Best Alaska cruiseline for ACTIVE land exursions
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My husband and I are attempting to plan an Alaska cruise for next summer. We are both VERY active and would like to do the Expedition cruises but the cost is prohibitive. We plan to cruise South out of Seward to Vancouver. Any suggestions on cruise lines that offer the best active and adventure-like land exursions?
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My husband and I are attempting to plan an Alaska cruise for next summer. We are both VERY active and would like to do the Expedition cruises but the cost is prohibitive. We plan to cruise South out of Seward to Vancouver. Any suggestions on cruise lines that offer the best active and adventure-like land exursions?For that itinerary...Seward to Vancouver...I recommend Royal Caribbean.
That said, the excursions are going to be similar on all the cruise lines. The best active excursions are those booked on your own. First, spend some extra time in Alaska pre-cruise. There's a lot to be seen between Anchorage and Seward. Then, research each port on the cruise.
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I would visit the Alaska Ports Of Call Board where you can get a lot of valuable information.
Either your car or the Alaska Ferry System and make it a DIY trip with you picking your excursions at each port.Last week I read a blog by someone who traveled around Alaska in a tent he pitched on the deck of the ferry every night. He had to borrow more duct tape from his fellow passengers to hold it down in the wind. I haven't been able to talk DH into this even though we'd save a lot of money!
Having said that- we did take the ferry from Wrangell to Ketchikan last year and will be taking it from Sitka to Juneau next year. We splurged and got a stateroom- even though it was a daytime trip of maybe 4 hours, it was nice to have a space of our own (with window).