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  1. Which ship are you sailing ? My SIL was looking for a cruise out of Venice but didn't find anything on Princess.
  2. Keep in mind that your hotel may not have a dock so you might need to walk a block or 2 with your luggage. You can make a reservation thru the water taxi co-op, but there isn't a need to: Home | Veneziana Motoscafi You might also check with your Roll Call to see if anyone would like to share the ride with you. Or maybe just the ride FROM the hotel to the ship. This link provides info on how to pick up your tickets and get to the airport pier: Venice Water Taxis (2020) (europeforvisitors.com)
  3. You didn't indicate the name of your hotel so it's hard to say. Venice is about a 20 drive from the airport. Also, can you easily manage your luggage? If you're staying within a block or 2 of Piazzale Roma, you could take a land taxi or the ATVO airport express bus. It's about a 20 minute ride. A taxi is about 45E and the bus about 8E. But if you're staying further inside Venice, there are several options depending on whether or not you can manage your luggage : take the taxi/bus to Piazzale Roma then transfer to a water bus, or, a private water taxi from the airport for
  4. I haven't stayed there; looks like a lovely place. But be aware that if you;re coming from the airport by taxi or bus, you'll need to cross the Calatrava Bridge to reach the hotel. It's a large bridge, spanning the Grand Canal. Can be difficult if you have a lot of luggage or any physical limitations. A photo of the bridge in this link: 'How Many Bridges?' Hotel Listings | Venice for Visitors (europeforvisitors.com) If you think the bridge will be an issue, look for a hotel near the Piazzale Roma, which is where a taxi or bus will drop you off from the airport. The link pr
  5. Staying in Venice proper would be my first choice. How much luggage will you have ? If it's more than you can easily handle over a few blocks, a hotel near Piazzale Roma would be the easiest location within Venice, but you pay for that convenience. Price the hotels in this link for your travel dates, specifically the hotels with 0 or 1 bridge to cross. 'How Many Bridges?' hotel listings for Piazzale Roma | Venice for Visitors (europeforvisitors.com) If they are beyond your budget, consider a hotel in Mestre near the train station. Mestre is the last stop on the mainland b
  6. If you choose May, keep in mind that the road into Denali doesn't fully open until around June 10. I believe the road is open to Eielson Visitor Center starting June 1. Eielson is the most popular destination; it's a lovely destination with exhibits, rangers, views, hikes, and running water. And it takes you into prime bear viewing area. The 2nd map in this link, PARK ROAD MAP, shows the destinations of the various transit and tour buses. Maps - Denali National Park & Preserve (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) Bus reservations open in Dec for the next yr.
  7. A water taxi is a nice option but will cost about 70E. Use your Roll Call to find another couple or 2 to share that cost with you. The driver will assist with your luggage but you need to get it to the pier. There is no charge to reserve a water taxi thru the cooperative. https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/en/ The hotel may or may not add a service fee. Your other options are the Alilaguna or the public water bus/vaporetto. Neither will assist you with luggage. How are you getting to the Hilton from the airport.? A water taxi will be about 110E. It's a bit of
  8. I don't know if it makes a difference to you but Taquan had 2 fatal crashes last summer. Google if you want additional info. I have no personal experience with them, but Island Wings has been well reviewed on this forum. There are a number of flightseeing vendors in Ketchikan. Download the Ketchikan Visitors Guide and go to page 41 for a listing of those vendors. https://www.visit-ketchikan.com/en/About-Ketchikan/Free-Guide
  9. The Alaska Marine Hwy (ferry) is still taking reservations . There are 2 ferries that leave from Bellingham WA and the first stop is Ketchikan; ends in Skagway. I did this many yrs ago and it was a great experience. I considered it as an option for my 3 month RV trip this summer, but it's just too expensive to take a 22ft motorhome on the ferry. Plus my 2 dogs would be uncomfortable being cooped up in the RV except for their timed potty breaks which is the only time I can see them. So I've cancelled my trip. Too many things are up in the air ..... border crossings, availability
  10. If you want feedback, you'll need to post a link or copy/paste a description. The hike that came up when I googled, indicates a 4hr trip and you go to Russian River Falls. If this is your hike, no you can't do it from the Lodge. The Falls are about 10 miles from the Lodge. The Kenai Princess is a beautiful property and a beautiful setting, but it's very isolated. IIRC it's about 2 miles from the hwy.
  11. So instead of cruising, adjust your ticket and fly into Anchorage then rent a car or RV and drive around Alaska for a week or 2 !!! And you'll see much more of Alaska ! To get your sea fix you can take day cruises out of Seward or Whittier, and as a bonus you'll also see more of the inland scenery and wildlife. Or fly into Juneau or Gustavus and stay at Glacier Bay for a few days. The GB day cruise is wonderful. You can stay at the GB Lodge or other accomodations around Gustavus. Use the ferry system to visit another small community on the inside passage. Think outsi
  12. Which excursions ? Some vendors will close down because their help has gone back to college. And some excursions, like heli dog sledding, will end because the snow at their base camp has melted away by mid Aug or Sept. And some vendors just want to clean up, close up, and head to their winter home in Mexico or Hawaii. There are reasons why shoulder-season cruises are cheaper .....
