In June 2014 we plan to take my mother on an Alaskan Cruise. It will probably just be four adults (mom and 3 daughters). This is something my mother has always wanted to do. We don't know where to begin really. We do not know the best Itinerary to take (willing to port out of wherever gives us the best cruise), and we do not know what ports are a must see. Do we go southbound, northbound, roundtrip? We want the ports/itinerary to be our overall deciding factors, but we also need help deciding ship/cruise line. (We have experience with DCL and Carnival). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. FYI- We all have passports : )I would pick Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas.
This ship was built for Alaska with lots of glass. You can walk out of the Windjammer buffet area and eat or have coffee on the aft enjoying that gorgeous scenery. Our Alaskan cruise was on Princess. It was fine, however, you'll find an older age group on both Princess and Holland America. We flew into Vancouver 3 days prior to our cruise and booked an excursion to Victoria Island on Day 2. We've traveled in Canada so we did not book Denali. Here's a fun thread on the Radiance: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1714541 And, here's a link for information specific to the Radiance: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1867335 Study the deck plans and try to find a balcony on the "hump" (middle section) or even better, an aft balcony (those that run across the back of the ship.) Sandwich your stateroom between two passenger decks avoiding balconies right under the Presidential Suite as it has a piano. For the past 9 months, I've helped a friend plain their Alaska cruise down to the last detail. This is a trip that takes lots of advance planning. Alaska is a once in a lifetime trip ... please let us know which ship you choose.