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OCD Planner's Live ALASKA Photo Trip Report 16 day Cruise Tour aboard Radiance

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We booked this cruise way back in March 2012 shortly after the itineraries came out. Since Kruisin Kath (I found out later from our Roll Call thread) had already snagged the much coveted corner aft balcony 9256, I settled for a mid aft on deck seven. Over the course of this past year I watched and upgraded to two different aft cabins on deck 8 & 9. Then in March of this year I cashed in some RCI Visa card points to upgrade from a D2 balcony cabin to OUR FIRST EVER JUNIOR SUITE AFT BALCONY! This turned out to be a good move on our part as we will now receive DOUBLE C&A POINTS FOR THE ENTIRE 13 NIGHT CRUISE TOUR, not just the cruise portion! Even better news for us... We will FINALLY be DIAMOND at the end of this cruise.

 

Our itinerary will be as follows:

 

p><p>I will mention now... this will be a very LONG & DETAILED report with LOTS OF PICTURES to come.  I plan to include links to website, reviews of the hotels used by RCI, train times, motorcoach departure and arrival times, a review of the cruise tour itself.  If you just like pictures, feel free to skip the written part and just enjoy the beautiful pictures of Alaska and hopefully some wildlife!  At the conclusion I will give an overall review of the entire trip.  I plan to do this review "live" as I go.  However,  Alaska tours and days tend to be much busier than laying on a beach in the Caribbean and there may be areas that I can

 

I will let you know up front that I am a self proclaimed OCD TRAVEL PLANNER and budgeter. I read everything I can get my hands on. Travel books, travel guides, travel websites, CC forums, the Alaska forum on CC and TripAdvisor. I learned about the coupon books for Buy One Get One free excursion tour coupons (Northern Lights and ALASKA TOURSAVERS), I learned about the Alaska Airlines FREE COMPANION FARE with their credit card, I learned about the Shuttle to Eielson & the absolute minimum distance that I needed to get in to Denali, I found out about MURRAY'S GUIDE to the South Klondike Hwy. I cannot even begin to tell you of all the fun that I have had planning this cruise. Some people are overwhelmed in planning for their trips...ME? I live and thrive on planning my trips!

 

I have the Travel Tracker Pro app & Tapatalk, on my iPad and iPhone, the iDo Notepad Senior app on my iPad for writing my review as I go, and of course I have the travel BINDER (with pocket dividers labeled with each port stop) the tickets or anything like a Set Sail Pass that needs to come out, goes into the easy to pull out pocket divider. Everything else gets hole punched and put behind the divider.

 

My work friends and family all think I'm OBSESSED. I am happy to confess that I AM! And I don't mind... Anything I need to know about or for my trip I have in one place, in print, in case I have no cell phone reception or my battery goes dead. Better yet when friends or family talk about taking a cruise, who do they come to with questions... Who, me? The OCD planner...absolutely, they come to me.

 

When I started researching for this trip it was hard to find reviews for cruise line sponsored cruise tours. The ones that I could find were very limited in the information they provided as far as when the land tour arrives and departs each town while on land, how much time is available to book private excursions, what hotels were used, how far away the restaurants are, prices for food on the train, etc.

 

I am hoping that my trip report will help answer those questions for others embarking on this type of trip for themselves. There are lots of folks who do their own DIY land tours and probably save some money. However, we decided for our first land trip we would take the easy way out. This is our second Alaska cruise with our first being in 2008. We have visited Juneau, Skagway & Vancouver previously.

 

I'm just getting started and there's lots to come with lots of planning information. For those who've never cruised Alaska, trust me when I tell you that you NEED to plan well in advance to secure reservations for the best excursions. Also in my case, I need to plan well in advance so that I can spread out the costs over time. Unlike the Caribbean where basically every excursion the cruise-line offers, you can find on your own thru a private tour guide for 1/3 to 1/2 off what RCI offers, Alaska prices are almost always the same price.

 

I plan to do a day by day report for each stop along the way. I hope that you will pack your virtual bags and join us for the trip of a lifetime! SPEAKING OF BAGS... Have I mentioned that we are doing this 16 DAY TRIP WITH ONE CARRY-ON & ONE BACKPACK EACH?????

 

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions or add your thoughts as your read along. I would appreciate any and all comments and encouragement as this will be a long drawn out trip report since our tour won't finish until June 15th! Then I will do the wrap up when I get back home and add even more pictures.

 

Only 3 more working days and we'll be off on our next great adventure!

