With seven major cruise lines sailing 10 ships between Seattle and Alaska this year (and more calling out of Vancouver B.C.), a decision on which trip is the right one hinges on more than price. Not that the bottom-line isn't important, but costs can be easily managed by picking off-peak sailing dates.
More challenging "is what you want to do and who you're traveling with,'' says Lisa Anciaux, director of travel products for AAA Washington.
Start with a list of priorities. Kid-friendly or not? Twenty-four-hour pizza or craft cocktails? Ports of call that emphasize historical sites or active outdoor adventures?
See my latest Travel Wise column in The Seattle Times for tips on how to pick the right cruise for you.