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We are in the planning stage of our first trip to Alaska. Any suggestions on which cruise line is the best? We do not typcally like very touristy activities and would like to do some interesting excursions. Thanks!

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Do you want to travel one-way or round trip? Do you have anything in particular that you want to see? "off the beaten path" cruise ports are Sitka and Icy Strait Point, definitely less touristy than the other typical cruise ports.

Some cruises go to Hubbard Glacier, others to Glacier Bay and others perhaps to another glacier (Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier?). Does one or another appeal more to you? Or do you even know? I loved Glacier Bay so much when I was on a cruise 2 years ago that I went back earlier this month independently and spent 3 days there. I was at Hubbard Glacier last year and we got close to the glacier but I enjoyed Glacier Bay more.

So much is subjective when it comes to cruises that there is no "right" answer.


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Do you want excursions where you are riding a bus, where you are entertained, museums, outdoors, kayaking, hiking, etc.??? Need more info, please.

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"Off the beaten path" to me isn't exactly Sitka and Hoonah... Don't forget about the smaller ships and even some of the charter boats that "cruise" to places like Elfin Cove, Angoon, Baranof Hot Springs, Tenakee, Craig, Petersburg, Wrangell, 5-Finger Lighthouse, etc.

Happy Alaska Travels!


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