Alaska

Alaskan Dream Cruises

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Large Cruise Ships

General

Carnival
All depart from Seattle and go to Vancouver
Sep 5 7 days #26223 Info starting at $819 (balcony $1,539 (was $2,484)

2,124 guests.

On deck or in one of Carnival Legend’s many lounges and clubs, musicians, comedians and other live entertainment spice up evenings at sea on this Spirit-class ship. Las Vegas-style revues in the Follies Theatre present dazzling productions like Playlist and Hasbro, The Game Show each night, and the Club Merlin Casino offers plenty of chances to try your luck at poker, blackjack and roulette. A stop at one of many lively bars and lounges is the perfect ending to a great day at sea. Meet new friends in the Atlantis Lounge for drinks, try out new dance moves in Medusa’s Lair, or join a sing-along at Billie’s Piano Bar. And while you’re enjoying a night out, the kids can visit Camp Ocean (ages 2-11), Circle “C” (ages 12-14) and Club O2 (ages 15-17) for their own dance parties, games and fun activities.

The exquisitely decorated Truffles Restaurant is the perfect backdrop for delicious gourmet cuisine. For a more casual meal, a buffet-style Lido Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other options include the reservations-only Golden Fleece Steakhouse, the RedFrog Pub, Bonsai Sushi, and a 24-hour pizzeria. When it's time to wind down, enjoy relaxing treatments at Spa Carnival, lounge by the pool, splash around at Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, or enjoy ocean views from your private balcony. All staterooms feature high-thread-count linens and duvet, custom pillows, fine cotton towels, terry cloth robes and 24-hour room service.

Royal Caribbean
7 nights leaving July 28. Vancouver to Anchorage. $2,484 (was $4,326). 2,501 guests.
The Radiance of the Seas combines high-tech features with the elegance of Old World cities. The ship features a space called the Colony Club, which is actually four theme clubs in one: The Bombay Billiard Club, Jakarta Lounge, Singapore Sling's and the Calcutta Card Club. The safari-themed solarium allows you to relax in the whirlpool or take a swim while three 16-foot stone elephants stand guard. Sports-minded passengers will love the two uppermost decks, which feature a putting green, a rock-climbing wall, a multi-purpose sports court and the ShipShape fitness center. After a day of relaxing at the full-service spa, head to the Aurora Theatre for a star-studded show. The same careful attention has been paid to the quality and variety of meals onboard the Radiance. Cascades, with its namesake waterfall, is the main dining room. Steak-lovers will enjoy Chops Grille, the ship's reservation-only steakhouse, but for lighter fare there's the open-air Windjammer Cafe. Techies and those who can't live without e-mail will no doubt spend some time at Royal Caribbean Online, the ship's computing center.

Celebrity
Departing July 28. $1,599 Oceanview. (No brochure rates so I don’t know what original price was). 7 nights. Seattle - Seattle. That’s appealing. But 2,850 guests! Big!!

The first ship to be a part of Celebrity’s Solstice class, the Celebrity Solstice features many of the personal amenities passengers have come to expect from Celebrity while carrying 2,850 passengers. Each of the ships in the Solstice class feature wireless Internet throughout, larger staterooms with flat screen televisions, spacious bathrooms, more storage space and plush European bedding. Balconies are available in 85% of the ship's staterooms, and the Solstice-class ships include an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities made possible due to the ships’ larger size. Spa-enthusiasts aboard the Celebrity Solstice can enjoy the 130 “AquaClass” veranda staterooms, with unlimited access to the Aqua Spa relaxation room and the Persian Garden, and exotic aromatherapy and steam room. AquaClass guests also receive exclusive complimentary dining in Blu, an intimate 130-seat specialty restaurant.

Oceana
10 nights Seattle - Seattle. Oceanview $3,799 (was $10,598). 684 guests. Nice!!

Experience the relaxed country club ambiance of the Oceania line aboard the Regatta, where cruisers can pamper themselves in the state-of-the-art Canyon Ranch SpaClub before a night of dinner and dancing. This facility offers massage, body and skin-care treatment rooms, an extensive gym and weight room, thalassotherapy room, whirlpools, Thermal Suite and complete beauty salon. Additionally, the SpaClub conducts fitness and yoga classes, as well as various lifestyle workshops. Six onboard restaurants provide a variety of options, from alfresco Mediterranean dining at Tapas on the Terrace to gourmet cuisine in the Grand Dining Room, where tuxedo-clad waiters serve six-course meals while a string quartet plays in the background. Evening entertainment can be found in the ship's casino or one of its eight bars, including a martini bar and Grappa, the perfect spot for a nightcap. Attention to detail extends to the staterooms, where goose-down pillows and plush duvets ensure a good night's sleep.

Cunard
No trips to Alaska in these deals. But if you want Australia!! Deal
#13980. 22 days on Queen Elizabeth departing San Francisco on Feb 5, 2018. (One way). Of course, the experience is mostly being in the vast ocean. Oceanview $4,599 (was $5,319). Guess that’s not much of a price reduction; I bet later in the year it would go down.

