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  1. Oh, for 8 people, that's enough of a price difference that I'd consider it, especially if you think you might have opportunity to go back at some point.
  2. Lol, wear white here today and you can be camo’d. (But seriously, I’m actually glad to finally see it snow here. This is the first year in a while I haven’t needed a break from the cold, since it hasn’t been cold.)
  3. I haven’t been yet, but from reading this forum for the last year or so, I know the correct answer is the one with Glacier Bay. 😉 The itinerary looks to be the same apart from that. Is the price about the same between the two?
  4. I don’t have any experience with this bus, but I think the bit about there not being a customs process is because you’ll be arriving from another port in Alaska, so you’ve already entered the U.S. Right now Princess is the only cruise line arriving and departing at Whittier, so I assume the bus would be timed for it.
  5. Same. I haven't been but it looks like one of the shorter Bahamas cruises would make a nice budget getaway. The area around the cruise port in Nassau (straw market, pirate museum, Government House, etc.) looks to be walkable, but beware of your surroundings - someone here posted a few weeks ago that they got mugged in what was a supposedly safe area.
  6. On the plus side though, on the train you can take pictures while moving more easily than trying to do so while driving. The Mrs. frowns upon me doing that. 😉 Book GoldStar class and you'll be in a glass-dome car with a view out both sides.
  7. What luck, congrats! I haven't flown Southwest, but I find Delta to be irritating when it comes to schedule changes. My return flight from Alaska was changed so my connection in Seattle decreased from 2.5 hours to less than an hour. The email gave the usual spiel that this makes me eligible to change or cancel without penalty, and to click through to see my options. And all the options they presented cost extra... (I know I can call to change for free, but I'd rather just wait and see. It's doable if the inbound flight is on time.) When my brother came home for Christmas a couple w
  8. I'll be on HAL departing Vancouver at 16:30 on 5/24. I've never been on a cruise before - is 16:30 the actual departure time or is it more like closing the door on a flight (after which there could still be ground delays)? I ask because after finishing grad school at UBC, my father worked at a paper mill in Powell River (about 75 miles up the coast from Vancouver, on the mainland side). It's not a big deal but I wouldn't mind seeing it in the daylight from the ship. The Wikipedia article on Noordam says 22 knots - that'd put us there in about 3 hours?
  9. I'll definitely be following...I knew I'd be going too early for everything to be open (June 1 through 5) but I was at least hoping to get to Eielson Visitor Center on a clear day to see Denali.
  10. I’m also a compulsive planner but would jump at a great last minute deal. I’d tell myself if I can’t find anything to do in advance, just enjoy the opportunity to relax (especially if it was a place I’d already been). And if I later find out I missed out on something, well, the alternative was not to go and thus miss out on all of it anyway.
  11. In answer to one of the OP's questions, I'd definitely avoid the weekend surrounding July 4 (Independence Day in the U.S.), along with the 4th Sunday in May (Memorial Day) and the first Monday in September (Labor Day). There's been a renewed interest in the parks here, and the popular ones are packed during holidays. Regarding the Denali transit buses, do you have to book these in advance? I've noticed the weather there is frequently cloudy, so I'd rather wait until I get there to decide what day we want to take the bus to Eielson Visitor Center to try to see the peak.
  12. I think most if not all cruise lines are represented here (certainly the mainstream ones) but I’m not sure if all their itineraries are. In my limited experience, I haven’t found a cruise on HAL, NCL, RCCL, or Carnival’s own website that wasn’t listed here.
  13. Here’s a direct link: https://www.cruisecritic.com/cruiseto/ I’m not sure if it’s the same on desktop, but on my tablet, I see a navigation banner across the top of every page with the CruiseCritic logo (homepage link), Research, Find a Cruise, Shore Excursions, Boards, and search.
  14. Are you using CruiseCritic’s search tools? Under “Find a Cruise” click the link for “Advanced Search”, and you can select your departure port, desired port of call, and departure month, and you should (theoretically) get a list of all cruises that meet all of those criteria. (Note that if you select more than one port of call, you’ll receive results that include any of them, not all.) I put in Seattle, Sitka, and May 2021, respectively, and found 3 Holland America, 1 Norwegian, and 3 Lindblad itineraries, only one of which was on Sunday (the Oosterdam as you mentioned). If you’ve g
  15. I struggle to come up with a better word than "greed" for going back on a deal (in this case, confirmed, paid-for reservations) because a better offer came up. That it's the best business decision and makes your shareholders happy doesn't really prove it isn't greed. (In fact I'd say it comes close to the opposite.)
  16. Oh, I didn’t realize anyone else with you had the ice too - sounds like it wasn’t that then. FWIW, I didn’t get the runs from the water either - just vomiting. I wouldn’t have described my feeling as drunk though, just nauseated. Hope you get some answers!
  17. Sorry to hear that! Is it possible it was the water, not the alcohol? The margarita might have had ice made from tap water, and enough of it melted to contaminate your drink. The symptoms sound like what I had after I drank coffee on a train in Mexico. (I thought the coffee maker would get hot enough to kill the microbes, but apparently not.)
  18. Well, this is a cruise forum, so... But seriously, I’ve never been on a cruise to Alaska (first one coming up in May) but I have flown there before. The answer depends what you want to see - the panhandle towns (Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, etc.) aren’t accessible by road from the rest of the state, so you’ll miss those if you just fly to Anchorage. If you cruise to Alaska, you’ll miss Denali National Park, unless you add on a land tour or rent a car on your own. I’m planning to do both. Oh, and the area around Denali is usually cloudy, so you might want to plan a
  19. Merry Christmas to everyone! I love the puppy pictures - here are our two enjoying their new toys:
  20. Sorry to hear that! From the map it looks like that’d be right in the tourist part of town... what time of day was it?
  21. I imagine it's a wash in terms of time since the route leaving Whittier goes through the one-lane tunnel that's only open once every hour.
  22. strickerj


    I'm interested in this too. We booked the train to Carcross and bus back, but if that only takes 8 hours, then we'll have some time in port afterwards.
  23. My wife and I are both introverts too, and though we haven't been married nearly as long (7th anniversary last month), I also wanted to do something special for our Alaska cruise next May. I looked into the renewal of vows but decided my wife wouldn't go for that kind of hoopla, so instead I ordered a bouquet of flowers and chocolate covered strawberries for the stateroom on embarkation day. Hopefully that goes over well. Enjoy your trip!
  24. This might be straying a bit off topic, but like airfares, cruise fares should increase as the departure date approaches and the ship fills up, and if a cruise line is consistently not operating that way, it's cause for concern. Allow me to make an automotive analogy, as that's the industry I work in: Back in its heyday, Cadillac was prestigious and commanded high prices. In the face of competition eating into its sales, GM cut costs but continued increasing list prices to maintain the air of prestige. The problem is, that just exacerbated the decline in sales, to the point where d
  25. Did you type the address or follow a link? Just entering hollandamerica.com should forward you to the secure (https) site. If you're on a company network or a VPN, it's possible that's blocking you.
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