shorter cruise out of Los Angeles in 2006 where we took our 2 children and were slightly disappointed with RC lines--maybe cause we were so spoiled on Carnival?? and also slightly poorer planning on my part?? but we still enjoyed it. on the Vancouver cruises--how much farther is it to Vancouver than Seattle?? that might be a possibility--hadn't really considered Vancouver because I thought it was so much further?? Also I see that some of Carnival's Caribbean cruises now go to Honduras is that a good port??
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Actually Vancouver is not that far from Seattle, worth looking into. I would much rather sail from Vancouver any day over Seattle, just a different more scenic route that way...
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I would recommend sailing out of Vancouver or Anchorage (Seward or Whittier) so you can do a one way cruise with cruise-tour in Alaska either before or after cruise. Why go all the way to Alaska and not see Denaii. If you leave out of Seattle it has to end either in Seattle or Vancouver (or other spot in Canada); you can't do one way from Seattle to Anchorage. Donna is right; Vancouver is close.
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Carnival goes to Mahogany Bay in Honduras, which is fine if you just want to stay in the area and don't mind a crowded beach. We were just there a month ago. Basically, it is just a Carnival owned area, so prices for everything is rather steep and most people don't go anywhere else. But there are better beaches than that, specifically West Bay Beach. If you like snorkeling, it's one of the best beaches for snorkeling I've ever seen around the world.

As for Alaska, I agree with others that if you really want to see the State in all its glory and splendor, you really need to spend some time touring the Anchorage to Fairbanks corridor if you have the time and resources. Of course if you don't, then there are some wonderful roundtrip cruises that will offer amazing itineraries.

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