 

 

 

 

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thank you for all your effort,i will be following closely , up until the 12th , when we head for vancouver to take kruisin kath's cabin over as she departs :D

 

have a spectacular time:cool:

 

dave

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thank you for all your effort,i will be following closely , up until the 12th , when we head for vancouver to take kruisin kath's cabin over as she departs :D

 

have a spectacular time:cool:

 

dave

 

Dave,

 

Thanks so much for taking time to follow along! Happy Sails to you also... it seems like it takes forever for the cruise to get here and then in a flash it seems like it's already time to get off the ship!

 

 

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Enjoy your cruise. I would love to know how you are getting all those clothes packed in a carry on and a backpack. I really want to go on an Alaska cruise, can't wait to follow along

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Dave,

 

it seems like it takes forever for the cruise to get here and then in a flash it seems like it's already time to get off the ship!

 

 

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how true that is, dont remind me :( , we also booked early,an hour or so after bookings opened up!

 

the good news for us is , after they kick us off the ship , we begin our 5 day DIY denali/matanuska journey :)

 

gettin exciting !! :D

 

dave

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Enjoy your cruise. I would love to know how you are getting all those clothes packed in a carry on and a backpack. I really want to go on an Alaska cruise, can't wait to follow along

 

Oh, just you wait! I packed today and will post more about it tomorrow including my packing lists and pictures of my bags. I admit, I was nervous... I wasn't sure it would all fit, or if I would have to sit on the bags to zip them (I DIDN'T!)... but I got it all in there and we're now officially ready to roll!

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I'll be on the Radiance in July 2014. Can't wait to read about all your travels! Thanks for all the info. I am also OCD about cruise planning. It helps me get all excited about the cruise!

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Anticipating this report! I also would like to know your packing/planning tips. We are doing the Panama Canal-15 nights-and even though it's two years away, I'm already planning! :D

 

P.S. thanks in advance

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I'll be on the Radiance in July 2014. Can't wait to read about all your travels! Thanks for all the info. I am also OCD about cruise planning. It helps me get all excited about the cruise!

 

CDO... Sorry it has to be alphabetical :)

I have to be planning something all the time. Startling to work on our 2014 European cruise before I'm even off on the Alaskan cruise! OCD planners unite!

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Anticipating this report! I also would like to know your packing/planning tips. We are doing the Panama Canal-15 nights-and even though it's two years away, I'm already planning! :D

 

P.S. thanks in advance

 

I have lots of tips for you coming tomorrow about clothing, packing & how YOU TOO can go 15 nights in a carry-on!

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Sound like a wonderful adventure.

 

Keith

 

Thanks for following along Keith. I'm sure it will be a fantastic adventure! Can't wait to get started.

 

 

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Can't wait to read this. Alaska is on our radar...maybe 2015. Just starting to "lurk". Have planned Caribbean and New England/Canada excursions independently, but Alaska (like Europe), seems so intimidating.

 

Thank you for taking us along for the virtual ride!

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I am so excited, I get to read a review of the cruisetour we are taking June 29. Ace1zoe2, thanks for taking all your extra time to provide us with valuable information and pictures. I wish you sunny skies, happy trails, and calm seas.

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ace1zoe2,

 

Really looking forward to your live review. We sail on the Radiance July 26 in 9256 :D. We have had this cabin before so we know what our view looks like.

 

I too am OCD when it comes to our cruises, like to budget and save when I can. Be happy to share some of the European tours we used after your review is over.

 

Really interested in your packing list. Are you using the dining room? I bet you explain everything as you go along.

 

Don't forget Deck 5 Promenade for Hubbard Glacier viewing.

 

Also, interested in what tours you do and what did in Skagway. We actually don't have anything planned for that day as we took the White Rail Pass tour with Dyea Dave last time. Short time in port so didn't want to do it again.

 

Have a wonderful time..... I am sitting back with my cup of coffee waiting to start the cruise.

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I'm pretty sure we are doing Alaska next year. I would love to do a longer land tour as well, but we don't get enough vacation time to comfortably spend 10 days of it on one trip. Plus my client frowns upon taking more than 5 days off at a time. I will have to work some magic to extend it by a day or two.

 

I can't wait to see more!

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Can't wait to read this. Alaska is on our radar...maybe 2015. Just starting to "lurk". Have planned Caribbean and New England/Canada excursions independently, but Alaska (like Europe), seems so intimidating.

 

Thank you for taking us along for the virtual ride!

