Research online about the weather and events in Alaska. The wildlife and cold weather are two reasons why people want to visit Alaska. Another great reason is for a chance to see the Northern Lights. Even during the summer months, temperatures in Alaska are only between 40 and 60 degrees. There have been a few years on record where the temperatures were much higher. Due to icebergs and the exceptionally cold weather, Alaskan tours are not offered all year round.
Compare and contrast the different cruises available. Scrutinize the amenities that are offered with each cruise and determine which is a better option for you. Some companies are better suited for adults-only while others are best suited for children. Each ship has its own entertainment and amenities which make it special.
Contact the cruise company of your choice and ask about any specials. When there are vacancies on a cruise ship, there is likely to be special deals available that are not listed on the website. Due to the cost of sailing a ship, most companies are willing to strike a deal to fill in those last empty rooms before a ship departs.
Reserve your cruise on a major credit card. It will be necessary to pay a portion or all of the cruise cost up front. You can reserve a cruise online using a major credit card but will need to call in person to use a debit card. If you are using a debit card you may also be subject to additional fees as a deposit that is used to ensure there is no damage to the suite.
Pick your room carefully. On all cruise ships, there are three or four different options for rooms. The smaller rooms are on the lower levels of the boat and only offer an under the sea view. You can also choose between larger rooms with balconies or at last those with a large picture window to get a better view of the oceanic surroundings. The nicer and larger the room, the more expensive it will be.
Book your airfare. If you do not live in one of the departure areas then you will need to plan on the extra cost of airfare for your Alaskan cruise. The cost of flying has greatly increased in the last year. You should plan to spend an extra $500+ on a round trip flight per person with your Alaskan cruise trip.