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About Whimsy88

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    Asheville, North Carolina
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    Cruising, writing, canoeing and kayaking, getting my older kids through college!
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  1. Does anyone have recent NCL Jewel menus for the main dining room? This will be our first time on NCL (Alaska this July). We've seen all of the recommendations for the specialty dining, but are trying to go as low budget as possible. We are not foodies. Just curious what to expect.
  2. REI is an awesome place - pricey, but you can find deals if you are a co-op member and watch for sales! The anniversary sale is a good one. My oldest son spent a month out West last summer on his own - New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and then Yellowstone & Glacier. Had an REI tent and one of the poles bent in high winds. Tent was still functional, but... Took it in to ask about replacing the pole and they simply replaced the tent. And he got the new model since they had just upgraded!
  3. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    Yes. This is exactly what we got for July!
  4. I couldn't find a thread on this, but may have just missed it. Not new to cruising, but first time on NCL. Can you request ahead of time for the beds to be pushed together and made up as one? Any idea where on the website, or do I call? Or just wait until boarding, find our room steward and request?
  5. No worries! Good information is always good to share in my opinion. Unfortunately, as pretty as it looks, Devil's Punchbowl won't be on my itinerary - training for a marathon, I am not! I hope you have a lovely cruise and hike.
  6. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    Do you recall - is that what comes up as the Mill Street location?
  7. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    tysmomm: Would you care to share what information you received? Husband and I are in the same quandry (different boat, though! ) I can get a $25 gift card for Avis from CC points, and another couple on our cruise is interested in splitting the cost of the rental. Makes it very affordable, I think. But I would like to know what you found out about distance, etc.
  8. Good to know! We are close to and spend a good bit of time hiking in Pisgah Forest in Brevard. It's a lovely area and much more like Saluda. There's really only mall hiking in Arden which is just a bit north of my house! Is it doable to squeeze in Lower Dewey on top of Yakutania/Smugglers Cove and Lower Reid Falls? The view overlooking the cruise ship sounds like something not to be missed. We're there the first week of July if that makes any difference. Hubby is a better hiker than me, but I do alright, especially when motivated by scenery and/or waterfalls! We're figuring on Skagway being our intensive hiking port!
  9. dyeadave: Lower Dewey looks pretty, but it also doesn't look all that different from hiking at home.... Yakutania Point and on to Smugglers Cove, lunch in town, and then a separate hike to Lower Reid falls - doable? We're in port 8am-8pm.
  10. Anita - thank you for the input! I've seen a few of your other posts on various boards, and checked out your trip report. I really enjoy your writing and the photographs are beautiful. Scrolling through your trip report was probably a bad idea, though - now I'm chomping at the bit even more! DH booked us a July 1 northbound NCL sailing - the 49th state during the year I turn 49. 137 days to go...
  11. We've started some research, but getting a little overwhelmed with options. There looks to be great, close to town hiking. We live in the mountains in NC, so we do some hiking, but not wanting anything strenuous. Just a nice day hike to see beautiful scenery. Lower Reid Falls, Yakutania Point, Smugglers Cove and Lower Dewey Lake all look like good options. What are everyone's preferences and recommendations?
  12. Lots to consider. We really like the idea of the train just because it would be a new experience and DH could sightsee too instead of having to drive. Plus we would like to see a bit of Seattle too since neither of us have been. We'll see how the numbers play out. But all this info is very helpful!
  13. Thank you, Martincath - that is actually incredibly helpful advice. We'll keep investigating options and may pick your brain some once we've narrowed things down!
  14. DH and I are booked on the NCL Jewel in July 2019 - Northbound Alaska from Vancouver. Alaska is a bucket list item for both of us, but we are DEFINITELY on a budget since we are paying for 2 kids in college! Some preliminary investigation of flights looks like it's going to be cheaper to fly into Seattle from our region and then do the Amtrack train up to Vancouver. Planning to fly in 2 nights before - spend the remainder of the day and that night in Seattle, then the train next day and hotel overnight in Vancouver before boarding the ship. We have never been to either city. We have a few sites we would like to see (Pike Place being one), but no specific plans in either city. We enjoy walking to explore. Looking for suggestions of budget friendly hotels/areas to stay with minimal additional transport costs. We appreciate the help.
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