  13. The train is the most scenic. Check the COASTAL CLASSIC ... https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ It leaves Seward around 6pm, a 4 hr journey. That allows you the day to sightsee around Seward ... enjoy a 6 hr day cruise to the Kenai Fjords, hike/walk at Exit Glacier, fish, or just wander around the harbor. Most flights to the east coast are red-eye out of Anchorage, so you'll need to see if this train gets into Anchorage too late for a same day departure. OR, you could spend the night, sightsee around Anchorage, and catch a flight the next day. For bus options, there's the Par
  14. I don't recall what time we left the ship, but we were very lucky with our timing .... the shuttle bus left the pier shortly after we boarded, and the city bus arrived at Largo della Pace a few minutes after we arrived. Both bus trips were about 10-15 minutes, so from ship to train station was about 30 minutes. So .....if you factor in missing each bus and having to wait 10-15 minutes for the next, plus the length of each ride, you'd give yourself 50-60 minutes. BTW, when we arrived at the train station there was a LONG line at the ticket machines and office for people buying ticket
  15. longer port times and a Vancouver departure would be the winning factors for me. (and Vancouver is a fun and scenic place to visit .... rent bikes and peddle around Stanley Park, then go to Granville Market )
  16. Maybe I'm wrong but your response to Glaciers makes me think you're calling the Princess cruiseline number. The Fairbanks Lodge is closed for the winter so you can't contract their direct line, but you can call the Princess Lodge number 800 426 - 0500. https://www.princesslodges.com/princess-alaska-lodges/fairbanks-lodge/
  17. I assume you're getting TO Denali by train? The most efficient way to travel is via car so you have complete control over your schedule, but if you prefer to travel by train, I'd suggest the Park Connection Bus for the Denali - Anc - Whittier portion. The bus leaves Denali around 7am and arrives at the Anchorage Museum around 1:30. Their bus to Whittier leaves at 3pm also from the Museum. https://www.alaskacoach.com/schedule/ The company also sells pkg tours by train and/or bus, so you might want to talk to them about a pkg.
  18. Try googling each excursion to find the actual tour operator. Their web site might provide more details. Also, look on youtube for video of each. Being able to see the excursion might help you with the decision. Good luck !
  19. Based on prices listed on the Denali reservation site, the upgrade SHOULD cost about $60. The TWT costs $162 and the NHT is $ 102. The catch will be .... do you have time for a longer tour? You might also consider asking for a refund, then book a transit bus to Eielson Visitor Center (EVC) for $45, instead of the TWT. Both buses travel the same road, make the same stops for wildlife and bathroom breaks. The EVC is a lovely destination in itself.... awesome views if the mountain is out, exhibits, ranger hike at noon, trails, a bus dispatcher if you choose to take a
  20. You didn't post the GB4 itinerary but from what I can tell it only has 1 night in Denali: - Day 4 bus from Fairbanks to Denali - Day 5 train from Denali to Whittier. Typically with a one-night stop, you only have time for the Natural History Tour which only goes to Mile 30 of the park road. There are almost 90 miles of park road to travel!! Only going to mile 30 means you will miss out on the wildlife and scenery. ie prime bear viewing starts around mile 50. To be blunt, if you only go to mile 30, it's not worth going. I suggest you contact Princess a
  21. Sitka ... without a doubt. (if you had your heart set on a fly in bear viewing tour, I'd say Ketchikan and go in July ) Sitka is not as visited as the other alaska ports so it's still quite charming. Lovely location, interesting Russian history, and stuff to see and do depending on your interests..... Russain Archangel dancers, the Raptor Center, Fortress of the bears. Check out the town web site for more info: https://visitsitka.org/things-to-do/placestovisit They used to have a free shuttle. Download the town Visitor Guide to see. https://view.joomag.com/
  22. I'm assuming there are 4 people travelling based on all the luggage...... There is an additional fee if there are more than 4 of you sharing a cab. The additional fee for excess luggage seems to have been dropped. (When we're travelling we always ask the driver for an approx cost before we get in ) 30E is what people were reporting for the airport to Pl Catalunya area hotels. Fees in this doc: https://docs.amb.cat/alfresco/api/-default-/public/alfresco/versions/1/nodes/b0775b7a-3228-4567-b2e2-27d0e39c55c2/content/Tarifes 2020_14.12.2019.pdf?attachment=
  23. Ditto .... look for a Vancouver departure ( more inside passage travel so more scenic and calmer waters). And Glacier Bay. As you compare itineraries, be mindful of port times. You want to be in port long enough and at the right time of day for planned activities. If these are the only 2 options i'd say #2 for Vancouver and Sitka. But w/o the port times, it's difficult to know. BTW, there are numerous trip reports listed at the top of the page. Read thru them for first hand experiences of the ships, ports, activities, etc.
  24. Use google maps to determine the distance .... Seward Cruise Ship Terminal to whatever the train depot address is. I haven't cruised from Seward but have to been to the harbor many times; I'd guess it's a 1/2 mile walk. The area is flat so it should be an easy walk as long as you don't have mobility issues and too much luggage. OTOH, not pleasant on a rainy day. The free shuttle is an option but might be a wait. PJs Taxi in Seward has a 15 pax van. Ask them for a quote.
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