I agree with the problems with an Alaska cruise. It adds a ton of $$$ to the cost. I did love the last cruise, 7 days seemed perfect even though it was a bit more expensive, it wasn't a huge jump. I think the problem they had in getting the whole cruise sold was the combination of a higher price tag for the longer cruise AND having a bigger ship, so they needed to sell even more tickets at a higher price than previously. I'd still like the longer cruise, but I'll take what I can get. Florida, NY, or Texas would be fine places to leave from (Ports) that wouldn't be too hard for a lot of people to reach.