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Old 04-25-2015, 10:00 AM   #61
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What time period do people here recommend for an Alaskan cruise? I remember hearing about lots of mosquitoes, maybe in the Spring. Then there are all the pesky tourists.

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Old 04-25-2015, 10:27 AM   #62
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That's not quite so easy in Alaska, which is why they are willing to wait for you.
Perhaps the other variable is the threat of lawsuits? Alaska, being a US State, could nvolve the US court systems. Even if it's a baseless lawsuit, 12 random people in a jury are sometimes truly random in their verdicts...

Other international ports, combined with the cruise line being flagged under another foreign country, would likely not involve a US court. And it's not always easy to get you from any international port to another with other means, even with buses (and would likely require flights - and you can't just hop on a plane in a foreign country at a moment's notice to get you to the next port the next day, as their flight schedules can be far less frequent than an American or Southwest).

I remember doing a cruise in Europe a number of years ago, where the cruise ship pulled up the plank on-time, and left a woman standing on the dock who was just a few minutes late. Luckily for her, 30 minutes later, after the ship was unable to leave port due to high winds preventing the ship from thrusting away from the dock, they lowered the plank for her and let her board.

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Old 04-26-2015, 10:11 AM   #63
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What time period do people here recommend for an Alaskan cruise? I remember hearing about lots of mosquitoes, maybe in the Spring. Then there are all the pesky tourists.
We went in early to mid-September. There was a dusting of snow in Denali Park (guides said it signaled the end of the tourist season). It was dry, so no mosquitoes -- but there was a wildfire near Fairbanks that made the air somewhat hazy. Also, we took a whitewater rafting trip that would have been more thrilling if the river was higher.

Still, it was sunny and bright in Juneau, and it wasn't raining in Ketchikan.
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We are taking the last cruise, Sept 11 it leaves. We do this mainly to have less kids. We love kids, but ours are all grown. We enjoy traveling while school is in session. :-)

OK you have all convinced me not to pre-book anything. I am fine with this, it's my hub that gets a little antsy.
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We went early June, there is a huge price increase around June 15th and we just went the week prior.. if you go then its normally great, zero mosquitos, but we went one year when spring was really late so the salmon were not spawning yet (even though there was a salmon fishing contest ..poor guys). we still had a blast, just had some trails closed due to avalanche conditions, but everything else was running and we saw so much wildlife... though laughed because this poor lady rode the bus in Denali two days in a row, we asked why she came out the second day.. she said she was waiting for a bull moose..and I had to break it to her.. those were bull moose she was seeing .. just too early in spring so the antlers hadn't grown in fully yet.
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WE decided not to book any excursions but we reserved cars in Skagway and Juneau. If the weather is good, we'll book a tour instead of picking up the cars.
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We've gone twice in early July and it was wonderful. We were prepared for rain and did have a few drizzly days but mostly sunny and warm enough that we didn't need jackets. ("Bring layers of clothing" is the standard advice.) Never encountered mosquitoes but we did get too close to a nest of bees or wasps on a bushwhacking hike. We didn't stick around to identify the species.

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