 

I thought the same thing initially... however, if you can plan a New England/Canada cruise you can do Alaska just as easily. It just takes research and I hope to give you lots of links to set you on your way. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

 

I am so excited, I get to read a review of the cruisetour we are taking June 29. Ace1zoe2, thanks for taking all your extra time to provide us with valuable information and pictures. I wish you sunny skies, happy trails, and calm seas.

 

I hope you enjoy my review as you anticipate your upcoming cruise. I thought this week would never arrive. Only 2 more working days (I've already counted this one as done since I'm up & here :))

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ace1zoe2,

 

Really looking forward to your live review. We sail on the Radiance July 26 in 9256 :D. We have had this cabin before so we know what our view looks like.

 

I too am OCD when it comes to our cruises, like to budget and save when I can. Be happy to share some of the European tours we used after your review is over.

 

Really interested in your packing list. Are you using the dining room? I bet you explain everything as you go along.

 

Don't forget Deck 5 Promenade for Hubbard Glacier viewing.

 

Also, interested in what tours you do and what did in Skagway. We actually don't have anything planned for that day as we took the White Rail Pass tour with Dyea Dave last time. Short time in port so didn't want to do it again.

 

Have a wonderful time..... I am sitting back with my cup of coffee waiting to start the cruise.

 

We had 9256 for our last cruise aboard Brilliance of the Seas for Canada/New England and I was really hoping to score it for Alaska, but Kruisin Kath beat me to it. I'm sure she will enjoy it tremendously. And it all worked out in the end because we upgraded to an aft JS & will get double points :)

 

Yes, we will be using the dining room most nights but have purchased the Royal Dining Package which will allow us to go to Chops, Giovanni's, Samba Grill & Izumi (we'll probably do that one at lunch).

 

Would love to get tour recommendations from you for Europe when I get back!

 

Enjoy your coffee and let the fun begin!

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I'm pretty sure we are doing Alaska next year. I would love to do a longer land tour as well, but we don't get enough vacation time to comfortably spend 10 days of it on one trip. Plus my client frowns upon taking more than 5 days off at a time. I will have to work some magic to extend it by a day or two.

 

I can't wait to see more!

 

April,

 

Thanks for taking time to post! I know what you mean about time off work. I'd love to do the Australia/New Zealand to Hawaii cruise but its 18 days or more plus travel time to get there to start, and then travel home from Hawaii... I don't even have that much vacation time! Guess we'll have to save that one for retirement :rolleyes:

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I have lots of tips for you coming tomorrow about clothing, packing & how YOU TOO can go 15 nights in a carry-on!

 

I admire people that can do this, but I don't think it can ever happen for me! I'm really interested though.. I know for Alaska I need my hiking boots and running shoes for the gym. Those take up a lot of space, especially DH's size 12 boots. And toiletries, how can you not need a can/bottle of hairspray? I don't know how to get it all in a quart size. But if you can explain it, I'm all ears! Especially since I have a 10 day trip to Paris next year.

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I am extremely excited to read about your adventure. My husband and I will be stopping at some of these ports in July 2014. I cannot wait to see all your reviews. Thanks for taking all of us along on your vacation! :D

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This will be so exciting to read!! We are sailing on the beautiful Radiance next June in our first GS # 1556!!

 

There are some trips that you can just wing it and have it be a blast, but Alaska is not one of them, especially if this will be one of those " once in a lifetime opportunities". So I will be eagerly devouring all the info and help you will be writing about with glee!!

 

Have a great time and thanks for taking us along :)

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I admire people that can do this, but I don't think it can ever happen for me! I'm really interested though.. I know for Alaska I need my hiking boots and running shoes for the gym. Those take up a lot of space, especially DH's size 12 boots. And toiletries, how can you not need a can/bottle of hairspray? I don't know how to get it all in a quart size. But if you can explain it, I'm all ears! Especially since I have a 10 day trip to Paris next year.

 

I too was very skeptical of this approach but I've decided it's a frame of mind!

 

You've heard the old saying, Go Big Or Go Home? My new motto is Go Light or Stay Home!

 

I'll reveal all my secrets to organizing & packing in my next post.

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I am extremely excited to read about your adventure. My husband and I will be stopping at some of these ports in July 2014. I cannot wait to see all your reviews. Thanks for taking all of us along on your vacation! :D

 

Amber (dear sweet co-worker of mine, who makes fun of my OCD tendencies),

 

So glad you are going with me! I will bequeath all of my Alaska knowledge, as well as the contents of THE BINDER to you when I return from my trip!

