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Hello, planning a cruise for August 2020. We've done 3 to Mexico and 3 to the Caribbean. Thinking about an Alaskan cruise and wondering about the different vibe or atmosphere it might have than a tropical cruise. Is there still alot of music, and upbeat activities. I can't imagine Calypso music playing so is it still a fun ship? We are young 65 year olds and like the energy of carnival. Will it be there on the Alaskan cruises?

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1 hour ago, oceanbums said:

Hello, planning a cruise for August 2020. We've done 3 to Mexico and 3 to the Caribbean. Thinking about an Alaskan cruise and wondering about the different vibe or atmosphere it might have than a tropical cruise. Is there still alot of music, and upbeat activities. I can't imagine Calypso music playing so is it still a fun ship? We are young 65 year olds and like the energy of carnival. Will it be there on the Alaskan cruises?

We went on Legend at end of August 2018, it was definitely a more quiet cruise, almost NO nightlife, we still went to the club and with a couple friends but most nights we were the only ones in there and the casino closed at appx 11pm almost every night due to no players BUT it was a great cruise, you will love it, great ports and scenery!!!!

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Alaska is about the scenery and the ports.  I would adjust my expectations accordingly.

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Where to start? We love the state of Alaska. The scenery, tours, fishing, whale watching, and the glaciers are amazing. As much as we love cruising, we would never cruise to Alaska again. We would love to do a land based trip and relax and enjoy the magnificent beauty. Again, we love cruising, but we love the sun, lounging on the deck, swimming, slides, and movies outside, Alaska has none of that. We found the sea days very uncomfortable. The shops, casinos, bars, halls, food venues and everything interior was packed. There was veritably no one on the deck, if so jacket and long pants.  There was an Alaska thread recently and someone said how warm it was, either climate change or they got very lucky. 

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Yes the ports and scenery were amazing but to top off our trip we met a very nice couple our age from Colorado and hung around with them while on the ship.  During the day we went our separate ways but a night we hooked up and talked and talked and talked.  

 

When you are on a Caribbean cruise you are able to watch movies on the lido deck or have a dance party up there but it's way to cold to party on the lido deck.  It's certainly a different vibe seeing everybody walk around with jackets and long pants.

 

Alaska is a must do.  Way to much beauty to pass up.

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Hmmm....I'm doing Alaska in May...only done Caribbean (12)...I also like the vibe on the Caribbean cruises...I hope I'm not making a mistake...ugh

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1 hour ago, The7Harrisons said:

We went on Legend at end of August 2018, it was definitely a more quiet cruise, almost NO nightlife, we still went to the club and with a couple friends but most nights we were the only ones in there and the casino closed at appx 11pm almost every night due to no players BUT it was a great cruise, you will love it, great ports and scenery!!!!

So.....was everyone like in bed at 10:00?

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Alaska is so port intensive that it makes sense people are in bed early so they get up early. People cruise to Alaska for the ports more than staying up to party. If one wants to party, one doesn't really go all the way to Alaska for that. 

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Imb84, Just about, there were a few of us that stayed up late a few nights but honestly it was the calmest most quiet cruise Ive ever been on! LOL

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I went the first week of June (2019) on the Legend.  I had a blast.  It was 60-65 degrees and I saw many families and kids since they were out of school and it was a lot of fun.   You will have fun.   Depending on my shore excursion, sometimes I ate at 6pm and sometimes I ate at 8pm.   It is far from a quiet boring cruise.   Go and and enjoy!

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2 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Alaska is so port intensive that it makes sense people are in bed early so they get up early. People cruise to Alaska for the ports more than staying up to party. If one wants to party, one doesn't really go all the way to Alaska for that. 

I don't know about port intensive, but on the late August, early September cruise it was a older crowd, we are in our mid-50's and felt really young, we helicoptered, rode trains, rode bicycles, went whale watching and still partied at night, just every night it was just a few of us partying! For us, if its a cruise its a party!

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9 minutes ago, JerseyHorseLover said:

I went the first week of June (2019) on the Legend.  I had a blast.  It was 60-65 degrees and I saw many families and kids since they were out of school and it was a lot of fun.   You will have fun.   Depending on my shore excursion, sometimes I ate at 6pm and sometimes I ate at 8pm.   It is far from a quiet boring cruise.   Go and and enjoy!

 

2 hours ago, coevan said:

Where to start? We love the state of Alaska. The scenery, tours, fishing, whale watching, and the glaciers are amazing. As much as we love cruising, we would never cruise to Alaska again. We would love to do a land based trip and relax and enjoy the magnificent beauty. Again, we love cruising, but we love the sun, lounging on the deck, swimming, slides, and movies outside, Alaska has none of that. We found the sea days very uncomfortable. The shops, casinos, bars, halls, food venues and everything interior was packed. There was veritably no one on the deck, if so jacket and long pants.  There was an Alaska thread recently and someone said how warm it was, either climate change or they got very lucky. 

Ok..I'm going to ask a real dumb question here.  If there is nobody on the Lido deck during the day.. (especially on sea days)...where is the cruise director hanging his hat ...because on all my caribbean cruises...he's on the lido during the day a lot...

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15 minutes ago, The7Harrisons said:

Imb84, Just about, there were a few of us that stayed up late a few nights but honestly it was the calmest most quiet cruise Ive ever been on! LOL

Oh boy! Don't get me wrong...I'm not a party animal...or an alcoholic for that matter...but I don't go to bed at 10:00 on a  cruise....should be interesting.

 

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20 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Alaska is so port intensive that it makes sense people are in bed early so they get up early. People cruise to Alaska for the ports more than staying up to party. If one wants to party, one doesn't really go all the way to Alaska for that. 

