1. Convenient Way To Explore Several Destinations
Cruises are a convenient way to explore several different cities/countries. There are many different cruises and cruise routes to choose from. I was fortunate to visit Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, College Fjord, and Portage/Anchorage on my most recent Alaskan cruise. If you don’t have a passport, you can choose a different cruise route out of Seattle.
2. Delicious Food
The food itself is a good enough reason to go on a cruise! I could literally write and entire post, just about the food! Princess Cruises has a buffet available for breakfast and lunch. They change the food at the buffet daily, so you don’t feel like you’re always eating the same thing. Princess also offers several dining options to choose from for dinner. They offer “timed” dinning, which means you choose a time you want to eat dinner every night. This is my favorite option, because they put you at the same table, with the same waitress. You tend to build relationships with the waitress, and the people sitting at your table. If you’re not much of a planner, and timed dinning isn’t for you, they have “anytime” dinning in a different dinning room. There are a couple disadvantages with anytime dinning. You might have to wait for a table, depending on what time you choose to eat, and how busy it is. You will also have a different waiter every time. The dinner menu includes items, that will stay on the menu for the entire cruise, and items that they switch out daily. You can order as many menu items as you want! If you want to order 3 appetizers 4 entrees and 2 desserts, you can! There is no limit. Some items on the menu may cost, but it clearly states what those items are. Since ordering is unlimited, it is the perfect opportunity to try new things. If you don’t like it, order something else! Cruise food is some of the best food you will ever have, and it is such a great experience to eat like a Queen/King. If you don’t want to dine in either dinning room, the buffet is also available during dinner hours.
3. Everything Is All Inclusive
A lot of people automatically write off cruise vacations, because they assume they will never be able to afford it. Keep in mind, you are paying for an all inclusive trip. Place to sleep, food, transportation, entertainment etc. I started planning my Alaskan cruise for June, in January. In January, I bought the hotel rooms for the beginning and end port (optional). In February, I bought the plane tickets. In March, I paid for the cruise. In April/May I booked a couple excursions. Since I didn’t have to pay for everything all at once, it really helped me manage my money. Every thing was pretty much paid for by the time I went on the cruise.
4. Sightseeing On The Boat
What makes an Alaskan cruise stand out from other cruises, is the amount of time spent sightseeing on the boat. Balcony rooms are highly recommended on Alaskan cruises. My favorite part of the trip, was when our boat was parked facing Glacier Bay. We spent the afternoon drinking mimosas, and watching the Glaciers calve from our balcony. The only way to get to Glacier Bay and College Fjord is by boat.
5. The Ship Provides Great Entertainment
The entertainment on Princess Cruise line is incredible! They offer several shows going on throughout the day, and one big show at night. The shows at night include lots of singing and dancing. The last show of my cruise voyage, was The Voice of the Ocean. I was actually a contestant on the show. The show does a great job of replicating the actual show The Voice. Just like The Voice, we had to audition, take a head shot picture, and listen to the judges critiques. They provide a live band, back up singers, and the famous rotating chairs during the main performance. If watching shows isn’t your thing, they have other activities like wine tasting, swimming, yoga, ping pong, working out at the gym, hanging out at a lounge, dancing at their night club etc.
6. Staying Active
The Alaskan Cruise is the most active cruise I’ve ever been on . When visiting Alaska, expect to spend a lot of time exploring the outdoors. Many tourists like to hike and kayak, when visiting Alaska. I surprisingly didn’t gain any weight when I came back from my cruise. Thanks to the amount of exercise my body received!
7. Perfect Weather
You could not ask for better weather during the summer in Alaska! The average was about 70 degrees the entire time I was there. It only rained a couple times. I noticed it was a lot colder on the ship, especially near the glaciers.
8. Lots Of Wildlife
If you ever decide to go on an Alaska cruise, you are pretty much guaranteed to see wildlife! As soon as we arrived at our first port in Ketchikan, we saw about 30 bald eagles circling above the town. You can choose excursions like whale watching, which will give you more of an advantage. The captain will announce over the intercom, if he spots any wildlife between ports. If you decide to go on an Alaskan cruise during salmon season (end of July), you will you have a better chance of spotting some bears.
9. It Forces You To Relax
We had a lot of down time on the ship. It was nice to wake up on those “day at sea” days, and not have a specific plan for the day.
10. It’s The Trip Of A Life Time
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