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This will be so exciting to read!! We are sailing on the beautiful Radiance next June in our first GS # 1556!!

 

There are some trips that you can just wing it and have it be a blast, but Alaska is not one of them, especially if this will be one of those " once in a lifetime opportunities". So I will be eagerly devouring all the info and help you will be writing about with glee!!

 

Have a great time and thanks for taking us along :)

 

Trust me, you will be on virtual OVERLOAD of information if you choose to take this trip with me for the next few weeks. So glad you can come along!

 

PS

I am Suite-envious of your Grand Suite. Maybe someday if I win the lottery I can afford one. I'm just happy in my little Junior Suite this trip then it's back to the regular balcony cabins for me :)

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Amber (dear sweet co-worker of mine, who makes fun of my OCD tendencies),

 

So glad you are going with me! I will bequeath all of my Alaska knowledge, as well as the contents of THE BINDER to you when I return from my trip!

 

 

The binder contents! How exciting!!!!

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PS

I am Suite-envious of your Grand Suite. Maybe someday if I win the lottery I can afford one. I'm just happy in my little Junior Suite this trip then it's back to the regular balcony cabins for me :)

 

Oh believe me, the OT I am pulling to pay for it will be felt down to the penny, but it will be worth it, so I'm told.

 

Looking forward to becoming OVERLOADED!!!

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I'm packed and ready to go with you! Can't wait to read EVERYTHING! Alaska is on our list of cruises to do!

 

Thanks for joining our ever-growing-group. Glad you could get the time off to come along. I'm hoping to post my packing ideas, tips & tricks later today. And I'll include my Alaska packing list.

 

Unfortunately it's not grab two swimsuits, shorts & sundresses, throw them in a bag & let's do the Caribbean. For Alaska you have to think & plan ahead!

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Amber (dear sweet co-worker of mine, who makes fun of my OCD tendencies),

 

So glad you are going with me! I will bequeath all of my Alaska knowledge, as well as the contents of THE BINDER to you when I return from my trip!

 

If you give her all of your information then she won't have as much fun doing the research. :D

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I look forward to reading your review. :)

 

Thanks for following along & taking time to post, Nancy!

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If you give her all of your information then she won't have as much fun doing the research. :D

 

This is true! However, she is my cruise buddy. Not that we've cruised together (yet) but she is my friend that gets most excited about "talking cruises". And she practically BEGGED me for it, right Amber?

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If you give her all of your information then she won't have as much fun doing the research. :D

 

 

LOL! I have been eyeing that binder for over a year.

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Looking forward to your notes. I am thinking of going back to Alaska next year and would especially be interested in your land schedule since I would be traveling with someone in a wheelchair and would be doing DIY to Denali to Seward.

 

Alaska is a beautiful place and I hope you enjoy your trip.

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Sorry, I'm the fastest booker in the Midwest! But everything happens for a reason - if you beat me to 9256, you probably wouldn't have been open to an upgrade, and then you wouldn't be in a JS!!! (show off...:D). I'll be following along your live review (especially the packing part - I'm intrigued!), and look forward to meeting you on the ship!

 

Dave - we'll leave the light on for ya...:p

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Thank you so much for writing this - I will be reading with baited breath. We are on the cruisetour #1 in July with RCCL and have several D1 balcony cabins southbound. I booked this in June 2012 - after researching for a while. My parents 50th anniversary is this year and I am taking them to celebrate - and my boyfriend is taking his mom and her boyfriend because they are the best. I have planned - booked - and paid for it all throughout the year and I am excited to know what info you can provide before we go. Thank you so much for anything that you can share.

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We are planning on going to Alaska July 2014 and I feel so overwhelmed with choices. We are going on the Allure in a few weeks and was thinking of booking while on it. Following long should help tremendously. Thanks for letting me tag along!

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This will be our 9th cruise, all have been at least 7 days in length with two or more travel days before or after making all of our trips from 9-16 days. We have also been on two trips to Europe (London/Paris 10 days) and (London/Scotland 10 days).

 

Each trip we have taken 2 LARGE checked bags (1 each), 1 large Vera Bradley weekender bag packed to the limit & 1 large bulging backpack as our carry-ons, and 1 Lowepro Camera backpack & 1 laptop case as our personal items. So we've easily spent $800 in BAGGAGE FEES ALONE durning the 8 trips where we flew to our embarkation port. Add to that all the tips for each time someone touched each bag (shuttle/taxi driver, hotel bellman, porter at the dock) then double that for both ends of the trip and that's another $400 or so in TIPS. Don't get me wrong... I have not problem with tipping and we do every time. However, if I can cut my cost in half or or eliminate it altogether then I can spend that same money on excursions, specialty dining, drinks or EVEN PAY FOR ANOTHER CRUISE... JUST BY CHANGING HOW I CHOOSE TO PACK!

