We went on the Norweigen sun, it was brilliant. the rocky railtour was very interesting and we really enjoyed it. My advice would be not to leave it till sept as we did, all the flaming animals are going into hibernation and we saw very few. One bear and an eagle. Also don't wear sandles on the glacier, I did i was freezing. Try and stay a couple of days in vancouver, it's a beautiful place.
Try royal or princessbut you need to book these ones early because only so much space on the train and limited months that you can go to alaksa for. They usually start to sell these cruises in about April may time.
You can't beat SAGA holidays for being looked after by efficient guides and using quality tour companies and cruise ships.We did Alaska 2 years ago starting from Calgary and touring the Canadian highway and stopping overnight in quality hotels visiting several of the highlights along the way - even a river rafting trip! The Rocky Mountaineer train is a must do - better upstairs in "gold leaf" - a premium rate but well worth it for food and better views. HAL ship ZUIDERDAM out of Vancouver completes the holiday especially if the weather holds good as it did for us. It is cool to cold up on the glacier and also at the glacier edge at the top of the inside passage - take a warm anorak!
If you are going to be in the area and just want the cruise and you're not fussy about the cabin, my advice would be to leave it till about a month before hand. However if you want a package that includes air fares,land and sea, I would say book as soon as you can. The land tours have limited capacity. We always travel independently ie book our own airfares although last time, the price for a one way ticket Anchorage to Vancouver was so horrendous, we got Holland America to sort it. We always cruise Alaska[3 times so far] with Holland America.
Don't leave it waiting for bargains - last year we ended up missing out on the Rocky Mountaineer and were very lucky to squeak on to a Holland America ship for the cruise. We certainly did not get a bargain! Loved the cruise and will be back again booking earlier this time! Enjoy you lucky people!
As it will be your first Alaska visit, I think I would go with Fionnuala and book asap and get the cabin of your choice. We had a suite the first 2 visits and our son had the sofa bed. The last trip we had 2 cabins in the bowels of the ship[the last minute booking],one inside and opposite, an outside cabin. We were very happy with these cabins as we had paid very little for them. Bargains can be had but you run the risk of them not being available. We will book with HAL again, no question, and like you do the Rocky Mountaineer next time and that will be a very early booking. It's a fab. area of the world. Enjoy.
We booked early so that we could get the cabin we wanted ie on the land side of the ship - it was great! Also did the pre cruise tour from Calgary to Banff to jasper and then came down to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer train - wonderful! We took cotton jeans, t shirts, and a heavy jumper ie layering! It can get cold up in the Rockies and also in Alaska. Also took windcheaters especially if going out onto the Glacier.
Holland america Cruise Ships very good.The Helicopter trip to the Glacier is well worth doing.Marian Venn 2/02/09.
Alaska is wonderfull, did this cruise on a princess ship, had a great time, also combined it with the train.
went in august, and it snowed in prudo bay, so warm clothes are a must. hope you enjoy it, it was my first cruise, anidi have just booked my 20th one.
We went on our first cruise last year to Alaska. We had a pre-cruise tour from Calgary, over the Rockies and boarded the ship in Vancouver. We went with Princess Cruises and sailed on The Diamond Princess. All I can say is it was the very best holiday we have ever had! If you choose to have any excursions - book before you go! They get booked up very quickly. You can sometimes save money by booking a trip as you get off the ship at a port, I don't recommend this as if the trip over runs and you arrive back late to the ship, they will not wait for you! It will be up to you to make your own way to the ship - at your expence!! Finally, if you can only afford 1 excursion, I highly recommend the helicopter trip with the dog sleigh!! Best trip EVER!! Have a great holiday - I am so very envious of you.