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Cathyg
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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: RobT]
      #1656549 - 07/16/15 08:40 AM (97.73.64.146)

Resurrecting this thread to ask some questions. We are looking at the first week of august on Norwegian pearl...we are booking a mini suite and the kids are booking an inside room across the hall.

Any advice or suggestions about the rooms, ship, excursions etc is greatly appreciated


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656558 - 07/16/15 09:56 AM (71.101.47.197)

Cathy--Does Norweigan do Glacier Bay? It used to be that HAL and Princess were the only ones to do it, not sure if that is still the case. Glacier Bay is not to be missed!

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656585 - 07/16/15 12:27 PM (199.192.119.2)

I started this in Feb 2015, and we are booked on the NCL Jewel for Aug 15th. Haven't picked any excursions yet, but want to do the train tour (the 3 1/2 hour- not the 8 hour). I think it is in Ketchikan??
Carol, I think NCL does some passage sailing, and has to turn around to get out, but not sure if is actually Glacier Bay.


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1656587 - 07/16/15 12:30 PM (199.192.119.2)

P.S. Cathyg, sorry- can't help with your inquiry, we are first timers on the Alaska Cruise scene.

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Cathyg
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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1656605 - 07/16/15 04:04 PM (97.73.64.149)

carol...the cruise we are looking at does indeed do glacier bay.

I think the train ride is in skagway isnt it?at least thats the one i want to do....there are several to chose from...i want the 3 hour one also.

princess does do glacier bay as well....and we were seriously thinking about princess but i think we are going to book Norwegian pearl with Bonnie.


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656655 - 07/16/15 09:47 PM (108.97.159.44)

Cathy--If you're booking with Bonnie, you can't go wrong, regardless! Enjoy!

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656668 - 07/17/15 05:00 AM (65.13.175.190)

Cathyg, you are right, the train is in Skagway. It is called the White Pass Yukon or something like that.
Some friends took the 8 hour trip, and said they had no time to check out the town. They went straight to the train from the ship, then straight back to the ship.
We were hoping to spend some time shaking off the "sea legs".


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1656687 - 07/17/15 08:18 AM (97.73.64.153)

Carol...we have used Bonnie twice and she is very good. She has been on 7 Alaskan cruises so she certainly knows her stuff!

Yes 02bnsxm...it is called white pass scenic railway and it is in skagway...and is 3 1/2 hours long....I figure that is enough for my granddaughter...lol

When you return...PLEASE come back here and tell me all about EVERYTHING!!!!

What cruise line are you taking? What ports are you visiting? What excursions?

We lived in Adak Alaska in 1973-74.....we flew in and out of Anchorage...and in December...it was 30 below zero.

my husband has no desire to go back to Alaska so this trip is for my daughter in law and me....lol


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656719 - 07/17/15 11:10 AM (199.192.119.2)

We are going on the NCL Jewel, sailing August 15 from Seattle. Our only excursion will be the 3 1/2 hour train ride. We would rather just stumble around town in the other ports.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1656722 - 07/17/15 11:20 AM (71.101.47.197)

Honestly, you really should get out of the Alaskan towns, as there isn't that much there that's not straight tourist crap. Take a cool float plane ride or better yet a helicopter over a glacier!! One of a kind experiences. Excursions in Alaska are way expensive, but some of our most awesome memories from our Alaska cruise include the helicopter to the glacier and walking around on snow that had never seen human footprints, and the boat trip to see whales and eagles! Get out of town!!

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