 

FINALLY! We decided WE CAN DO THIS!

 

We can do a trip with just a checked bag. So as I posted in a previous response based on the old saying "Go Big or Go Home" - our new motto from this day forth is "GO LIGHT OR STAY HOME" or maybe "GO LIGHT OR NO FLIGHT"?

 

I started out researching: How can I make this happen?

 

I read boards, websites, reviews. I gleaned a little information, tips and tricks from each one. There is no one way that will be perfect for every person. You have to decide what's best for you, and only you know what that is.

 

First let me say YOU CAN DO THIS - with just a few caveats:

 

* IF you are not the fashion police

* IF you don't have to have two completely different outfits every day

* IF you don't have a matching pair of sandals that you can only wear with that one outfit,

* IF you don't take separate jewelry that matches each outfit

* IF you don't want to dress to the hilt for formal night

 

We are non of those things. So this is easy for me after a little research and shopping that I have spread out over the last 14 months waiting for this cruise to arrive.

 

First you have to commit to going in a carry-on! Then you'll need to pick a color... another commitment. We chose black. Black as in black shoes, black belt, black pants, black capri's, black shorts... then think shirts that are black & white, black & colors, any color that goes with black. Next think about another pant color for variety, maybe khaki or beige... try to find something that will coordinate with the shirts you've found.

 

Then start shopping the clearance rack at the end of the season for TECHNICAL GEAR and light weight, wrinkle resistant fabrics. Buy it as you find it on sale or clearance... great places to shop for these items are Academy, Bass Pro Shops, Magellan's, Travelsmith, even JCP, Kohl's, etc. Don't buy these items during the season, they are too expensive - shop for long sleeves after winter, short sleeves after summer. Most of the long sleeves are made to roll up and snap or button to make short sleeves. Some have vented backs. All are light weight and pretty wrinkle resistant. The pullover shirt come in long & short sleeve, solid colors or cool prints, they are moisture wicking, quick drying, some are insect repellent & some are sun blocking fabrics. They can be washed/rinsed out in the sink with Woollite, rolled in a towel and hung on the shower line and will be dry in just a few hours - ready for another day. Ex-Officio makes underwear that has the same properties.

 

I don't know about you, but I couldn't tell you what someone had on last night at dinner, much less 3 days ago... so you mix and match your color coordinating outfits. Different shirts with different pants. Take one or two pieces of jewelry or scarfs (if that's your thing) that will compliment all your outfits. You get one pair of black dress shoes that go with everything, one pair of flip flops for the pool and you wear your hiking shoes, boots or tennis shoes on the plane.

 

We're wearing our hiking shoes & jeans on the plane. Jeans you can wear 4-5 times over the two week period and no one knows the difference. We'll probably be wearing ours for the most part on the land portion of our tour and maybe again during the port days. Then once we're on the ship we'll wear our technical pants. We have enough clothes that we won't have to wear the same thing during the first week at all. Then we can do one of 3 things:

 

1. wash & dry at one of the hotels that has self serve laundry in less than an hour

2. recycle pants & shirts that we've only had on once before

3. send out our clothes to laundry when we get on the ship - no way will it cost $100 that our checked bags would have cost us round trip

 

We used to bring a huge bag of toiletries... anything that we could possibly need, you know, just in case... and I don't think we've really ever used half of it. So we streamlined, just the essentials... razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste,

mouthwash, floss, tylenol, 1 punch out packet of pepto, immodium, bonine, 6 clothes pins, a travel hair straightener, 2 rolls of tums, powder, individual neosporene packets, bandaides, downy wrinkle release, 1 lipstick, powder makeup, blush, mascara (that's it for cosmetics). I'll use the hotel/ship supplied shampoo for 2 weeks and their hairdryers. All the liquids fit in 2 one quart zip lock bags for airport security. Every thing is travel sized, including the floss & toothpastes (I save the ones we get every six months when we have our teeth cleaned). All of hubby's meds are in individual pill-sized zip lock bags dated by the day with each days meds inside. Everything else fit in a Rick Steves toiletries bag that hangs when unzipped. It will fit great on the inside of the bathroom door.

