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Saturday, June 18, 2016

How To Save Money on Alaska Cruises

How To Save Money on Alaska Cruises

Up north there's a land without fences. Animals outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight and nature reigns. Life is different. This northern frontier still boasts pristine landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline that is one of the most enthralling waterways in the world. Beyond Alaska's fortress-like glacier walls lie scenic ports of call, treasured national parks, and abundant wildlife. .....and, with more than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles east to west, Alaska is truly a land of epic proportions. Come find yourself in the heart of the wilderness and let our Certified Alaskan Cruise Experts show you the way.

"Say Alaska and a variety of images and impressions come to mind: towering mountains, watchable wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless wilderness, vibrant Native culture, leaping salmon, hardy outdoors; America's last frontier. Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be. Our job is to put that dream - or as much as possible of it - within reach of you.

Alaskan cruising is affordable, only the memories are priceless!

When it comes to planning your trip, Alaskan Cruises & Land and Sea Vacations are more economical than you might think. With a wide range of options and choices, there's a cruise or cruise tour to suit most any budget.

No matter what your budget is, If you want to hold on to as much of your money as you can,
here are 7 tips for saving money on your Alaska cruise.

1. Go in May or September for off-season cruises

Most travelers visit Alaska in the peak of summer, [ June, July and August ] even though it rains more often in July and August rather than in May or September. You can typically save around 20% if you cruise in May and September, rather than the height of summer. Plus in September, you could view the aurora borealis. Plus, with a few a hundred dollars left in your pocket, you can spend it on sightseeing or souvenirs.

2. Sail round-trip, rather than one way.

If you're looking to save money, choose a cruise that sails round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver. You'll find a better airfare deal, as a one way airfare into Vancouver and out of Anchorage is going to be more expensive. You can even book a cruisetour [ Alaska and plus sea vacations ] to and from Seattle, rather than from Vancouver to Fairbanks.

3. For some 2017 voyages, waiting to the last minute may save you money.

Not every Alaska cruise or Alaskan Cruisetour [ land + sea vacations ] sell out months in advance.  Good deals are still available for peak-season sailings, sometimes just 4-6 weeks prior to sailing. We've seen last minute fares for as low as $449 for a seven-night cruise. You should be flexible when it comes to sailing dates, accommodations and where your cabin is located on the ship. Now's the time to see Alaska. Start searching for that last-minute deal now.

4. Want to go Inland? Explore Alaska's National Parks? Book the cruise line's land tour, often known as a "cruisetour"

Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess, offer pre-and post-cruise land tour packages to explore inland Alaska. You can combine rail and motor coach travel to the interior of the state and visit Anchorage, Denali National Park, Talkeetna, , Kenai, Copper River or  Fairbanks. Or do-it-yourself,  rent a car or book the Alaska Railroad and hotels on your own to travel in Alaska. Compare the cruise lines' land tours to find a better deal, as there are over 350 possibilities!

5. A balcony cabin may not be worth it.

Sitting on your balcony and watching the shore line of Alaska and its majestic mountain ranges of the Inside Passage is breathtaking. But the views from the top deck offer 360-degree site lines for gazing at calving glaciers and wildlife.  Watching from your balcony gives you just a side or angled view. However, who could resist star gazing and moonlight nights standing on your balcony with your companion. If the budget's tight, book an outside cabin with a picture window, not a port hole and just go topside to view it all.

6. Should I choose a luxury, mainstream or premium cruise line?

In Alaska, you'll visit the same ports, view the same glaciers, and wildlife, plus you can take advantage of onboard amenities such as specialty dining, and nightly entertainment without robbing the bank.  Go mainstream [ NCL or Carnival ] or choose a premium line such as Princess, Holland America, Celebrity or Royal Caribbean.

7. Book your own shore excursions, or skip them altogether!

Independent sightseeing tour operators [ ShoreTrips or Shore Excursion Group ] can take you on all the excursions the cruise line offer, often with the same ground operators, and for the most part, at a cheaper price. Cruise lines have to add their "mark-up" to make money when they sell you a shore excursion, so you'll save money by booking with an independent operator.  Spend you days close to or in town rather than going on an organized tour. There are cultural and native heritage museums, quaint shops, walking tours, and trailheads for nearby hiking. You don't  need to spend a lot of money to see the sights.

Final Thought.

If you look around, you'll certainly find once-in-a-lifetime dogsled or helicopter rides, glacier landings, salmon fishing or white-water rafting. Just keep in mind these excursions are very expensive. So, be a smart-shopper and book a cruise that's under budget and once onboard or ashore, stretch your travel investment as far as you can take it



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