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  1. In Skagway we rented a jeep and did a self guided tour from the rental place. They had an iPad with numbered tracks to play to listen to (the narrator is your tour guide) as you drove. We drove all the way up to Lewes Lake, which is a little bit farther than Emerald Lake), stopping along the way, at our leisure, to take pictures. We stopped at a suspension bridge for a snack and rest spot and Carcross for lunch. The scenery is absolutely incredible and the narrated tour was perfect. We could start and stop or replay the tracks as needed. It was ideal and fun to rent a purple jeep for the day.
  2. It was a great day for a sail away! So much to see that we never have seen before...very exciting!
  3. Still learning about posting these pics...here they are!
  4. Here's a few from Vancouver....
  5. She's on TripAdvisor and you can google Jayleens alaska to find her website and contact information.
  6. Jayleen's Alaska gets my vote. We were picked up right by the ship and taken to a Bay about 5 miles from Mendenhall Glacier. We had an awesome time on June 21st. She only takes out 6 people on her boat. We saw several whales, eagles flying and fighting over fish, glaciers and sea lions. It was a lovely day weather wise. After our tour we were dropped off at Mendenhall Glacier. We called a taxi ahead of time to pick us up and transport us back to the ship.
  7. We watched the sail away from the aft Lido deck. They played music, had appetizers, drinks, and photographers. It was a great place to be! As soon as we heard the announcements we went there to get a good spot. I did go up to the front to take some pictures but otherwise the aft was a good place to be.
  8. Hi mcgahrec, I am sorry to say but I don't know anything about Club Orange and I don't recall hearing anything about it. If you have any other questions, you are more than welcome to post them here and I will see if I can answer them.
  9. We used it every day despite the days in Port, even the first night! Two of our port days did not start until later in the morning so we had room service out on the balcony and then went to the spa. I don't know the pay as you go options but we felt it was worth ~$11/day. We had our Tervis cups with us so we filled them up at the bar via the SBP and brought them in the tub (we had asked for permission to do so and it was granted). We did this more than once....it was so lovely...totally worth every penny!😄
  10. Hi Mcgahrec, Yes, we were on the inside passage cruise and it was fabulous! I purchased the spa pass on the HAL website under the itinerary tab. The hot tub is a separate one in the spa area and Moriah did a good job describing it as there are no jets that "bubble" the water, only jets that input hot water. There was no special price on embarkation day and the price was $189 per couple onboard and $159 online prior to the cruise. I had to sign in at the spa desk the first day and indicate the payment as online. On my shipboard account it was billed by the spa on embarkation day and then a credit was issued for the online payment.
  11. My husband and I were on the Volendam last week and used the spa every day. The hot tub is small but we had it to ourselves most of the time since there were very few people, if any, using the spa on any given day or at any time. We enjoyed the dry sauna (in the changing rooms), the two steam rooms, the showers, and really loved the heated loungers! Every day the spa was clean and the staff was in there regularly. We used towels to sit on the loungers and in the saunas. In addition, the views are wonderful from inside the spa. The deck outside the spa was refreshingly cool and the scenery was beautiful. I did notice that the people who bought their spa pass onboard the first day paid $189 for the week and we only paid $159 online before the cruise.
  12. I would love to do that excursion! Unfortunately by the time I heard about it we were already booked to do a whale watching tour with Jayleen's. There's always next time.....😉
  13. I will definitely be mindful of this information. We hope all will go well on the Volendam leading to other cruises on HAL in the future. The price point is good for us and so are the itineraries. This is so encouraging!! I like the quote "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." Great memories are so priceless. Thank you for the picture Hawaiidan! I have already scoped out all the decks and cannot wait to be on the bow of the ship too. Thanks for the info on your upsell Cormike1. Sorry yours was higher but it is good to know that we were in the same ballpark. We are definitely going to enjoy the larger cabin, the balcony, and the views. What was your sailing date on the Volendam? Your signature indicates 2019. Any tips?
  14. Thank you erewhon! I am looking forward to experiencing the Volendam as everyone seems to really love this ship!
  15. Thank you for your rule of thumb. I was not familiar with upselling a cruise so this is very good information and I hope that someone else that gets an email will use it too! I am copying it into my advice/tips file and hoping that I get another chance to use it!!😉
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