Choosing the right cruise line for any vacation can be a difficult task. But for most people they ted to find the ship that is the cheapest in price rather than the ports it goes to. Thought this might be a good idea for your pocket book initially, it is not always the best bet in the long run. There are many different aspects that go in planning a cruise, and one of the largest for people is price. In the last three years Alaskan cruises have seen a vast change in the pricing. If you were able to go to Alaska in the summer of 2009 you most likely were able to get the best price in Alaska cruise history. However, today the prices for every company are very comparable accost the board as far as inside passage cruises go.
In order to pick the right cruise for you, you will need to understand ship marketing strategies, as well as ports of call for where you want to go. Every cruise company markets their products to a specific niche group of customer, and many people find this out once they are on board. This realization comes when people look around and see that they might be they youngest people on board or visa versa. By understanding these marketing trends it can help you find yourself on the right ship for what you want your vacation to consist of. For the most part the age range of people cursing through Alaska is around the age of 55 to 75 years of age. But there is a growing number of young adults taking these cruises as well.
If you are looking for a ship that is more geared to the 55 plus age range with very few children running around, then you are better off cruising with Holland America. Celebrity cruises, and Princess can also be placed in this category, but they do tend to be more of a family style ship as well. So you will see more children on these ships as opposed to Holland America. If you are looking for more family oriented ships with more activities for younger adults cruise on the Carnival spirit, NCL ships or Royal Caribbean. These ships tend to be more family friendly with more to do on board for all age ranges. Some ships are just better equipped to handle younger demographics than others. It is always a good idea for you to look at what type of amenities the ship has on board for you and your family.
When it comes to price sometimes cheaper is not always better. Grated you will get to see the inside passage, but remember when you are on board a ship there is always ways that they can charge you to make up for the reduced rates. Some ships that offer cheaper rates do not always get the best birthing spots at every port. This means you may have to pay for transportation just to get in to town. For the most part, every cruise line offers deals throughout the year because they have rooms to fill no matter what. They would rather have you in them than no one at all. But if you want to know when the best time is to see Alaska is, and save the most amount of money on your cruise you will have to travel with in the dates of August 25th through September. This is typically what is considered to be the slow season but in reality for the last three years it has been the best time to see this great state.