The Cost of an Alaska Cruise Vacation
The amount of money that you will spend on a cruise to Alaska varies vastly depending on a number of things, including how far away from Alaska you plan on starting, how much alcohol and soda you plan to drink while on the ship, how many souvenirs you plan to take home, and what kind of berth you choose for your Alaska cruise. Although the price of a cruise might seem high at first keep in mind that this is an all-inclusive vacation. You'll not have to pay for travel expenses, hotel rooms, meals, or activities. A cruise can actually be the best bang for your buck as far as vacations go.
Your cruise will be much cheaper if you choose to fly to Alaska and to catch a cruise ship in an Alaskan port of call, or to do the same thing starting in Canada. It will cost you more to travel to Alaska from San Francisco, but the extra time at sea can be terrific, and the port of call can be much more convenient if you live further south. Compare the prices of flights to the money you save an the value of having the extra time at sea.
Remember, alcohol is not factored into the price of your cruise in most cases. While you might spend as little as $600 for a luxury cruise starting in Alaska with an inside room, your cost can soar if you like to drink. The cost of drinks on cruise ships are charged to your room, which can be convenient for you, but which can also cause you to lose track of how much you have spent. The price of drinks adds up fast, so be careful if you plan on drinking on the ship. In some cases, alcohol is included in the price, but then you will generally pay more for the ticket.
You also need to pay attention to what kind of room you are booking. You could easily save hundreds of dollars on your cruise by choosing an inside room, but keep in mind that this means no window. You will be in an interior room with no natural light source, no window, and the ability to immerse yourself in complete darkness in the middle of the day just by turning out the room light. This may be ideal for you, but if you prefer a suite with a balcony that overlooks the ocean, you can easily double the cost of the cruise.
It is a good rule of thumb to start by expecting about $1,000 per person for a weeklong cruise, and work from there to adjust things to your liking. If you'll be participating in more activities at ports, the price will go up. However, if you opt for the lesser room, the price will go down. Work with the cruise line or a travel agent to find the price that is perfect for you.