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We cruised Alaska on Seven Seas Mariner in 2003 and had a fantastic time! WE were on the last cruise of the season which then sailed down to San Francisco, where we had a 3 night stay, so one might have anticipated less than wonderful weather, but in fact it was very kind to us! We had only one wet day (in Ketchikan of course where it always rains) and one day was a little misty and chilly but not enough to diminish visibility or our enjoyment! With those exceptions it was warm(temps in high 60's) and sunny.Do try Alaska, its one of the only cruises we wish to repeat---when we have finished doing "first-time cruises"The scenery is stunning and the "locals " were all so friendly and welcoming, which is not always the case at the end of the season!!We have also done an Eastern Seabord of USA ans Canada cruise, (on QM2) and whilst we enjoyed that, it wasn't as visually stuning as Alaska, nor were the Shore excursions as exciting. Hope this is some help. Cynthia Setter.
Having cruised to Alaska 24th August this year, we were not disappointed one little bit. The scenery was awesome, saw whales ,dolphins who gave us a wonderful display one lunch time, bears in Skagway, bald eagles in Juneau. The weather was very sunny at Hubbard Glacier, one of the highlights, where we saw lots of calving. No fog at all, the only rain we had was in Ketchigan but it didn't stop us getting around. We sailed from and returned to Vancouver. Read my review on our cruise, we sailed Celebrity on Mercury.
We have cruised to Alaska 3 times now, the first time being over 16yrs ago with our then 5yr old son,and enjoyed every one.The first 2 were carefully planned and premium suites booked well in advance.Our last visit 2 years ago was a spur of the moment decision as we were going to be in Vancouver and wanted an extra weeks activity and also wanted to go Anchorage.Two cabins in the bowels of the ship, not a problem as we used them for sleeping,washing and getting changed.Another marvellous and SO cheap cruise.I read an article in the Times travel section a few years ago and it described Alaskan cruises as the'pearls and parka' cruises. Very apt. Casual treking,kyaking,walking and sightseeing clothes during the day and the chance to dress up a little in the evenings[although how formally is down to each individuals choice]. We have always been July and August and yes, days have been wet and the odd misty day but that does not stop most of the passengers being out on deck searching for wildlife etc. Pack your binoculars and wet weather kagoule and enjoy the amazing scenery and experience the camaraderie of whale watching. You won't be disappointed.We will be going again in a few years time.We have also travelled from New York, up around Newfoundland and down the St Lawrence river.That too was good fun although catching the tail end of hurricane Felix[it was 12yrs ago]was an unanticipated extra! Both cruises are great but the Alaskan cruises are the way to go for wildlife spotting.Not seeing any whales is slightly disappointing but it does not ruin a wonderful experience as I can testify. If you want to specifically see whales, go on a days whale watching trip somewhere.We always cruise with HollandAmerica as we enjoy the company of Americans and enjoy their style of cruising.
Yes, we were fairly disappointed. I expected to see more icebergs, wildlife . .saw none of that. Weather was cool, but quite good (June) Ship did not sail as close to glacier as other ships, but even so it was not a particularly interesting sight. Towns were small, basic just as one would expect. Scenery was great on one day, otherwise average. We did the cruise which goes out and back to Vancouver. I believe the one which ends in Seward and you have to fly back is better, but a much moreexpensive option because of the flight costs. ÇWouldn't repeat it, but glad to have gone once I suppose . . Princess ship was great, food, service etc. as usual. We very much enjoyed our car tour from Calgary to Vancouver, visiting Banff, Lake Louise etc. Wonderful country . . better than the cruise in this instance, and saw much more wildlife (bears, moose, etc.) have a great time! Valerie.
My first cruise was Alaska from Vancouver I then added on a tour of the Rockies and flew back from Calgary. The Alaska cruise was amazing if you like the outdoors. We saw Orca whales and I went salmon fishing in Juneau and Ketchikan, took a helicopter ride onto a glacier. The crew took blue ice from one glacier and made amazing ice sculptures. I sailed with Royal Caribean in their smallest ship at the time (700 passengers) which gave the captain better ability to follow the whales and get up close to the glaciers. I don't see how you could be disappointed. I travelled in August. Go - you won't regret it.