... But considering what you’ll see in Alaska, the experience of the Inside Passage is relatively minor. There are bigger things to weigh when considering an Alaska cruise.user LEtue wrote:
Totally disagree and the difference can be huge if the first port of call is Juneau. I made the mistake of sailing from Seattle once on HAL's Oosterdam and land was barely visible on the first full day at sea. And the arrival into Juneau was in the early morning so unless you stayed up all night you missed most of the scenic views in the area. ...I stand by my statement. Here is why:
The ship doing the “Inside Passage” northbound leaves Vancouver at 16:30 to 16:58 or so, and arrives at the Seymour Narrows around 23:30 or 23:45, as you have stated. It then takes about 8 hours to go through the Johnstone Strait, until it emerges into the Queen Charlotte Sound around 7:30 or 8:30. Once it enters the Sound, it will stay away from land until it exits the Dixon Entrance into the Alexander Archipelago.
LEtue, you saw the Narrows at midnight, and I saw the Strait from about 4:00 to 8:00. You enjoyed the Inside Passage, and I enjoyed the Inside Passage. But we are among very few people to see that. A few lucky ones who get up at 7:00 will see a handful of islands in God’s Pocket park. But the vast majority of people will sleep through the Inside Passage, or will not take it in. They will miss seeing the Inside Passage.
So, unless a person is willing to forego the typical sleeping hours, there is very little that choosing the NB “Inside Passage” will do for the person.