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  1. I do wonder if the shore vendors will be some of the first to know since the cruise lines will need to begin making arrangements with them for these special restrictions.
  2. It does seem reflective of attitudes towards covid that Canada has taken a proactive stance in mitigating confirmed cases and deaths and some in the US are trying to do a work-around to PVSA that may increase cases and deaths when cruises resume. At least on the surface, I like the idea of not having to stop in a foreign port but not at the expense of undermining Canada’s efforts to control covid. Good topic but for another time.
  3. We’ve used the Pan Pacific hotel to store our bags after a cruise and before our train departure that evening. They are located at the Canada Place cruise terminal so it was very convenient. It was $5/bag. It can fill up fast when the ship arrives so may need to head directly there. This was two years ago so you may want to check their policy to make sure they are still storing bags for non-guests.
  4. If you do stay there check out Buckley’s. It a short walk. Kind of a hole-in-the-wall bar but they used to have some wonderful clam chowder. It’s more of a locals place. They also have some very good Georgetown Brewery beers. Try the Bodhizafa. Another option is Taylor Shellfish which is close as well.
  5. If the Carnival Miracle hasn't done an Alaska trip from San Francisco you may want to check out the reviews for Princess who have been doing it for a while. There are many.
  6. There are no hotels near Pier 91/Smith Cove. If you aren’t planning to explore the downtown area prior to the cruise the airport is much less expensive than downtown. There is a hotel on Lower Queen Ann called The Mediterranean Inn. It gets good reviews and is one of the closer hotels to 91 at about 2.5 miles away. It’s also close to several restaurants and a Safeway if you need supplies. It’s also close to the Space Needle/Seattle Center.
  7. Most of Alaska is hungry for cruising to resume, at least most SE and communities on the road system who benefit economically. I’ve seen some flack from smaller communities, primarily Native Alaskan communities that are against it as they just don’t want to be exposed to covid. It can devastate those communities with limited health care providers & facilities.
  8. I agree with you most of the time. We haven’t cruised the Caribbean in 20 years. MKM has a different cruising style and has emphasized the casino. I would find those 4 “Fun Days at Sea” a bore fest but they may find that the highlight. Different strokes.
  9. I can’t imagine cruise lines would consider Mexico or Russia just to cruise Alaska. Most regular Alaska cruisers wouldn’t want all of these sea days, they just want Alaska. Another issue would be how many vendors and tour operators would even be in business if there were just a handful of ships to visit ports. It would be a different Alaska and not really worth a port stop. Another alternative would be a small ship cruise for the diehard Alaska cruisers. UnCruise and Alaskan Dream will most likely have trips within Alaska regardless of what Canada does. They depend much less on port communities.
  10. The Lumberjack Show is kind of getting a bum rap here. It’s a theater production so you need to keep that in mind. It does get a bit slapstick. We’ve done it once and probably won’t do it again. It’s close to where the ships dock and would make nice filler if needed. If it wasn’t fairly popular it wouldn’t be there.
  11. The Theodosius was the Allen Marine vessel that was at Hubbard Glacier last year.
  12. Glaciers

    Haines, Alaska?

    I wonder if Carnival had anything to do with it. Don't they own the railroad and the dock now?
  13. It appears many of the pilings have been placed so noise may be less now although the construction directly behind the Marriott will continue through 2021 and into 2022. It’s a wonderful area to walk as you’re not too far from the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Elliott Bay Trail. As for a view of Smith Cove/Pier 99 from the Marriott Waterfront, you won’t have one. You’ll have a great view of the Bell St. Pier 61 as you’re across the street. Also, being on the north end of downtown it will be a quick ride to Smith Cove. A few hardy people walk it along the Elliott Bay Trail, about 1 hour. It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings although most the negatives about downtown Seattle are from people that don’t live here. We live downtown and have never felt unsafe.
  14. If you don’t get an answer here you might try the Alaska forum on TripAdvisor. There is at least one person who lives in the area who posts frequently. Another option is to call one of the lodges like Alpine Creek Lodge. They snow machine out occasionally in the winter and will know how much of the road can be accessed by vehicles.
  15. Humpbacks can be seen throughout the cruise season but may peak in June/July. There are some that actually winter over in Alaska. You’ll always see them in Juneau if going on a whale watch tour. More likely to see orcas in May/June although we’ve seen them later in the year many times. I mentioned in a previous post that I spend hours looking for them each day so my sightings are better than someone who simply walks out on deck and takes a quick look for them.
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