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  1. Thank you, they had a GREAT time. I was a little worried that they would be disappointed that we were not doing any really "big" tours this time, but I honestly believe that they had just as much fun just having the time to walk around, play and explore. My tips would be you don't have to break the bank on tours, there is a lot to see and do that is free or very cheap. Also, don't be afraid to ask for a discount rate on kids, the Victoria bus trip wasn't supposed to be kids ride free but we asked for a discounted rate for them and since it was the last tour of the day they told us if you book it now they can go free. Lastly, don't underestimate the little ones, my 5 year old, walked 7-10 miles daily no problem, so long as he had a few sticks (swords-lol) in his hands to play with, he was happy to go. Get out and enjoy!
  2. Thank you! Yes, just a very short walk, maybe 5- 10 minutes. We were actually on the way back from the heritage totem park that we had walked to and we noticed a shuttle waiting in the parking lot that said "free shuttle" so we hopped on since it was raining and rode it for 20 minutes or so until the rain slowed up. Creek street is just a short walk into town. No shuttle necessary.
  3. Yes, we had a wonderful time! Your trip will be magical! The PNW has so much beauty.
  4. Arrange for a cab, there are several companies that pick up I believe, the price is $35 each way is what I've read. We just got back from our cruise on Sunday and we took the city bus, it is at least a 2.5 mile walk from the entrance to the bus stop though, $2 each way and a 45 minute ride.
  5. Sorry for the out of order pics but my cloud scrambled them all up synching phones with my husband. :)
  6. Hi there, we just returned Sunday from a 7 day RT from Seattle sailing on the oosterdam on Holland America. We booked this cruise only about 3 weeks ago as we got GREAT deal that was too hard to pass up. My husband and I traveled with our 5 and 8 year old boys over Memorial Day and my parents decided to tag along as well. Since this was a very last minute trip we decided to do only free or budget friendly tours and that was no problem at all. If anyone has any questions please fire away... We had the most beautiful weather, calm seas and blue skies everyday except Ketchikan, got within half a mile from Hubbard Glacier on the most gorgeous day they said they have had all season. Junea-took the city bus to Mendanhall Glacier-$2 each way for adults, kids 5 and under were free and my 8 year old was $1. If you do the glacier on your own, we walked over 9 miles including the walk to Nugget falls. Sitka-totem park, Russian cemetery, sea wall walk, and collecting shells kept us busy-beautiful day at 75F degrees. Ketchikan-took a free shuttle with a quick little city tour and walked along creek street, married mans trail and watched the float planes take off and land-our least adventurous day as it was pouring rain. Victoria-walked from the ship into town, walked the harbor, govt buildings, china town, listened to the buskers in down town and lastly did a night tour of the city $20 pp-kids were free since it was the last tour of the night. . We had a wonderful time, kids loved the retractable ceiling- heated pool and they swam 2-4 hours a day with at least 30 ice cream cones each lol-We only live a few hours from Seattle so this is our 5th Alaska cruise in the last 9 years, last one being 4 years ago. It was a wonderful spur of the moment decision that I am so glad we did, pictures to follow... If you can book those shoulder season cruises in May or September you can save a bundle. My parents booked an unobstructed guaranteed balcony with a $125 on board credit for $1600 total including all taxes and fees-I could be wrong but I think that's a fabulous deal. We paid $2,000 for the 4 of us in an unobstructed OV with all fees included with a $100 OBC, again, I could be wrong but I was very happy with that price considering $1,000 of it was port and tax fees. Our online TA even threw in dinner for 2 to the pinnacle grill which was delicious! Happy sailing everyone.
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