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Old October 25th, 2004, 01:45 AM
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Hi Guys -
I have decided to purchase a cruise for my mum and dad for Christmas. They have wanted to take an Alaskan cruise for some time and would love to go whale-watching. They are in their 60s and fairly conservative. Any insight would be great!
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Old October 25th, 2004, 05:14 AM
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Do you plan on making the actual purchase before Christmas? My suggestion would be to gather up the literature from one or two cruiselines and maybe purchase a book on Alaska and give that to them for Christmas. I would then ask them to help pick their trip. I find that planning the trip is half of the fun. Good luck and let us know what you decide on.

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Old October 25th, 2004, 06:32 AM
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What a great gift!!!

I also would get tons of Alaska brochures and give that to them and let them pick out their ship, etc.
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Great gift for your folks..

Here is a link with lots of Alaska information:

Alaska Planning Guide

We booked an excursion for Whale Watching in Juneau with Capt. Larry, if interested, let me know and I'll send you his info.

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Old October 25th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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What a wonderful idea. And generous. Have fun.

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That is a great idea. I would take Mary Lou and Donna's advice and research the trip as much as possible and do it with them.

If it is affordable I would also suggest doing a cruise-tour. This involves a cruise and land portion. One of my regrets was not being able to see more of Alaska. What I did see on the cruise was fantastic. Remember that on the land portion they will have to pay for their meals. This may be a financial consideration.

Princess and Holland America are two cruise lines that have very good cruise and cruise-tour programs.

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Thank you so much -- I love the book idea!
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Old October 25th, 2004, 02:04 PM
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Book quickly! My sister and her husband just booked a cruise with Holland for a May cruise and they got one of the last few balcony rooms on the ship! Apparently they have no trouble selling these cruises out.

What a wonderful daughter you are, BTW!

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Fabulous idea. I took my parents with me six years ago to Alaska for their first cruise ever and got them hooked on cruising. I think your parents would love Holland America.
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