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  1. Thank you for all of this-so helpful to me as we plan our cruise! Our daughter loves GF pizza and pasta so it’s great to know those are a available lunch options-thank you!
  2. That sounds like an adventure the kids would love-I’ll definitely keep my mind open to that as we plan-thanks for the suggestion!
  3. It seems all of the round trip Seattle itineraries I see that have Glacier bay have this “useless” stop-lots of brief evening stops on those itineraries (I realize on a US itinerary the foreign stop is required which is why they do it). It’s disappointing as I’d love to find an itinerary that does both Glacier Bay and a long day in Victoria!
  4. Thanks for the input. Thats kind of what I was thinking when I first saw the itinerary but then I wondered if maybe the late arrival in Juneau was purposeful to give a scenic day of cruising leading up to the arrival? Seems perhaps it’s just not a very desirable itinerary compared to others...
  5. Thanks for this tip-I will definitely look into this, though with the smaller kids I’m hoping we can fly to the city we are departing from. A peek at the flights to voncouver reveals they’re significantly more, though I will need to research more in depth! I have lots of time to research and rack up credit card points to ease the burden!
  6. Thank you for the input! I’ve already started reading them! Lots of great material to read for a few months before we decide on an itinerary!
  7. Thank you for the input! In comparing the 2020 itineraries for Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess to the 2021 itineraries for NCL (the others haven’t released their 2021 itineraries yet), it appears a major differentiating factor is whether the ship goes to Glacier Bay or Endicott Arm/Dawe’s glacier. It seems the trips that go to Glacier Bay have shorter times in the other ports and the trips that go to Endicott Arm/Dawe’s glacier have longer port times. I have read that Glacier Bay is great-some reviews say it’s a must. If the option was to see Glacier Bay and have shorter port times or see Endicott Arm/Dawe’s Glacier and have longer port times, which would be preferred? Again thanks for input!
  8. Hi all! I’m in the beginning stages of looking at itineraries for our family’s first Alaska cruise (Summer 2021). A little about us: We are a family of four and by summer 2021, our kids will be 6 and 8. We have done several Caribbean cruises with Royal Caribbean and enjoyed them all. I’m hoping to expand the kids’ horizons beyond the Caribbean and Alaska is something my wife and I have always wanted to do (we have never been). Given the kids’ ages and the distance we will have to travel from our home in Florida, a Seattle round trip itinerary will work best for us in terms of cost and convenience. We are open to different cruise lines and sizes of ships. We are looking for a nice mix of onboard things for the kids and a good itinerary. I came across this NCL Encore itinerary and it looked like an “odd” itinerary to me in terms of port times. Am I right about that? While Encore is an appealing option because of the newness and family-friendliness of the ship, the inclusions with the “free” offers, and the low deposit, the itinerary is also important. From what I have read, a lot of the appeal of Alaska Cruising is seeing the beautiful scenery from the ship in addition to touring the ports. Is this itinerary designed to maximize the scenery from the ship? Is that why the Port times seem a little different than others I’ve looked at? Any thoughts on this itinerary from the Alaska experts would be appreciated! In addition, if you have any other tips for choosing an itinerary with younger kids, I’d love to read it! There’s great info here already for first-time Alaska cruisers, so thank you to everyone who shares such valuable information!
  9. Hi all! We are a family of four with kids ages 4 and 6. For our upcoming trip we are considering Bananarama or Paradise Beach through Shore excursioneer. Round trip transport and day passes for Bananarama would cost $80 (which seems like a great deal), and Paradise Beach would cost $114. I realize Paradise has a pool and Bananarama does not, which would normally be a big plus! But the only prior time we were in Roatan we spent the day at Infinity Bay (which we chose in part for their gorgeous pool), but we never even went in the pool as we were enjoying the beautiful beach the whole time! So while I like the idea of the pool, I already know the beach alone will be a big hit! Can anyone comment on these two options? What’s the vibe/crowd like at each place? Is either better suited for kids? Are there other options we should be considering? We don’t mind spending the extra for Paradise if it’s a better experience, but not having been to either it’s hard to compare. Any input appreciated-thanks!
  10. Thank you everyone for the feedback so far! Any additional feedback on the original question would be appreciated, but also any suggestions for a family with younger kids at ANY of these ports would be appreciated as it’s all new to me! I’m pretty excited to plan this cruise vacation as it all looks so fun to me. Thanks!
  11. This is why I’m having a hard time choosing! I’m thinking maybe the best thing to do would be to have 1/2 port days 2 of the days to have ample time to relax and enjoy the ship and to do full port days the other 3. That way we can see something everywhere but still not be go-go-going the whole time. These are are fun decisions to be faced with... 😀
  12. Hi all! Last time we were in Cozumel, we went to Paradise Beach and had a great day. Because of kids’ food allergies, all-inclusives aren’t what we are looking for (plus my wife and I prefer to eat lunch off a menu), so Paradise worked well for us. While my wife wasn’t in love with the Beach at Paradise at first (she prefers to look at the ocean as opposed to inflatables close to shore), the wonderful service, food, drinks, pool and vibe more than made up for that and we really loved the place in the end. We we will be back soon, and as much as I prefer to try new things on our travels, I haven’t found anything that seems to compare. Playa Mia just doesn’t appeal much to me (I think it’s the lack of shade on the beach and by the pool that’s turning me off). And most other places seem to be all-inclusive or geared towards adults and not families. Are there any other non-AI options worth trying for families, or did we really find the best of all worlds with Paradise Beach on our last visit? Any input appreciated! Thanks!
  13. Thank you! I hadn’t looked at the Freedom section yet, though that is a great idea for lots of concentrated reading on other people’s experiences at these same ports! I’ll definitely be checking that out. I’ve been in the Caribbean section of CC all week and this is what I’ve come up with so far, but I’m definitely going to keep reading that section! Incidentally, I did post this first on the RC page, but it was immediately moved to this page. I rarely look at pages outside of the RC page, the Carnival page and the Caribbean ports, so I didn’t really know this is where I was supposed to post the question (seems there’s plenty of questions on the RC page similar to this). Clearly the RC forum police didn’t want it discussed there though... I appreciate the leads! Thanks.
  14. Thanks-good point. I’m definitely interested in seeing all the islands (personally I’d explore from the time of docking until all aboard), but I also want/need to choose relatively easy activities that will keep the kids’ interested and happy and I know pools and beaches will definitely do that. Looking at reviews of all the islands, St. Kitts seems to be the island with the fewest fans, so maybe that would be a better port to hang back by the ship. (The new suggestion for Rodney Bay in St. Lucia looks awesome which has me reconsidering staying on board there). Really I want to get off at each stop to at least see something. Thinking about it as a whole, maybe we would be best doing two short days and three big days so there’s low key days between the big days. Perhaps Kitts & St. Lucia would be good for that?
  15. We have not, though it looks beautiful. From what I’ve read it appears to be a pretty long trip. Taxi to red hook ferry, ferry to St. John, taxi to Trunk Bay. That seems to be the way to get there from what I can tell. Water Island seems much closer and easier, though trunk bay appears to be a pretty amazing experience.
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