Frommer's Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call by Fran Wenograd Golden

By Fran Wenograd Golden

NOW IN complete colour! Insider recommendation on getting the simplest deal in your Alaska cruise, choosing the right send for you, determining the fitting shore day trip, and hitting all of the highlights that every port urban has to provide, from Juneau to Sitka to Prince William Sound. Plus counsel for navigating such cruisetour locations as Denali and The Yukon Territory with a view to spend your time on land in Alaska as an add-on in your cruise.Insightful statement on Alaska’s outstanding average surroundings, from Misty Fjords nationwide Monument and Tracy Arm to Hubbard Glacier and Denali nationwide Park.Opinionated write-ups. No bland descriptions and lukewarm concepts. Our professional writers are captivated with cruising and Alaska--they inform it love it is in an interesting and priceless way.Exact in line with diem charges indexed for each cruise send for either in and out cabins, and distinctive costs for each institution and activity--no different publications provide such precise, candid experiences of cruise ships, inns, and eating places. We contain the superior, but in addition emphasize reasonably priced offerings for actual people.Our cruise publications provide such basic positive factors as celebrity rankings and distinctive rating structures to indicate readers to each send and cruise line’s strengths and weaknesses in such different types as eating, send upkeep, decor, total amenities, and youngsters courses.

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Knowing this, the cruise lines have set themselves up in the land-tour business as well, offering a number of great land-based excursions that can be tacked onto your cruise experience. We’re not just talking about an overnight stay in Anchorage or Juneau before or after your cruise; almost any cruise line will arrange an extra night of hotel accommodations for you. Enjoyable as that may be, it doesn’t begin to hint at the real opportunities available in Alaska. No, the subject here is cruisetours, a total package with a cruise and a structured, prearranged, multi-day land itinerary already programmed in—for instance, a 7-day cruise with a 5-day land package.

Members are cruise specialists. Membership in the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA; & 800/275-2782; www. com) ensures that the agency is monitored for ethical practices, although it does not designate cruise experience. You can tap into the websites of these organizations to find reliable agents in your area. Booking with Discounters Booking a Small-Ship Cruise The small-ship companies in Alaska—American Safari Cruises, InnerSea Discoveries, Alaskan Dream Cruises, and Lindblad Expeditions—all provide real niche-oriented cruise experiences, attracting passengers who have a very good idea of the kind of experience they want (usually educational or adventurous, and always casual and small-scale).

In some cases, cruise lines also offer bottled water packages. Alcohol packages are rarer, but Celebrity Cruises, for one, lets you book an unlimited premium drinks package for about $378 for a 7-night cruise (covering all drinks priced under $12). You’ll have to do the math to figure out if it’s worth it. Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fees Every ship has to pay docking fees at each port. It also has to pay some local taxes per passenger in some places. Port charges, taxes, and other fees are sometimes included in your cruise fare, but not always, and these charges can add 38 on average between $200 and $250 to the price of a 7-day Alaska cruise.

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