Just booked a 10 day Alaska cruise

What am I in for? Is it just going to be boomers? Any tips on making the most of the free drinks and food? What should I do the whole time? I’ve never cruised before.

  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    You are going to do exactly nothing. Thats what yiu signed up for in the first place

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I mean I plan on eating and drinking. What about going to shows, people watching, gambling?

      obese boomers

      If they are fat how can they afford to cruise?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nightly shows are pretty good.

        The good excursions book up fast, make sure you get reservations quickly. I thought Haines excursions were really underrated, saw lots of bears.

        If you can swing a train ride from anchorage to Fairbanks on the Denali star train line, it’s a great way to add a left to your trip. Stay at chena hot springs outside of Fairbanks for great northern lights viewing, or go to the old radar dome hill.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    obese boomers

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Read books, hook up with drunk milfs or swinger couples, drink all day

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >hook up with drunk milfs
      Does this really happen?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        It does if you can do it on land.

        Dont expect anybody below 50 to be there though

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get drunk and party.

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Talk to people. Get to know them.
    Don’t be a weird drunk person

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Alaskan cruise is one of the most 'uneventful' major cruise line.

    You will do nothing but eat, see shows, eat some more, maybe get a helicopter ride, see some whales, and visit some small podunk tourist towns in Alaska.

    Old people love doing nothing so the cruise is popular.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Old people love doing nothing
      It makes me spite them for some reason. Maybe because I imagine how they're so aloof in public, like they don't know they're walking slowly and taking up the entire door walk or something. Also, how they will focus on the smallest happenings, like "omg, I can't believe it! They have cherry flavoured chocolate at the store. I went and bought some this morning at 11:13 after I washed my 4 dishes from eating arrowroot biscuits and salty triscuit crackers. They sure are good"

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        You are the problem. Not them

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        yeah i am sure when you are old you are going to be completely different

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    If picrel, I was very happy with the food on that cruise line. I was on one of their smaller boats though, not the new 3k+ pax ones.

    I hope you got a balcony, because there's a lot of nice scenery to see going up the Inside Passage, through Glacier Bay, and just generally along the coast. Ketchikan and Juneau are both cool, real towns. I took a cab to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and spent the day walking the trails there, then visited a history museum in town before heading back to the boat. No shore excursion there. Skagway is more of the cruise line Disney experience, most of the town's population is there solely to support the cruise industry. The train ride up White Pass was beautiful though.

    I tacked on a little extra after my cruise as well. I had a one-way from Vancouver to Whittier, so we flew from Whittier/Anchorage to Fairbanks and then drove to Denali to spend a few days at the park before flying back home.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      It is picrel, and it’s a 3500+ passenger ship. I figure most of the towns are for tourism only, but I just want scenery and to be a glutton. What were the demographics on your cruise?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Ouch, good luck. IME the more the passengers, the worse the food. Fingers crossed for you anon.
        My cruise seemed to be entirely older couples and families with kids under 13. Don't really recall seeing many, if any people in the 20-30 age range other than myself and my brother. Generally pleasant people though, and more upscale than the Walmart crowd. I know it's not what most of sighsee wants hence a lot of the hate, but I prefer the much more relaxed and quiet crowd. I was the same as you, I just wanted scenery and good food, and I paid extra for the club dining thing for that reason. Never had the base food to compare, but it was far far better than my last (2012) experience on Norwegian. The art galleries and auctions onboard were cool though, that's one of my more standout onboard memories.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks anon. I’ve done the /realtraveller/ backpacking that sighsee loves, stayed in sketchy Czech basements, stealth camped in the Swiss alps, got drunk on 1.5€ wine. Now that I have money I just want to have a relaxing semi luxurious vacation with my wife. I don’t really care if there’s other people my age there, boomers can actually be quite interesting to talk to. If I hate I just won’t go on a cruise again. Thanks for the tip about the art, I wouldn’t have thought that’s any good.

          I just took a 5 day to mexico on Royal Caribbean. It was fun as fuck I ate and drank all day. I had a fixed dinner time and I liked the structure it gave to my day. I didn't sleep in or stay up till 3 like I normally do. The entertainment is gaudy and mediocre, but to some degree that's the vibe. The service itself operates like a machine. They have like 1 crew for every 2.5 passengers or something. I had turndown service almost everytime I left my room.

          I paid for some excursions but did not particularly think they were worth it, for the most part. Only 1 was, and it was the cheapest one.

          I did not end up using the drink or meal packages. You need to check your specific ship and cruise line and shit to know if it's worth it, but I only was able to figure this out after actually goin on a cruise. It would probably be cheaper to just budget some amount of money for drinks. The drink package on RC required you absolutely slam drinks to break even. Like 8-10 a day.

          It's a basically stress-free vacation. It's great if you don't like planning things and want other people to give you things to do, like me.

