Posted May 16th, 2018, 03:02 PM
We are doing a B2B. The southbound has MUCH longer port times. I don't know if that is standard or just a fluke of the dates we chose.
Important part of this cruise is just being together as a family and exposing the grands to the wonders of cruising and of course the beauty and vastness of Alaska.We have similar priorities. DH and I are taking 2 grandkids (11 years old). Being with them (alone without other family so we can kind of spoil them), exposure to cruising, and seeing a different part of Alaska other than where we all live...those are our priorities!
i am getting overwhelmed researching Alaska cruises. Do any of you have strong feelings about choosing northbound or southbound cruises (pros or cons) ? Also, any ships to avoid? Or consider?As a Seattle native I've always preferred the Northbound travel (whether by our WA state ferries to San Juans, Alaska Ferry from Bellingham, WA) or the 1-way cruise to Whittier (from Vancouver) last June. I think the landscape gets "more wild" as you move north, and am not sure if the landscape would be a let-down starting with the awesome Glaciers.
Thanks for any advice!
We are also booked on the Royal next year and I can't wait!!!We are booked on the Royal Southbound next year. Worked best for our schedule plus it was the only one with connecting inside rooms for our family of 4. Wasn't too much more than one inside and drastically cheaper than all of us in one balcony cabin.
Waiting is the hard part --- Alaska is so worth it!
Southbound has perfect times in all the ports.Northbound has better times in Juneau IMO. Enough time to do Adventure Bound Alaska to Tracy Arm.