It’s September, which is typically nearing the end of the Alaska cruising season, which is generally May-October. Which means that this is the prime time for people to be booking Alaska for next year’s vacation.
Does it interest you?
It’s one of those destinations that is on many people’s bucket list. I have some clients starting a cruise today, and we’re going to meet up in Vancouver next weekend. I’ll be hosting a group to do the Rocky Mountaineer train through the majestic rockies. More on the train will follow, of course, over the coming weeks, as I’ll share updates and photos – but – did you know that 50% of the people who book the Rocky Mountaineer also do an Alaska cruise?
Alaska itself does draw people in – with or without the train add on.
Here’s a picture of my young family when I took a family group to Alaska several years ago. It’s a destination that works for everyone, as it’s both child-friendly to senior-friendly – and you can be as active (or not) as you choose.
I was fortunate to have traveled to Alaska with an extended family group with Princess. We sailed north from Vancouver to Seward, and did the inside passage, including a day cruising Glacier Bay, pictured here. It was wonderful.
There are so many ways to see Alaska. I work with a whole bunch of cruise and land travel partners who each do Alaska well. Each partner I work with offers something unique – so it’s really important if you want to go that we have a chat to understand what it is you’re looking to explore and experience so I might match you with the proper partner for you.
Mostly, Alaska is seen by ship – although adding a cruise tour, or land excursion on the end is popular for those who want to see Denali and regions. But if you want a ship, we can certainly talk about finding the right base for you.
For example, if you want a large ship with many on board activities and nightly entertainment, then Princess or Holland America may be right for you.
If you want a smaller ship that emphasizes great food and great service, then maybe Oceania or Regent or Silversea might be right for you (for example, here’s a Silversea https://www.silversea.com/destinations/alaska-cruise/vancouver-to-seward-6011.html ).
If you want an expedition cruising, though, where the focus is not on the ship but on the destination – then maybe Uncruise or Lindblad is right for you.
I have to admit I’m partial to Lindblad – if you want an experience that is focused on wildlife and the land, and want to immerse yourself in the destination, than Lindblad Expeditions is probably right for you. Here are the top 10 reasons to see Alaska with Lindblad. https://www.expeditions.com/destinations/north-america/alaska/the-experience/top-10-reasons/
Scroll down to see an interview I did with Jacinta McEvoy of Lindblad Expeditions while I was at Virtuoso Travel roadshow in Toronto this week.
Let me know what appeals to you. We can schedule a complimentary consultation.
Contact Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-837-0699