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Alaska Cruise Tips. 6 Need To Knows Before You Go





Discover the 6 top Alaska cruise tips that you need to know to make the most of your Alaskan cruise. I explore topics like when is the best time to go to Alaska, which Alaska cruise itinerary is best for you and why, which cruise line to cruise to Alaska with, which cabin should you book for an Alaskan cruise vacation, what should you pack for Alaska cruising and what are your options on excursions and things to do in the main ports you will call on.

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47 comments

  1. Just back from an Alaska inside passage cruise and pretty well selected it and some of the various options along the way after watching this video. Had a totally wonderful time so thank you for the spot-on advice.

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  2. Took the Grand Princes out of SF 10 days a couple of years ago. Balcony, Mid ship, port side. Wanted a Balcony suite but none available for 3 people. We geocached at each port and took the White pass rail in Skagway as the only excursion. Loved the shows and movies but wish they had captions, especially on the Promenade deck outdoors. Did all the dance classes.
    Ate in the buffet too often and should have used the dining rooms more. Met people who were on their 8-10th cruise 2-3 to Alaska. Once is enough as the scenery is pretty much the same where ever you go. Don't let them have you buy a print of a painting or Tanzanite.

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  3. I took ncl bliss

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  4. I LiVe iN AlAskA

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  5. It showed the wood chopping show!! I went to that in fourth grade! We see like five ships a day it's crazy!!

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  6. I’ve lived only in Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska my whole life. So if you have any extra questions just ask me!

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  7. WOW! Went on a cruise to Alaska in 2004, 7 days, fly back to Seattle. $2200, now who knows.

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  8. Just watched your video. We just returned from our land & cruise 10 day trip to Akaska. Left on May 19th. We got lucky and didn't have any rainy days. 2 were overcast but the rest beautiful! 70 degrees average daytime and mid 40's at night. Very true that we didn't see whales but loved the glaciers and saw lots of seals floating on the icebergs. While on land, we saw lots if moose, caribou, grizzly bear, eagles, etc at Denali National Park. Because we went early in the season, there were next to no mosquitoes anywhere. It is Heaven on earth and I would recommend anyone to get there at least once!

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  9. For added flair. I smuggle local alcoholics back onboard and let them wander free. Violent drunk local's are simply the best. Very entertaining……

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  10. An Alaskan term, "Weather permitting", is an essential part of the Alaskan experience. Any time you're dealing with boats or planes, be patient and remember, it's not worth you life to push your luck against Alaska. It's not something you have any control over, so don't sweat it. Also, give animals the right of way at all times. If a moose is munching on a tree next to your car, let it eat and wait till it moves on. Piss it off you will get stomped to death. Best advise, best way to have fun in Alaska is come prepared and roll with it. Stay safe.

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  11. Highly recommend Holland American as the cruise line for alaska

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  12. It should return it back to Russia otherwise you know and we know

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  13. Alaska is part of Russian land

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  14. I need a job ?

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  15. I am from UAE ,now I am working in 5star resort rehear !!! I want to work Alaska cruise plz see my profile!!!!’

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  16. FROM TOKYO TO ALASKA what a cruise that was 26 days onboard QUEEN ELIZABETH first time for CUNARD to visit for 30 years. Weather wise only rained during the night we had the best weather that Alaska had seen for along time. We had a lovely welcome in every port. Hubbard Glazier was one of the highlights unfortunately we saw no whales or sealions from crusing around Alaska. Would I recommend it 100 percent would I visit again most certainly. Derek Reginald Tutt 80 year UK pensioner. By.

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  17. We love Holland America and would recommend without any doubt. If you can afford it, do the Neptune Class, it's really fabulously well done. Smaller ships, less crowded getting on and off, and there are few children on Holland America, so you'll meet adults, interesting people 99% of the time.
    On the Inland Passage, we've done it 3 times, be SURE to get a balcony,: Their private train from Denali south is wonderful. Do start in Fairbanks, then on to Denali – it's a bit glamping/wilderness lodge- and finish with the luxury of the train rides and the cruise. We don't recommend the reverse trip!
    In Juneau, the Salmon bake at Taku lodge was a don't miss for sure, as was the helicopter trip to the top of Mendenhall Glacier. Both highlights!

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  18. You forgot to mention ULU knives!

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  19. Looks like a shit show in port!

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  20. it’s always hilarious when cruise ships come in. Tourists coming to Alaska all dress EXACTLY the same and do the same stupid things. You can always spot them because they always look cold in their jeans and matching north face jackets while every one who lives in Alaska is wearing tank tops and jeans. They always stop and take photos of everything and pose in front of random trees that are completely unremarkable. You can’t understand this unless you’ve been living in Alaska for a long time but once you notice it, it’s quite funny

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  21. I took a ferry from Seattle to Juneau in 1975. The presenter has an elocution issue. Enunciate!

