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Vineyard View

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    Explore 4 October Bonus OBC

    Thank you. Will look into it further. I was checking some longer Mediterranean options in 2020. Is Explore4 offered sometimes earlier in the year than October? I could swear that several years ago it was.
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    Explore 4 October Bonus OBC

    Does anyone know if Explore4 can be used for Spring 2020 bookings? I am looking at a couple interesting itineraries and noticed it didn’t seem to show up? Also, a few years ago we booked a cruise on HAL prior to our October sailing with Explore4. Does HAL vary when they offer this? Thank you
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    Alaska cruise options - would appreciate some Input

    Thank you all again. I have another question. I was on HAL website last night to look at these cruises. If I narrow it down to the specific months (May/June) and location (only gives Alaska & Yukon as option), as well as departure ports, website is only promoting the land/sea options. How do I view the sea only options? I want to look at cabin availability, etc. These sea only trips were not even showing up. Also, on cruise critic when I searched for Alaska cruises in these months (how I found these) it provides a big listing of TA’s with large discounts over direct HAL booking. We have a TA we use, however these discounts look significant and I think there has to be a catch? Anyone used these before?
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    Alaska cruise options - would appreciate some Input

    Thank you both very much. The idea of taking the time for land exploring is attractive I have to say. I was avoiding the Westerdam due to passenger size but hadn’t really looked at this idea so I will spend some rime with it. We live in Sonoma County as well and the Airporter is an easy option - plus the Maasdam is a draw in itself. If we go with the Seattle option we would fly direct out of Sonoma County airport. Super easy. You also don’t seem all that impressed with Glacier Bay, and I am curious about that. In looking at how few cruise lines are allowed to sail in this bay it seems to be a big draw for many. Not having been there, I honestly don’t know. When we cruised the last time, there was too much ice to get close in to Hubbard. More research is in order here!
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    Thinking of sailing Regatta to Alaska and new to Oceania

    Thank you everyone for this valuable input. It sounds as if we need to weight Glacier Bay vs not. Our previous Alaska cruise included Juneau, Sitka, Haines, Hubbard Glacier, and Tracy Arm. We are wanting to expand to additional ports/fiords, and we realize those we already visited are pretty standard and will be visited again. This cruise adds Kodiak, Seward, Icy Straignt, Port Rivers, and Wrangell above where we have travelled.
  6. We are looking at a few options for our second Alaska cruise. Our first was RT out of Seattle, 7 days and included the ports of Juneau, Ketchikan, Haines, and Hubbard Glacier. Our goal is smaller ship, off season for reduced crowds and kids, but hopefully decent weather so considering late May/early June or August. The three I have initially decided are below along with the new ports (didn’t list previous ports visited) for us listed as well as ship: Noordam, 14 day, RT Vancouver, 5/26 or 6/9 Glacier Bay, Seward, Skagway, ( but visits Ketchikan two times) Amsterdam, RT Seattle, 14 days, 6/3 Icy Straight, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak Maasdam. SFO, 21 days, 5/7 or 6/18 Astoria, Port Albini, Valdez, Homer, Anchorage, Kodiak, Wrangell (this is attractive due to no travel as we can drive to the ship, however it maybe more money and a little longer than we originally thought to do) I would appreciate your input on the new ports for us in the itineraries, the ship associated with the travel, and any other thoughts. I keep reading that Glacier Bay is truly something to see, and only one of these trips visits there. Also would appreciate input on traveling late May/early June vs looking at August given our goals Thanks in advance
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    Thinking of sailing Regatta to Alaska and new to Oceania

    Thank you all for this feedback. We have sailed on Princess and HAL - not interested in the size of Princess ships for Alaska. We sailed them to Alaska a number of years ago and it’s just too many people for us. HAL has some smaller ships that are okay and we would sail on again. Yes, we like Viking a lot. Their sailings to Alaska are sold out and their cabins are the nicest by far. I did notice that the Regatta is scheduled for a complete makeover that will be unveiled next September, so it does make me wonder the condition of the ship now. We are not interested in the whole land-sea Alaska experience. Friends did that with Princess, and felt like they were in a cattle herd on the land portion! We would actually enjoy taking time to do our own land touring independently. So our other option we are considering is to take a one way Alaska cruise, then tour via train/car for a bit, and fly home.
  8. We have sailed a number of times on various lines. So far Viking is our favorite. That said, we keep reading about Oceania quality and experience. We are looking at a 14 day Alaska itinerary on the Regatta. I would most likely be looking at entry level balcony on deck 6. The concierge level looks attractive but the price difference has me hesitant. There are a lot of Alkaline options with various lines. I would appreciate some feedback, my first hand, on Regatta as well as this ship in Alaska. I would also appreciate input on this level balcony stateroom. Thank you
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    Spencer Ambrose issues?

    Wow. That is quite worrisome. I think I might need to start with a new search for our day. Thank you for letting us know. What a frightening experience. I am very glad that you are all safe.
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    Princess is Not What it Was in the Past

    This is totally Valid. I Thank you for pointing this out.
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    Princess is Not What it Was in the Past

    I Respectfully disagree. Number of PAX does matter. It matters big time once in port. It matters from the crowds, the busses, the craziness that huge ships add to each and every stop. Nope. Can’t agree with you. It might make a huge difference on board based on what cabin category you book and pay for, but that goes south once you step on Land. I think it is great if you want a ship within a ship. A city on a ship. All the toys and fun attractions. It works for some and that’s okay. It is why there are so many options to meet so many different expectations. But numbers of passengers on ships impacts the port experience. JMHO
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    Princess is Not What it Was in the Past

    I would totally agree with your position on the Grand class - that would be the maximum pax size we will sail. Passenger/ship size is a big priority for us. We all have our priorities where we need to draw the line in the sand. It just seems after reading this thread that there are a lot of very unhappy Princess passengers who keep sailing on them. I also read those who do not feel this way and it makes sense to me why they continue. We have worked hard for our money, and if we find a product that doesn’t meet our expectations (not limited to cruise lines) to an acceptable level, I cannot imagine continuing to spend our money on that product. So yes, we are going on this next cruise with eyes open, but with a positive attitude. If it doesn’t meet the level that works for us, then no issue, time to move on. Why keep expecting change that won’t happen? Maybe it will cost more, but there are lots of options out there.
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    Princess is Not What it Was in the Past

    Thank you USCcruisecrazy and RDC1 for your responses to my post. DH and I are both feeling comfortable with our decision to cruise on Princess again next month. It is going to be much less ‘exotic’ and much easier than most we have been on, and that suites us just fine right now. It’s about getting away, being together, exploring ports independently, enjoying nice meals together, and making new memories.
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    Competition for Princess on the West Coast

    I second this and totally agree! I sincerely hope this happens!
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