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we are planning a cruise to alaska for the summer of 2015 we are going to do the land and sea cruise would you do the land part first or last. and when is the best time during the summer to go to alaska.Welcome to Cruise Critic!
We like to do the cruise last so we end up in Vancouver, close to Seattle for cheaper return air.
We have gone in May/June/July/September, they have all been excellent.
6/2010 - Alaska - Island Princess
5/2011 - TA & Med - Ruby Princess
4/2012 - TA & British Isles - Grand Princess
2/2013 - Hawaii - Sapphire Princess
9/2014 - Caribbean B2B - Caribbean Princess
3/2015 - Western Caribbean - Emerald Princess
9/2016 - Mexican Riiera - Grand Princess
From Royal to Regal...review Dec. 2014
Caribbean Princess Review-Revisiting Grand Class after Royal Class
Regal Princess-Nov. 29-Dec.13, 2015, Notes and Pictures
Home Lines, Doric (7 days)
HAL, Noordam,(7 days)
Coral Princess (10 days)
Emerald Princess(42 days)
Crown Princess, (7 days)
Star Princess,(48 days)
Caribbean Princess, (17 days)
Royal Princess (7 days)
Regal Princess (21)
We've done Alaska in late Sep and late May/early June. Next trip July.
17 Cruises, 10 ships, 173 nights
thanks for the help. what is the weather like in julyRemember layers layers layers!
That way you can peel off clothing if need be or put it back on.
It can be in the 60's and it can also snow.
Its like Colorado, wait 10 minutes and the weather will change.
This can happen on either the land/cruise portions.
Carnival Southern Caribbean March 2002
RCC Alaskan Cruise Spet 2006
Carnival Western Caribbean cruise Feb 2007
Princess Diamond Alaskan Cruise/Land May 2008
Carnival Western Caribbean Cruise March 2010
Princess Golden Alaskan Cruise Aug 2012
Holland Westerdam Alaskan Cruise Aug 2013
Carnival Legend Western Cruise March 2014
Holland Westerdam Eastern caribbean Jan 31 2015
Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Jan 17 2016
Holland Zuiderdam March 19 2017
As for NB vs SB just make sure the cruise goes through Glacier Bay - NCL does this on the NB HAL and Princess do it on either. But things could change between now and 2015. As for flights, you are going to have to do a long flight so it is up to you wether or not you want to start or end your vacation with it - idea: Break the long flight up into two segments There are also many ways to get from Seattle to Vancouver BC.
If you don't want to take a cruise line cruise tour here is an alternative company http://www.alaskatravel.com/
For more info on ports see: http://cruiseportinsider.com/index.html
And for general AK tourist info: http://www.travelalaska.com/
when is the best time during the summer to go to alaska.Are you asking about weather? Whale sightings? Salmon runs? The answer can be different depending on what you are most interested in.
As far as weather is concerned, there is no good answer as it can be completely different from year to year. This past summer was rainier than the previous summer, and in September at least one Princess ship could not leave Whittier on time due to high winds and missed both glacier experiences.