If you're looking to save money, don't book your cruise during Alaska's peak summer months which are mid-summer. That's the most expensive time of year. Save a few dollars and consider booking in either late April or early May during the start of the season or opt for a late visit to Alaska in late August or early September at almost season's end. This will save you a substantial amount of money. If you chose the latter part of the season, you will encounter many more deals on merchandise on board the ship such as t-shirts and souveniers. This is because whatever the cruise line doesn't sell will have to be stored away for months until the new season begins. Most cruise lines would rather sell the stuff instead of having to store it.
Alaska should not be visited on an extremely limited budget. Allow yourself plenty of room and money when planning your trip. You definitely want to do it right in Alaska. Most often, you'll probably only travel there once in your lifetime. Give yourself enough of a budget to enjoy their local seafood, take in the signs and experience the last frontier. Seek out third party excursion companies. If you've booked your cruise through a travel agent, and we sincerely hope you have, consider purchasing shore excursions via the travel agent. You might find better deals than what the individual cruise line has to offer. Two great companies to look into care Shore Excursion Group and Viator.
Do not book any cabin category lower than a balcony category. You'll be traveling on board a ship for no less than a week that will have some of the best natural views you will ever see. Without a balcony stateroom, you're going to find yourself up on deck braving the elements with several hundred other individuals who decided to be cheap. The best way to experience Alaska is from the privacy of your own balcony. If you play it smart and book as far in advance as possible, you can secure a balcony and your travel agent can keep an eye on any rate changes in your favor.
Give some serious consideration to a pre-cruise stay. Give yourself ample time to arrive at your destination. The last thing you want is to leave your home heaving towards the west coast only to experience a flight delay and miss your ship. With this said, consider purchasing travel insurance. Not only is travel insurance great to have for instances such as above, but it also comes in handy should you actually experience an accident on board during your vacation.
Alaska for many is a destination high on our bucket lists. Make plans, do your homework, request the assistance of a travel agent but most of all, enjoy your trip!