          Based. This pretty much sounds like what I want to do. I got the drink package, I think I can get at least 15 drinks a day, and I paid $100 for the package total cause there was a sale, so $.70 per drink is fine by me. I just want to relax and disconnect from work.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I got the drink package, I think I can get at least 15 drinks a day, and I paid $100 for the package total cause there was a sale, so $.70 per drink is fine by me.

            The drink package on mine was per person *per day*, unlike meal package which is just per person. You should double check and make sure you aren’t about to get charged x10 what you though.

            btw RC required us to have same day Covid test from a doctor. We had to buy them at the gangway for $100 from a 3rd party company.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            This is exactly what I'm looking for too.

            Wife and I are in our early 30s, we just want a quiet time with some nice scenery and good food.

            I've been looking up the differences between ships and cruise lines, there really does seem to be a huge gamut, from fat Americans drinking from aluminum bud light cans to this one that requires you wear formal attire after 6pm every evening.

            Are there any lines anybody would recommend for us?

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I did a Princess Lines cruise to Alaska about 20 years ago. They seemed pretty competent and pretty generic at the time. Two nights when they wanted men to wear jackets and ties to dinner. A lot of the passengers were in their 50s and 60s.
              No idea what they are like now. Cruise ship sizes seem to have doubled since then.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I did a Princess Lines cruise to Alaska about 20 years ago. They seemed pretty competent and pretty generic at the time. Two nights when they wanted men to wear jackets and ties to dinner. A lot of the passengers were in their 50s and 60s.
              No idea what they are like now. Cruise ship sizes seem to have doubled since then.

              Just checked. I went to Alaska on Coral Princess (their now-smallest ship) back in 2019. Looks like a bunch of the new Royal class superships are on the Alaska route now, but there are still one or two of the smaller Grand class ones it looks like. There was no requirement for jacket and tie on my cruise, but they did have a dress code for dinner. I wore slacks and a not-quite dress shirt button-ups, no tie, and had 0 issues. Food was excellent, but I was also on their smallest ship and paid extra for what they call Club class dining (expanded menu, dedicated no-wait dining area, etc.). I recommend doing the Vancouver-Seward/Whittier one-way route whatever you do though, I felt like that one had the best combination of scenery from the boat and cool stops.

              My only other cruise experiences at the time were with Norwegian, and Princess blew them out of the water as far as food was concerned. I was looking at Holland America as well before I picked Princess, but I think Holland America had a more stringent dress code at the time. Not sure how things stack up on the bigger ships, so my advice would be to browse around on Cruise Critic, Flyertalk, and other cruise boards to get a more recent and broader look at peoples' experiences.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              We chose princess. It sounds like it’s pretty good at catering to young and old. It’s also not the bargain basement line so it’s not trash tier.

              [...]
              Just checked. I went to Alaska on Coral Princess (their now-smallest ship) back in 2019. Looks like a bunch of the new Royal class superships are on the Alaska route now, but there are still one or two of the smaller Grand class ones it looks like. There was no requirement for jacket and tie on my cruise, but they did have a dress code for dinner. I wore slacks and a not-quite dress shirt button-ups, no tie, and had 0 issues. Food was excellent, but I was also on their smallest ship and paid extra for what they call Club class dining (expanded menu, dedicated no-wait dining area, etc.). I recommend doing the Vancouver-Seward/Whittier one-way route whatever you do though, I felt like that one had the best combination of scenery from the boat and cool stops.

              My only other cruise experiences at the time were with Norwegian, and Princess blew them out of the water as far as food was concerned. I was looking at Holland America as well before I picked Princess, but I think Holland America had a more stringent dress code at the time. Not sure how things stack up on the bigger ships, so my advice would be to browse around on Cruise Critic, Flyertalk, and other cruise boards to get a more recent and broader look at peoples' experiences.

              They moved a bunch of their Asian market ships onto the Alaska route because Asia is still shut down.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Princess is definitely not for the youngsters, they even joke on board that it's for old and middle-aged people.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I just took a 5 day to mexico on Royal Caribbean. It was fun as fuck I ate and drank all day. I had a fixed dinner time and I liked the structure it gave to my day. I didn't sleep in or stay up till 3 like I normally do. The entertainment is gaudy and mediocre, but to some degree that's the vibe. The service itself operates like a machine. They have like 1 crew for every 2.5 passengers or something. I had turndown service almost everytime I left my room.

    I paid for some excursions but did not particularly think they were worth it, for the most part. Only 1 was, and it was the cheapest one.

    I did not end up using the drink or meal packages. You need to check your specific ship and cruise line and shit to know if it's worth it, but I only was able to figure this out after actually goin on a cruise. It would probably be cheaper to just budget some amount of money for drinks. The drink package on RC required you absolutely slam drinks to break even. Like 8-10 a day.

    It's a basically stress-free vacation. It's great if you don't like planning things and want other people to give you things to do, like me.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      yeah the structure and no stress makes up for everything else. truly shut off your brain vegetable vacation.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone know any good places to pick up girls in Cordova?

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