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Setting Sail for Alaska
Have you been dreaming about an Alaskan Cruise adventure? Now is the perfect time to start turning your dreams into a reality. The Alaska Cruise season is amazing, but short. It lasts from May until September, and if you want the best deals try for the cruises that depart in the beginning or end of the season.
It is a good idea to put your cabin on hold in December or January, especially if you have a large group or family. The cruises do sell out, especially in July and August. The suites, cabins with balconies, and cabins that can accommodate 3 or 4 people sell out first.
Most cruise lines will allow you to hold your cabin with just a couple hundred dollars down, and the final payment is not due until about 45 days before you set sail.
If you are taking children you will be happy to know that many cruise lines offer “Kids’ Clubs” that have activities for kids of all ages. There are also babysitting services on board some ships for an extra charge. Note that Alaska cruises tend to draw an older crowd, and there probably will not be that many children on board.
Princess Cruises have several sailings out of San Francisco. It is a leisurely 10 day cruise, and it tends to fill up quickly.
Every cruise line has its own personality, and there will be one that fits your special desires and needs. Talk to the cruise lines or a local travel agent who can help you find the right one for you. Let them know if you love the spa, like dressing very casually, enjoy a small group, or anything else that you enjoy while on vacation.
The weather in Alaska varies throughout the season, so pack with layers. It is important to bring a waterproof outer layer even in the middle of July. If you make it all the way up to Anchorage it can also get to upper 70’s, so be prepared for that as well.
And remember to bring your camera. It may be your first time there, but it probably will not be your last.