Glad you had extra adapters in your packed luggage.
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.
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Second Question: Who is the Noordam Captain and Cruise Director?Captain is Draper. CD is Jeremy.
I am going to Denali for three days and then flying home. There are 14 different Land Itineraries on this ship so I would need more info about yours to ask the Land Tours lady the right questions for you.Crew News, thank you so much for being willing to do this. The trip my sister and I are taking is the Y2C: 14-day Yukon & Triple Denali with the cruise portion first. From reading a lot of other posts that I could find, I've found out quite a bit of information, but things like departure and arrival times to various locations I'm having to guess at.
There was a briefing letter in my stateroom with booking codes that are needed. DO NOT overlook or discard the letter.
At today's briefing for the HAL Land Tours (there is a private tour group aboard that is also going to Denali with a different briefing) we learned some passengers are traveling by bus and some by domed-train to/from Denali in assigned seats. Some train seats face backward. Box lunches are provided but there is also a menu for more food if you pay by credit card. Buses and train have bathrooms with buses making stops every 90 minutes for bathroom breaks. Medical equipment can be carried in the luggage compartment of both buses and trains. There is another briefing Friday for luggage issues.
Daily itineraries and hotel room keys will be distributed only the night before each arrival and are not available in one package. Luggage is limited to one bag and a small carry-on. There is no access to your luggage until it is delivered to your hotel room each night so meds need to be in your small carry-on. With my Scott E Vest, I can wear more stuff in addition to the camera bag I will carry. As of today, the letter mentioned above is the only literature I have received but will get my first daily itinerary the day before we disembark. If I can convince the Land Tours person, I will try to get some more info for you for your specific itinerary. I will at least share what info is applicable to my itinerary. FWIW I will try to collect as much info as possible and scan as many menus that I can.
Denali buses are modified school buses that will be making numerous stop as well as immediate stops for wildlife. Only the first 17 road miles are open this week with more opening next week.
With most of the passengers on board doing 14 different Land Tours, it is difficult to discuss specific details with others without getting very confused. I discovered the latter very quickly this morning at breakfast.
I will be posting an in-depth review of my specific itinerary but will be glad to seek answers for other itineraries if you pose the questions on this thread. Answers will be posted as soon as I obtain them. If I discover any relevant web URLs, I will post them here.
My fingers are crossed that I will have internet access in Denali.
FWIW There are four USB ports, one on each side of the bed and two at the desk.Does anyone know if this is the same on the Volendam?
This surprises me so early in the season. My son's school lets out on June 16th, so I would have assumed that they are still in school... Hopefully there will be a decent number of kids on our 14 Night AK cruise on Amsterdam in July. (not sure with 14-nights...)
Somebody told me that there were nearly 100 kids on board but I can remember seeing only 10 so far. Club HAL must be doing a great job providing fun for all of them.
........<Snip>........Also, my sister travels with a CPAP machine. If the outlet plug for the machine is too far from the bed, we'll need some kind of extension cord to plug it in. Needless to say, CPAPs don't run on USB ports.If you need an extension cord for a medical device, you can get one from the Room Steward, Front Desk or the Concierge in the Neptune Lounge (if you are in a suite.) All you need to do is ask one of them for it. Make sure to ask for it ASAP after boarding.
........<Snip>.........Hi Joanie! Thanks for the beautiful screen shots you grabbed and posted. It's been 10 years since we went to Alaska last and it's beauty really beckons! Trusting you are enjoying vicariously, as we all are. Hugs, ]........<Snip>.........
As my carry-on bag exited the scanning tunnel the viewer told the guy at the end, "adapters" which prompted him to ask permission to search my roller bag. The screener then said "no medical equipment". I think that if I had told them that medical equipment was in my checked luggage, they might have let everything pass.
Roger, Please explain what your a/c adapters were, I'm confused. Why would you need adapters on the ship or in an Alaskan hotel? I always bring an 8' extension cord with multiple plugs (mostly for the fan to reach my side of the bed), not a power strip, no surge suppression. Should I take 2 now and pack one in checked, one in carry on? And cross my fingers.... Departing PE/FLL in October. Thx. m--
Crew News, thank you so much for being willing to do this. The trip my sister and I are taking is the Y2C: 14-day Yukon & Triple Denali with the cruise portion first. From reading a lot of other posts that I could find, I've found out quite a bit of information, but things like departure and arrival times to various locations I'm having to guess at.While I am on cruises, I go out of my way to meet the crew as well as other passengers to gather information that may be helpful. Whenever I mention Cruise Critic, the crew is very responsive as most of the officers read it every day.
If you get an opportunity, can you find out if there is a laundry service available at Denali or Dawson City? I know there is self-service laundry, but I wondered if there was a laundry service and (if possible) how much it would be.
What about any spa services (massages, etc) in Denali? We'll be there 3 days.
I'm looking forward to any recommendations you have for restaurants in Denali. I read on another thread that Prospectors Pizzeria is supposed to be really good for pizza.
Again, thank you for taking time out of your vacation for answering our questions.
As my carry-on bag exited the scanning tunnel the viewer told the guy at the end, "adapters" which prompted him to ask permission to search my roller bag. The screener then said "no medical equipment". I think that if I had told them that medical equipment was in my checked luggage, they might have let everything pass.Thank you so much for the information re the adapters. I was so afraid that they were taking the European adapters away. Since most chargers run on either European or North American voltage it is most helpful to have the use of four outlets in our cabin instead of just the two North American ones. It saves a lot of time spent charging stuff.
They confiscated a one-inch cube with three outlets, a bar with three outlets, and a six-foot extension cord with three outlets (no surge protection). They did not take another cube or my European adapter. Not worth arguing about since they will be returned the afternoon of my last day. I could not resist so I asked, "Does this mean I can use what you confiscated on the last day of the cruise?" I received a blank stare as a result.
My 13-foot extension cord and five other adapters in my checked luggage did not cause me to visit the "naughty room".
Since the rules are different in each port, I pack some in each type of luggage. I have so many in case someone needs to borrow and because Joanie's medical equipment required them.
As posted earlier, my confiscated extension cord was exactly what the ship's video showed as a "not allowed personal extension cord." FWIW I think the video is new because in all my cruises, it is the first time it has been shown on the TV.
Saw the Noordam docked in Ketchikan a fawn minutes ago. Is Peter Bos the Captain.?
Enjoying your posts. Our good friend the manager of the Pinnacle is arriving soon Tina is the best.I think she is the one that just arrived this week. Her first name is Astina. Who should I say asked about her?
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Tracy's Crab Shack?The king crab legs have been an ongoing discussion on the Alaska Forum.
What is the truth behind the king crab legs? Just curious..
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The king crab legs have been an ongoing discussion on the Alaska Forum.Too funny about Costco and probably true. My curious mind wanted to know, so thank you.
They are frozen since king crab season closes after February. A local resident of Juneau says they are probably from the local Costco.
Dungeness crab are fresh since they are currently in season.