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Oh boy. Take some time and read through this board, head to your library and get Alaska By Cruiseship. Whale watching is for 100% sightings of humpbacks, out of Juneau and Hoonah. A dog sled cart ride is available out of Juneau and Skagway. A glacier dog sledding, fly in is also available from these same two ports.
first decide if you want to go all the way up to anchorage/whittier or do a round trip up too juneau, ketchican, skagway and a canadian port like victoria. then you can better decide what tours to do in your ports. in juneau i go whale watching with capt.larry and go out too mendanhall glacier on the blue bus or you can take a taxi. skagway it great for dog-sledding either on the wheels or go up too the glacier and do a real dogsled ride. but it will be very expensive when you figure in the helicoptor ride too get there. as budget queen said ( and she is the queen of alaska ) do alot of research here on this thread, the library or net searching. it all depends on what ports you want to go too and how much time you are in them. and how much money you want to spend. it is alot of ''' fun ''' work to learn all the things that go into having a great cruise, but boy is it worth it. and you will be so glad you choose to go too alaska. have a great cruise.
norwegian pearl-glacier bay alaska 09/15/13- sister and friend--CANT WAIT
carnival spirit-tracy arm alaska 05/11-coworker
carnival spirit-tracy arm alaska 06/10-family cruise
carnival fantasy-western caribbean 9/09-solo
norwegian pearl-alaska glacier bay 05/09-solo
carnival victory-new england/canada 9/07-solo
carnival spirit-glacier bay 5/05-with a friend
carnival spirit-glacier bay 09/03
I was in your shoes about a year and a half ago. We booked in May 2008 for August 2009. As Budget Queen says, whale watching is definitely for Hoonah (Icy strait Point). Radiance of the seas goes there - it was fabulous. Which ever cruise line you choose, you will have to do a LOT of research - especially on these boards. It was a great way to while away a snowy winter here in Buffalo - planning for Alaska. Have a blast - the planning is half the fun!
American Family Cruise Line (now defunct) 1994
Norwegian Dawn April 2003 - Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas -July 2005 - Southern Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas - July 2007 - Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas - August 2009 - Alaska!
Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas - August 2011 - Southern Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas - April 2014 - Eastern Caribbean
Wrote a note said be back in a minute
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don't think anybody gonna miss me anyway
Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only medication
Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away
lyrics from "Knee Deep"
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett