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Old November 5th, 2011, 03:08 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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On Sat, 29 Oct 2011 14:43:40 -0700 (PDT), Earl_Colby_Pottinger
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On Oct 29, 4:28*pm, Bill wrote:
On 10/29/2011 12:38 PM, Earl_Colby_Pottinger wrote:


HAL is not that bad in Alaska in terms of age. They've been marketing to
families to do multi-generation trips so you get a reasonable mix of
people. There were not as many walkers as you'd expect to see on HAL.


I just had this impression from past posts and the fact that when our
ship shared a pier with an Holland ship the first thing we saw from
our balcony after docking was all the people taking their morning walk
around the walkway on the Holland ship.

I guess on the plus side all these older people were up first thing in
the morning getting their muscles moving, this is more than what I can
say about my older friends who think we are crazy to go camping and
first thing we doing in the morning is to walk some trails or go canoe/
kayaking. Maybe I am the one who needs to be more flexible in my
choice of ships.


We are older than you, and you will find some older folks on HAL, but
I think the majority of people are in their 50s or younger. You won't
find a lot of families with school age children during the school
year, but there are always some. And anyway (as I told my children
when they didn't want to eat asparagus or something) that means more
for me - you will have more space on the more active excursions. Also
I often find that the older people are more interesting to talk to -
they have more experiences.

We did Alaska from Seattle for two weeks on HAL at the last minute. We
had a veranda which was really neat in Alaska although I've never
wanted one before because I could see what was going on going up the
Inside Passage, and also on the Tracy Arm visit etc. Going early
also means that you will often be the first ship of the season, so it
is less 'touristy'.

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Old November 6th, 2011, 10:31 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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I would like to thank all of you for the info you have supplied.

It looks like Monday will be the trigger point. Either my travel
companion will be able to go in Feb. to the Caribbean cruise that is
already booked or we have to delay it another year and go to Alaska in
May.

Wish me luck,
Even while I think some of you think being lucky is doing the
Alaska cruise instead.

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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:16 PM
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On Oct 25, 9:27*pm, RayC wrote:
On 10/25/2011 5:09 PM, Brian wrote:

Are there cruises to Alaska in the winter?


Not with the traditional cruise lines! *If you can find something that
time of year, it will most likely be a small ship cruise or a charter.


And I am sure they are not in my budget!
Me too. I have never been on cruise but I suppose that a typical Alaska cruise in the winter will be quite expensive. Also we have two little kids and I suppose that is not the most appropriate vacation.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 12:01 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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On 11/11/2011 6:16 AM, JasmineEvans wrote:

Me too. I have never been on cruise but I suppose that a typical Alaska
cruise in the winter will be quite expensive. Also we have two little
kids and I suppose that is not the most appropriate vacation.



You are probably right about the two little kids. Winter temperatures
are brutal so you need to stay inside in the nice cozy ship. They have
four seasons in Alaska... almost winter, winter, more winter and road
construction. And out on the water can feel like it is colder than it
is. No fun for kids.

But as for the expense, it is actually cheaper to do a winter cruise
than to do a warmer season cruise. The trick is finding the small
ships. They don't advertise very well. It took me several tries to find
a site that listed several cruise companies at:
http://www.visitwildalaska.com/Small_Ship_Cruises




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Old November 15th, 2011, 06:17 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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On Nov 11, 6:01*pm, RayC wrote:


But as for the expense, it is actually cheaper to do a winter cruise
than to do a warmer season cruise. *The trick is finding the small
ships. *They don't advertise very well. It took me several tries to find
a site that listed several cruise companies at:http://www.visitwildalaska..com/Small_Ship_Cruises


Wow, thanks for the URL.

PS. Now the decision (not under our control) has been delayed to next
week Monday while our deadline to make changes is Nov.23 so it will be
close.
 




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