First of two questions: When on an Alaskan cruise tour, how is your luggage managed? Do you schlep everything with you to the various lodges on land? A cruisetour is not sounding too good to hubby when you're packing and unpacking and schlepping luggage to a different lodge almost every night.
Second of two questions: Would a round-trip Seattle cruise be better for us vs. a land tour of less than a week (3-4 days only)? Is it worth the expense and time to fly all the way to Fairbanks for such a short land tour?
Take the land tour, it will show you a lot more of Alaska.
Pack two bags, one for the land tour and one for the cruise. On my experiences with Princess your cruise bags will be handled separately, and should be on the ship when you get on board. Just back from Europe on back to back cruises and that is what we did. On our last trip to Alaska (trip #4) our bags were well taken care of and we got them on the ship. If you book, check your itinerary and you will see a note when you arrive in Fairbanks that ther is a baggage orientation meeting, if not, check with your Princess rep when you arrive. You can never spend enough time in Alaska.
Enjoy your trip.
Take the land tour. We have been on the train to Danli and to Copper River. The bags are taken from the ship to your destination lodging or vice versa and placed in your room. When you leave your room for the next destination, you place your luggage outside your room door like you do the last night on the ship. Again, you never see them until you get to the next destination. It's a long flight to Alaska. WE think it is better to fly to Alaska and take the ground tour, then cruise back to Vancouver. If you don't want to fly all the way to Alaska, curise from Vancouver, take the ground tour, and cruise back. Depending on your deal and category, the crusie could be cheaper than the extra cost of the flight to Alaska.
Was on a 13 day cruise/tour and I rec. it 1000 %. Ur bags r picked up from and dlvrd to
ur lodge door at every stop.
#2 That's ur call, but u'll miss a hell of alot if u don't take both land and sea. The total cost of the trip is worth every single nickle of it. Don't bother going to Alaska if all u'll do is the cruise part.
I agree with NasKar...We did that last year. Sailed north on Celebrity, stayed on with their 5 day tours, bags handled 100& each stop; took train back to Anchorage on our own,then sailed back on Princess.....Next time up, we'll replicate the same concept, using different tour, using same lines probably, with the southbound sailing tied with the land tour.
That part of the world deserves to be seen there, as well as '' on the way '' there.
We just returned from the cruise and landtour with Princess on Coral...great trip. I felt that Princess did a wonderful job moving our luggage. All we did was put it outside the door. Princess always had it delivered to the correct room when we arrived at thte lodges We did the cruise first and I'm glad we did. It was nice to see the scenery become more and more beautiful. We were also a little worn out at the end of the land tour and it was nice to be heading home.