posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 02:43 PM
Righto, our day-trip excursions to a wildlife sanctuary (because I was dying to get my first glimpse of a bald eagle) and to Mendenhall Glacier
(because I wanted to see a real glacier up close ... a great experience, but incredibly cold!) were about $100.00 per person, not including snacks
etc., but remember that most cruises to remote places involve trucked-in or flown-in snacks, drinks, etc., so definitely a lot of pricey add-ons. But
taking the day trips is optional.
Several friends who had taken cruises warned us about the fattening cruise food and how easy it was to gain several pounds on the trip. We ended up
staying the same weight because we chose a large cruise ship with a outdoor walking deck, and we ate most of our meals at the so-called Sports Bar
where buffet type service was provided.
On NCL, there is also a mandatory gratuity charge per passenger for the cruise, so that you don't have to tip every waiter and housekeeper every time
you turn around. I think that's reasonable.
By the way, our stateroom was inboard (no windows), but it was quiet and clean, and oddly enough on a nice upper deck location amidships (so you feel
less of the boat motion).
On any cruise, however, I definitely recommend taking along your choice of a pitcher-type water filter, because the water coming out of the tap tastes
weird. We brought the Brita pitcher, and that worked really well.
The other thing to be aware of before you buy any cruise tickets is to find out about their policies regarding the use of cigarettes, cigars, etc.
Better to be in the know before you buy if you have a sensitivity to tobacco products, because the cruises are usually so desperate to get paying
customers that almost "anything goes" as far as their smoking policies.
[edit on 2/17/2009 by Uphill]