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pablo312

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  1. I wanted to thank everyone for the kind words about the trip report. I'm glad that the report will help others. After all of the help that others on the two boards have given me, writing the report was the least that I could do. I did post the report on CC Member Review section.
  2. I wish I could help you there. My wife and I did not want to do formal nights. We did the UBD on the first night and Sabatini's on the second. While walking to Sabatini's, we did see people in coats and ties and suits. We also saw men wearing shirt and docker-style pants, but I don't know if they were heading to the MDR.
  3. We selected the Coral Princess because the itinerary included both Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay. It also left Whittier on a Monday which fit it well with our land itinerary. If you have any questions regarding the Coral or my itinerary, please feel free to ask.
  4. I wanted to thank the people who post on Cruisecritic. The advice that I read about the Alaskan port of calls and the cruise ships helped me in selecting a cruise ship and shore excursions and provided me with knowlege about the Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau. It would have been difficult to put together a smooth trip without this site. I especially wanted to thank Budget Queen for her advice and her recommendations on the Denali shuttle bus and the summit flightseeing tours with K2. My wife and I did both and enjoyed them greatly. We were really lucky to get Wendy as our bus driver on the Wonder Lake shuttle bus. She is very personable and a fantastic tour guide and animal spotter. We were also very very lucky to get sunny, clear skies for three days in Talkeetna and Healy. I wanted to thank Cruising Goddess for her Alaskan website. The packing info was invaluable. We would not have discovered those wonderful convertible pants if not for her. We also enjoyed her pictures and gave us an orientation of Denali, the port cities, and the Princess cruise ship. I posted my trip report on the land and sea portions of our trip at Tripadvisor. The link is as follows: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28923-i349-k5573164-Trip_Report_6_9_6_25_12-Alaska.html Hopefully, it can help others who are planning a trip to Alaska. I enjoyed Alaska and hope to return there for at least one more trip.
  5. We sailed on the 6/18 SB Coral Princess. The last cruise that we took was 8 years ago. We were surprised that the food in the Horizon Court was much better than in the MDR.
  6. Thank you for responding to my post. Snookie, we obviously misunderstood her instructions. We thought the bus was going to be in the small parking area on the side of the bakery. We were able to meet up with the bus which was parked by the General store.
  7. At the lunch stop in the bakery in Carcross, where do you meet the Dyea Dave bus for the return trip to Skagway? We took a tour with Shelby, and I am trying to determine if there a miscommunication or an intentional misdirection.
  8. Wow! I'm happy that I posted on this Board. Lots of great advice and things to consider. I appreciate the recommendations on cameras with good LCD screens and tips on LCD display features. That will be very helpful. The choices of digital cameras are overwhelming. On another board, I was advised to have a backup camera for my upcoming trip. That's a good idea. Since most of my experience is with film SLR and P&S cameras, I'm thinking about buying a Canon A1200. For about a $100 price, I thought it might be a good starter digital camera. It has an optical viewfinder, uses AA batteries, and has a 4X zoom. Reminds me of a digital version of the Canon Sureshot which took good photos. After I use the Canon, I can determine the features that I need for a more advanced P&S camera.
  9. pablo312

    camera question

    Thank you for responding to my post and directing me to the Camera Board. I got some great advice over there. I thnk I'm going to buy a Canon A1200. It has an optical viewfinder, USB port, and uses AA batteries. It got good reviews on CNET. It only costs around $100. After many years of using film cameras, this will be a good starter digital camera. I may eventually buy a superzoom P&S like the Nikon P80, Canon SX30 or SX40. If I do,l the A1200 will be a good backup camera for my Alaskan trip.
  10. My wife and I are in the process of buying a digital point and shoot camera for our Alaska trip next summer. I'm concerned about buying a camera that has an LCD display and no viewfinder. From talking to people who own digitial P&S cameras, the LCD display gets completely washed out in sunlight. I noticed this problem when I used my cell phone as a camera on a recent vacation. I've also read on the Web that having a camera with a viewfinder may not be the solution. The view finder will always indicate that the camera is in focus when that is not true. I can understand that because that could happen with film P&S cameras, but usually auto-focus minimized that occurence. I don't know how effective the auto-focus is on digital P&S cameras. I don't want to buy and use DSLR camera for vacation. Many, many years ago, I used an SLR camera on vacation. While I got great pictures, it was a big hassle dealing with the camera. I want a P&S camera. To still be able to take pictures in sunlight, should I get a P&S camera with a view finder in addition to the LCD display or are there cameras with LCD displays that don't get washed out in sunlight? Does anyone know of camera that has an LCD display that does not wash out in the sunlight? You advice and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
  11. pablo312

    camera question

    My wife and I are in the process of buying a digital point and shoot camera for our Alaska trip next summer. I'm concerned about buying a camera that has an LCD display and no viewfinder. From talking to people who own digitial P&S cameras, the LCD display gets completely washed out in sunlight. I noticed this problem when I used my cell phone as a camera on a recent vacation. I've also read on the Web that having a camera with a viewfinder may not be the solution. The view finder will always indicate that the camera is in focus when that is not true. I can understand that because that could happen with film P&S cameras, but usually auto-focus minimized that occurence. I don't know how effective the auto-focus is on digital P&S cameras. I don't want to buy and use DSLR camera for vacation. Many, many years ago, I used an SLR camera on vacation. While I got great pictures, it was a big hassle dealing with the camera. I want a P&S camera. To still be able to take pictures in sunlight, should I get a P&S camera with a view finder in addition to the LCD display or are there cameras with LCD displays that don't get washed out in sunlight? Does anyone know of camera that has an LCD display that does not wash out in the sunlight? You advice and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
  12. I'm envious. Hope I'm that lucky when I'm in Homer next year. Hope you get to see the CM when you're in Kodiak. Did you do a bear viewing trip while in Kodiak? If so, did you see many bears. I thought about flying out of Homer to do one, but have read that the numbers of bears that I might see in mid-June would be very few, if any.
  13. Thanks for the info about the boats. I had a feeling it would be rare to see TB in Homer during the summer. On a recent "After the Catch", Jonathan said TB is at sea 10 months out the the year. Oh well. You're right, I may have to make another trip to Southeastern Alaska. The sacrifices we must make.
  14. Thank you for scanning and posting these. I will be cruising on the SB Coral Princess next year and this answered my some of my questions. What was the entrees for formal nights? We're debating whether to pack the formal gear or just do the alternate dining.
  15. Thank you for posting the pictures. The scenery is beautiful. I was thinking about doing a flight with Michelle next year, and the photos helps with that decision.
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