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  1. Thank you for posting and answering this. I had not even considered this as an option. We were going to take Lyft to save a few bucks but this sounds way more convenient.
  2. This is very helpful information, thank you! We will be on the Emerald at the end of April into May celebrating our anniversary and so we can plan accordingly.
  3. Very enjoyable review. Our upcoming cruise to Hawaii will be our first on Princess, also planning to bring a few novels and not do much else except for some easy tours in Hawaii. We usually do active port-intensive Caribbean cruises and this will be our first cruise with more than 2 sea days. We have Anytime Dining but will be on the lookout.
  4. I haven't booked any flights yet and there are nonstops on other airlines to choose from. Princess offers this one with a guarantee to get us onboard the ship if I book it through them. That could mean getting us to the next port which of course is not what I want. The main reason to book it though is to use my Alaska companion fare, but not worth it if cutting too close. I am quite familiar with using transit and the machines in Portland. I tell you though the New York subway is ridiculous. Even the locals were having trouble getting those machines to work. But it was a breeze getting on the train from EWR to Penn Station with our luggage, although we couldn't figure out which direction we were exiting and walked half way around Madison Square Garden to get on track to our hotel. 😏
  5. Thanks everyone for your responses! I have cruised and driven into Vancouver but never flown in so this information helps a lot.
  6. Looking for recommendations for the quickest way to get from the airport to the ship; arriving 3.5 hours before departure (cruise line recommends at least 3 hours). Taxi, shuttle, or Skytrain?
  7. Thanks for sharing all of this! I started planning for Alaska about six years ago and we even booked and subsequently cancelled a couple of times and still have not gone. We are in Portland and the appeal of another Caribbean cruise kept pulling us back rather than spending a week in PNW weather in Alaska. But we are finally set on going and planning has gone from an easy R/T from Seattle to one way and now plan to spend a week RV-ing to see Denali and the Kenai Penninsula. We are getting close to retirement and the remaining vacation budget is limited so want to make it worth it. I went through much the same process deciding about the ship with the same conclusions. Leaning toward Coral or Westerdam. We might go next year but are thinking about waiting until 2021 so that I can save up some vacation time. Fortunately for us the Vancouver/Anchorage flights are short easy non-stops which will be a nice change from San Juan which takes all day.
  8. It seems that the best prices are after final payment is due. Example: 11-day cruisetour August 2020, obstructed oceanview, $5714 for 2. Exact same itinerary August 2019 same category, $2834. I think for $2880 in savings I might take my chances. And that would include all the transportation and lodging so no worry about finding those components.
  9. Thanks, we are flexible with dates and airfare is not bad for us within a couple months. I think we will do our land portion on our own, probably 3-4 nights.
  10. This is a new cruise line for me and I am starting to look at Alaska northbound cruises; wondering about best time to buy? I see that if I were to book what is left this summer I could save over $1000 for the two of us over rates for next summer, but would it be too late to get the excursions we want, car rental, and get accommodations for Denali if we book last minute? I am not planning to go now but wondering if I should wait until next spring to book for next summer to get better prices? Are Princess prices cheaper when cruises are first released, and maybe wait and book for 2021? We usually sail the Caribbean where prices are lower and planning us much easier! This will be our only Alaska trip and I know it will be expensive but need to save money wherever we can.
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