2,116 guests.
Guests step into a world of luxury onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, outfitted in art deco furnishings, sparkling chandeliers and curved staircases. During the day, passengers can browse the extensive library, play a round of croquet on the spacious Games Deck, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the pool or relax in one of the ship’s two hot tubs. Dine in one of the two main restaurants or at one of the alternative dining options, such as the Lido Buffet or the Golden Lion, which serves classic pub cuisine. In the evening, enjoy elaborate shows in the Royal Court Theatre, slots and card games in the casino and socializing with fellow passengers in a variety of bars and lounges. When it’s time to retire, you’ll retreat to accommodations that offer the same degree of luxury as the rest of the ship. As 85% of the staterooms have ocean views and 71% feature spacious balconies, guests can enjoy their privacy while taking in the scenery. Stateroom amenities include 24-hour room service, bathrobe, slippers, television with film and music channels, Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, refrigerator, safe and hair dryer.

Regent

This one, leaving and arriving in Vancouver June 7 looks very good. Balcony suite now $4,449 vs. $12,998 for 7 nights. Seven Seas Mariner.

Theme Cruise: Terri Breen - Destination Specialist - Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ original destination specialist, Terry Breen, brings the region to life in spectacular fashion through stories and anecdotes enlivened by her passion and knowledge of the region. A perennial guest-favorite, Terry’s Special Program on Alaska helps guests thoroughly understand and personally connect with each port of call.

700 guests. Not the biggest, by far.

This intimate, amenity-filled ship features all-suite accommodations, and all staterooms have balconies. Serving only 700 guests at a time, cruises aboard the Mariner are personalized, elegant affairs. Premier dining is a hallmark of the cruise line, and that tradition continues here with Signatures, Compass Rose, La Veranda, Prime 7 and Latitudes restaurants, serving French, international-fusion, steakhouse and Mediterranean cuisine. Stroll through the boutiques or enjoy dips in the pool and whirlpools. An open-air jogging track, a fitness center, golf nets and paddle tennis are available for the athlete in everyone. A visit to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub makes your cruise vacation all the more pleasurable. Keep in touch via e-mail at Club.com, where free computer classes are held. Bridge the activity-filled days and glamorous nights with afternoon tea and scones in the Observation Lounge on the top deck. The two-level Constellation Theater is the spot to catch nightly productions, and there are numerous bars and lounges to enjoy afterwards. A selection of complimentary wines, spirits and champagnes is served throughout the ship.

Azamara
Offers Oceanview for $4,299 (was $8, 598) per person leaving June 22 (Perfect time!) for 10 night cruise Anchorage to Vancouver.

690 guests. The Azamara Quest combines exceptional service and luxurious amenities in a smaller, intimate atmosphere. Onboard, guests will find well-appointed cabins complete with luxurious European bedding and 24-hour room service. Suite guests will also enjoy complimentary butler service onboard. In the evening, taste the creative culinary delights of Discoveries Restaurant or dine in one of Azamara Quest’s two specialty restaurants, Aqualina and Prime C, each with an intimate atmosphere and spectacular ocean views. Guests will also find a pleasing array of onboard amenities including a casino, pool deck, fitness center and spa. Spend an afternoon at a destination lecture or culinary demonstration, see cabaret style-entertainment in the ship’s show lounge or enjoy amazing views from The Living Room.

MSC
No Alaskan cruises. But of note: leaving July 5, $2,095 (was $4,189) for 14 nights Hamburg, Germany roundtrip to Hamburg, Germany. Even stopping at Longyearbyen named after my great grandfather John Longyear and traveling around Norway. 21 bars! 12 hot tubs! 4,345 guests, so a VERY BIG ship!

An elegant masterstroke in cruise ship design, the MSC Preziosa offers the ultimate in comfort, service and state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly technology. The Preziosa offers 3 main restaurants, each with top-notch offerings ranging from traditional Mediterranean fare to distinguished International cuisine, and with superior quality food, from choice Italian meats to fresh fruit and bread baked on board. Guests onboard the Preziosa also have a wide range of entertainment choices. The offerings in the several themed bars will satisfy even the most sophisticated palate, and the Theatre, futuristic Disco, Casino and video games room present a variety of entertainment options so that every passenger is sure to find something to enjoy.

Sea Dream
No Alaska cruises. But if you want the Caribbean, $1,799 (was $6,900!) departing November 21 for 4 nights. 112 guests.

With all oceanview accommodations for just 112 passengers, the SeaDream II is small enough to provide an intimate atmosphere but boasts a wide range of amenities, including Balinese DreamBeds topside and a water-sports marina extended from the stern, giving guests a base for kayaking, water skiing or sailing. The SeaDream Spa and Fitness center has 8 massage therapists from Thailand with a personal trainer on staff offering tai chi, yoga and aerobics classes upon request. Whether guests dine in the elegant Main Dining Salon or in the sea breeze at the Topside Restaurant, they will enjoy gourmet cuisine and outstanting service. The luxurious touches extend to the all-suite staterooms, thoughtfully appointed with Belgian bed linens, down pillows and a choice of duvets or woolen blankets. Marble bathrooms, with plush Turkish cotton bathrobes waiting and Bvlgari bath amenities, round out the rooms.

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