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  1. Check this page for the most accurate updates. https://akfireinfo.com/ The names of the fires you want to check are McKinley and Deshka, although the Deshka fire should have not impact on your plans
  2. The Princess bus must have had perfect timing because typically the delays on Tuesday were hours long. The railroad is transporting passengers as of yesterday and barring any major changes to the fire, will continue. I do not know what the buses are doing at this point. Since the wait to go through the fire zone has decreased, I assume they are running as scheduled.
  3. As of 8:00 a.m. on 8/22/19, pilot cars are leading traffic between Mileposts 76 to 99; one way traffic. Winds are expected to pick up over the weekend. Who knows what will be happening by Saturday. I certainly don't, and I live less than 35 miles away. I would definitely have an alternate plan, and hope that you don't have to use it. Since you aren't scheduled for your bus trip until Tuesday, you might consider driving the long way around: Anchorage-Glennallen-Paxson-Fairbanks-Denali And as far as the 511 app goes, I find updates on conditions few and far behind. So don't assume what you see on it is accurate. At least https://akfireinfo.com/ updates at least once/day and sometimes twice. I hope that your trip goes well and enough smoke clears for you to see the scenery. I thought it was clearing last night but today our views are obscured again.
  4. Our first 2 cruises were Mexican Riviera and we loved them. But even so, we haven't taken another one since (20 years); we would rather fly to PV and spend a week. For one thing, the temperatures on your first and last sea days are more likely cooler than you are used to for the Caribbean. And we enjoy going out to dinner in Mexico (and breakfast and lunch LOL--we just enjoy being in Mexico). When we cruise the Caribbean, we usually snorkel in every port; the snorkeling in the Mexican Riviera cruise ports is not nearly as good. I guess it depends on what you are looking for from the cruise--if it is just to cruise somewhere different, I would recommend it. But if you love Mexico and want a full week of warm weather, I would recommend flying to Mexico and staying a week.
  5. Follow here for the most up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/MendenhallGlacierVC/?hc_ref=ARQtPPh1HXVybgogQnUYKxlIwZbdK1Ncu1tuKs4xDTaAyIUueahGvLjXuXCEvh9zRxI&fref=nf All should be well by the time you get there.
  6. And that is exactly why I chose to let Princess take care of it for us. After researching the issue, I didn't want to show up with the wrong visa or an invalid one.
  7. We used CDS on May 26, 2018. They were slow to check the bags in, but we weren't in a hurry; certainly didn't take an hour, but maybe 15-20 minutes? Line was fairly short by the time we arrived. $40 for 4 bags; perfect for our group of 4 who wanted to walk to the park before heading to the airport for a 4:30 flight. They told us to pick the bag up at the international terminal, and even though I questioned them about that, they assured me it was. Of course when we got to the counter at the international terminal, staff laughed and said they had people all day showing up but it was the domestic terminal. So off we go to the other terminal. Only one person behind the counter and apparently the luggage isn't stored in any kind of order, as she would find one bag for a customer, but then go searching for a matching bag. That took far longer than checking the bag in, and there were only 2 people ahead of us. We had said we wanted our bags by 2; we actually got our bags about 2:30 but they were there by 2 or shortly after.
  8. Just got off the Star 2 weeks ago. I was one of those people who didn't care who the captain was, until this cruise. We loved his announcements. Our grandkids loved them too. After we were off the ship, we ran into some other cruisers from the ship, and they felt the same as we did. We still say "Bye-bye!" in that voice.
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