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    surferboy loves cruising in his 1958 Holden across Australia. Cathy likes cruising in boats
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  1. Love that linked post of your Bliss Alaska cruise BirdTravels
  2. Thanks everybody for your advice. With NCL advising to allow 2 hours to get off at port and Cathy worried that we have to sit on the boat until ALL the NCL organized excursions were off the boat first, I didn't want to organize private excursions then miss them. We have sailed with NCL before but always booked the NCL excursions (so we know how long you can be sitting in that theatre waiting for your excursion to be called !) On our Meditereanean cruise most of the experienced Cruise Critic Roll Call members were organizing private tours but we were to scared to join in (we might get stuck and miss the boat). This time I am being brave. To be able to be more flexible and to save money I am going to organize my tours . I guess I will be safe with Juneau Dock 2.30pm Excursion starts 3.30pm (Whales & Glacier tour) Skagway Dock 7.00am Excursion starts 8.00am (Yukon tour by bus) Ketchican Dock 6.00am Excursion starts 7.30am (Misty Fjord seaplane flight) Doing organized tours because we drive on the other side of the road in Australia so we don't want to hire a car and we like meeting people from different places while on coaches etc Ta Surferboy & Cathy
  3. we only have 1 for June 9th sailing and I didn't want to spend the day on a boat watching people catch crabs so I was organizing my own excursion on a Misty Fjord seaplane flight but then I started worrying about this 2 hours to get off the boat information from NCL
  4. Thanks gbcruise & BirdTravels I worry about stuff (Cathy worries more) I was booking excursions with Alaska Shore Tours and gave them the ships arrival/departure times and the times they gave me were approx. 1 hour from scheduled arrival time. I figured they knew what would work, but being a worrier- I rang NCL and was told the 2 hour information. I think this is a fixed time they give for every port on every cruise to allow for any late arrivals etc I am now going to take a deep breath... RELAX... and book my tours ta surferboy ps we would be grateful of any tips you are happy to share. 1st time to Alaska. we have done Hawaii, Mediteranean, Pacific Island cruises previously
  5. Sailing on Bliss in June How long does it take to get off the ship in Juneau, Skagway & Ketchican if I want to go on privately booked excursions ? NCL suggest allowing 2 hours between docking and starting excursions. Then 2 hours between end of excursion and being back on ship I realise that it is a big boat BUT...That's 4 hours lost at port ! Not much time left to squeeze in any sightseeing. Most of the excursions I am looking at start about 1 hour from docking time. Has anybody done these ports and can tell me how long it actually takes Thank you
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