Alaska Cruise Specials

October 15, 2009 9:05 AM | Alaskan Photo Tours

alaska cruise specials
im planning a surprise vacation to Alaska for my parents. but i need help!?

Its my parents 50th birthday next year, and since its a bit of a milestone I want to do something special for them. Both have always wanted to go to Alaska, I thought of just booking them for a fortnight in a pleasant, but want to explore – especially my dad -. I also thought about booking a caravan, but I imagine the song two weeks stuck in a caravan that would be attractive – especially for my mother -. Maybe a cruise for a week and a caravan the other week? but where should I get the cruise, and where to stop … blah, blah, blah, basically I think need to know where the best places to go, what should they do, this is a once in a lifetime trip and I want to be as special as possible, but also try to maintain a reasonable budget. and if anyone can recommend some good companies, cruise / hotel / campervan or rental car companies, I would really appreciate your help. thanks

It is difficult to make a recommendation without more information about their likes, dislikes and budget. But as someone who has lived in Alaska for over 10 years and brought many friends and family here to see it too, I would recommend a combined approach. First, a cruise from Seattle up the aisle at home and Glacier Bay. This will show the beauty of Southeast Alaska. The best months are June and July. I would buy the ticket and then let them use base their own funds to choose and pay for their shore excursions throughout the cruise. Best trip is probably the Yukon / output rail journey of Whitepass Skagway. Most cruises are a "loop" return back to Seattle. Choose an ending so close to Anchorage as possible rather than go back to Seattle. Secondly, to see Denali. Whether renting a motorhome (RV rental google anchor of the main players) or a guided bus tour. (RV would be preferable). After seeing Denali, and everything we want to see, fly back home from Anchorage or Fairbanks. You can reverse the order (land first trip cruise and then back to Seattle) too. Just remember that Alaska is huge, and will not be able to see everything in one trip. I have been exploring for over 10 years and have yet to see everything.

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