Glen and I would like to invite the family to join us on an Alaska cruise in the summer of 2010 to celebrate Mom Doris' 80th birthday and Mom/Dad Dick & Jane's 60th anniversary. [Pay your own http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifways] This is the "start saving" alert. We had such a grand time and want to encourage a family cruise for any and all who'd like to participate.
This would be most successful if we were mostly independent during the day and shared dinner each night as a group to share experiences. That way everyone can spend the day the way they'd prefer and within their budget without trying to mobilize the group into agreement...a stressful thought. If we did end up on similar excursions or around the ship at the shows or something, that adds to the fun.
If you are interested, keep it in mind. We would probably book it one year in advance (2009). Current prices for rooms with a balcony -- highly recommended -- are $1450 - $1650 per person for a 7-night event. Our itinerary would likely include Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Inside Passage, and Juneau. I'd also hope for Icy Strait Point and/or Sitka, if it works out. Plan extra $$: airfare, tipping ($150-$200/week for two people paid at the end of the trip), excursions, a fancy photo ($15), etc. We had such a good time. It would be a grand family memory. Pricey, but unforgettable play time together.