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o2bnsxm
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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656766 - 07/17/15 07:07 PM (65.13.175.190)

Cathyg, our itinerary and ports of call will be:

Saturday depart Seattle 4:00 pm
Sunday at sea
Monday Ketchikan 7 am to 3 pm
Tuesday Juneau 7 am to 1:30 pm
Tuesday Cruise Sawyer Glacier
Wednesday Skagway 7 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday at sea
Friday Victoria, BC 2:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday Seattle to disembark at 8:00 am


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1656769 - 07/17/15 08:13 PM (108.97.159.44)

Wow, that's not a good itinerary, to me. Not very far north and very little time to enjoy any excursions off the ship, and a whole day in BC, versus in Alaska..

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656784 - 07/17/15 10:59 PM (97.73.64.147)

I booked ours today
Norwegian pearl july 31 2016-aug 7 2016

Sun Jul 31 Seattle, Washington
(Embark - Time subject to change) --:-- 4:00 PM
Mon Aug 1 At Sea --:-- --:--
Tue Aug 2 Juneau, Alaska 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
Wed Aug 3 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM 8:15 PM
Thu Aug 4 Glacier Bay, Alaska --:-- --:--
Fri Aug 5 Ketchikan, Alaska 6:00 AM 1:30 PM
Sat Aug 6 Victoria, British Columbia 6:00 PM 11:59 PM
Sun Aug 7 Seattle, Washington
(Disembark - Time subject to change) 8:00 AM --:--


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656795 - 07/18/15 08:41 AM (108.97.159.44)

Cathy--at least you get to Glacier Bay and have a bit more time in the various ports. I still don't see wasting a day in BC on a 7 day Alaska cruise though. If you're going to see Alaska, I would start further north to begin with. Regardless, enjoy your trip!

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656889 - 07/18/15 08:46 PM (97.73.64.145)

we really wanted to start in seattle...not vancouver...the air is less expensive and our kids are going with us. We will get the hotels for the night before the cruise leaves and we figured Seattle would also be less expensive than vancouver. I am satisfied with the cruise we have chosen...i get to ride the train in skagway...steve gets to see Glacier bay...and we got the ultimate drink package....life is good.
We booked a mini suite with a balcony...the kids are directly across the hall in an interior room. they can cross the hall and enjoy our balcony and sofa.


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656942 - 07/19/15 09:14 AM (108.97.159.44)

Does "kids going with us" translate to "we're paying for the kids"?? Having a balcony in Alaska really is the way to go! Not sure whether NCL does it, but Princess had lovely blankets you could get for the deck. If they do have them, they are great! Plus we made our own Irish Coffee on our balcony. We bought whipped cream and bailey's in Vancouver, and got a carafe of coffee from the buffet. Guess you can just order them up with your drink package, but Irish Coffee on the balcony, with your binocs and a good blanket--ulitimate Alaska balcony!!

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1656978 - 07/19/15 01:10 PM (97.73.64.143)

well i am glad to hear the balcony was a great thing to do....and we will bring our binoculars. Anything else? We will check on those blankets.

Question.....what excursions do you recommend? What are the things we just have to do?

I never "pay" for the kids...like i am taking the kids on a cruise. However...i paid all the deposits...i will get the hotels....i will pay for excursions....etc.

So I guess you could say..."I help"


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Cathyg]
      #1656988 - 07/19/15 02:46 PM (108.97.159.44)

Regarding excursions, do check on helicopter rides over the glaciers. Expensive, but well worth it!!! And check on wildlife boat excursions, to see whales, eagles, etc. Juneau has a glacier you can drive to also. Helicopter rides I think were also from Juneau. I personally don't care for salmon, but a lot of people like those excursions, that include a salmon bake.

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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1657144 - 07/20/15 08:59 PM (97.73.64.153)

i am not a salmon eater either...but Steve is.
I was thinking a whale sight seeing excursion in Juneau....


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Re: Best time of year for Alaska Cruise [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1659103 - 08/09/15 04:10 PM (204.11.157.102)

I was talking to someone who just returned from an Alaska cruise. They didn't do a single excursion, just walked around the towns. I can't imagine...

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