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Since we have such a diverse population, I'm hoping that some folks here have taken an inside passage cruise at some point...

My question is not about cruise lines, or package options - those decisions have already been made. Any advice about those items will be cheerfully ignored :mrgreen:

I'm treating myself to an Alaskan Cruise (inside passage) in mid-June to celebrate reaching the half-century mark.

My 2 choices are inside passage/sawyer glacier, and inside passage/glacier bay.

Has anyone taken either of those cruises? Were you happy with your choice? Why or why not?
 

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The Glacier bay land/sea combo with Holland America was AMAZING. Went in '06 with the family. One of my greatest vacations ever.

You'll not be disappointed.
 

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Wifey and I did inside passage/glacier bay in September. Glacier Bay was gorgeous. It was a wonderful trip and worth every one of the many, many pennies we spent.
 

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I know this post not benefit you in any way whatsoever, but if you get to get off the boat and visit a city like say... Anchorage, stay on the boat.
 

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gizmo5 said:
I know this post not benefit you in any way whatsoever, but if you get to get off the boat and visit a city like say... Anchorage, stay on the boat.
Thanks, Gizmo :) Anchorage is nowhere on the agenda, thank goodness :lol: Stops are places like Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, Victoria...things like that
 

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fiwit said:
gizmo5 said:
I know this post not benefit you in any way whatsoever, but if you get to get off the boat and visit a city like say... Anchorage, stay on the boat.
Thanks, Gizmo :) Anchorage is nowhere on the agenda, thank goodness :lol: Stops are places like Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, Victoria...things like that
Ketchikan is a cool little town :righton:
 

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gizmo5 said:
fiwit said:
gizmo5 said:
I know this post not benefit you in any way whatsoever, but if you get to get off the boat and visit a city like say... Anchorage, stay on the boat.
Thanks, Gizmo :) Anchorage is nowhere on the agenda, thank goodness :lol: Stops are places like Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, Victoria...things like that
Ketchikan is a cool little town :righton:
That's good to know.

I think I've decided on Glacier Bay option -- now to find the best deals... (and renew my passport)
 

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We just did an inside passage on Holland, in August. We spent more on excursions than the cruise itself, but it was definitely worth it. An Alaska cruise is a taste of Alaska, but no feast. Most of the cruisers only see the shoreline, especially if they don't take an excursion.

--Helicoptered onto the Norris glacier for a dog mushing excursion. It's sad that so many people go to Alaska, but don't see Alaska. The 200+ dogs erupted(the only word that describes it) when they saw the helicopter formation pop over a ridgeline to land on the glacier next to the camp. I never knew the sleds had brakes--necessary, or the dogs would just continue right on through the camp, since they love it. The grin on my wife's face as she "mooshed" was more than worth the cost of admission. The helicopter ride, nearly an hour round trip, would have also been worth the cost, so the mushing was gravy.

--4x4 excursion in Sitka, which included a boat ride to remote island. We drove our own Rhino on the beach, through old growth forest and logging trails, and there was enough black bear sign to keep the guides on edge. For some reason the wife isn't impressed at the Bald Eagles in Georgia, but in Alaska, they are mo betta.

--Glacier Bay: Yup. Awesome. No need to crowd into the bow or crowded side of the ship. Make camp on deck chairs on the non-crowded side, which will be the crowded side once the ship heaves to.

The food on Holland was exceptional, and nearly as great as NCL. Learn the routine early for restaurant reservations, especially if you want to dine with just your party.
 
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