One of my favorite vacations is an Alaskan cruise, a voyage I’ve experienced twice. I originally told myself that once was enough, but after trying it I vowed to return.
I’m not alone in my interest in an Alaska cruise. I can’t tell you how many people continue to tell me they’ve always wanted to sail this itinerary, and can’t wait to give it a shot.
In fact, a recent travel agent survey says based on their clients’ bookings Alaska has overtaken the Caribbean as the favorite cruise destination for Americans. In order, Alaska is followed by Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Mediterranean and Southern Caribbean cruises.
What is the fascination with Alaska?
For one, it’s a way to cool off during a humid summertime. If you live in the South, the Southwest or anywhere the temperatures soar into the 90s, Alaska offers a great alternative to taking that heat with you on a Caribbean cruise. Alaska temps during the prime months of July and August are a pleasantly surprising mid- to high-60s.
Another possibility is the abundant scenery and wildlife any of these cruises offer. I’m an adventurer at heart … but I need it in the controlled environment of Alaska. Hang out on a glacier during the day … then get decked out in your finest attire for an evening of fine dining and entertainment onboard the ship.
Allure Quest Travel Experience is putting together an Allure Quest Family & Friends Cruise to Alaska for 2013, but for those who can’t wait this is absolutely the right time to book a 2012 Alaskan cruise.
Just about every cruise line is offering discounted prices, with most categories still available – including connecting cabins for an extended family experience. And there’s also a good chance for onboard credits and other amenities.
In all, there are 10 cruise lines offering 25 ships for your consideration, with Princess and Holland America leading the way with six apiece. Other lines include Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival and Celebrity.
Even luxury lines Regent Seven Seas, Crystal and Silverseas are available, and Disney Wonder is a great option for families who want to visit the USA’s largest state.
The Alaska cruise season runs from May to September, but if you want the rock bottom best price one of those two months are your best bet.