REVIEW Star Princess NB Vancouver to Whittier June 3 2017

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#21
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Major Marine Tour, cont

They brought chunks of glacier ice up on to the deck that you could pick up and even taste. They brought a HUGE chunk up and chopped it up for margaritas.




That evening we had dinner at Apollo's. It was good and LOTS of food!
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#22
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Monday - Seward

Harbor360 had free breakfast. Then we all went to Alaska SeaLife Center which was interesting. Lots of things to see



The kids did an extra tour called an encounter where they were able to get up front and close to some otters. Fun for them

We had lunch in Seward then started to head back to Anchorage, we all had flights out late that night. Along the way we first stopped at Exit Glacier. There is a trail to walk to the glacier, easy 1 mile hike, had signs along the way to show the timing of the retreat of the glacier.




We later stopped at Potters Marsh and walked around awhile. Drove to Anchorage, had dinner at Humpy's (very good), then returned our rental cars (Avis) at the airport. Went to our gates and had red eye flights back home.

this was an AWESOME trip! So glad we went!!
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#23
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Awesome trip report ! You certainly had some great experiences and made wonderful family memories.
Thanks for taking the time to include so many details and photos. This will be very helpful for those folks in the planning stages.
(Please add it to the 2017 Trip Report list)
#24
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good idea, thanks, I did it
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#26
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Thanks for the great review! I'm on the Star in August with the same NB initerary, plus land tour. Really enjoyed all the pictures, too.


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#28
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You mentioned doing laundry "later in the week".... I've read posts stating that some of the laundry rooms close for parts of the cruise. Do you know WHEN they close...and when they re-open? I'm trying to plan clothing needs and would like to know when I can do laundry.
#29
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There seemed to be one laundry room on each deck that had cabins - some decks had it near the aft and some had it more near the forward of the ship. There was a sign on the door that said the hours, 8 am until i think it was 10 pm. For sure they did not unlock the door until 8 am. I never ran into a time where it was not open on any particular day. (But I didn't go in there every day). There certainly was no sign or info about laundry room being closed on certain days. I know I used it on both a port day and a sea day
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#30
Cedar Rapids, IA
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Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
Was the "Hike & Float" in Skagway a Princess excursion or private?
The Hike & Float we did directly thru an independent company. I think if you google "skagway Hike & Float" you will get to their website.
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#32
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Wow we are doing pretty much the same land tour when we get off the Coral next week! Loved seeing a little "preview!"
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#33
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Originally posted by Beachiekeen
Wow we are doing pretty much the same land tour when we get off the Coral next week! Loved seeing a little "preview!"
great! if you have any other questions, let me know. There is a lot to do in that area! have a GREAT trip! what all are you going to try to fit in?
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#34
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Originally posted by BoopTennis
great! if you have any other questions, let me know. There is a lot to do in that area! have a GREAT trip! what all are you going to try to fit in?
We have a 7.5 hour cruise with Kenai Fjords. Also want to see Girdwood on the way to Seward, Exit Glacier, Sealife Center and wildlife conservatory. Everything you did basically! Would love to get to Portage too if possible.
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#35
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Originally posted by Beachiekeen
We have a 7.5 hour cruise with Kenai Fjords. Also want to see Girdwood on the way to Seward, Exit Glacier, Sealife Center and wildlife conservatory. Everything you did basically! Would love to get to Portage too if possible.
I hope you get it all in! It's all so beautiful.

One thing about the 7.5 hour tour - on their way out of Resurrection bay they might hit some choppy waters for awhile. It calms down later. But several people on our tour got motion sickness. Not fun. I have a tendency myself to do that with smaller boats so wore a patch "just in case", and felt fine. An adult son took some Bonine and was fine. But several passengers i saw were not "fine" . If anyone in your group has a tendency for that, just take something in advance. It's a great trip tho I am so glad we did that!

have fun!
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#36
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Great review and wonderful photos! We are northbound on Princess July 5. Hope they have Husky puppies on our cruise! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this.
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#38
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Originally posted by Beachiekeen
Wow we are doing pretty much the same land tour when we get off the Coral next week! Loved seeing a little "preview!"


And I'm on the Coral out of Vancouver on July 8!


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#39
Cedar Rapids, IA
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Originally posted by new2cruise
What was the company that you used to get from Whittier to Anchorage, and how much did they charge?

Thanks for a great review!
We used Alaska Cruise Transportation (A.C.T.)
https://alaskacruisetransfer.com/
Charge for our shuttle was $30 or $35 per person. It is narrated but there are no stops going to Anchorage. Its a coach bus and all your luggage goes with you. I believe they have other options that include stops along the way. It worked out really well to get us to our rental cars at ANC airport
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#40
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Yes, A.C.T. has half-day transports that make 1 stop... Full day transports that make a couple of stops (...which I believe includes lunch though I'm not certain on that...) and of course, the 'Transport only' which just goes directly to Anchorage with no tour stops at all. That is what we're opting for as well...to get to Anchorage, get our rental car and begin our DIY land tour as soon as possible...
They offer discounts if you book FAR in advance... (perhaps good information for those planning a cruise for next year) We booked last October for our cruise the end of this summer. (they have a 45 day cancellation policy)