anyone for Alaska?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 13, 2013 6:36 AM Last Post By: Ozziegiraffe
Apr 7, 2013 5:15 PM
anyone for Alaska?We are three female old farts - or travelling tarts - who sometimes hang around this branch, who are planning an Alaska junket in Sept 2014. While we can get a cabin that could accommodate three, it might be a bit tight... so if there is anyone out there in the int'l world of OT'ers who would consider joining us, then we could get two cabins, ,Let me (us) know. Start point will probably be Vancouver, and it would occur in late august or early Sept 2014.. Details are just being tossed around.
Should we cruise up and spend some time around Anchorage and fly back? do a round trip? Opt for a balcony? a window? Who snores? Do you hang your underwear all over the shower stall? are you a messy or neat freak person? morning grump? How many times a night do you have to use the bathroom? do you expect to be attached to the hip to your roommate? how are your table manners? Are you a lush? a gambler? any serious health issues? are youa control freak? do you get sea sick?
None of us have a great deal of $$, so we are trying to do this as economically as possible. None of us like giant cruiseship cities, so i am trying to find the smallest boat we could afford. Holland America looks goodm with less than (gasp) 2,000 people. The really neat, smaller boats are way too expensive.
Thats the kind of stuff has to be discussed before hooking up with a 'stranger'. ;-) The 3 of us live in different cities/countries, and have started working on these things, and so far it's been all positive
Apr 9, 2013 6:19 AM
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Apr 9, 2013 1:04 PM
4Canayjun I have not cruised to Alaska but I did spend quite a bit of time up there 3 years ago. For me the most interesting place in Alaska and the reason why anyone should travel there is Denali National Park. It is worth noting, however, that shuttle buses into the park stop running in early September because of snow.
You might want to move your trip into August to make sure you can see stuff. Winter comes much earlier there. Anchorage itself is no big deal but the Kenaii Peninsula is.
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Apr 9, 2013 7:15 PM
5I think this proposed trip sounds fabulous, and I would be happy to consider it. We have met before, at a tissup in Victoria a few years ago (with Ruth, etc.). I agree that August would be better, I went in May/June 2008 and it was just
I went with Cruise West, which no longer exists and we sailed around Prince William Sound. Also took the train to Denali and had the greatest time there, including a flight (in a very small plane !!) around and over the Mt.
What ship are you planning on joining? Not too huge I hope. I am used to little ships with about 70 passengers, eg. Orion. Am off to Italy, Sicily, Malta and Dubai soon, be back in June. Look forward to reading more about your plans.
Apr 11, 2013 2:41 PM
6Have you checked the Alaska state ferry? http://www.akferry.org
We went that way many moons ago (slept on the deck in a tent).
Apr 11, 2013 9:16 PM
7thanks everyone for the feedback:
re the state ferries: yes, i have checked them extensively, but while you can sleep on the deck or in a reclining chair for the whole trip, this no longer appeals to us. You can get a spartan cabin with bunk beds... but none of us want to do upper bunks. Food in the cafeteria is extra of course... and you can imagine the quality. , and when its all added up, it is more expensive than a cruise. The only 'positive' is the ability to get into some of the small communities.... again, at your expense of hotels etc, as the ferries don't go daily, and some only once a week.
re smaller boats.... sigh... we all would prefer a smaller boat, and i have also researched them . I remember Cruise West, and even tho they aren't around any more, many of their boats still are. I would love to go on one of them, because they get into more interesting places HOWEVER they cost at least twice as much as the other large cruise ships. I researched, and found that Holland America has the smallest ships on the Alaska route, and the smallest still has 1,100 passengers. All three of us have $$$$ limitations that preclude travel on one of the smaller boats.
Today i went into a cruise agency for more information and they were very helpful. they agreed that Holland America would be the best bet. We still haven't decided whether we are doing a round trip, on one way and fly back. the Denali option is only possible if we do the one way. If we do the one way, there is also the option of taking one or two short trips on one of the ferries out of Whittier/Fairbanks. The round trip only goes up the panhandle as far as Juneau, and doesn't get to the part of Alaska that doesn't look like it's par of b.c.
Re weather. Here on the Wet Coast, for the past three summers, the weather has been better and more summer like in Sept. than in July and August. so who knows???
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Apr 12, 2013 8:09 AM
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Apr 13, 2013 12:13 AM
10I would be very interested in Alaska in later August. I think you know my habits from the postings I've done on the Thorne Tree. At the moment I'm in Morocco.
I am totally flexible and would go with your good research---whatever you decide. I think you would find me a good traveler. I'm seriously interested. My email is email@example.com.
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Apr 17, 2013 9:33 AM
13We did this trip on the ferries from Vancover to Juneau. A great way to go, the Alaskan ferry food was good not up to cruise ship standards but very good. There is a range of cabins including ensuite ones. During the summer there is a park ranger on the Alaskan ferries who gives 3 talks a day on places, whales, bears, etc etc very interesting. Even though we went in August the ferry was not busy. The BC ferry from Vancouver Island takes all day to Prince Rupert and was full but after you swap to the American ferry it wasnt busy. You can get off at the little places and stay a day or two and get the next ferry. We wish we had gone further. Can go all the way to Kodiak which we want to do one day.
We are also among the older travellers and we found it very comfortable and pleasant.
Apr 29, 2013 10:47 PM
14i checked out the Alaska ferry system, and surprisingly, it wasn't much less than a cruise, by the time you factored in the very very basic rooms, with shared bathroom and bunk beds. We are old enough to NOT want to have to climb into an upper bunk (which from the pictures, are not as nice as the ones in hostels i have been in. However a couple of us are figuring on staying on after we get up to Anchorage, and then maybe taking a local ferry out to Dutch Harbour.
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