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  1. I loved the Fisherman's Tour... you get to see a lot of wildlife, although I suppose that can vary from trip to trip. But you'll for sure see lots of eagles and crabs and that had an octopus they caught. It was fun for me and my mom. I agree that just staying in town and walking around is a great option. There is Creek Street, of course, but there is also a cool museum fairly near the docks too. I think it's a National Park museum and I remember seeing an interesting film about the area when we were there as well as some cool exhibits.
  2. Those towns are just more authentically 'Alaska' than Juneau and Ketchikan where a couple of ships can more than double the size of the town for the day. Those towns can remind you of a Caribbean island with the Diamond stores, etc. Sitka is a very walkable town and there are a couple of good museums and a raptor center that you can walk or take a shuttle to. There is a bear rescue place there too, but I haven't been to it yet. Homer has two main areas - the Spit and the main town area. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the bay on a sunny day is gorgeous. There are lots of activities there, but we've done it several times now and mostly just walk around the spit area. Kodiak has a very cool museum and a Russian church that is interesting. There is also a cool fort from WWII that you can go to and see the museum in a bunker. Honestly, we've done 7 day and 14 day cruises many times and we're going on a 21 day one this summer and it's mostly for the beauty of the area. That trumps all the towns you'll see. They all have pluses and some drawbacks, but it's the beauty that keeps us coming back.
  3. I enjoy Hubbard glacier the most of all the 'glacier day' places you can go to. My favorite ports are the less crowded ones of Sitka, Kodiak, and Homer which you can usually only go to on a longer cruise. But worth it.
  4. I second the HOHO bus idea. If you can dock at the new (newish??) pier near old Montreal there is a stop pretty close to that. Of course, we wandered around that area for awhile looking for it, but it was really close. Lots to see and discover in that old Montreal area... beautiful old buildings and churches, etc.
  5. Thanks for the video! It's making me excited for our upcoming cruise on the Maasdam in June. πŸ™‚
  6. That sounds pretty good for us... we're doing an excursion and meeting near the tram center. Sounds like it'll be an easy walk.
  7. Rats! I was hoping to see where the tenders are docking.
  8. Really fun to watch! I'll be on her next month!! It'll be weird to tender in Juneau though... don't think I've ever done it there and I've been on many Alaska cruises.
  9. I second the idea of waiting to get the tram ticket once you're in town... it's a great view of the area on a clear day. Another cool place with a great view on a clear day is the Glacier Gardens. We did it on an icky, rainy day and still enjoyed the trip on the tram up the mountain to the lookout. http://www.glaciergardens.com/
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  11. Really, why?? They've had lots of ships called Ryndam or Statendam in the history of the line. Doesn't need to be called 'New'. Everyone ends up shortening it anyway.
  12. I think it's been a pretty open secret, but I just saw this on Twitter: Holland America Line‏Verified account @HALcruises 1h1 hour ago BREAKING NEWS | The name of our next Pinnacle Class ship is...Ryndam! Glad they left the 'Nieuw' part off of it. πŸ™‚
  13. I like to buy souvenir pins that I then stick into a bulletin board in my room. They are small and inexpensive and I've found some cute ones over the years. πŸ™‚
  14. I'm also looking at doing HOHO buses in the Baltic countries this summer. While I haven't made a final decision, I'm leaning towards Stromma because they have a 'buy 3 different cities, get 1 city free' special. Here's a link: https://www.stromma.com/stromma-group/cruise/city-sightseeing-nordic-baltic/baltic-nordic/
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