I've been reading many of the posts here on this horrible cold afternoon in Sydney and starting my research for our trip next year. Here's hoping that some of you may be able to help and/or offer advice!! Thanks heaps in advance.
Husband is 58 and I am 44 years old and love travelling together (leaving the kids behind this time). We love nature in general, adore seeing how the locals live, enjoy fishing (well hubby does anyway although I did catch the biggest fish in Bora Bora last year - HAH!, would like to taste some amazing salmon, love whales, seals, all animals (big and small), would kill to do the Mendenhall Glacier helicopter and dog sled tour and love glaciers and the like.
Trip details are as follows (not tied in yet but this is the agenda):
Fly Sydney - Vancouver (1 ngt in Vancouver)
Join Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf for 3 days staying Kamloops, then either Lake Louise or Banff, unsure which location we prefer as yet (will be putting a post up in Canada's forum but appreciate any thoughts here as is very pricey)
Fly Calgery - Vancouver
I realise that Sept is not an ideal time to visit Alaska but unfortunately due to work commitments its the only time we can travel. Fortunately being on a smaller ship apparently means we can get into the smaller ports which will be nice. We don't enjoy being on a 2,500 passenger cruise and prefer more intimate and personalised service. Of course you pay for it but hey you may as well enjoy your money while you can, not that we are loaded!!! And its our wedding anniversary. Bucket list holiday.
Have been looking extensively on Cruise Critic but I prefer TA as it is much better laid out and easier to read.
Wondering if it is better to arrange your land tours privately through tour operators on TA e.g or go through the cruise ship (more pricey I would imagine). I have listed our interests above so this should give people a good indication of what we like. We would like to see as much as we can in each port without emptying the bank account.
If anyone has been on a Silversea cruise to Alaska I would really appreciate your thoughts. We are looking at a Verandah 4 suite and I have some concerns about the general dress attire and formal nights on the ship (have read a prior review on TA but it was quite out of date). Hubby and I are not formal people really, although we do like to dress up occasionally. More your jeans and top kind of people.
Weather wise I see it is around 50F or about 10C during the day. What about wind chill factor? Will we be needing thermals and 4-5 layers of clothing being outside on deck and/or land?
Sorry to have asked so many questions and rambled on but your replies would be greatly appreciated.