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Kellie in Texas

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  1. Thanks, @ell52 I looked at their website yesterday and saw that they are taking season ticket pre-orders for 2020. I'll make a note to check back in January.
  2. We'd love to see a soccer game in our two days post-cruise in Vancouver. Anyone know when those dates will be published?
  3. We're booked on Serenade for June 14, 2020, Vancouver round-trip, so tell your friends to leave the ship tidy. 😉 We sailed to Alaska on Princess in 2011 for oldest son's high school graduation and have always wanted to return. We sailed on Serenade to the Baltics in 2016 for oldest son's college graduation and loved Serenade. Youngest son graduates from high school in June 2020, so this will be his graduation trip. This time, we've got an aft balcony!
  4. @Easton13A we are cruising Alaska from Vancouver in June 2020 (on RCCL) so I'm reading your posts for ideas on Vancouver, etc. Just through I'd throw in that my hometown is Lewisville and I remember when Highland Village really was a little village. :D
  5. @martincath I know you are replying to 2 or 3 of us on this thread, but I'm paying attention to all of it. 🙂 Thanks for the previous reply re: taxis from the airport vs. the SkyTrain. We will have four people so we might want a taxi; we'll see. I did make a hotel res for our one-night pre-cruise stay at the Auberge Vancouver Hotel; it was a little more $$ than what we'd normally pay for a hotel but the proximity made it worth it. Very close to the Waterfront stop if we use the SkyTrain and close to Canada Place. I'm still looking for our two-night post-cruise stay, so I'll continue following this thread.
  6. @martincath thank you for the reply. I will keep the YWCA on my list as I continue researching.
  7. We are looking for June 2020 as well. Just found the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver on Pender St. We plan on flying in the day before our cruise and spending one night, and then spending two nights post-cruise. I had originally thought we'd stay the pre-cruise night somewhere near Canada Place and then stay post-cruise somewhere closer to Stanley Park. HOwever, after looking at the Ramada's location, it looks excellent. We would take the SkyTrain from the airport; it looks like the Granville Station would be closest to the hotel. @martincath can you confirm that? Is it okay to walk from Granville Station to the hotel? What about walking from the hotel to Canada Place on cruise embarkation morning? It's hard to tell from the map what types of roads these are; are they typical downtown city-type roads? I wouldn't want to be walking on the side of a major highway. @martincath I checked out the YWCA that you had recommended and it looks like an awesome facility but seems quite a bit farther away from Canada Place.
  8. Your little boy is adorable! We did a 7-day on the Serenade from Copenhagen to Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki back in 2016 for my oldest son's college graduation. Your pictures bring back memories.
  9. To follow up ... I emailed the online TA we've used for our two previous RCCL cruises and she basically said the same thing Bob said. Thanks for everyone's replies.
  10. For Alaska 2020, looking at Serenade, balcony cabin for 4 people. I want to make sure I understand the nonrefundable deposit. I book the cabin and pay the deposit for 4 people, with the balance of the cruise fare due three months prior to sailing date. If the 4th person can't go, and we know that he can't go BEFORE we are paid in full (i.e. before the deadline to pay in full), then what? We lose his deposit -- OR Royal would issue an FCC only to him minus $100 fee -- and then we would also only pay the fare for the 3 remaining people?? Our previous two RCCL cruises didn't involve the nonrefundable deposit, so I want to make sure I understand.
  11. Concerning the "free" food, Liberty also has Cafe Promenade which has yummy sandwiches and some of the best desserts we had on the entire ship. Cookies, little cups of mousse and puddings, free delicious coffee (don't be fooled by the Starbucks at the end of the room). And the pizza at Sorrento's is outstanding. We never pay for any of the up-charge dining either; I'd have to cruise many, many times before I'd pay extra for a steak or Italian food, which I can get any time right here in Austin.
  12. We've only done one Alaska cruise and it was Inside Passage, but it was wonderful. Totally different from a Caribbean sailing where you are in open water and then scoot in to the ports and back out. With the Inside Passage, there is land on both sides, the ship goes very slow in order to not create a large wake that might ruin the shoreline. It is very beautiful. I don't recall seeing whales (other than on the Juneau excursion) but we did see a couple of bears after we had left Glacier Bay National Park.
  13. Thanks for the info, @Tippyton I hadn't noticed the "Texas" in your name. My hometown is Lewisville; parents still live there. I'm now in the Austin area.
  14. @Tippyton can you clarify the dates/days for me? Trying to plan for June 2020 and figure out how many days to do the land tour part. Sept. 3, late night, you flew into Fairbanks. What did you do Sept. 4? I didn't see an entry for that day. Sept. 5 was Museum of the North at Univ. of Alaska. Sept. 6 was the train (Gold Star version) to Denali where you stayed at the Denali Princess hotel. This train trip was four hours?? Sept. 7 was bus tour in Denali Natl. Park. Somehow I'm missing what happened after the Denali bus tour. Your review says you did the train to Anchorage, departing at 12:30 and arriving at 8:30, so I guess that took pretty much the entire day. But then AFTER that was the ACT Big Bus from Anchorage to Whittier, with a two-hour stop at the Wildlife Conservation Center. Your itinerary is pretty much what I want to do except I also want to see the Alaskan pipeline in Fairbanks. I'm also leaning toward a DIY land tour prior to the SB cruise because I'm not sure that oldest son would be able to take enough vacation for the land plus the cruise. He may only be able to do one or the other. Also could you clarify what you booked on your own versus through Alaska Tour and Travel? Thanks for the additional details!
  15. I have a coworker on Empress this week. They were supposed to be in Grand Cayman this past Saturday, then Cienfuegos, Cuba yesterday (Sunday). Today is a sea day and then Tues and Wed in Havana. The ********** website is showing them on the regular itinerary so maybe they will be okay.
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