27 Feb Alaska is HOT
One of the hottest selling vacations right now is an Alaska cruise. The season is short – last week of April through September – and so, in spite of the fact that almost every cruise line sails Alaska, choice cabins are going fast. Amazingly, prices today are lower than they have ever been.
Note: You will find the lowest prices before June and after August.
Here are the three primary types of Alaska cruises: .
#1, Round trip Seattle, often referred to as an “inside passage” cruise, starts and ends in Seattle, lasts seven days, sometimes includes a stop in Victoria, Canada (home of the world famous Butchart Gardens), and usually includes ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, and also sails by either Glacier Bay and/or Hubbard Glacier. Round trip airfares to Seattle are usually considerably lower than those to Vancouver, B.C., where you would either start or end most other Alaska cruises. On the other hand, Vancouver is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in North America.
#2, Northbound or Southbound cruises are also for seven days, and start in either Whittier or Seward and end in Vancouver, B.C., or go Vancouver to Seward or Whittier. These cruises are almost always the least expensive; however, you would have a more expensive airfare involving flights to or from Anchorage (plus shuttle to or from Seward or Whittier) as well as to or from Vancouver (or Seattle with shuttle to or from B.C.). In this type of cruise the itinerary would perhaps include College Fjord instead of Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier, but other ports of call would be the same as those on a round trip Seattle cruise. Flight and shuttle expenses would probably be at least as much if not more than the difference in the cruise cost.
#3, A Cruise Tour includes a seven day north-south or south-north cruise plus a two to five day land tour which would take you through Denali National Park and Mount McKinley, as well as perhaps Fairbanks and/or Keenai. The tour portion of this vacation would come before a north to south cruise or after a south to north one. Touring would involve a combination of motor coaches and trains with domed cars so you would be able to capture the complete majesty of magnificent Alaska You would again need what is called an “open jaw” airfare, where you fly into one city and out of another – Vancouver, B.C. and either Fairbanks or Anchorage.
For an Alaska cruise you will want to pay a little extra for a stateroom with either a picture window or a balcony, and these are the cabins that are already filling up. You can check availability using the cruise search engine on the home page of this website (columbusvacations.com) or by calling one of the cruise specialists at Columbus Travel: 800-373-3328.
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