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  1. I have a tendency to sort my items by cold or warm wash bags (the joy of 5 star free laundry!), and low dry or warm dry. I write it in BIG letters and have had no issues. As for lost items, we had one shirt that wasn't ours show up in our laundry, but it found it's way home. One of Bill's shirts disappeared, but was found within 24 hours. I am not sure how they do it, but they are very good at ferreting out misplaced items. They are also honest. Once Bill left a sizeable amount of cash in his pants pocket, and it was returned. We sent a "thank you" reward to the laundry, and heard from our room steward that the person in the laundry who discovered and returned the cash was very grateful for the "tip".
  2. Thanks for the preview of our June departure on the Maasdam. It will be our first time sailing out of/in to San Francisco. That's one of the reasons we booked, along with 4 new ports in Alaska and our first ever visit to Oregon.
  3. We have done as Krazy Kruisers suggests. For our upcoming cruise, I have paid for our anniversary night. Usually there is no issue with asking the Pinnacle manager to use one of our freebies for a reservation night and getting it refunded. The only problem is if there is a special event in the Pinnacle, such as a pop up of Sel de Mer or a special dinner (Cellar Master/Master Chef, etc.) on the night you really wish to attend. Whether or not you book in advance, that can be an issue.
  4. We are heading to Homer in June, and I have a couple of questions. 1. Do to school bus shuttles from the pier to town stop at the Islands and Oceans museum? We might choose to go there if the shuttle gets us at least close by. 2. Mako's water taxi lists a wildlife tour to Gull Island and looking for wildlife for 2 hours, minimum of 4 people. HAL is offering a tour that sounds pretty similar, though they say it runs 2.5 hours. Does anyone know if Mako's is the company handling this for the cruise line(s)?
  5. In Juneau you can do Mendenhall on your own, as well as the tram. The latter is great on a nice day. There are trails on the mountain and great views. Our first visit it was so foggy you could barely see where the tram was going up the mountain. We did a whale watch on that first Juneau visit, and even that was pretty limited visibility. Sitka is a great town to walk around on your own. If the tram to the totem pole park is operating, that is a help. The park is worth visiting, but a bit of a hike from the dock. We are returning there this summer, and I've heard good things about the Fortress of the Bear and the raptor center, so we might go there. It appears our cruise isn't offering an excursion there this time. In Ketchikan, a flight with Island Wings is amazing. We went to see the black bears on a rainy day, and our trip back was a real adventure since they could not fly in to pick us up. We still made the sailaway with time to spare, due to their creative problem solving, so I really am impressed with them.
  6. We have never tried salmon/halibut fishing from a boat and want to try on our upcoming Alaska cruise. There are several decent ports for this. If anyone can give suggestions on what might be the best choice in mid-late June, that would be great! We are stopping in Ketchikan, Sitka, Homer and Kodiak. We've been to all but Kodiak before, and we'll be too early to watch the bears there.
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