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  1. Vancouver one way or round trip with 1) Glacier Bay or 2)Hubbard Glacier or 3)College Fjord or 4)Tracy Arm or a combination of Hubbard and Tracy Arm. Glacier Bay is almost guaranteed if on your itinerary. Tracy Arm and Hubbard may be missed due to various conditions (weather, seals birthing)
  2. small battery operated candle to use as nightlight in the bathroom
  3. It is a bus that just makes the loop for those attractions. We did the fortress and skipped the raptor center since we had been there before. It will say Fortress of the Bears.
  4. The Maasdam tendered in both Ketchikan and Juneau on our May-June itinerary. We were the smallest cruise ship in port.....not fun. Too many ships in Alaska and it isn’t getting any better.
  5. Maasdam was recently refurbished and was very nice in May and June. Food and service were excellent. No kids club (yea). Plenty of lectures and cultural emphasis on Alaska. Individual and group performances on stage. TV’s are not updated and the tenders are old. It’s an older, smaller ship which was clean and easy to get around. Like the other ships it was understaffed in the dining room but the menu was great. I would not hesitate to cruise on her. We were busy going to presentations and lectures and definitely not bored by a lack of entertainment.
  6. Maasdam will be sailing that 14 day itinerary out of Vancouver next year. Inside passage and some other changes, (no Kodiak). I hope they keep the EXC in-depth concept that we enjoyed this year on the Maasdam. I see the Amsterdam is practicing lifeboat drills in the Juneau rain today.
  7. The Noordam was turning when I checked for arrival. I found her on SnowCloud. Beautiful picture! Beautiful day, I hope!
  8. Assuming that you are docked in Sitka you will be bussed from your ship to town. There will be another bus where they drop you off that will take you to the Fortress of the Bears and will also stop at the Raptor Center.....for a reasonable fee (around $10 pp, I think). It ran throughout the day and will return you to the pick up location......where you will meet the bus to take you back to the ship.
  9. How long has it been since you booked the cruise? I have read here that you now have only a 60 day window to transfer to a TA. Do you have a nonrefundable deposit or fare? Why did she say you would lose out if you transfer to a TA and fares change? Saving $50 per airline ticket would not be enough of an incentive to transfer to a TA. Most TA’s would offer a much better incentive.
  10. You can do the Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears, and the Totem park on your own. The dance would be included as part of a tour. I guess if it is raining the tour would be worth it!
  11. Early arrival. Hopefully the early morning fog will continue to clear for a beautiful day.....and already the fog is returning! Oh well.... this is September.
  12. Good to see they haven’t given up on the HAL tradition of serving Baked Alaska. We finally saw it on the final day of our Maasdam Alaska cruise much to my delight! I’ve enjoyed following your travel report!
  13. Thanks for reporting on the family Alaska experience. It’s something I’ve been debating....HAL or Princess for a family cruise. 13 sounds like a good age for enjoying both the cruise, other teens, and Alaska. Neptune Suite for more space, free laundry, and snacks in the lounge sounds like a good idea!
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