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  1. We do a lot of back-to-back cruises to Alaska and will go whale watching on both trips. Sometimes, if our itinerary permits, we might get in 4 total whale watching tours (2 in Juneau and 2 in Icy strait.) We are realistic when it comes to whale watching. It is a given that we will see whales, whale tails and spouts. Anything extra such as bubble net feeding and breaching are a blessing to us and not an expectation. As for what month, we have gone in May, June and July and didn't see any real difference.
  2. I don't think so either but our governor seems to have his own agenda when it comes to things. Keeping fingers crossed that he comes to his senses and it doesn't come to any court challenges to cause delays.
  3. We live in California and will have to wait even longer once the vaccine is available. Our governor isn't convinced it will be safe and wants an independent panel to look at the data before it will be given to us. UGH!
  4. Another vote for Jayleen's Alaska if you are going to be in Juneau.
  5. Sure keeping my fingers crossed that this will be true. Unfortunately, I live in California and our governor will not allow distribution of the shot until his independent task force deems it safe for use. I have pushed back one of our Alaska cruises from May to July in hopes that this whole mess will all be sorted out. Missed out on two Alaska cruises last year and not looking forward to repeating the same in 2021.
  6. Thanks all for your comments, I appreciate them. I think I am going to wait until the Alaska season is underway and see if this excursion does indeed happen like HAL is indicating/not indicating depending on what you are reading from HAL. I hope 2021 will be a better year for cruising. Wishing you all the best and hoping all your cruise dreams are fulfilled.
  7. That is so weird that it stated that the excursion was not available to intransit passengers when clearly the word "intransit" is in the title of the excursion and the last line of the tour explanation makes it clear that it is. Wishing you luck that it does happen for you.
  8. To clarify, I have not booked this cruise. A while back, I was doing some research on HAL cruises (combining northbound and southbound itineraries Vancouver/Whittier/Vancouver to create a B2B option). At the time, I didn't like the fact that HAL didn't have any tour options offered for intransit cruisers in Whittier. The other day, I received an email from HAL which mentioned Alaska cruise options/itineraries. In looking over the information, I noticed that one of the itineraries (Vancouver-Whittier) had an intransit excursion option for Whittier (see below) and that caught my eye and prompted to ask, if anyone was taking this excursion and if so, what time was it. "26 Glaciers Cruise - Intransit Guests Starting At $199 Stretch your legs on a short walk from the cruise ship terminal to board a catamaran. You'll travel 160 miles from Whittier into the pristine wilderness of Prince William Sound to view 26 massive glaciers. Narration by an expert Chugach National Forest Service ranger means your trip is both beautiful and educational. On the catamaran, you'll come face to face with towering masses of ice in brilliant blue hues, so close that you can hear the glaciers moving. You will encounter several types of glaciers, including the alpine (hanging), piedmont and tidewater types. The glaciers often calve -- pieces of ice break off and thunder into the water. It's an unforgettable experience. On this cruise, the wildlife is equally astounding. Sightings of sea otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles are commonplace. You may also spot bears, mountain goats and humpback and orca whales. The captain will stop at a bird rookery that is home to thousands of kittiwakes. Reserved seating, heated cabins, large panoramic windows, a hot meal, tea, coffee and ice water are all included. The boat also features a snack bar, gift shop and restrooms. The tour operator offers a 'no seasickness guarantee'. Notes: Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Tour operates rain or shine. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. This tour is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Whittier."
  9. Ruth -- Thanks for the suggestion, I will check into that. PSR -- When HAL came up with the 5 PM departure time I thought that was a little early; my Princess itineraries always leave quite a bit later from Whittier. I am still going to keep an eye on this itinerary and see how it all plays out before we make any future commitments. Thanks all for your comments, I appreciate them.
  10. Noon wouldn't give it enough time for a full tour if the HAL ships departs Whittier at 5 PM --- that's why I am asking for current tour times for 2021. When we were on Princess our tour time was 12:50-6:20 but we had a much later ship departure making the tour a good option.
  11. Oops, sorry. I meant to say Vancouver/Whittier/Vancouver. We have taken the 26 Glaciers tour a number of times and absolutely love it. When HAL decided to go to Whittier, I couldn't find any excursions for turnaround day so we basically wrote the itinerary off. Having an excursion for Whittier caught my eye---hence, the reason for me asking what's the excursion time.
  12. We are doing some research on a B2B Alaska cruise (Vancouver/Seward/Vancouver). I see that there is an excursion being offered for "in transit" passengers while in Seward. The tour is with 26 Glaciers. Is anyone taking this excursion? If so, what time does the excursion take place. Thank you in advance for your help.
  13. In 2019, we did a B2B on the Royal to Alaska. We did not tender into any ports. We did miss Hubbard due to the heavy fog but that could have happened with any ship. The only deviation from the original times on the itinerary was in Vancouver. When we embarked in Vancouver, we were informed that our ship would be leaving one hour ahead of schedule.
  14. We were booked on that vessel. Unfortunately, we had pea soup fog and our excursion was cancelled.
  15. Which ship were you on? I didn't know that Celebrity went to Glacier Bay. I know that Allen Marine offers a tour to Hubbard Glacier that off loads people from the cruise ship.
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