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  1. One of the considerations would be if exploring Denali National Park prior to the cruise. A preferred shuttle bus destination is to Eielson which won’t be operating until June 1. Other than that you’ve chosen our favorite time to cruise Alaska.
  2. Wonderful site, Dave. It's laid out well for navigation with such a large portfolio.
  3. No, and was never asked for her vaccination verification.
  4. My SO traveled from Seattle to Anchorage last Friday. There were no testing stations and no restrictions. Not to say Juneau won’t have something. I was a little disappointed that masks are more of an option in Anchorage. We’re still all over masks here in Seattle, at least downtown.
  5. These are a few of the bus businesses that provide transportation between Anchorage and Seward. If you arrive Seward with a few days prior to your departure you could rent a car in Seward so there won’t be the pricey drop fee. http://www.sewardbuslines.net/summer.html https://alaskacruisetransfer.com/schedule/ https://www.alaskatravel.com/park-connection-bus/?ref=427&utm_source=visit_anchorage&utm_medium=akt&utm_content=transportation_bus_service
  6. Based on your roll call post it appears this is your cruise. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruises/itinerary/7-night-alaska-experience-from-seattle-on-ovation/OV07SEA-3517315117?sail-date=2022-09-02&currency=USD&country=USA&dates_maxDate=08%2F31%2F2022&dates_minDate=08%2F01%2F2022 It’s not as good as a glacier cruise if glaciers are what you want to see. You’ll still see many from a distance and you’ll have opportunities to see them in ports. One of the easiest to get to is Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau although not as impressive as say, Glacier Bay or Hubbard or
  7. Can you post the itinerary or a link to the specific cruise?
  8. Yes, a third might be that with the talk of a "Vaccine Passport" and that it may be required to enter other countries and venues. Those folks that are digging their heels in and not getting the vaccine may also be limiting what they can do.
  9. We also enjoy cruising Alaska in May. One consideration if doing a land tour as well as the cruise is going to Denali. The shuttle buses don’t begin until May 20 and only go to Toklat at that time. The buses to Eielson (mile 66) begin on June 1 which is the minimum most suggest. If cruising in May-late May, it is sometimes better to do a NB cruise first which may allow for catching the early June Eielson shuttles.
  10. I've seen them come up occasionally. Princess has a 4-day sampler in May 2022 that hits one Alaska port, Ketchikan.
  11. There is another thread regarding this on Trip Advisor. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28923-i349-k13496693-Non_Resident_flying_to_AK_United_Airlines_covid19_test-Alaska.html
  12. Without knowing your budget, our favorite before we moved here, was The Inn at the Market. It’s located next to Pike Place Market and central to the downtown core.
  13. It will be interesting to see what kind of responses you get here. If you’re cruising in SE Alaska you’ll find it difficult to avoid tourists. There will most likely be thousands of others getting off cruise ships in each port. The downtown areas can be packed with them. For some flexibility, look at renting a car to get out of the downtown areas although your “wine” options will be limited. With the “mechanical” interest, possibly the AJ Mine tour in Juneau? Based on what you’re interested in, I’m wondering if Alaska is the best fit for you.
  14. @Italy My wife is traveling to Anchorage from Seattle in 2 weeks, vaccinated. Hopefully there will be some definition to this thread to know exactly what to do, it is confusing. We’re following this thread. If you haven’t already, you might try contacting the Juneau folks instead of the state. https://juneau.org/covid-19/covid-19-travel
  15. Downtown hotels can be pricey during cruise season. You might consider the Mediterranean Inn. It is reasonably priced and is one of the closer hotels to Pier 91. There is a Safeway a block away as well as several restaurants within a few blocks. The Space Needle/Seattle Center is just a few blocks away. It isn’t the perfect location for exploring downtown but if you have limited time to do that, it’s a good location.
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