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About viggyfrommaine

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  1. Woo Hoo! Just received an email that my bid was accepted for our 5/21 sailing to Alaska on Norwegian Pearl. We were originally booked in an oceanview stateroom and we got upgraded to a mid-ship mini-suite for $210 per person ($440 total). I am beyond excited! I also bid $200 per person for a balcony room so I was surprised to get the mini suite for only $40 more. I hope that others on this sailing are getting good news today.
  2. We are leaving in two weeks on the Pearl for Alaska. I originally booked the 8:30 a.m. tour (train first) and then after researching further decided to switch to the 7:30 a.m. tour (bus first) for exactly the reason you mentioned.....fog. Chilkoot assured me that we would be fine with the tight time frame. They won't leave without you!
  3. 4 of us (all adults) are booked in one oceanview cabin on the Pearl leaving 5/21 for Alaska. The configuration of our room is two twin beds that can be pushed together to make a queen sized bed, one twin pullman style bed that comes out as a bunk from the wall, and one trundle bed that will pull out from underneath one of the twin beds. We just received an opportunity to bid on an upgraded room yesterday and we are hoping to score a balcony or mini suite to gain a bit more space because it will certainly be tight!
  4. we are booked on Pearl in May. We have a 2 p.m. arrival in Juneau and will be on the 2:30 p.m. smaller boat whale watch with Harv and Marv's. They will call a cab and arrange for it to meet us at the dock and take us to Mendenhall when we are on our way back from the whale watch to the dock. I will then instruct the cab driver to come back in 2 hours to pick us up at Mendenhall and bring us back to the ship. Marv and Marv's assures me that this schedule will all work! I hope that they are right!
  5. Hi everyone - I just purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ300 for my upcoming Alaskan cruise in May. I am thinking of purchasing a monopod or tripod for the panoramic glacier bay shots as well as the whale watch that we will be going on. Will a monopod suffice or should I purchase a tripod instead? Also, are there any other accessories that I should consider purchasing for my new camera? I am only an amateur but I want to get some good pictures of Alaska! Thank you.
  6. Hi there, We are taking an Alaskan cruise on the Norwegian Pearl in mid-May. Our return flight out of SEATAC is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Is this too early? Will we have to carry our own luggage off the ship in order to get to the airport in time? Also, what do you recommend for transportation from Pier 66 to SEATAC? Thank you!
  7. Hi there, 4 of us have booked a whale watch with Harv and Marv's in Juneau in mid-May. When the whale watch is complete (approx. 6:30 p.m.) we then want to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. What is the best way to get from Auke Bay Harbor to Mendenhall and then from Mendenhall back to our cruise ship (the Norwegian Pearl)? Should we take a cab or are there other options such as Uber? Also, we are booked to go on the Island Wings float plane tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan. Has anyone been on this specific tour? If so, how was it? This is our most expensive excursion and we want to make sure that this tour is going to be worth the cost. If there is another great tour option that we should consider for Ketchikan please let me know. Thank you!
  8. Thanks again for the great ideas. We have added several things to our list (Kerry Park, Toulouse Petit). I wish that we had one more day to tour Seattle. There is so much to see and do there. Denise
  9. We are on the May 21st cruise as well....Can't wait!!
  10. Thank you everyone for providing your feedback. So many good ideas! I will definitely start looking for Groupons. We have decided to use Uber XL to get from the airport to the hotel and from Pier 66 back to the airport at the end of our cruise. The hotel will shuttle us to the Aquarium on Sunday when we leave for the cruise and they say that we can walk to Pier 66 from the Aquarium. We will hold off on purchasing the City Pass and will buy the combo Chihuly and Space Needle pass instead. A few more questions: 1. If we only visit the Space Needle once, is it better to go during the day or at night? The combo pass only allows one visit whereas the City Pass allowed two visits within 24 hours. 2. What other sights should we see in Seattle, especially if weather is going to be wet/rainy? 3. Has anyone heard of Bill Speidel's Underground Tour? If so, is that worth doing? 3. Any good restaurant recommendations in the area of the Maxwell Hotel? Thanks again! Denise
  11. I am arriving in Seattle with my mom (70), sister (48) and daughter (19) on Friday, May 19th. We are staying at the Maxwell Hotel prior to our Norwegian Pearl Alaska cruise departure on Sunday, May 21st. I have a few questions for the Seattle experts out there: 1) Is it possible for the 4 of us to take the Central Link light rail from the airport to downtown Seattle (Westgate?) and then walk or pick up an Uber the rest of the way to the Maxwell hotel? We will each have 1 large piece of luggage as well as one carry on. We are all healthy with no physical limitations. Is there another inexpensive alternative to get 4 of us from the airport to the hotel that we should consider? 2) We are planning on purchasing the City Pass and hoping to accomplish the following in our short stay in Seattle: Friday: Flight arrives at SeaTac at 12:30 p.m. Check in at hotel, lunch, EMP Museum, Space Needle and Chihuli Gardens and Glass at night. Saturday: Breakfast and visit Pike Place Market, Harbor Tour, Seattle Great Wheel, Wings Over Washington and back to Space Needle at night. Sunday: Drop off luggage at Pier 66 around 10:30 a.m. and then Seattle Aquarium before boarding Norwegian Pearl around 12:30 p.m.. Is the above itinerary reasonable or is it too much crammed into a short period of time? Should we add or drop any of the attractions from our list? Is the City Pass worth it? The two items on the City Pass that are of most interest to us are the Space Needle and Chihuli Gardens. We will not have a car but we can use the hotel's free shuttle to most attractions. We really want to see some of the highlights of Seattle in our short stay. Any recommendations would be very helpful. Thank you!
  12. Royal Cruz - I recently booked the Gallery One/Doubletree on East Sunrise Boulevard. I didn't see this hotel listed in one of your earlier posts. Is this hotel in a good location? Is it walking distance to beach, restauants, shopping and nightlife? I chose this hotel because I wanted to book a suite room so that all 6 of us could be together in one room. My options are limited as a result. It seems like I should be looking for hotels on Seebreeze Boulevard instead. If you have any better recommendations let me know. Thanks!
  13. Hi there, We need to find a hotel close to the beach for a family of 6. I would prefer to have all of us in a one room suite if possible. Are there any hotels within walking distance to the beach that could accomodate us? Also, we would like to go on an airboat tour to see gators. What is the best tour in the Fort Lauderdale area? We will have a rental car to get there. Thanks.
  14. Great! Thanks for the Albatross Charters information. I am looking them up on the internet now!
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