Good Morning Pseu! I've done it twicw, both times with Celebrity (love them!). 7 days first, then ten, I would stay as long as possible, it is heaven on earth. We did not take any helicopter trips as they tend to get fogged in but did do a seaplane trip out to a salmon hatchery, that was great. Also, in Skagway, the ship didn't do the trip, but we learned that you can go to a place where they train sled dogs with sleds and wheels rather than runners, so you don't have to travel a long way to get snow to experience it. My heart's desire is to live in the part of Alaska that you visit by ship, I have been all the way up to Valdez and loved every bit of it. Would be glad to share more if you have specific interest that I know about! How exciting! Maravonda
My husband and I are scheduled to take a 3-day cruise to Ensenada (from San Diego) April 9-12 with mother in law, brother and sister in law and our three children. If you still need info by then, I will let you know how it was.
We sailed Celebrity Cruise Mercury ship last June for 10 days in Alaska. Really excellent embark/debark process, excellent cabin attendants and beautiful cruise. It was our first cruising experience and seeing the ice via water was amazing (I'm a geologist). My whole extended family was with us--sisters, brothers-in-law, cousins--22 in all. I recommend!
A few years back, we sailed on the Holland American ship Amsterdam. It's a smaller ship, so fewer fellow passangers, and the service can't be beat. We sailed from Seattle to Juneau, then to Sitka and Ketchikan, then Victoria BC was our last port of call. I highly recommend it!
I have two sets of friends who also did the Holland American trip, and were ecstatic.
Hi Pseu, having lived in Alaska, I'm sorry to be in any way negative, but I hope you will consider a smallish cruise line that has a light ecological and social impact. The large cruise lines bring money to Alaska, but they also contribute much to ecological concerns about the very places people want to see. Local communities benefit from the money, but the industry also contributes to problems like drug use in seasonal employees. There are many wonderful smaller lines associated with conservation minded enterprises like National Geographic. These are educational, more intimate, less commercialized, and more friendly to local people than the big lines. Again, I'm sorry if I sound critical, but I care SO much about these places in the Northwest, and I know from my own experience how easy it is to be unaware of the impacts. You might try www.adventuresmith.com. Best wishes, sallymandy
With all due respect to Sallymandy - all tourism everywhere has an impact. But many livlihoods depend on it. Better that than drilling or mining which would be even more destructive. Many of the larger lines are being much more sensitive to eco concerns these days. But people in the NW do use cars, planes etc...themselves. Not all pollution is tourist generated. Drug use is a personal choice by some entirely unrelated to tourism.
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