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  • Is cruising to Alaska affordable and a good vacation value?

    Absolutely! There are cabins to suit every budget, from the most economical to the penthouse suites. As well, an Alaska cruise offers great value - all your meals, entertainment, and activities throughout the day are included in the cost of your cruise. Your only expenses onboard will be alcoholic beverages, optional shore excursions, spa services, gratuities, and casino charges. You'll be amazed at the value.

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  • What is there to do on a cruise?

    Really the question should be... what can't you do on a cruise. You can be as busy or relaxed as you want to be. Activities offered vary by size and type of ship. ....Fully equipped gyms.... Jogging Decks.... First-Run movies... Alaska history and wildlife lectures... dance lessons... nightly shows...singles mingle... Karaoke... cooking lessons. game shows... Las Vegas style gaming... Bingo... await your participation. Award winning spas ... covered pools (some ships have retractable roofs, a plus in Alaska), sumptuous cuisine are the cruise experience. There is often so much to do you will not want to leave the ship.

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  • What will I see on my Alaska cruise?

    An Alaska cruise not only gives you the opportunity to see wildlife, wilderness, mountains and glaciers, Alaska's natural beauty, but it also gives you a chance to enjoy attractions and museums that pertain to the Native American Culture and Gold Rush History that is unique to the area.

    Alaska Cruise Tours will give you better chance to see the following wildlife than just a 7-day cruise. On an Alaska CruiseTour you will likely see:

    • Wildlife - moose, caribou, dall sheep, grizzly bears, puffin, seals, humpback and killer whales, eagles, and more.
    • Mountains - seven of the tallest mountains in North America are located in Alaska and the Yukon, some of which are visible from your cruise ship. To see Mt. McKinley, North America's largest mountain, you'll need to take a CruiseTour into Denali National Park.
    • Wilderness - Rafting trips, salmon bakes, horse back riding trips, fishing tours, and hikes can take you into some of the most beautiful wooded areas you'll ever see.
    • Glaciers - Depending on your itinerary, you will see one or more of these glacier areas: Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, or the glaciers of College Fjord.
    • History - All of Alaska is rich with Native American and Gold Rush history. Totem Bight Park and the White Pass Railroad are just a few of the many attractions you can see.

    If you are planning to see as much of Alaska as you can in two weeks, you should consider a CruiseTour, as you will see more animals and experience Denali National Park.

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  • Should I bring my kids?

    Absolutely! Alaska is not only a fabulous, unforgettable vacation destination full of cool, high adventure activities; it's also an unbelievable educational opportunity for the kids. If your children are active and love adventure, they will enjoy an Alaskan cruise. Enthusiastic clients have told us that they hardly saw their children during the cruise and at the end of the cruise the children didn't want to leave.

    Holland America Cruise Line caters to and provide facilities and services for families with children of all ages including toddlers, youth, tweens, and teens. This includes expansive kids programming, kids facilities, kids menus and even special Alaska Shore Excursions and activities for the kids.

    Some cabins can accommodate three and four passengers in one cabin. This means that children can often travel at substantially reduced rates when they share a cabin with their parents, making it more affordable to take the whole family to Alaska. These cabins are limited, thus early reservations are normally required for these cabins.

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  • How long are Alaska Cruises?

    Alaska Cruise Vacations can be anywhere from 7-20 days depending on how much you want to do and see, how much time you have, and how much you want to spend. Most Alaska cruises are 7 days and are either Alaska Inside Passage Cruises that sail roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver, or 7 Night Alaska Glacier Cruises sailing South from Anchorage or North from Vancouver.

    Many passengers often choose to extend their Alaska cruises by adding a land tour to the beginning or end of their cruises. These "Cruise Tours" let you explore the interior cities and National Parks of Alaska allowing you to visit such places as Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. These Cruise Tours can range from 3 to 12 days in addition to your 7-day cruise vacation. If you have the time and a sense of adventure, a CruiseTour is well worth it.

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  • Would you suggest an Alaska cruise for a honeymoon?

    Absolutely. What could be more romantic than sailing from one of the most beautiful cities in the world to the beauty and magnificence of Alaska. Imagine intimate dinners for two, a sunset walk along the promenade, dancing under the stars, or sipping champagne on your own private balcony. Most cruise lines offer special honeymoon packages which include breakfast in bed, photographs, flowers, bathrobes, and sparkling wine.

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  • Is the casino open during an Alaska cruise?

    Gambling is not legal in the State of Alaska. However, the cruise lines will open the casino during the period when you are sailing in the international waters. At all other times, the casino will be closed.

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  • Is sea sickness a problem?

    Today's new cruise ships are equipped with the most modern stabilizers, and besides you will be traveling to a large extent in protected waters. So unless you are extremely sensitive to motion, seasickness should be not much of a concern. Cruising the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, or through College Fjord is like sailing on glass.

    Not only are the waters in these areas smooth, today's modern cruise ships are quite large and contain hi-tech stabilizing devices. In the unlikely event you experience motion discomfort, there are a number of over-the-counter solutions to ease your concerns. These include Bonine, Mecklizine, Dramamine, Transderm Scope Patches, and Seabands. Please consult with your physician or pharmacists before taking any medication.

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