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  1. We arrive with princess bus/train at 4:40 pm and have scheduled a private excursion for 6pm. That should be enough time to allow in case the arrival is late and for us to check into the lodge and drop our bags, right? Fwiw, we will be doing the white water rafting excursion with shoreexcursions.com
  2. Thanks for the advice everyone. We decided to just keep things simple and enjoy the high quality at the CC for $285. Not worth the hassle, even if we could save some money. Kids plus elderly in the mix and we decide to just keep it simple.
  3. Also looking for a hotel less than USD $200 for June 19. 2 adults & 2 kids. The metropolitan seems to fit the bill but website seems to suggest only one bed per room - either queen or king. That can't be right, can it? I need 2 beds to fit the 2 adults & 2 kids. Usually one adult and one kid fit in a bed in hotels in the USA that we visit...
  4. Thanks. I found out that the Cook offers a room for $285 with "no amenities (gym/parking breakfast credit). Since we will be arriving at 7pm, I think we may just stay at the Marriott inside the airport for $285. 2little time, the Holiday Inn Express is the same price ($280) so it makes no sense to leave the airport, especially since we have a free shuttle the next day from the airport to the Cook, and I assume the airport has a food court. Any other thoghts?
  5. We are sailing Princess in June 2016 and doing a land portion in addition to the cruise, and I understand that we get one free night at the Hotel Captain Cook. However, we wanted to fly in a day early to make sure that we didn't have any problems, but the TA just informed us that would cost $310 + taxes/fees for one night. Does that sound right? I am wondering if we waited too long to book our hotel in Anchorage.
  6. Now that they are saving trees and sending these out digitally via email, I wonder how much of a decline they are observing in customers filling them out. I have always filled out the paper ones, when I was sitting around the morning of disembarking, but I never filled out the ones they email.
  7. We saw some, but the Kontiki raked it all into a pile so no problem on that part of the beach. I don't really recall it being any type of problem. Here is the background of a picture that shows a part of the beach. http://oi61.tinypic.com/iehthd.jpg
  8. I also was on this same cruise. We were told that there were 6200 passengers on this sailing. I suspect that is why service in the MDR was pathetically slow the first night. It got better during the week. I agree that CATS is simply too long. We left at intermission, and were told that most of the others did too. I agree that SABOR is great. I also agree that the $20 sampler was enough to feed my wife and I at lunch. Disembarking sucked - bad. 90 minutes. I have cruised many time (40+) and this was one of the worst disembarking experiences I have had. The diamond lounge was nice before/after dinner and also in the morning. \ For the person who asked, I was on the flowrider plenty. http://oi58.tinypic.com/yngn5.jpg They have the same restrictions as they have had for the past couple years with regard to most tricks not being allowed on the boogie board. They do have a new line system in place for the boogie boards. Rather than allowing you to stand INSIDE the rail as they have for the past several years, the line now is on the other side of the rail. If you look in the above picture I linked, you can see a kid rubbing his face...well that kid is at the end of the line.
  9. I took these pics last week http://oi62.tinypic.com/2cz7gjc.jpg http://oi58.tinypic.com/bg8dj8.jpg http://oi61.tinypic.com/2eltdom.jpg
  10. I was there last week. This is really no big deal. When you stand on the beach, looking at the water, only the very far right side is under construction. The vast majority of the beach is normal. Basically the construction starts on the other side of the Kontiki. I took these pics last week http://oi62.tinypic.com/2cz7gjc.jpg http://oi58.tinypic.com/bg8dj8.jpg http://oi61.tinypic.com/2eltdom.jpg FWIW, Kontiki charged us $20 for two lounge chairs with thick cushions, and an umbrella. That gave us access to free wifi, showers and bathrooms.
  11. I was there a few days ago and the picture posted above in #2 accurately reflects the current status of the beach. If you go there for a picture, fine but you will not have a beach to lay on. Head to another location for a sandy beach.
  12. No. Not the floating water toys. Here, I found a picture. http://www.thelollipoproad.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/PB170069.jpg None of the kids who were signed into the kids program were allowed to use that ^^^. The kids program is 2 feet away from this. I had assumed that when I dropped my kids off there, my kids would be having fun in that cool area. Instead, they were sitting on the sand while a guy held a hose near them.
  13. OP, if you don't want to pay the set gratuities for your kids, you will catch flak here on these boards, but yes you can get the auto tips removed.
  14. yes, but as a diamond member I know that I will have some free wifi on the ship and I will also probably have some at a port or two.
  15. yes, and I believe that option may be used in the event we get a poor wifi connection because I understand facetime audio uses less bandwidth. FWIW I took someone's advice above and did a test right now. I turned cellular data off and sent a text just fine, but I had access to wifi. Then I turned off wifi and tried to send a text to another iphone and it did not go through until the second I turned on wifi again
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