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Old 12-05-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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Hello All! Looking for great honeymoon ideas* *......has anyone ever done an alaskan cruise or half land half sea trip to Alaska?
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:25 PM   #2
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I did the Alaska Inside Passage cruise a few years ago with my late wife. I would not do it as a HoneyMoon but would absolutely go again. We went in early September and it was pretty cool and damp. The ship was full of old farts just like us so keep that in mind too.

My DW does not "do" cold very well and is California Girl all the way. She likes it warm and sunny so our cruise was in the warm tropics and not the frozen north. Each to their own as in all things.
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Flew to Anchorage and sailed to Vancouver.* Did it in August and the weather was perfect.* Be certain to tell everyone on the crew that you are honeymooners.* In fact, tell your TA to make note of that as well.* When you get back let us all know if you get any "unusal" attention*
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We went in June, many years ago. It was chilly, yes, but the scenery was absolutely wonderful! Steve is right, though, about the oldsters; we were in our 30's, and I think every other person on the ship was over 60. But we met a really interesting couple from New Zealand who were in their 70's; we could hardly keep up with them! We kept in touch with them for a number of years after we got back.

Definitely worth the trip!

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Old 12-05-2005, 01:58 PM   #5
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Very cool! Why would it not be a good choice for a honeymoon? Too chilly? Not romantic enough? Not enough adventure?
Anyone got any great honeymoon suggestions? Always looking for good ideas...
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Hello All! Looking for great honeymoon ideas
Well, I guess that depends on what kind of surfing you want. Or maybe how much money you want to spend.

If you're flexible about the date of the honeymoon, Norwegian Cruise Lines appears to be doing a fine job with their Hawaii island cruises and they're discounting some of the itineraries. Hawaii hotels are in their high-- very high-- season now but the prices will start to come back down in three-four months.

Or you could find a cheap rental on a neighbor island. I guess it all depends how much luxury you want and how much you want to interact with your environment.
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Old 12-05-2005, 03:27 PM   #7
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Very cool! Why would it not be a good choice for a honeymoon? Too chilly? Not romantic enough? Not enough adventure?
Anyone got any great honeymoon suggestions? Always looking for good ideas...
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Actually, I think a Caribbean cruise is a bit more romantic and for sure more of a party time.* The route I like best is Puerto Rico south to the USVI, Barbados etc.
Paddling out to frolic with the whales near SoCal is becoming a popular thing to do.* How about a whitewater trip in conjunction with a Rockies honeymoon?
Tell us what some of you favorite past adventures have been*
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Old 12-05-2005, 04:02 PM   #8
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I've done the Inside Passage cruise twice, and I'd suggest that the cruise line you choose has some effect on who your fellow passengers will be.

The first time, we sailed Holland America, and DH and I (at the time 38 and 33) were the youngest people on board, except for one 16 years old traveling with his parents.

The second time, we sailed Princess, and there was a broader range of age groups.

I think it would be great for a honeymoon, as long as you're not addicted to sunshine.
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We did the Inside Passage on Princess cruise line last August. It was wonderful. We sailed south to Vancouver and then spent three days there. If you have not been to Vancouver that is well worth seeing. Here is a picture taken in Glacier Bay.

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Old 12-06-2005, 09:49 AM   #10
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Great info! Keep it coming!
We live in New England and have done all sorts of great hikes, camping, biking, kayaking, motorcycling, horseback riding...etc in this area....Collectively (but not necessarily together) we've been to Yosemite/San Fran, Colorado, Florida, Nasau, Nova Scotia, Arizona....we enjoy the outdooors, physical activity, great sights, great food, culture and art....would like to go someplace neither of us has already been to ....(neither of us are real sun bunnies* 8))....
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Personally, I would do the Alaska cruise for a honeymoon.* But we like that sort of thing.* We're not beach/hot weather people.* If, as you say, "we enjoy the outdooors, physical activity, great sights", then you would probably love it.* The scenery can't be beat, and there are lots of excursions you can take on the side.* We sailed from Vancouver to Anchorage (and yes, Vancouver is wonderful!) and have always regretted not adding on & taking the train to Denali.

When it comes to the honeymoon part, hey - a room is a room.* *8)

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How about Glacier Park? *The town of West Glacier has some tame, but fun white water rafting, neat places to stay, hiking, scenery, etc. If you have time you could head north into Canada where it gets even more spectacular. To the south, Yellowstone is very nice, but crowded.
Still, for a honeymoon, the Alaska Cruise is probably tops, especially if it is your first cruise. *If you get some land time there go visit the bears. However, don't steal their salmon :
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As long as you are considering my 'neighborhood', consider Victoria for a couple nights.* The Empress Hotel is magnificent.*

Not really honeymoon travel, but I understand quite an adventure, is the inside passage by Alaskan Ferry.

There are activities based in Victoria, such as:
http://www.islandadventuretours.com/
http://www.mothershipadventures.com/
There are probably small ship cruse operators serving the Gulf Islands too.

The Gulf Islands are the islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland in Canada.
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As long as you are considering my 'neighborhood', consider Victoria for a couple nights.* The Empress Hotel is magnificent.*

Not really honeymoon travel, but I understand quite an adventure, is to do the inside passage by Alaskan Ferry.
I have been there and highly recommend it. You have to dress up for tea at the Empress, though. Victoria is beautiful, in the summer, of course.
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You have to dress up for tea at the Empress, though.
Brings back memories of my adolescence when I, and a group of like minded mischief makers, went running through the Empress at High Tea in our middy outfits.* * NOT!*
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