Having never been on a cruise we decided to book our first next year to Alaska. I have read much but I am looking for personal experiences with cruise lines and routes. We are not too interested in stopping at a bunch of cities as much as we want to see the glaciers and wild life.
We are interested in good accommodations, reasonably good food, and lots of opportunities to explore off the ship. Cost is not a huge factor, but I not interested in Cunard either. I have looked at Holland America, they look pretty good, but I am interested to know if anyone has sailed with them before.
Your help is much appreciated.
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When we got to Juneau we spent two days at this fishing lodge on an island a few miles away:
Then one more night in Juneau at this historic bed and breakfast/bakery/movie theater:
Then flew to Sitka for a few days before returning through Seattle by air.
I'd be interested in knowing the cruise line. I suspect I know.
Get an aft cabin if you can.
Carnival, the Jubilee in 1986. Interestingly the ship was sold off to some Australian or New Zealand company, was renamed, and gained some internet fame with videos of people and forklifts sliding around in bad seas.
That's what I suspected. My first ever cruise was on Carnival. From the moment I got on the ship I counted down the hours until it ended. I hated every minute of it. Swore I would never do it again. 15 years later I was talking into going on Celebrity. I absolutely loved it. The higher end cruise ships are really good. Some of the best food I've eaten (I'm not talking the buffet).
Cruising is a different type of vacation. I'll go every couple of years for something different.
- Rob Dunton
Freelance Travel Author & Photographer
The place was very cool, but seemed more like a small hotel than grandma's house. It's in an older commercial building in downtown Juneau. IIRC the breakfast table was an unattended Continental-style setup.
Now the B&B we stayed at in Bellingham was spectacular. Breakfast and conversation was served by the proprietor who seemed very gay-friendly. Felt like your weird uncle's house. Looks like it's no longer open:
You're gonna get hit on then.
Well duh, you're one of them......j/k