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The ship heads into Tracy Arm Fjord almost as far...
The ship heads into Tracy Arm Fjord almost as far it's going to, and the excursion boat meets the ship there. They open a tender platform and you board the boat from there. It's been three steps up...
Not directly related to your question, but may...
Not directly related to your question, but may also explain why you're seeing things like this at this stage of the calendar. A few years ago, we took a truly beginning of the season cruise that had...
If you ask me, ABSOLUTELY YES. Both times we've...
If you ask me, ABSOLUTELY YES. Both times we've done TA small-boat, we've done a whale watch afterward, and the whale sightings were far better on the whale watch than on TA.

I'd also suggest to...
If you have a lot of luggage, consider rolling...
If you have a lot of luggage, consider rolling through the cruise terminal dropoff lanes and discharging your passengers and all luggage, then driving solo to the parking lot and taking the shuttle...
The times are listed so you know when to be awake...
The times are listed so you know when to be awake and viewing the majestic beauty outside. Not that any of the views on an Alaska cruise are bad, but these are what these cruises are all about....
We universally found the Haines Wilderness River...
We universally found the Haines Wilderness River Adventure (SGY-700 on Princess) our least favorite. It felt like "planes, trains, automobiles" to get there (walk off the ship, find the guy with the...
I highly recommend Gastineau Guiding. Their boats...
I highly recommend Gastineau Guiding. Their boats are the perfect answer for whale watching: as stable as the big boats, as roomy as the small boats, and the best windows for watching and photography...
I've been there, and hated it. Great if you're...
I've been there, and hated it. Great if you're going with two cameras and two lenses, but unless both lenses are FX compatible, you're in trouble if the DX body dies for any reason. Now, go with 3+...
Double-check that none of your Skagway options...
Double-check that none of your Skagway options are actually in Haines. There's a fast ferry between Haines and Skagway, taking ~45 minutes each way, but IMHO you absolutely do not want to even...
Amazing, sure, but nothing about them says (to...
Amazing, sure, but nothing about them says (to me) that "it gets you in close". The jellyfish shot had to have been taken in an aquarium, and we have no idea how close the jellyfish was to the glass....
My wife and I take a lot of cameras when we...
My wife and I take a lot of cameras when we cruise. Usually 5 to Alaska and 3 to Mexico. My "rule" is that I won't take more than two kinds of chargers/batteries. Right now, we're holding steady...
As my wife says, she enjoys the ferry ride to...
As my wife says, she enjoys the ferry ride to Haines, but hates the ferry ride back (been there, done that, saw it already, got the T-shirt). Most activities in Haines (when done from Skagway) start...
Good stuff. I've found decent success with the...
Good stuff. I've found decent success with the Canon 5DsR (50mp = tremendous ability to crop, but also relatively weak in the ISO department), the 16-35/4 IS, and either a 50/1.2 or 85/1.2. Honestly,...
Lots of ways to spin this. A cruise is (at least)...
Lots of ways to spin this. A cruise is (at least) a point in the Princess loyalty system, no matter how short. We did a Vancouver-Seattle cruise on the Ruby Princess in a suite to get double points;...
As far as I understand it, pretty much every...
As far as I understand it, pretty much every vendor goes out of the same docks. Search for Auke Bay marina. I think it's about 300-400' from where the bus drops off to the top of the ramp, then a...
The key is that you're traveling on a Tuesday...
The key is that you're traveling on a Tuesday that's not affiliated with any sort of holiday weekend. As such, any transport is probably as good as the next one. Your biggest opportunity for time...
I'd also add that megapixels don't really matter...
I'd also add that megapixels don't really matter - 10mp is enough to make a decently large print, but if your image isn't clear, you're not going to want the large print anyway. 16mp vs. 12mp is a...
I would not consider it strenuous. Most of the...
I would not consider it strenuous. Most of the times we've done it, we've taken the "Trail of Time" (as seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alibear/15000910055/in/album-72157646305661819/). I...
Does your cruise have another glacier stop along...
Does your cruise have another glacier stop along the way? If so, I'd do the whale watch. If not...I'd perhaps do the Tracy Arm tour (but it's a tough call).
We dd a zodiac whale watch in Puerto Vallarta and...
We dd a zodiac whale watch in Puerto Vallarta and took DSLRs with telephoto zooms, no problem. I took a couple extra lenses and tried switching while in transit to a second whale area and nearly...
My wife and I wholeheartedly agree with...
My wife and I wholeheartedly agree with everything martincath has said about Gastineau. They have three tours available through Princess: JNU-700, the photo safari mentioned above with photo...
The OP already has a big camera. I'm assuming...
The OP already has a big camera. I'm assuming that's a DSLR. It's one thing to downgrade to an iPhone, it's another thing to downgrade further to some sort of clip-on lens. Physical alignment is...
I don't think there's such a thing as a good...
I don't think there's such a thing as a good clip-on lens. I'm biased, but if the outer lens on the iPhone is designed to gather the light that's out in the world, trying to put a clip-on lens beyond...
Princess also uses Gastineau Guiding (JNU-670,...
Princess also uses Gastineau Guiding (JNU-670, JNU-700, JNU-705), and IMHO they're way better than all of the rest. Their boats are more stable than Harv&Marv, have better windows (they swing up and...
We live about 40 minutes from the cruise terminal...
We live about 40 minutes from the cruise terminal (Duvall, "behind" Redmond), so thankfully we can usually get a friend to drive us. That said, both of those parking lots would work. The one on W....