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Traveling Alaska: Taking a Cruise

Updated on March 11, 2016

Alaska

I have heard that Alaska is beautiful and their cruises very special.

I have also heard that you need to pick the time of year when there is light, since what is the point of taking a cruise in the dark.

Am I right? I mean, who wants to travel by night on a big, floating mass. If I am going to Alaska, I want to be able to see the glassy water, the tall mountains, the greens of the trees, the reflections on the water. Sunrise, Sunset. Color.

Yeah. That is what a cruise to Alaska should be. So, where do I go to find it. How much do they cost? Who offers them. Shall I check with a travel center, like Expedia, Priceline, or Travelocity?

What I Want to See

I would like to see a Glacier break off and fall into the water, but - on the other hand, I am scared to death to be somewhere that would happen. I'm sure that the thrill is quite extreme. I am also sure that it would be beautiful.

Cruises Seem Crowded

There are over a thousand people on one ship.

Wow. Kind of like traveling with a small city. We had some friends take a cruise in the Florida region. There were drawbacks to taking a cruise down south.

First of all, we're Midwesterners and we're used to the weather being cold in the winter. Put us in an environment that is suddenly hot and humid; well, we start to be crabby about the heat. Uncomfortable. Maybe even whiny. We aren't always like that.

Our friends went to Florida on a cruise and they recently got back home. They were talking about how they were in some spot where there were several boats loading and unloading and the experience was overwhelming. Tons of people coming off a boat. Tons of people waiting to board. A little confusing. A little crowded. Somewhat unpleasant.

Alaska is Supposed to be Better

My husband thinks that Alaska should be more pleasant to cruise around since the weather shouldn't be hot and humid. How could it be with glaciers giving off cold air in the area.

Hey. We're from Minnesota. We have people who practically live on the frozen lakes in the winter, poking holes in the ice and feeding yards of fishing line down in the water. The intent is to catch fish. Most of the time, it's more of a big whoopdidoo party, as we have something we affectionately refer to as bottle bass. Which....of course, is beer.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      We cruised to Alaska last year to escape the Texas heat. It was great. There are only about two cruise lines: Holland America and Princess. Holland America is for the older set (me) and Princess is more family oriented. We are going back in August.

      Warning, there are many jewelry stores wherever the ship docks. These are the same owners as in the Caribbean. Diamonds International moves their workers around seasonally to staff the stores. Kind of like migrant farm workers. Does anyone need a lot of jewelry?

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