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  1. For about $200 per day, you can rent a car and drive it yourself. If there are 2 of you, the Dalton Highway Express will cost you $1000. The car rental will be a lot less. You can stop whenever and wherever you want along the drive and as I said in a previous post, the drive during the summer is easy. Renting a cabin in Wiseman will cost you ~300 per night so you still come out ahead if you drive. DON
  2. I would sort of disagree w you but in a negative sense. I have had turkey on Princess and a turkey dinner although not a Thanksgiving turkey dinner at Denny's. Denny's was much better. DON
  3. I would guess that 100% of their tours are based on cruise ship traffic so doing the tour should be doable. Have you called Salmon Berry and asked them. They should know. DON
  4. In 3 days you can rent a car and drive the Dalton Highway (https://www.alaska.org/guide/dalton-highway) to Prudhoe Bay. You can even stay overnight in the only B&B in Wiseman (https://www.travelalaska.com/Destinations/Communities/Wiseman.aspx). We did it and it is really neat drive. You will be doing something that none of your neighbors who have visited AK will have done which gives you great bragging rights. You read lots of stuff about how dangerous the road is and I certainly would not do it in wintertime. However it is not a problem during summer time and we saw people doing it in RVs. It is partly paved and the rest of it is well graded gravel. You are not allowed to drive standard rental cars on the Dalton but there are several places in Fairbanks that rent cars equipped for the trip (https://www.alaska.org/detail/arctic-outfitters-car-rentals). You will not get cell phone reception but there will be enough traffic on the road that if you have a breakdown, someone will come by and stop and help you. The car that we rented had a CB radio which we used to entertainment purposes but we didn't have any need it for emergencies as we didn't have any. DON
  5. I love technology but too much of current technology is solutions looking for problems. DON
  6. I wouldn't buy anything to make a ridiculous abuse of technology work. You do know that there are cruise lines out there that do not subject you to inadequate untested technology. Cancel all of your booked Princess cruises and tell them what they can do with the medallion and w their ships. DON
  7. In addition to the other great suggestions that you have been given, add Hatcher Pass and Independence Mines State Historical Park - https://www.alaskavisit.com/things-to-do/scenic-drives/hatcher-pass-road-independence-mine/#independence-gold-mine - which is a great gold mining site and a really great drive. It is ~60 miles out of Anchorage. Someone should have mentioned that if you go to the Wildlife Center, the drive along Turnagain Arm is a good one and is very scenic. Basically, the best thing about Anchorage besides the wonderful Anchorage Museum - https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/ - is the stuff that is within driving distance of Anchorage. DON
  8. By what? There are no 4 legged carnivorous mammals on Antarctica so you only have to worry about seals and your fellow campers. Unless you want to worry about South Polar Bears - LOL!! DON
  9. I usually tell people to go to the internet to find information when it is a simple search but as you are from Australia and I like Australians - check out this site - https://weatherspark.com/ DON
  10. A suggestion for people whose spouses snore. My wife used to allege that I snored loudly enough to wake up the dead. I was asleep of course so I never heard myself snore although I did tape myself and I must admit that I was loud. I did try that surgery but on my throat and it didn't do any good. For other reasons, I switched from a standard pillow to a pair of wedge pillows and I also now sleep on my back. She says that my snoring has almost completely stopped. Worth a try for couples who suffer from spousal snoring. Funny story on snoring where my snoring probably helped me. I booked a cruise to Antarctica where I shared a cabin with a stranger as my wife did not want to go on the trip. I paid for a shared cabin which was obviously much cheaper that a single cabin. After the first night, my assigned cabin mate was gone and he had switched and paid for a single cabin. Since I has not requested the switch, I got to get the cabin with 2 beds as a single and did not have to pay for it. I used one bed to sleep on and the other one to keep all my photo gear and outside clothing so that I did not have to put the stuff away and I could grab it quickly. Sometimes snoring has positive results. LOL!!! DON
  11. I cancelled for a medical reason. Probably cancel for any reason will not be covered. As you said, ask them. DON
  12. I guess that it was comprehensive and it was definitely medical. It covered evacuation, medical expenses and a bunch of other stuff. I had to cancel a cruise because of a medical issue and they covered what I did not get back from the cruise company. I bought it directly from Allianz but I am sure that you can get it from brokers such as InsureMyTrip. I had several plan choices and Allianz told me the advantages and disadvantages of each plan. What was important to me was a high medical coverage and good evacuation limits as I was cruising to out-of-the-way places. DON
  13. We had an Allianz annual travel insurance plan. Worked for us when we needed it. DON
  14. Do you plan to have a car. I can suggest several things but you need a car to get to them. DON
  15. If you booked w a TA, call them and have them handle it. If you booked w Princess, you will just have to endure the Princess hold music and call them. A 20 minute hold is not too bad. Just put your phone on speaker and browse CC while you are waiting on Princess. DON
  16. I don't know what made it luxury but very overpriced in my opinion. I also did a whale watching trip (don't remember the company) and there were just 8 or us on the boat. The price was much much than $349 and it was one of the best whale watching trips I have ever taken. How good a trip is is always a bit of luck but we did get to see a breeching, several adults with their babies and lots of whales. DON
  17. Typing "cost of specialty dining on princess" into Google would have gotten you the information that you needed. DON
  18. Her job is to help you and not to lecture you. She should have been reported to management except that it probably would have taken more time than it was worth considering your limited time on the ship. DON
  19. If I had an older phone which satisfied all my needs, why should have I have to upgrade it to a newer model or updated the operating system of my phone just to satisfy Princess. They can go stuff themselves. There are many other cruise lines out there that would be very happy to have my business. DON
  20. If you had continued on the site, you would have found that a Silver Nomad plan was available. See my earlier post. DON
  21. I typed "Antarctica travel insurance for over 70s" into Google and got lots of hits and I actually priced out plans. I entered Antarctica as my destination and an age of 80. DON
  22. There are newspaper travel sections but they are on line instead of on paper. I subscribe to the digital NY Times and there are lots of very interesting travel articles in there. DON
  23. I suspect that one problem might be that the Princess IT "experts" are totally unaware that different phones have different capabilities and that some people don't upgrade their phones every year just because of a few new features. In fact I know someone who is still using a flip phone because all she wants to do w the thing is to make and receive phone calls. She certainly does not want to have to buy a new phone just so that she can cruise on Princess. The old manual system that all the cruise lines used worked. Why "fix" something that ain't broke just to make thing easier and more profitable for Princess. DON
  24. Princess is running the cruise. It is up to them to provide a good cruising experience and not to pass off any problems to someone else and say the "it isn't my fault". Are all the lines cruising out of Southhampton having problems or just Princess. DON
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