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Discussing with my wife what would the perfect cruise consist of. And in the discussions the best itinerary that could be on there. I'm curious to what anyone would think of where you can offer your perfect cruise holiday?

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@PaulB I'm not sure if there is a "best itinerary" scenario. There are so many itinerary options today; it truly depends on what's on the bucket list! The duration is also a factor. How long would you like to cruise for? Some cruise line's offer a world cruise experience. That's a dream to me, but I don't think I could afford that for quite some time. 

https://www.cruisehive.com/two-msc-ships-embark-on-simultaneous-world-cruises/91836 MSC Cruises just departed on some World Cruises actually! 

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@FJB That does sounds like a wonderful cruise!

@PaulB I would say the perfect destinations would be where I haven't explored before. I truly want to book an Alaskan cruise! Since I usually cruise to the Caribbean, this would be a whole new experience for me. Possibly an itinerary like these Holland America Line options. https://www.cruisehive.com/holland-america-reveals-longer-alaska-2024-itineraries/91769 I would love ample time to explore the ports of call as well.

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7 hours ago, 3Sisters said:

@FJB That does sounds like a wonderful cruise!

@PaulB I would say the perfect destinations would be where I haven't explored before. I truly want to book an Alaskan cruise! Since I usually cruise to the Caribbean, this would be a whole new experience for me. Possibly an itinerary like these Holland America Line options. https://www.cruisehive.com/holland-america-reveals-longer-alaska-2024-itineraries/91769 I would love ample time to explore the ports of call as well.

If you do Alaska, do a 3 or 4 day pre or post land option. Incredible!

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@FJB I'm intrigued. Please share more about this. Does this sort of cruise structure allow for you to stay in hotels at some point? Do you stay on the ship for the entire duration? When you went there, which cruise line did you choose? 

@PaulB I think the ocean and beach go hand in hand, making for a wonderful cruise experience. After cruising the Caribbean several times, I would love a change of scenery. Although the hot climates and beautiful beaches never get old, I would absolutely love to experience something completely different.

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6 hours ago, 3Sisters said:

@FJB I'm intrigued. Please share more about this. Does this sort of cruise structure allow for you to stay in hotels at some point? Do you stay on the ship for the entire duration? When you went there, which cruise line did you choose? 

@PaulB I think the ocean and beach go hand in hand, making for a wonderful cruise experience. After cruising the Caribbean several times, I would love a change of scenery. Although the hot climates and beautiful beaches never get old, I would absolutely love to experience something completely different.

We used Princess for everything when we went to Alaska. Flew into Fairbanks and stayed at a Princess owned hotel 2 nights. Did one tour in Fairbanks organized by Princess and the remaining touring was on our own. From Fairbanks, Princess bussed us to Denali National Park where we stayed in a Princess lodge for 2 nights doing one tour organized by Princess. From there, we got on a Princess train and rode to Whittier where we got on the Coral Princess for a 7 day cruise ending in Vancouver.  Highly recommended! 

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6 hours ago, 3Sisters said:

@FJB That's good to know. I guess it's an exclusive hotel! Does the hotel staff match the same as the cruise staff, sort of contract based? Or are most of the employees at the Princess hotels native to the local area? 

Native to the local area

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@FJB It sounds like a whole other structure than what the ships provide. Thanks for sharing your experience!

@LukeJ I'm thinking the same thing. I love when I can book something all at once, such as booking an all inclusive style experience. Although lately I know there have been some issues with booking flights through cruise lines, particularly with NCL. 

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