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  22. im so glad i found this video randomly…..im leaving for alaska next week and this video surely helped get an insight into many things.

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  23. Great tips and video – thank you Gary!
    Cheers from Montréal.

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  24. Not recorded at a loud enough volume

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  25. M

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  26. Very good information will cruise to Alaska July 2020, thanks

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  27. Favorite cruise line; recommend everyone who wants a relaxing enjoyable cruise to take Holland America

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  28. I'm excited to be taking Holland Am on a 21 day Alaska cruise. Been to Alaska several times, but first time on Holland Am and this cruise stops at 14 ports. I'm curious if you have any tips on things to see in Kodiak, Wrangle, Homer and Haines. These are ports we've not ever been to. I gather it's a fairly new itinerary.

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  29. If you are an independent traveler, you can do virtually all,of these must- see things much more cheaply, using Alaska Marine Highway ships as point-to-point water taxis. My wife and I spent two weeks in 2012 for less than a one week cruise cost.

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  30. Very nice video and helpful. Thank you!

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  31. Thanks for the video! I'll be taking my Alaskan cruise in June and hoping for good weather.

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  32. I’m a Juneau resident and we get most of are rain in March-May and the sun come out through June-mid August then we get poring down rain in September. Actually Skagway has only 300-500 people in the winter time. Don’t book through holland America because they have no care for the local boater and residents they should not be throwing the size of wave of the ship in the Douglas Chanel that is enough to sink a 18 foot boat there wave in the Chanel is almost 6 feet tall I hope this helps people in finding a cruise to check out our beautiful state

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  33. So holland America has been operating in Alaska longer than Alaska has been alaska?!

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  34. South Central, the crotch of Alaska

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  35. Being an Alaskan resident and having worked Neptune security at both Whittier and Seward ports, I suggest to keep rain gear with you at all times, try hitting up walmart for ulus, AK shirts and plushies to save money. Please don't stand in the middle of the road to get a picture of wildlife or a bus that says alaska on it (yes, I've seen this happen). Keep an eye on your belongings at all times especially in Anchorage. Do not feed the wildlife including the inebrients (homeless) they make more money panhandling than most make from honest work and they laugh at the tourist for being so naive. If you want to buy cannabis while you're here, most have websites that show the prices and their popular products (enjoy responsibly). Finally, Make sure you know what you can bring back with you when getting back on the boat. If you ever have a chance, rent an RV or car to see the interior of Alaska. Most of all, have fun and be safe

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  36. you forgot to mention that you are seeing less than 10% of Alaska!! the Southeast Panhandle is nothing like Interior Alaska, or even Southcentral Alaska. you may as well save yourself some money and drive through British Columbia in Canada. Scenery is the same as the trees and various bushes and flowers. and this is from someone who has lived in Alaska over 50 years! I have lived in Juneau and Ketchikan, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, and places with no names.

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  37. Awesome! Thanks!

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  38. Will continue to say as me myself live in Alaska is this guy knows honestly nothing of Alaska at all

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  39. To the people of Canada and the United States when you come up here to Alaska make sure that you have a Lotta beaver pelts, they are better than cash. Also since we don’t have motor vehicles you make sure that you get a dogsled team that has 10 or more dogs to get you around! Make real sure that during the summer months you drink lots of hard alcohol, to prevent the mosquito infestation from biting you to pieces! There was a baby from the lower 48 who came up with its parent and was just about sucked dry from the damn flying attorneys.

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  40. Im going this year cant wait

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  41. From Alaska to Africa, 10 Tips on How to Pick a Great Photography Tour

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  42. Great tips! About to go on my first Alaska cruise in a week, thanks!

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  43. Thanks Gary for all the Tips! Im excited with my new adventure in couple weeks. You have a brochure or touristic map from Juneau and Ketchikan?

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  44. Good job Gary and thanks for the great tips!

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  45. Cruises are a RIP off . We did the inland cruise Jeneu , Skagway , Glacier bay , Ketchikan . They dont use any cash . You give your credit card details and from there on it is their license to RIP you off . Everything is overcharged and put on your card .Although we enjoyed the scenery etc .. it was a RIP off .They take photos and want to charge you for them , not to mention the perpetual sales, auctions etc etc . Once was enough .I wont do the floating prison ever again . They even arrange with the shops at the towns that they get a cut of the sales of the touristy crap ..as well as tours etc . And they charge to make up the commissions . .

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  46. Stay off the cruise ships. They herd you to obly their money grabbing stores If you wsnt to see Alaska fly up rent a R V and then tour the state at your leisure. In S E take the ferry . It cheaper and you can stay in each port at yout leisure to do what you want rather then be herded around.

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  47. agradesido por todo su buen trabajo todas las ramas de lotery sinceras y nobles

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