We're booked for an Alaska cruisetour late August 2001. The cruise portion includes food, the land portion does not. A prepaid food package is an option. Is this a worthwhile option. We recently toured the southwest USA, with some food included. The restaurants that were included were not the best. So, I'm sceptical on the option. Looking for advice.
When I took a Princess ground tour, it was without the food package. We stayed at Princess' resorts, which aren't within walking distance of any town or restaurants. Food bought at the hotel ran about $50 per person, per day for meals.
Other cruise lines, however, frequently use resorts that are in a town. The local food probably isn't gourmet, but it might be fun to visit a local place. In Anchorage, restaurants seemed few and far between, and it was just easier and faster to dine in the hotel (buffet breakfasts were great and resonable).