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  1. Sorry, I wasn't clear... The test has to be done BEFORE coming to Alaska. They'll want proof when you land.
  2. You are required to have the results from a test within 72 hours of arriving in Alaska. Otherwise you have to quarantine once you arrive here. Other than the lack of tourist, Anchorage is as busy as it usually is. Some places require masks (banks, Costco, medical places).
  3. Don't do the Tundra Wilderness Tour... Use the shuttle bus. Same road, same views, much cheaper: https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm
  4. Taquan does a lot of air taxi work outside of the tourist season. The company I used to work for used them for when we had field techs in the area.
  5. So you'll be wasting a lot of time going back and forth... But you seem to want that. And you are skipping Denali National Park? So Day 1, don't spend that time in Anchorage. Do those activities coming back up from Girdwood on day 6. Then do your day 6 activities on day 1.
  6. As others have said: The Denali Princess Lodge is pretty well situated in Glitter Gulch. But the McKinley Princess & Copper River Princess Lodges are both very remote. Any chance you'd consider dropping the Princess "cruisetour" and doing this trip on your own with a rental car? That would give you the flexibility you are looking for in lodging, dining & activities. There's nothing you'll do on a cruisetour that you couldn't book independently; including staying at a Princess lodge.
  7. Here in Southcentral Alaska, they are marketing heavily to the locals, trying to drum up whatever business they can. But many won't survive this, especially those who were debt heavy and cash poor.
  8. This website: https://www.ncl.com/shore-excursions/SWD_01/Debarkation-Scenic-Cruisetrain-Seward-to-Anchorage-Airport has this blurb: " Participants are to disembark by 6:00am. This tour is offered for guests with flights between 2pm and 5pm only." Since it's a 4 1/2 train ride, I'm guess the train leaves around 7am and gets to Anchorage just before noon?
  9. Between the complete crash of oil prices, the cancelled tourism season and fishing season in question, our economy is a complete dumpster fire right now....
  10. I agree with mapleleaves, if you use a rental car to get to/from Denali National Park, then you control your schedule. Otherwise, if you use the train, it's a two day process. Day 1 in the afternoon you go from Denali to Anchorage, and then on the morning of Day 2 you go from Anchorage to Whittier. Or you can use the Park Connection Bus that mapleleaves gave you a link for.
  11. Instead being herded along on the pre-packaged cruise tour, would you be open to putting together your own trip using a rental car? That gives you the flexibility to pick where you want to go, what activities you want to do, where you want to stay & where you want to dine.
  12. So we are not very physically fit and from the trailhead to the lake and back took us the better part of the day. So it depends on how your physical fitness. Here's our pictures from our trip. http://akstafford.blogspot.com/2016/07/portage-pass-trail-to-portage-glacier.html
  13. Fairbanks is not a cruise port. It's about 300 miles from the ocean... If a "cruise" itinerary includes Fairbanks, then they are taking you there as part of a "cruisetour". I personally would avoid the cruistour and book the land portion of the trip in Southcentral Alaska on your own.
  14. If you really want a smaller boat, there's this: https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/
  15. I recommend you plan & book the land portion of your trip between the cruises yourself. It can easily be done and there's nothing available on a cruisetour or what a tour company offers that you can't book yourself. Using a rental car is the easiest and most efficient way to get around. And especially in the Denali National Park area, having a rental car gives you a lot more options for dining, lodging & activities. For seeing Denali National Park, book a shuttle bus trip into the park: https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm
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