If you do decide to go with Princess let me know
One thing that interests me is a line printed in the promotional book that we got during the presentation. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a line that mentions substantial discounts (up to $1200/couple) for early booking on the Coral Princess/Island Princess. Of course, being the skeptic that I am, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking that this must indicate that something is wrong with these ships. Do you know anything about Coral Princess/Island Princess? Are they older or for some other reason less desireable? (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve noted PEBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comment on this thread Ã¢â‚¬Å“My and my wifes preference so far has been the Sun Class ships of Princess in Alaska.Ã¢â‚¬Â) Also, the discounts began in June so it may be possible that none of the discounted fares are still available. I thought IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d wait until I learn more bout the ships before I inquire further into fare specifics.
We now need to zero in on a date. The early/late tours are attractive price-wise. If this is because many travelers are bound to the June-August time frame because of kids in school or mandated vacation breaks (e.g., teachers, many industrial jobs), then thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a problem for us. Also, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not bothered by the need for a jacket. However, if thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a weather problem that would lessen our experience, like a rainy season, fog, or other natural phenomenon like snow melt (keeping waterfalls full) or something like that, WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d want to know it. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see wasting the trip just to save a few hundred dollars. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re also thinking that early might be slightly better than late for us. Partly because of the claim:
Each month provides something different when cruising Alaska. May will be cooler but you will see spectacular waterfalls due to the snow melt. May is also considered one of the dryer months for an Alaskan cruise.
On the subject of elderly parents (I have one, my wife has 2), weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re also thinking about taking out the travelerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s insurance. Is this a good deal? Or is it better to take your chances and cancel/forfeit your deposit if you have to make a last-minute cancellation? Are there third-party policies that are less expensive than those offered by the cruise line?
Well, back to dreaming/planning. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d especially appreciate some advice on weather and preferred ships.