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Old July 5th, 2005, 07:35 PM
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Default first timer to Alaska

I'm starting to plan my first cruise, as well as my first trip to Alaska. I will be going with my boyfriend, who, like me, is very active and seeking wildlife/nature adventures. We are also going with another couple who is less active. All of us are 25 years old. I'm wondering if there's a good cruise line that is recommneded for accomodating our age group, AND the diverse expectations of our group...!?!?
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Old July 6th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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We sailed on the Sapphire Princess to Alaska last year, and had a great time. It is a newer ship and had relatively affordable prices. Lots of activities for the 21-30 somethings, great dining and bar choices and the "nature stuff" to do ashore is plentiful. The one bit of advice I'd give you is stick to the activities you can get at the various ports no need to spend the extra bucks that the cruise line charges for the shore excursions--they are the same tours the cruise lines contract with the local tours.
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Old July 6th, 2005, 10:53 PM
claude gareau
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CARNIVAL Cruise Lines look like it's for you.
And I agree with JGF re, excursions.

Happy sailing

You'll love Alaska, cruising in it....and I bet you'll become
like the rest of us; repeat cruisers.

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Old July 21st, 2005, 06:45 PM
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I just returned from the Holland America Inside Passage cruise on the Zaandam. The group of us ranged from ages 30 - 60 and for those of us who wanted to stay on the boat and relax, there was plenty of that. The rest took excursions and went rafting, fishing, float plane trips and helicopter trips to glaciers and had a blast. They are VERY active and was a bit bored on sea days but ended up having a good time in the spa or the casino. For me, cruising is more about relaxing on the deck and I bundled up and did plenty of that as well.

Alaska is an AMAZING trip. I'm already planning again for next summer.


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Old July 21st, 2005, 09:08 PM
Janice Reilly
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We are leaving in 8 days on Celebrity - Summitt. Our first cruise and cruisetour - 13 nights! What is there to do in Skagway other than to take the White Pass Railroad? I am traveling with my 81 year old Mother and she can't hike or walk long distances at a time. What is the town like? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 10:05 AM
David Starkey
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We just got off the Mercury a week ago and really enjoyed the cool temps in Alaska. The town of Skagway is a small town that only has about 800 year round residents. In the summer the populations booms, but it still has a very small town feel. The rail trip is your best bet for something to do there.
We were there for the 4th of July and they had a very nice parade on the main street considering how small the town really is.

Enjoy your cruise to Alaska....its a great desination.
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