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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Mrs. VR, Feb 4, 2010.
What do you suggest and why?
Cruise. You get to see more of the state at the stops.
If you have a specific thing to go to, then land but if you just want to get a sampler, take the cruise!
Never done an Alaskan cruise so I can't speak directly to it. However my choice is land.
I just don't like cruises. Too regimented. And, from what I saw while on the land in Alaska, too many old people on Alaskan cruises.
Alaska is HUGE! It's just beautiful country and traveling by car you'll see more of it and get to meet local folks who are friendly and helpful.
Hint: Paul Revere
I prefer to travel off the beaten path and stop when and where I want.
Can't do that on a cruise.
see, all good points. I'm very conflicted!
I did two weeks by land and didn't feel like I even began to scratch the surface. It was great and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Doing Alaska by cruise would be like doing Texas from a boat.
I got it.
Yeah, well, we KNEW that
Honestly it depends on what part of the state you want to see. There are lots of places you will see on a cruise (Esp. one that goes up the inside passage) that you cannot see from land.
The same goes for the road system- you'll see a number of places you couldn't see from a cruise. The variety of terrain and ecosystems in Alaska is unlike anything I've ever experienced. You can go from rainforest to dry timber to wetlands to mountains all in one day.
What types of things are you looking to do while your up here? That will give you the best idea of whether you want to do a cruise or stay on land.
Feel free to pm me with an ?'s
If you're traveling far, do BOTH! We did this past June. All through Princess.
5 days land, 5 days sea. Wouldn't be able to choose, now. Oh, and do the land first! It's more "regimented" and tiring. Needed the cruise to kick back!
Land for me because Katmai National Park is the main place in Alaska I would like to see right now. I will admit that film footage of Glacier Bay looks pretty cool.
Thanks! Jon, I may do that soon. We've never been, so anything we see will be new. Money and time ARE an object, so I don't think we can do both, as much as I'd love to!
Hi, Sharon. To solve the conflict, do both.
Take the ferry from Bellingham, WA to the end of the ferry line.
Make it a round trip ticket. Then you can come back stop by stop without increasing the ferry fare. Either rent a car or stay in places close to the waterfront at each stop.
Does that mean I have to sleep in the car?
Cruise!- first, that's absolutely the best way to relax & travel, I've flown, drove, hoteled, moteled & camped on my way to go places- cruising is tops. The only real "regimentation" on a cruise is time in port. You are not obligated to eat as assigned. Every cruise ship I've been on has had multiple dining opportunities. FYI- my wife & I are cruising to Alaska this Sept. We're really looking forward to it.
That's when we're thinking of going!
Please post if you book a cruise. That way we know there will be some like-thinking people on the ship.
Don't forget to factor in what time frame your vacation will be.
And where you will base your activities from. Anchorage? Kodiak? Fairbanks?
Anchorage gives a lot more flexibility. If you dont want to drive around lots, you can still do things like fish for kings, hike mountains, climb glaciers, take a flight-seeing tour, get on the train, head north or south. And if you do have a vehicle, you can easily head down the kenai peninsula, and do a day on a glacier cruise out of seward or whittier, or head to homer and fish for salmon and halibut.
Out of Fairbanks, you'll have to do more driving around, kind of a waste of time, except you will love the scenery.
Kodiak would give you all the fishing and time on the water, and theres tons of commercial fisherman-turned-tourist guide who can take you anywhere you want to go, drop you off on a beach somewhere and let you frolick with the grizzlys! ha!
You realize that they have SNOW in Alaska, right?
And mosquitoes bigger than the ones we have in Florida. I didn't think it was possible, but apparently it's the State Bird.
I went by cruise in the inner passage with my family a few years ago. It was an absolute blast. Like someone said earlier, it's like a sampler, but there is so much to do that you really don't have much dead time on your hands. We went hiking, canoeing, fishing, went up on a glacier, etc. etc. I can't even remember all the things we did.
It's my only experience, so I say cruise.