My husband and I are previous sailers on RCCL (5 previous with them). We are planning to take a cruise to Alaska and I have read that Princess offers a better cruise to Alaska than RCCL. Anyone have any advice?
We took are Alaskan cruise from San Francisco and we just loved it. Princess does 10 day cruises for San Francisco on the Sea Princess. The ports are: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria British Columbia. They run these cruises from May 24 to Sept 11 in 2009. End of May start of June has the best prices insides start at $999 and balconies start at $1,999. I hope that helps you.
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I will add, that Princess has quite a few ships in Alaska each summer, lots of itinaries to choose from. You can add a land portion on to your cruise too, they have lodges in various cities. Yes, Princess does Alaska best, IMHO.
I think you will enjoy the Alaska cruise. We have taken this from wright here, in S.F. Ca. You can also catch the Alaska cruise in Seattle, or even in Vancouver.
From S.F. we went on the inside passage. If you check the web site you will see all of this information. Check the dates for the 2009 sailings.
I favor RCCL ships but for Alaska I chose Princess. If you can, take the cruise from Vancouver and allow for one day prior and one day after to see Van and then a day trip to VictoriaBC. It makes for an unforgettable experience. If doable, the Pan Pacific Hotel near the ship's pier is excellent in Vancouver.
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We sailed on Pricess Diamond in August of 2006 and loved it. The food in the seperate retaurants was very good. Weather is the biggest factor. We wish we had less rain. If you are going to get a balcony be aware that the lower your stateroom the larger your balcony will be. We didn't realize this and booked on the top balcony deck and had a very small balcony. The best balconys are on the rear or fan tail of the ship. A couple in our group of 14 had one and all 14 of us could fit on their balcony. Also the view is not obstructed by anything. You get to see both sides.
I went on two Alaska Princess cruises. First one was in Aug 04 going from Seattle back to Seattle. I chose Princess due to it being one of two oldest cruise lines in Alaska. My daughter and I did not tender in at any of the ports. Then second cruise was in Jun 08 from Vancouver to Whittler. The cruises were two very different experiences. The first cruise ports were: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria British Columbia. The second one cruise was Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjords. My son and I wanted to hear and see a calving on the second cruise. If you want more snow go earlier in the season. The naturalists were wonderful and informative. I would get a balcony at least. I had a balcony on the first and mini suite on the second. So you don’t miss any of the sight seeing remember room service. I agree with “subtropic” go in a day early and see Vancouver. Our plane was delayed and get not get to see as much as I would have liked. I am going on the coastal cruise this year and spend and extra few days to see Vancouver. Your going to have a great time.
We went to Alaska last year from Seattle on the Inside Passage and had a wonderful time. So much so we have booked the same cruise this summer in June. One of the reasons was the fantastic price that Princess had. When we cruise we feel like we are on a true vacation and the value is good. I am sure we can look at Alaska this year with a different perspective. It is such a beautiful place to see.
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