 

Let me just say, if this were are Caribbean cruise I could almost pack us both in a carry on for a week. Alaska is a little different... it can be freezing cold, rainy, somewhat cold, comfortable or sunny and warm... for Alaska you have to pack LAYERS... LAYERS ARE YOUR FRIEND... you start off in the morning with your base layer, a long sleeve shirt over that, maybe a sweatshirt or fleece jacket and a heavier jacket or raincoat. As the day warms up you start peeling off your layers... this is where your daypack comes in (if you are off the ship), it gives you a place to put your layers until you need them again (when it gets windy or rainy or your out on a whale seeing tour on the water). So you have to pack more clothes for Alaska than you would the Caribbean... but keep in mind that people aren't going to see your layers under your coat or under the other shirt... so now you can wear that first layer another day as your outer layer this time.... are you starting to get the idea now?

 

We both have light weight, wicking (silk for me, cuddle duds for hubby) long underwear for our base layer if needed. We will both be taking our 3-in-1 jackets (Waterproof jacket & zip in fleece which can be worn together or either separately as needed for rain, wind, cold).

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Yesterday was a bank holiday and I was off work for the day. I used this extra free time to pack our carry on bags and to round up the electronics, charge batteries, etc. We invested in the Rick Steve's wheeled carry-on that also has back-pack style straps you can use (we'll leave the straps tucked and wheel them.)

 

Everyone has differing views on packing... the roll method, the drycleaner bags between layers, folding, garment bags, etc.

 

I am subscribing to the Packing Light dot net method of packing. You can go to their website and watch a video explaining how to do this. Below I am listing what I put in my hubby's bag and what I put in my bag. These are CARRY-ON sized bags and no, we are not tiny people with tiny clothes. I am average size 8-10 & hubby wears an XL shirt.

 

This is it, this is all we're taking. Any ornaments I buy (which is what I collect from our travels) I will have shipped home, which is what I normally do anyway.

 

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This is what fit in my hubby's bag:

 

1 dress pant

1 tactical pants

1 technical pants

1 zip-off convertible technical pants

4 long sleeve button up technical shirts

2 short sleeve button up technical shirts

2 light weight polo shirts

2 exofficio t-shirts

4 exofficio underwear

1 set cuddle duds long underwear pant/shirt

1 long sleeve mock turtle neck

2 long sleeve dress shirts

1 black tie

1 bathing suit

1 pair flip flops

1 toboggan

1 pair gloves

2 pair wool socks

2 pair regular socks

1 pair dress socks

Rick Steve's day pack - folded & put in outside pocket

Quart size back in outside pocket with liquids for airport security check

 

My bag contains the following:

 

2 dress pant

2 technical pants

capri pant

2 dresses

bolero jacket

4 dressy shirts

4 long sleeve shirts

2 short sleeve shirt

thermasilk long under wear & shirt

6 underwear

2 bras

2 wool socks

2 regular socks

swim suit

cover up

flip flops

dress shoes

toiletries bag with all the contents listed above

quart size pull out liquids back for airport security

Rick Steve's daypack, folded and put in an outside pocket

 

Hubby's backpack contents:

 

Both of our 3-in-1 jackets folded & placed in the bottom half

Binoculars

Hubby's dress shoes

Reusable Nalgene water bottle in outside pocket

 

My back is a LowePro Camera bag which contains the following:

 

Canon 7d body

Canon 28-135 kit lens

Canon 70-300 IS Zoom lens

Canon battery grip

Canon speedlite flash

Olympus Tough Waterproof Point & Shoot Camera

Extra batteries for both cameras

Extra Compact flash cards 16gig, 2 8gig, 4 gig & 2gig

Chargers for both Cameras

Iphone & Ipad chargers

Earbuds

 

In the outside pocket is my travel wallet that contains our passports, credit cards, insurance and donor cards, some cash and my driver's license. Hubby's iPad mini will fit in his backpack.

 

We will each wear our Merrell Hiking shoes on the plane. I still think we are taking more clothes than we need... we could always take less and if we need something buy tshirts or sweatshirts when we get there. Also we will have a rental car the first day so if we really need anything or thought we couldn't do without a certain type of shampoo or other liquid or hairspray we would just stop at Walmart or a local store and buy it. But I think my travel sized hairspray will be plenty for me.

 

Hopefully this will help you see how it can be done... just think you won't have to wait on your luggage at the airport, or on the ship when you get to your room, or on the morning that you debark the ship or at the airport again when you get home. :)

 

Ok, lets hear your thoughts...

Edited by ace1zoe2

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