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  1. Sounds like you guys are a lot like us... We're both 36 and like it quiet and laid back. (I was never the party type, even in college.) We're booked on a HAL one-way northbound next May. And our 10th anniversary is next year, but not until November, and that wasn't the purpose of our booking anyway - we've already postponed for 2 years.
  2. I'm not familiar with the others, but Princess and Holland America offer "cruisetours" with 2 to 4 days on land in Alaska before/after your cruise (depending on direction). I looked into them and found them not to my liking - it seemed way too much time was spent in transit for the time you actually get at each destination. I'd want a week on land in Alaska, and for that you'll need to plan on your own. (If you want to see Denali, I figure I'd need to spend 3 or 4 days there just to get one day of decent weather, and even then it's a gamble.)
  3. Yeah, I must admit that describes my wife and myself perfectly... And we're only 36.
  4. Good to know, thanks. I haven't been on HAL before so I wasn't sure what to expect.
  5. Agreed, it's like the BS resort fees prevalent in Vegas and spreading elsewhere... It's to game the hotel search engines to appear to have a lower price. If airlines can be mandated to show you the full price inclusive of taxes and mandatory fees, why not hotels, car rentals, and cruise lines too? Any idea if those of us with included gratuities for a booked cruise will get hit with a fee, or would it cover future increases? (It should, but then again, perhaps changing the name of the surcharge is their way of weaseling out - "Oh, gratuities are still included; it's just now there'
  6. From what I can see, both include Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier, Juneau, and Sitka. Order is different (which means time in port may be different), and also Serenade goes to Ketchikan while Ovation goes to Skagway. I don't have an opinion; just thought I'd point out the differences to make it easier to follow.
  7. Yeah... I wanted to do that one but the Mrs. doesn't like seafood. 😞 Might be doable if they have other options though.
  8. I'll see if I can convince them. 🙂 My mother-in-law has actually been on a small plane - she grew up in farm country and a neighbor had a cropduster. My wife had never flown (even commercially) when we met. I was thinking, as an alternative, I could book the 5 glacier flight in Juneau - weather seems to be marginally better there, and we have longer in port there so its cancellation won't ruin the entire visit.
  9. I was thinking we'd do the boat tour to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan too. I'm interested in the seaplane flight but I hear Ketchikan is the most likely port to be foggy, and I wouldn't want to end up not seeing it at all because the flight was cancelled. Plus, my family won't get on a small plane. (I'm a private pilot so I'd enjoy it.)
  10. That would make the California to Seattle segment domestic, which remains prohibited by PVSA, correct? FWIW, I'm in agreement that the PVSA shouldn't be repealed as it would effectively end the domestic maritime industry. This doesn't just apply to cruise ships but also tour boats, ferries, etc. I'm not aware of any other industry where foreign companies are allowed to employ non-U.S.-authorized labor for services entirely within the U.S., and our cabotage laws (in both maritime and aviation) are mostly consistent with the rest of the world.
  11. This is bedtime at our house except that one of those three is a 60-lb dog.
  12. 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.
  13. That's great! I wonder if this is a change in policy or if the agent when I rebooked last fall was just mistaken?
  14. 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!
  15. 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.)
  16. I voluntarily changed my booking from 2021 to 2022, and there was no option to transfer shore excursions - they were automatically canceled and refunded.
  17. 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.
  18. What, the continents split since then? 😉 I've used that joke on my mother-in-law too.
  19. 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. 😉
  20. Thanks, we went ahead and did this. Rebooked for Glacier Discovery Northbound on Noordam departing 2022/05/29.
  21. 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)?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. That's true; I usually plan based on what's interesting on land since the wildlife is unpredictable.
  25. 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.
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