LOL...actually if one wants to party, they don't really need to take a cruise period...LOL

 

 

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2 hours ago, The7Harrisons said:

We went on Legend at end of August 2018, it was definitely a more quiet cruise, almost NO nightlife, we still went to the club and with a couple friends but most nights we were the only ones in there and the casino closed at appx 11pm almost every night due to no players BUT it was a great cruise, you will love it, great ports and scenery!!!!

OH MAN...Casino closed at 11:00...how are they making any money on that ship...

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12 minutes ago, lmb84 said:

 

Ok..I'm going to ask a real dumb question here.  If there is nobody on the Lido deck during the day.. (especially on sea days)...where is the cruise director hanging his hat ...because on all my caribbean cruises...he's on the lido during the day a lot...

 

 

On our cruise there were a few folks outside, they had blankets, jackets and long pants.

2 hours ago, The7Harrisons said:

casino closed at appx 11pm almost every night due to no players

 

 

I'll call ridiculous on this. we played until 1-2 am every night. Old or not, there were plenty of players. The casino was one of the busiest parts of the ship. 

 

39 minutes ago, lmb84 said:

So.....was everyone like in bed at 10:00?

 

 

No, we had YTD, ate 8:30-9 and saw the late shows and the adult comedy and off to the casino. As to whether you should take an Alaskan cruise, why not, have to try everything once. We would take a land trip, but not cruise Alaska again.

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57 minutes ago, coevan said:

 

 

On our cruise there were a few folks outside, they had blankets, jackets and long pants.

 

 

I'll call ridiculous on this. we played until 1-2 am every night. Old or not, there were plenty of players. The casino was one of the busiest parts of the ship. 

 

 

 

No, we had YTD, ate 8:30-9 and saw the late shows and the adult comedy and off to the casino. As to whether you should take an Alaskan cruise, why not, have to try everything once. We would take a land trip, but not cruise Alaska again.

You can call ridiculous all you want, our cruise was the last one of the season, it was by far the most quiet cruise I have ever been on! out of the 8 nights, the casino was closed by 11 pm at leat 5 or 6 of the nights, I still loved the cruise just wouldn't do another!

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2 hours ago, lmb84 said:

Hmmm....I'm doing Alaska in May...only done Caribbean (12)...I also like the vibe on the Caribbean cruises...I hope I'm not making a mistake...ugh

We went on an Alaska cruise a couple of years ago in May and it was my favorite cruise.  We didn't use our balcony as much since we went the 2nd week of May,  but did go out on balcony to see whales, etc and get some great pictures.  I just wish I had taken a heavier coat with me.  If we ever go again, I want to go in May again because of all the snow on the mountains.  Riding train and going to Yukon was BEAUTIFUL!   We went to bed early because our bodies seemed to stay on east coast time most of the cruise, so we were able to get up early and get ready for excursions without any trouble.  We were waking up around 4:00 am but stayed in bed a little later than that.  We loved our Alaskan cruise on the Legend!

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6 hours ago, oceanbums said:

Hello, planning a cruise for August 2020. We've done 3 to Mexico and 3 to the Caribbean. Thinking about an Alaskan cruise and wondering about the different vibe or atmosphere it might have than a tropical cruise. Is there still alot of music, and upbeat activities. I can't imagine Calypso music playing so is it still a fun ship? We are young 65 year olds and like the energy of carnival. Will it be there on the Alaskan cruises?

 

We found that energy in Alaska comes from seeing a glacier calving, catching sight of wildlife like bears and whales, watching eagles soar, feed their young or snooze, being pulled by sled dogs, and walking on or near to glaciers.

 

We did Alaska via Princess, and the casino still had folks there at midnight, but it never gave me a jackpot jolt, sigh.

 

Last week it was about as warm (hot) in Anchorage as it was in the Caribbean!

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Like many others, it's definitely a much more subdued cruise. It's all about the scenery, whereas I feel our Caribbean ones have been about finding the nearest beach! LOL! We were off the ship for several hours in each port, and then when we were on the ship, we would wander around too. We did spend a little time on the Lido deck, but a lot of time on our balcony, which was lovely. And I wouldn't say it was totally quiet, a lot of people were out and about watching the sunsets at 11 p.m.! LOL!

 

It's certainly not the same as Caribbean, which is why it's so unique and a great experience!

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Been on two Alaska cruises, once on The Legend. Music and nightlife was good on both. On The Legend the music went beyond outstanding but, probably luck of the draw. After about midnight things will probably get pretty quiet. 

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on the face of this earth. If you are going for the entertainment, you are on the wrong cruise, by a long shot. 

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Thanks everyone, love all the different perspectives. I'm not a party animal but my husband likes the casino and the poker tables at night. and we like listening to the music in different venues with a few drinks talking with people and going to the shows. I guess I would change expectations a little, but it still sounds like a great cruise since we have never been to Alaska. I'm torn here as this will be a celebratory cruise for our retirement but a brand new experience is always welcome, too.

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We did the Alaskan cruise in June of 2015. (was on our bucket list) Enjoyed the cruise. Cruising that far north and it is still day light / dusk at 01:40am. (see attached I set the date and time photo was taken).

 

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Sea Days?  You barely have 2 sea days the whole cruise.  It is port intensive.

On our Alaska cruise, June 2016, it was fun fun fun all day long every day.  We went to dinner and shows every night, and yes in bed before 10pm because we had excursions in every port the next day.  

 

Crowded onboard..never.  Age group?  We thought it would be older but quite the opposite, lots of families with kids.  It was a diverse group all around.  Loved it.

 

In fact, we are planning another Alaska cruise for 2020 most likely.  We LOVED it.  

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12 hours ago, lmb84 said:

OH MAN...Casino closed at 11:00...how are they making any money on that ship...

That is why it is more expensive to cruise to Alaska ...They make it up with the ticket price  LOL

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