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julie2s

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  • Location
    Boston, MA
  • Interests
    beach, travel, singing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Aruba

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  1. We are 4 adults traveling on HAL Eurodam and will be in Sitka on May 30th from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. For those of you that have rented a car in Sitka, would you say it was worth doing? If so, did you use Sitka Car rental? The rate for a 5 person SUV appears to be $95.00 which seems reasonable. (I haven't checked availability so it may be a moot point.) If not, can you tell us how our time there is best spent? In Juneau, we have booked Mendenhall Glacier& Whale watch tour through Alaska Shore Tours. In Ketchikan, we are taking the float plane to Misty Fjords through Family Air.
  2. Thanks so much. I had found the roger jett photography post, which was very helpful. Thanks for responding.
  3. I have read about Cabanas on the Eurodam. We are cruising out of Seattle on 5/25/19 through 6/1/19. We have booked an Oceanview cabin. Wondering if a cabana makes sense. Are they located where you could sit more comfortably and view the scenery? Also, there are 4 of us, do we need a family retreat cabana?
  4. Based on lots of great feedback we decided to book HAL Eurodam May 25 - June 1. This is our first time cruising to Alaska. We are a mother/daughter celebrating our combined 100th birthday (I'm 61, she's 39.) Now we are trying to decide on shore excursions. First and foremost, my daughter loves wildlife, so bears, whales, etc. will be of high on the list. I realize that late May is not optimal for Bear. Also not sure if sled-dog experience is worth the $$. I love to fly so helicopters and/or floatplanes are something I would LOVE, combining both would be ideal. We will be in Juneau all day (1pm - 10pm), Sitka (8am - 5pm) and Ketchikan for a short time (7 am - 1 pm) then on to Victoria. I'm looking at outside tour operators (Island Wings, True Alaskan Tours & Alaskan Shore Tours) as opposed to ship organized excursions. Here's my question, what would be your ABSOLUTE MUST DO excursions in each of these ports. I realize that this could be subjective, that's why there's chocolate and vanilla, but I'm just looking for feedback from past experiences. Many Thanks in advance. These boards are so helpful.
  5. Thanks, MJCruise. As much as I would like, I don’t think a 14 day is within our budget. I couldn’t access the document you linked. Am I allowed to provide an email address for you to send it to? I’m sure it has a wealth of info. Once we decide on an itinerary then I’m hoping it will be easier to determine what to do at each port. Thanks again
  6. Thank you so much for the information. My original plan was to go from Vancouver and you’ve convinced me to go back to that plan. The issue is that we are flying from Boston so flights are a huge added expense. It might be cheaper to fly into Seattle and take the train to Vancouver. It’s just a challenge finding the balance between budget and wish list.
  7. We are not first time cruisers but it will be our first time cruising to Alaska. We are a mother/daughter celebrating our combined 100th birthday (I'm 61, she's 39) I am having trouble deciding which way to go. I've previously sailed Holland America and am considering the Eurodam RT Seattle cruise (Glacier Bay is high on our list.) I've also sailed on Princess and am considering the Ruby Princess RT Seattle cruise as well as the cruise fare is somewhat lower. Although the fare is a bit higher on HAL, they are offering a free Signature Drink Package versus the Princess offer of pre-paid gratuities (value of $14.50/pp/pd) I'm thinking that the HAL drink package offer is a better deal, since I'm pretty sure our bar bill will exceed $14.50 per day. The added benefit is that the Eurodam itinerary includes scenic cruising of Stephen's passage. Wildlife viewing is important to my daughter. Which would you think is the better option? Many thanks for any guidance.
  8. Thank you so much, I'll try that. Not going to lie I'm finding these boards very frustrating.
  9. We are not first time cruisers but it will be our first time cruising to Alaska. We are a mother/daughter celebrating our combined 100th birthday (I'm 61, she's 39) I am having trouble deciding which way to go. I've previously sailed Holland America and am considering the Eurodam RT Seattle cruise (Glacier Bay is high on our list.) I've also sailed on Princess and am considering the Ruby Princess RT Seattle cruise as well as the cruise fare is somewhat lower. Although the fare is a bit higher on HAL, they are offering a free Signature Drink Package versus the Princess offer of pre-paid gratuities (value of $14.50/pp/pd) I'm thinking that the drink package is a better deal, since I'm pretty sure our bar bill will exceed $14.50 per day. The added benefit is that the Eurodam itinerary includes scenic cruising of Stephen's passage. Wildlife viewing is important to my daughter. Which would you think is the better option? Many thanks for any guidance.
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