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  1. This is bedtime at our house except that one of those three is a 60-lb dog.
  2. I recently switched carriers so I'm not sure how well it'll work internationally, but we'll be able to find out in Cancun later this year. If you've been on an Alaska cruise lately, have you found there's cell service along the coast of BC and the AK panhandle? I was expecting there wouldn't be. Might still go for WiFi next year anyway to use the OBC. I like the idea of waiting til we need it, but we're cruising northbound from Vancouver, so the first day is a sea day.
  3. That's great! I wonder if this is a change in policy or if the agent when I rebooked last fall was just mistaken?
  4. Awesome, I wasn't sure if you could still buy the WiFi plan once on board or it had to be reserved in advance. Thanks!
  5. I was confused by the nomenclature at first too. My "Have it All" fare that I booked last year included Signature Beverage and Signature Dining packages, plus prepaid gratuities, but not shore excursions or free WiFi (free WiFi was only for suites, and we're in a Verandah). So, that would appear to be a better deal than the new promo even though we're planning to use the cruise line's shore excursions. I assume we can use our OBC to buy the WiFi packages once on board if we so desire? (We've got $300 pp in OBC that I doubt we'd fully utilize otherwise.)
  6. I voluntarily changed my booking from 2021 to 2022, and there was no option to transfer shore excursions - they were automatically canceled and refunded.
  7. Definitely... My wife and I are both 36, and she has a Master's Degree in Library and Information Systems. Even with digital media, there's still a need for proper archiving and curating.
  8. What, the continents split since then? 😉 I've used that joke on my mother-in-law too.
  9. I was going to ask if they'd have the sense not to automatically schedule you for a time you'll be in port, but considering the comment above about getting both restaurants scheduled for the same day and time, I'm going to guess the answer is no. 😉
  10. Thanks, we went ahead and did this. Rebooked for Glacier Discovery Northbound on Noordam departing 2022/05/29.
  11. I just checked mine, and the email I received on 5/7 for my canceled Noordam Alaska cruise (that was scheduled to depart on 5/24) said the FCC was valid for 12 months for cruises to depart by 12/31/2022. So it looks as though they extended it early on but perhaps that didn't get applied retroactively to existing FCCs (at least without manual intervention)?
  12. Thanks, I was afraid of that... The current fare and promo are the same (free prepaid gratuities, signature dining, and signature beverage packages) but I also have $250 pp OBC from my 2020 cancellation.
  13. I'm booked on Noordam Vancouver to Whittier on 5/30, but considering delaying it another year - this is a bucket list trip for us (and especially for my mother in law who will be joining us), so we don't want to go if the experience will be diminished. Anyone have experience with doing this? Can we call in and "shift" our booking a year out (keeping our perks, OBC, etc.)? The itinerary I'd be interested in for 2022 is the same price we paid for our 2021 sailing. 2021 is already paid for using FCC from 2020.
  14. That's true; I usually plan based on what's interesting on land since the wildlife is unpredictable.
  15. Many will say it doesn't matter since you'll be out on deck much of the time, but if you want to sightsee from your room, I think you'll want to be on the east side (starboard northbound, port southbound). If you're doing a roundtrip, I wouldn't think it matters, though I might go with starboard so you get the land side in the first half.
  16. Thanks, I was just thinking the 100-400 since my main lens ends at 105, so there wouldn't be a gap in between. I'm not sure if I'd bring the whole kit on shore excursions (especially if there's hiking involved) but I should be able to make good use of it on the ship.
  17. Yeah I'm definitely thinking the 100-400 for my Alaska trip next year but I'd likely just rent one since I don't foresee needing it after that.
  18. I've got a Sony a7 iii with the 24-105 mm f4.0 lens. It's great for landscapes and moderate close-ups, and I'm thinking for wildlife in Alaska, I'll rent the 100-400 since I don't plan to need it much (if ever) beyond this trip. To the OP, if you're just shooting landscapes, you certainly don't need a longer telephoto than you have. At the wide end, 18 is probably wide enough even for a APS-C (28 mm equivalent for 35 mm full frame). There certainly are lenses in the 12-24 mm range if you're interested but I don't care for the fisheye look that starts to show below around 24.
  19. Second the Sony RX100 - I have an a7 iii with the 24-105mm f4.0 zoom, and my wife has the RX100 mark 7 since she wanted something better than her phone but can't hold a big camera. We took both on a trip to Mexico last week, and I was pretty impressed with the quality of hers - in daylight, they're pretty close. (I chose mine because I wanted high performance in low light.) If you can swing it (it's on the high end of compact P&S prices), the RX100 mark 7 won't disappoint.
  20. I know this thread is kind of old, but I recently got a Sony a7 iii and 24-105 mm f4.0 lens and had a chance to try it out in the Yucatan (including some fairly challenging shots, like handheld at night from moving vehicles). I know this is blasphemy to some, but I must say I'm finding it to be good enough that I don't feel the need for a fast prime - I'd rather have the zoom to be able to frame the shot how I want it without cropping. For Alaska (tentatively next year but 2022 at the latest), I'm interested in the 100-400 mm telephoto to get some far away wildlife shots. Since tha
  21. We just got back from a land vacation that replaced a canceled cruise to Progreso and Cozumel. We stayed at the Hyatt Ziva (northeastern tip of the Hotel Zone, by the lighthouse), and while restaurants were on rotation (one or two closed each lunch and dinner), there was no shortage of things to do (and eat). Two of the three excursions we booked went as scheduled (the one cancellation was reduced from three to two times a week, and mine was the day that got cut). Nothing seemed sketchy anywhere we went; indeed, I've felt less safe driving through parts of Detroit.
  22. Oh I see, sorry it looks like I missed a couple pages in that thread... I got the impression Eielson Visitor Center and past it was due to close for the renovations, but if not, then would Wonder Lake also be accessible? Or was that due to COVID? It seems with the vaccines coming it would be too early to announce COVID cancellations for next summer. EDIT: I see the schedule for next year shows only the camper buses going to Wonder Lake. 😞
  23. There's a thread on TripAdvisor about it - apparently Eielson Visitor Center will be undergoing renovations and will be closed: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143022-i1271-k13431179-Denali_NP_update_for_2021_season-Denali_National_Park_and_Preserve_Alaska.html#108440065
  24. Cool... I do love seeing then-and-now comparisons like that. My dad did that with his old apartment building in Budapest in 1970 and 2002... It was amazing how little actually changed in 30+ years (though perhaps not as surprising when you consider how little had changed in the 100 years before that). I'd love to see the collection if it's scanned.
  25. Aww. Mine's name is Charlie. I get him in my lap every morning while I'm working (from home), and our other cat poking me in the face every night in bed. That's if the dog decides to even let me into my side of the bed. 🙂
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