Monday, August 28, 2006

 

North to Alaska


Here we go, Backlogged Posts Marathon 2006 post #1

The Seattle Times had this article about how to get the most out of a cruise to Alaska, since this is something I'd like to do I kept this for posting. Lucky for me, living in Seattle means I don't have to pay airfare to get here so I've already saved a few hundred bucks woot hoot! The jist of the article is make sure to plan thoroughly: check what onboard activities are available as well as onshore excursions and don't travel with teenagers. Okay that's just my personal take on it, the writer said she just got back from cruising with crabby teenagers. If the Times asks you for a login and password, try using masa for both. I got those off of Bug Me Not

I wanted to get an idea of what it would cost for someone who doesn't live in Seattle so I've done some comparison itineraries on Travelocity and Expedia. I chose a 7 night cruise, Celebrity cruise lines, I pretended I lived in Chicago so I could factor in airfare and I must admit, I chose a stateroom with a deck.

Travelocity (travel next May, Chicago to Seattle then cruise from Seattle): $4115.10. They want $500 now and the balance paid by February.

Expedia: (I had to chose a departure a week later than Travelocity, but the ship and all else was the same): $4230.10, $515 down balance due by March 9.

Booking directly with Celebrity is the same price as Travelocity.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful with EXPEDIA. EXPEDIA ruined my trip and they tried to steal money from my credit card for an airline ticket they failed to deliver. Later I found that EXPEDIA have a lot of complaints. EXPEDIA is listed in the top ripoff link at the bad business bureau ( http://www.ripoffreport.com ) and has two "dedicated" websites due to poor customer support and lies: http://www.victimsofexpedia.com and http://www.shameonexpedia.com

Kind regards

6:52 PM  
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11:54 PM  

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