Are you thinking about taking the entire family on an Alaska Cruise?
You’re not alone. Multi-generational family cruising is growing and several reports show Alaska Cruises as the top US destination for 2015.
I have great news for you: In Holland America’s ReadySetSail event there are many Alaska cruises where kids fares are heavily discounted and in some cases the kids cruise free!*
One of the best deals, is the 7-night Alaska Cruise on ms Zaandam departing Vancouver on May 31st. The TOTAL starting price for a family of 4 is $2599.52 thanks to the kid’s rate being $99 + taxes.
While you will find less kids on board Holland America than some other cruise lines, Holland America does have a great kids programs and youth center.
In 2015, Holland America is offering 7-night Alaska Cruise roundtrip Seattle, 7-night North/South bound cruises, and extended land & cruise tours. CLICK HERE to view details and to get a Quick Quote.
Alaska Cruise booking Tips
#1. Do you want the best glacier viewing? Look for Alaska Cruises with itineraries that include Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay is the best spot for cruise ships to cruise into and view the glaciers. Due to environmental reasons, Alaska has a limit on the number of ships each year that they allow into Glacier Bay.
Most of the Holland America North & Southbound cruises include Glacier Bay on the Itinerary!
#2. What is a Northbound or Southbound Alaska Cruise? 7-nt Northbound Cruises will start in Vancouver or Seattle and will finish in Seward Alaska. The Southbound Cruises will start in Seward and finish in Vancouver or Seattle. The northbound and southbound cruises allow you to see more of Alaska. Many people will add a 3 – 5 day Alaska Landtour package to the cruise so they can see Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.
#3. When is the best time to cruise to Alaska? Alaska Cruise Season is from May – September. June – August is the busiest because kids are out of school.
May is an awesome time to cruise Alaska. You will average 17 – 20 hours of sunlight and it is the driest. The ships are less crowded and offer the best deals. One of the highlights of Alaska is the wildlife and May offer optimal views thanks to the migration animals and the blooming of all the wildflowers.
#4. When should I book my Alaska Cruise? For 2015, there have been several travel reports that indicate that Alaska Cruising will be the top destination. My recommendation is to book as soon as possible this year. There are some great deals available right now, and I believe Airfare and cruise prices will only go up from hear.
*Kids cruise free on a few of the Holland America Alaska Cruises including the 7-night Alaska Cruise on ms Oosterdam departing on May 10th, 2015. CLICK HERE to VIEW.
Author Note: Rich Tucker, founder of CruiseSource, is regularly featured in national publications like NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes as a cruise pricing expert. Click here to receive CruiseSource posts in your email for FREE!