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Off to my first cruise in the morning...any advice?
Old 06-20-2014, 02:07 PM
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I will be departing for an Alaskan cruise on Saturday. Any do's and don't about cruises? I would appreciate any heads up about what not to miss or skip while in the seven days voyage.


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Old 06-20-2014, 02:18 PM
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just be prepared for the bill you get for all the drinks, photos, land excursions, etc you might buy. They don't take cash on cruises, they have you just use your "sail and sign" card (charge to your room) and it is pretty easy to end up with a bill of $500-$1000 or more for a couple by the end of the week depending on spending habits and all the "gratuities" they add for everyone. I've enjoyed the 2 I've been on...one to Carribean, on to Bermuda. My folks did Alaska and loved it!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:25 PM
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Don't eat too much! You will find the cruise to be pig heaven, a place where you will have food literally 24/7 and you can gain weight.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:31 PM
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If you are stopping in Skagway don't miss the Whitepass and Yukon Railroad excursion. It is excellent.

Take lots of pictures.

Bring warm clothing that you can layer. It can be very chilly on deck, especially in the morning and at night. I actually bought gloves when we stopped in Juneau.

Bring binoculars.

Go out and walk on the deck at night or early in the morning to watch for wildlife on shore, that is when you are more likely to see them.

Have a lovely time, Alaska is my all time favorite cruise. I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Old 06-20-2014, 02:34 PM
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Are you going to Glacier Bay? That was the highlight of our trip. Make sure your camera is charged and ready to go and that you wear more layers than you think you need and be sure to stand somewhere you can hear the naturalist. It's really fascinating.

Are you going to Juneau? Don't pay cruise prices for the Mendenhall Glacier excursion. There are several tour companies right outside the dock area that take you there for $8/pp. Plus, we walked right off and caught the first bus and were there an hour before the cruise ship buses. They want you to hang out near the dock where all the cruise line owned tourist shops are, so the tour doesn't leave for an hour. This appeared to be true for all the lines, not just ours.


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Old 06-20-2014, 02:44 PM
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Itinerary includes

Vancouver

Tracy Arms Fjords

Juneau

Skagway

Glacier Bay

Ketchikan

Looks like it may rain during the seven days...oh well.

Thanks for the reminders about what to bring and to keep a eye out for temptations of all kinds. Not much of a drinker,but will need to muster some will power for sure! Thanks Pt Cruisers!!!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:44 PM
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No Alaska tips but -
Read the Pitter Patter or whatever the daily newsletter is that gets delivered to your room each night. It gives you all of the activities for the day. Go to "sail aways" and try to be on deck to see each port as you are pulling in.

Go to shows, eat a lot, drink (if you enjoy it) whatever you want, do things you may not normally do and get off the ship at each port. If you do not already have excursions booked, check to see what the cruise line has to offer.

Most of all - live it up and enjoy it!
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for promoting the abandonment of cares.

Glad to have your endorsement of a trip to remember! Packed the camera but gonna grab the binoculars and gloves after all!
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:28 PM
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Bring a power strip! Most cruises only have one outlet in the cabins, so it's a godsend when you have it.

Have fun!!
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Which cruiseline?
Old 06-20-2014, 03:46 PM
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Which cruiseline are you sailing with tomorrow? If you are the adventurous type, consider doing the zipline excursion in Ketchikan. You can zipline through the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It's awesome.

http://www.alaskacanopy.com/
https://www.wpyr.com/


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Old 06-20-2014, 03:54 PM
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I second zip lining in Ketchikan! We did a helicopter to a glacier in Juneau and went dog sledding on the glacier. It was pricey but the highlight of my trip (and I was married on that cruise). Also go to the nature talks that they host on the ship. The guides are so knowledgeable.
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You guys are so adventurous!
Old 06-20-2014, 04:50 PM
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You are really walking on the wild side! Doubt that i will zipline, but you have totally jazzed me up. I will be traveling on Holland America. Full speed ahead. I won't miss the sail-aways and porting for sure
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:07 PM
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Try not to take the elevator on the ship. It's a lot of walking if you take the stairs, but it makes all of the food seem not quite so terrible. Lol
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:31 PM
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An interior one, bring a night light or headlamp. It's so dark.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:50 PM
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Have a great trip !

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:57 PM
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Have a great time. Can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back. I am booked for an Alaskan cruise next summer.
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Enjoy!
Old 06-20-2014, 09:49 PM
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We are looking forsard to an Alaskan cruise next summer. I cannot wait to hear about yours!
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I'm baaack from the Yukon Territory
Old 06-29-2014, 09:43 AM
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WoW Let's do it again. There is so much to share. All of you need to put this on your to do list. The weather was Junauray: A little heavy on the cloud and moisture think Scotland. But when the sun came out it was magnificent. Perhaps you would want to go in July or August for the salmon run! Saw eagles soar, bears chase Australians up a ravine, whales spouting,dolphins, otters and sea lions.
eagles, bears, and whales, oh my!

Wilderness waits you. One of the biggest impression was made by the Forest Service in the way they speak so reverently about the area. One speaker fears that our society is so house bound that many have forgotten to come outside and play. This was music to this teacher's ears. The vastness of the ecosystem really humbles you. I was anticipating lots of factoids and global warming alerts but instead there was prose and reverence. Go out and hug a glacier.

The cruise liner method of reaching Alaska is the way to go. All the amenities of home and beyond. So much to do for the outdoors man or the historian in you.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:50 PM
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Glad you had a great time on your cruise!
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:01 PM
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Quote:
bears chase Australians up a ravine
I think we need to hear this story.

Glad you had a good time. I loved Alaska's wildness too! We did lots of hiking, and the glaciers must be seen to be believed.
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Bear 'Chase'
Old 07-01-2014, 06:16 PM
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Our van was pacing the White Pass and Yukon Territory train. As we came around a curve in the road we could see the tracks and before you knew it the van driver announced, "We have a bear on the right." She opened the door for those who wanted a picture. On this tour we had a lively bunch of six Aussies who made the ride fun. They bounded out of the bus while others remained seated. Quick as a wink, two of the men were over the guard rail and down into the ravine for a better vantage point to take pictures.

Well, at the same time the bear 'bounded' up the side of the ravine on a path parallel to the men in order to get away from the approaching train and across the highway. Indeed, I exaggerated the near miss encounter element of the story but I am pretty sure the questioned their judgement about going over the guard rail. Forgive the exaggeration in the elements of 'voice'; so now you know the truth of the Aussie bear encounter. I make for an amusing memory for me to share.

Where shall we go next?
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:26 PM
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Still a great story! I traveled with Aussies like that on a European tour.
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