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  1. I think it would make sense to temporarily suspend the PVSA requirement to visit a foreign port on closed loop cruises (i.e. no real transportation involved). Leave the distant foreign port requirement in place for one way cruises. I would also like to see cruises to nowhere be allowed again. I could see the "demand" for cruises initially being for short, close to home sailings with few or even no ports. Not having to stop at a foreign port for those sailings would also eliminate the need for those countries to be open to accepting US citizens before cruises could resume.
  2. Aug 2015 to Alaska on the Crown. Been mostly cruising Disney since then with the kids, but keep up on Princess and plan to return.
  3. We should have been on a plane today to Anaheim for a week at Disneyland and Universal Studios.
  4. I don't mind the Lido pizza... the nice thing is you can just grab it and go. The NY Pizza is definately better, but it can be painfully slow as well. Sometimes you just want to grab a quick slice and be on your way.
  5. I would say port days... then I have the option of touring or just staying onboard and enjoying the ship when it is less crowded. I also enjoy watching the mooring operations and just the sailing in and out of harbors, etc.
  6. Changing cabins in the same category should cost them anything. Is there some specific reason they booked you in that particular cabin (adjoining, or connecting to them, etc)? If so, then I agree it might be tacky to ask to change cabins. Otherwise I don't know why it would matter to them if you moved within the same category. Good Luck!!
  7. We found a couple hours to be plenty (made 2 loops around), but we'd been there a few times before.
  8. Consider checking out the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It's right down by the Portage Glacier visitors center. You can easily combine the two in a day trip. Beautiful drive as well down there from Anchorage as well.
  9. I think I would fly into Vancouver and save Calgary, Banff, etc. for another trip. Do the one way cruise and extend your trip afterwards to see Seward, Kenai, Anchorage, Denali, etc.
  10. With your port time and the distance to the gardens I would just go with the cruise line tour.
  11. Thanks for the review. I think these unique longer itineraries tend to attract a higher percentage repeat passengers. We did the 1 off 9 night Alaska this summer and notice the same thing with tons of gold and platinum passengers. Doesn't bother me as I never wear my lanyard anyway so nobody would know how many cruises I have done, lol. Didn't really notice anybody beign treated differently, but that's too bad that would happen. We had free iMessage on the Wonder. Hoepfully you will have it for your Magic cruise. Agree that they don't advertise it at all, but there were several que
  12. We were on the deck 6 on the wonder last month for 9 nights and walked by that laundry room several times a day. The door to it is kept open and you can definately hear the noise from the machines out in the hallway and I would assume in the cabin accross the hall from it. There is also quite a bit of traffic from people coming and going out of there at all hours (its open 24 hours I believe). Anyway, if it was me I would attempt to move to a different deck 6 verandah in the same category. Note: if you go further aft on the starboard side of deck 6 you may hear some low rumbling noise from the
  13. If you are looking specifically for something UW Huskies, then Seattle would definately be the place for that. If you just want something with any husky dog on it, or a husky stuffed animal then you can find those in pretty much any port in Alaska. We did a dog sledding excurision this summer in Juneau and were on the lookout for husky items as well. No problem at all finding them...
  14. For a last minute Alaska I would be more inclined to go with the round trip itinerary and save the one way for when you have more time to extend the trip on land. Been on both these ships multiple times, prefer the NA, buy can't go wrong with either. We were on the Nieuw Amsterdam in April, it was in great condition.
  15. We've been to Alaska on Princess, Holland America, NCL, X, and Disney. They are all obviously different onboard experiences, but the Alaska port experience is very much the same on any of them. For a first Alaska cruise I would look for a round trip (easier) itinerary from Vancouver (more scenic sailing). I would also look for Glacier Bay to be on my itinerary for a first time trip. There are not a ton of ports in SE Alaska so itineraries tend to be similar, but take a look at the ports for what you are interested in and also the amount of time in each ports. For the cruise line I
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