Yesterday I posted the an article that highlighted the ultimate bucket list of places to travel put out by the Chicago Tribune. As I was reading it, it made me think of my own bucket list of places I would like to visit, and beings that I work in the travel industry, curiosity about exactly how much it would cost me to go there! So I have decided to take this on as a personal challenge! Everyday for the next 20 days, I will post a bucket list trip, complete with pricing! All flights will be based out of Denver, as that would be my home base.
So Day 1
One of the most important things to remember about an Alaskan cruise is that they are very popular, and have a very limited season (May-Sept). Which translates into, plan early and book early!
Typically cruise lines have a 3 options for routes for an Alaska cruise, most of them lasting 7 days:
- Southern route, which takes off from Anchorage and 7 days later delivers you to Vancouver, B.C.
- Northern route, which takes off from Vancouver, B.C. and ends in Anchorage.
- Roundtrip, generally out of Seattle or Vancouver.
Having just gotten off the Norwegian Bliss, I would definitely recommend their 7 day Alaska Highlights, roundtrip out of Seattle. For a balcony room in 2019, prices start at about $1700/person. Unfortunately because airline prices are not out yet, I can not quote what that total might, but based on this years flight option, if you plan ahead, flights can be found around $200-$300/person.
If I was booking a cruise to Alaska however I would probably go with Princess as their ships have 70% balconies, and they have the itinerary I like better. (But that is me personally, I truly LOVED the Bliss!). I would choose the 7 Day Northbound Cruise out of Vancouver, and then add on the 4 day CruiseTour package to Denali Wilderness Lodge and Fairbanks.
Estimated Package Cost: $3,431.70/person. (Includes flight, Cruise and Cruisetour).