Alaska Cruises a New Favorite for Seattle Vacation Travel

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Seattle area travelers have many reasons to love Alaska cruises. The savings on airfare is one of the most popular, but there's more to love. Seattle now offers several Alaskan cruise choices by various major cruise lines. As Seattle residents and those from elsewhere depart Seattle for Alaska, the Last Frontier's beauty is being more discovered than ever. Seattle cruise counselors at EliteCruiseVacations.com are assisting first-time and experienced cruisers with their Alaska cruise plans.

Our goal is to get the word out to people in the Pacific Northwest who are interested in Alaska cruises

For Seattle area residents considering an Alaska cruise, a $400 savings could be reason to take action. That’s the benefit of living near the nation’s top embarkation port for Alaska cruises. Cruise vacations are the perfect getaway for many reasons. Options range from The Bahamas, The Caribbean, and Hawaii, to South America, and Europe. When the clouds blanket Seattle and the raindrops fall, sunshine and palm trees could be just what’s needed. But what about sunshine and the snowcapped mountains of the Last Frontier? Enter Alaska as a top cruise destination.

One of the biggest benefits of cruising from Seattle to Alaska is avoiding the airfare. While cruises to warmer destinations like The Bahamas or Caribbean are still high on the list, those destinations require a flight from Seattle and often additional hotel stays. Without the airfare, a cruise from Seattle to Alaska can be an automatic savings of at least $400. Personal Cruise Counselors Eleonor Oshitoye and Aubrey Williams of Cruise Holidays are aiming to help their Northwest neighbors take advantage of the situation. “Many people in the area still aren’t aware that Seattle is a busy cruise port”, says Williams. “While some people recall seeing cruise ships docked in Seattle, few know where they come from or where they are going”.

“In recent years, several cruise lines have initiated service from Seattle to Alaska, and the options are still growing”, explains Oshitoye. Carnival Cruise Lines provided the most recent addition; The Carnival Spirit, a 2,000+ passenger ship with a 7 day itinerary. Other cruise lines departing Seattle to Alaska include Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. For those who prefer premium and deluxe cruising options, Alaska itineraries from Seattle are also offered by Celebrity Cruises and Holland America.
June through September is the most popular time for an Alaska cruise vacation, but several cruise lines offer service from May to October. Since Alaska cruises are also popular with kids on summer vacation, the timing works great for those who choose to take them along. The July and August sailings are recommended for maximum sun and warmth, and Cruise Holidays recommends booking at least seven to nine months in advance, as availability is often limited.

Any book or website will reveal that Alaska’s beauty is absolutely breathtaking. Travelers can experience huge glaciers, lush forestry, towering mountains, and waterfront towns rich with culture. Experienced Alaska cruisers often refer to the calving glaciers as one of the best sightings, so prepare yourself to be in awe! If you’re lucky, that loud noise you’ll hear is the sound of enormous glaciers splitting off and crashing into the water.

While Cruise Holidays doesn’t focus entirely on cheap cruises, they are committed to helping their customers plan quality cruises that offer maximum value. According to Williams, “ads boasting cheap cruises and low-priced cruise deals are not always the best value. Experienced cruisers know to focus on value by getting the most included in the price they pay”, says Williams, as cruises might or might not include personal cruise consulting, onboard ship credits, cabin upgrades, travel insurance, and other important features.

Our goal, explains Oshitoye is to get the word out to people in the Pacific Northwest who are interested in Alaska cruises. "Considering that we’re based in Seattle, this focus is a natural fit for us, but we also offer cruises to most worldwide destinations and cater to clients nationwide".

For 26 years, Cruise Holidays’ team of professional counselors has helped match clients with the perfect cruise and tour packages. As personal cruise experts, Aubrey Williams and Eleonor Oshitoye welcome the opportunity to help clients navigate the complexities of planning their cruise vacation. Whether the cruise destination is Alaska, The Caribbean, Europe, or Mexico, clients are in good hands with Cruise Holidays. For more information on personal cruises, group cruises, and corporate meetings at sea, visit Williams' and Oshitoye's Cruise Holidays site online at http://www.elitecruisevacations.com/

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