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#21
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Just wanted to add my thanks...you have been very helpful!!!! We will be cruising in July .
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#22
Arizona
8,464 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by mandm97
Just wanted to add my thanks...you have been very helpful!!!! We will be cruising in July .
You are very welcome. I'm so glad my Alaska blog has been helpful to you. We leave in 20 days ... I just can't wait.

Enjoy your cruise on the Westerdam. It is supposed to be a great ship with wonderful crew.
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Alaska/Glacier Bay - Grand Princess Review - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1856141
(note: photos no longer show because of website being gone --- lots of good information though about our trip and the Grand Princess)

Grand Princess 05/2013 to Alaska/Glacier Bay
RCCL Mariner OTS 4/2009 to Mexican Riviera
Carnival Spirit 11/2007 Acapulco
Carnival Spirit 4/2007 Mexican Riviera (Cabo/LaPaz)
Dawn Princess 9/2006 (Alaska)
Carnival Spirit 1/2006 (Acapulco)
RCCL Viking Serenade 4/1999 Ensenada
Carnival Elation 4/1998 Mexican Riviera (Puerta Vallerta)
RCCL Viking Serenade (11/1995) Ensenada
NCL Southward (1994) Ensenada
Pacific Princess (9/1986) Alaska
#23
134 Posts
Joined Aug 2008
MilliesMom,
The ebooks available on the ports from cruise port insider, is there a lot more information in those than is posted on the website or is it basically the same just in book form to have access offline?
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#24
Arizona
8,464 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by thelmalouise-n-thekid
MilliesMom,
The ebooks available on the ports from cruise port insider, is there a lot more information in those than is posted on the website or is it basically the same just in book form to have access offline?
From what I can tell from the e-Books I purchased, they are the 95% the same information as what is on-line.

The big advantage to me is not to worry about internet access to view them while on the cruise. I can see going thru them the night before with my husband to cover key points I had already read about. Also will be great if I have my iPad mini with me in the port/town if I need to look for ATM, free WiFi, point of interest etc.

The other advantage of the e-book is that I don't have to print anything out using my paper & ink and then decide which printouts to take with me.
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Alaska/Glacier Bay - Grand Princess Review - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1856141
(note: photos no longer show because of website being gone --- lots of good information though about our trip and the Grand Princess)

Grand Princess 05/2013 to Alaska/Glacier Bay
RCCL Mariner OTS 4/2009 to Mexican Riviera
Carnival Spirit 11/2007 Acapulco
Carnival Spirit 4/2007 Mexican Riviera (Cabo/LaPaz)
Dawn Princess 9/2006 (Alaska)
Carnival Spirit 1/2006 (Acapulco)
RCCL Viking Serenade 4/1999 Ensenada
Carnival Elation 4/1998 Mexican Riviera (Puerta Vallerta)
RCCL Viking Serenade (11/1995) Ensenada
NCL Southward (1994) Ensenada
Pacific Princess (9/1986) Alaska
#25
Georgia
41 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Thanks for sharing your blog with us!
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#26
Arizona
8,464 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by jgive
Thanks for sharing your blog with us!
You are welcome. Glad you are enjoying it. I can't wait to add in our photos and cruise review in June. 19 more days to go ...... I'm smiling ear to ear. Our first vacation since 2009, and we plan to relax and enjoy.
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Alaska/Glacier Bay - Grand Princess Review - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1856141
(note: photos no longer show because of website being gone --- lots of good information though about our trip and the Grand Princess)

