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I'm having trouble deciding which ship I want to take to Alaska. I want to leave from Anchorage and get dropped off in Seward. I've narrowed it down to two choices.


These are 2 differences in the itinerary:


NCL Sun goes by Glacier Bay plus Hubbard Glacier.


Radiance goes by Hubbard Glacier and Icy Point Strait.


Also NCL Sun stays in Skagway until 8:00 while Radiance only stays in Skagway until 4:30.


So these were the two main difference in both cruises. Is there a lot to see in Skagway to spend the extra hours there and which is better, Icy Point or Glacier Bay.

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It isn't a matter of "better" But you don't have the right itinerary? The Sun does Glacier Bay on the northbound trips, not southbound. Unless, it's a single off season sailing? Have you any touring priorities? IF you include Hoonah- how would you be occupying your time? Do you have more interest in glaciers? Do you have touring interests that need a long port time in Skagway? Like the Lake Bennett train? You need to figure all this out first. Then with lists, of your priorities, you can match up an itinerary.


I have taken both ships and both certainly do a good job in Alaska.

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This was the NCL Sun Itinerary for May. Seems both Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier? Ends in Seward.



Day 1

Vancouver, British Columbia-- 4:00 pm


Day 2

Cruising Inside Passage-


Day 3

Ketchikan, Alaska- 7:00 am 4:00 pm


Day 4

Juneau, Alaska- 10:00 am 8:00 pm


Day 5

Skagway, Alaska- 7:00 am 8:00 pm


Day 6

Glacier Bay- -- --


Day 7

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska- --


Day 8

Seward, Alaska 7:00 am --

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We did the Radiance North bound cruise last month. It was a great trip on a wonderful ship. Plenty of time in Ports for sightseeing. Never felt rushed.


Not alot of activities in Icy Strait Point but the restaurant right on the dock was good.




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