Grand Princess 05/2013 to Alaska/Glacier Bay
RCCL Mariner OTS 4/2009 to Mexican Riviera
Carnival Spirit 11/2007 Acapulco
Carnival Spirit 4/2007 Mexican Riviera (Cabo/LaPaz)
Dawn Princess 9/2006 (Alaska)
Carnival Spirit 1/2006 (Acapulco)
RCCL Viking Serenade 4/1999 Ensenada
Carnival Elation 4/1998 Mexican Riviera (Puerta Vallerta)
RCCL Viking Serenade (11/1995) Ensenada
NCL Southward (1994) Ensenada
Pacific Princess (9/1986) Alaska
#27
Vancouver, Canada
249 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Thank you so much for posting your blog link. It has so much info. I'm just starting my planning but leaving in a few months Yikes! Just wondering if we should prebook any of the excursions? I'm thinking of the tram up the glacier and the duck tour. From the cruise schedule, there appears to be a total of 5 ships in our port stops at Juneau and Ketichan so I'm getting worried. Any thoughts on my dilemma? Thanks in advance for your help.
#28
699 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Originally posted by cidymom
Thank you so much for posting your blog link. It has so much info. I'm just starting my planning but leaving in a few months Yikes! Just wondering if we should prebook any of the excursions? I'm thinking of the tram up the glacier and the duck tour. From the cruise schedule, there appears to be a total of 5 ships in our port stops at Juneau and Ketichan so I'm getting worried. Any thoughts on my dilemma? Thanks in advance for your help.
I'm not sure what tram you are referring to but the ones I know of don't require reservations ... I would book the duck tour in advance as it probably sells out as its popular with families


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#29
Arizona
8,464 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by cidymom
Thank you so much for posting your blog link. It has so much info. I'm just starting my planning but leaving in a few months Yikes! Just wondering if we should prebook any of the excursions? I'm thinking of the tram up the glacier and the duck tour. From the cruise schedule, there appears to be a total of 5 ships in our port stops at Juneau and Ketichan so I'm getting worried. Any thoughts on my dilemma? Thanks in advance for your help.
Are you perhaps thinking of Mt Roberts Tram in Juneau? The tram there really doesn't need a reservation. Your ticket is good all day long and can be used as often as you want that day. It has unlimited usage.

Many booked their excursions ahead of time, so that they have a plan and know the costs upfront. Some cruiselines (not all) charge you the minute you book the excursion, others wait until you board the ship.

We had numerous ships in port (Juneau) last time and we got off the ship, walked over to the tram (about a block away for us) and bought tickets. There are two tram cars running all day too. The tram is a guaranteed ticket ... not a space needed at a specific time. Kind of like the shuttle bus in Victoria. We bought shuttle tickets in advance, but the shuttle runs every 20 minutes so we could board whenever we want to.

I agree with rachelfran, for the duck tour I would get advance tickets. It is popular and could sell out for the time you want.

With most excursions, you pick a time you want to go and that is the time you go on the excursion. You are reserving a time and a seat (not a specific seat). These types of excursions if there are any problems (flat tires, engine problems etc) the ship is responsible for you and getting you back to the ship on time for sail-away. There are major advantages to booking with the cruiseline because of this.
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Alaska/Glacier Bay - Grand Princess Review - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1856141
(note: photos no longer show because of website being gone --- lots of good information though about our trip and the Grand Princess)

Grand Princess 05/2013 to Alaska/Glacier Bay
RCCL Mariner OTS 4/2009 to Mexican Riviera
Carnival Spirit 11/2007 Acapulco
Carnival Spirit 4/2007 Mexican Riviera (Cabo/LaPaz)
Dawn Princess 9/2006 (Alaska)
Carnival Spirit 1/2006 (Acapulco)
RCCL Viking Serenade 4/1999 Ensenada
Carnival Elation 4/1998 Mexican Riviera (Puerta Vallerta)
RCCL Viking Serenade (11/1995) Ensenada
NCL Southward (1994) Ensenada
Pacific Princess (9/1986) Alaska
#30
Arizona
8,464 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Have you ever thought about decorating your luggage? Here's my cruising blog post about it ... written directions plus the video and photos. There is even a photo of our "Millie". We do miss her, she was just a love.

http://cruising.kreateskards.com/201...hip-terminals/
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Alaska/Glacier Bay - Grand Princess Review - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1856141
(note: photos no longer show because of website being gone --- lots of good information though about our trip and the Grand Princess)

Grand Princess 05/2013 to Alaska/Glacier Bay
RCCL Mariner OTS 4/2009 to Mexican Riviera
Carnival Spirit 11/2007 Acapulco
Carnival Spirit 4/2007 Mexican Riviera (Cabo/LaPaz)
Dawn Princess 9/2006 (Alaska)
Carnival Spirit 1/2006 (Acapulco)
RCCL Viking Serenade 4/1999 Ensenada
Carnival Elation 4/1998 Mexican Riviera (Puerta Vallerta)
RCCL Viking Serenade (11/1995) Ensenada
NCL Southward (1994) Ensenada
Pacific Princess (9/1986) Alaska