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I noticed that there isn't a designated trip report thread for 2015 so here it is.

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If you have a 2015 trip report please create your own thread for it first, then, copy a link to your thread over to THIS thread.

 

If people have questions or comments they will respond to your original thread rather than gunk up the List with comments. And they WILL have questions .... about the room, dining, excursions, etc . This will keep the list clean and easy to read.

 

*** In the first line of your report, please indicate your ship, date, itinerary (and if this was a family trip with kids).

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13-day Princess Connoisseur Cruisetour on the Grand Princess with a post cruise in Vancouver and Seattle

 

I have the reviews on my blog: http://cruiselovers.blogspot.com

 

It is in several parts. Part 1 - the land portion is complete. Part 2 - the review of the cruise is up but I keep adding to it every day. Only have one more day to add. I will add Part 3 - Post cruise in Vancouver and Seattle over the next week.

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Infinity, RT from Vancouver, 6/7 departure.

3 nites in Vancouver prior to cruise, staying at Pan Pacific.

 

Itinerary includes ISP (whale watching), Hubbard Glacier, Juneau (whale watching, Mendenhall, Mt Roberts tram), Ketchikan (Misty Fjords flightseeing).

 

From deeliteful: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2219134

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SB Millenium, Seward to Vancouver departing 5/29.

Itinerary includes rental car from Anchorage to Seward ( Byron Glacier hike, Exit Glacier),

Hubbard Glacier, Juneau ( shuttle to/from Mendenhall, whale watching), Skagway ( RT train ), ISP ( whale watching), Ketchikan (kayak)

 

5 hr Vancouver highlights tour.

 

trip report and photos from fishmom:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2219746

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My review is posted in 2 parts. The first deals with the land tour, "From Anchorage to Skagway" (Denali, Fairbanks, Dawson Whitehorse) and the second part is listed is the 4 day Cruise from Skagway to Vancouver" on the Noordam (Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Inside Passage).

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2216641

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2217184

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Trip report from surgie ... NB Millenium, Vancouver- Seward, departing 5/22

 

2 nights in Vancouver pre-cruise ( bike tour, Granville Is)

Ketchikan (Bering Sea Crab Excursion), ISP (whale/bear combo tour), Juneau (whale watching, Mendenhall, Tracys Crab Shack), Skagway (rental car), Hubbard Glacier, Seward ( Kenai Fjords cruise, train to Anchorage), 2 days post cruise in Anchorage ( bike Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, hike Flattop Mtn)

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2218963

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Cruised northbound from Vancouver, B.C. to Seward, A.K. , then took Alaska Railroad to Anchorage and then rented a car to go from Anchorage to the Denali/Healey area.

 

Trip covered June 11th - June 23rd, 2015.

 

Trip details in link below. Pictures added at the end of the report. Enjoy! :)

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2227152

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I have posted the link to my blog here

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2233259

 

On land we hired a car and visited Girdwood, Palmer, Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark National Park and Seward. The cruise was with Radiance of the Seas travelling from Seward visiting Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Juneau, Skagway, Icy Straight Point (Hoonah) and Ketchikan before sailing to Vancouver

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Land tour: Fairbanks 3N Denali 2N Anchorage 1N Seward 1N

Cruise: Embarkation Seward, Glacier Bay, Haines Juneau KETCHIKAN inside passage diembarkation Vancouver.

We are a couple in our late 50's, from England, never cruised HAL before and due to health issues booked this trip very late, allowing HAL to organise everything which they did in the main very well.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2235982

Edited by holsagain
needed more information

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Just returned from a Celebrity Millennium back-to-back cruise in Alaska (Vancouver-Vancouver itinerary) --- plenty of pictures and details on excursions taken. Any questions, please post them in the main Alaska board post under my thread.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2237702

Edited by Italy52

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Just got back from a cruise to Alaska (Crown Princess) (Absolutely incredible) Our stops were Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. Round trip out of Seattle.

I will be posting photos from my trip on my Facebook page starting today (Just got back home last night) and have so many will probably continue posting them for the next month.

https://www.facebook.com/jasonmciverphoto

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Just got back from a cruise to Alaska (Crown Princess) (Absolutely incredible) Our stops were Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. Round trip out of Seattle.

I will be posting photos from my trip on my Facebook page starting today (Just got back home last night) and have so many will probably continue posting them for the next month.

https://www.facebook.com/jasonmciverphoto

 

 

I have started to add photos from thd trip. We did whale watching in Juneau, Yukon trip in Skagway and more

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There are a lot of 2015 (and earlier) Alaskan cruise reports and reviews in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises forum (search for Alaska in the forum). I haven't seen any Regent cruise reports in this thread. Unfortunately I'm a newbie and am not quite sure how to link them to this thread. I'm going to try pasting a link to one of them below and pasting the link to the search results below that. We'll see if either one works.

 

Here is a link to one of the reports:

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2195509&highlight=alaska

 

Here is a link to my search results:

 

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/search.php?searchid=74736107

 

Hope these work.

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Here is the link

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2239436

 

but here is my summary:

 

 

In the end this was one great vacation. I do wonder what we would have thought of it if we sailed Vancouver to Seward and then the land tour to Fairbanks. By going Fairbanks to Seward to Vancouver, each day got better and better.

 

Lessons learned:

1. If at Anan Creek check to make sure people only sign up for 1 of the alloted times in the blind.

2. Do not do a cruise tour ever again. They may be right for some but not for us.

3. If I ever get the privelage to go back to Alaska fly to Anchorage.

a. Do a flight seeing tour over Denali. Do not ever take a bus of any type into it again.

b. Rent a car and spend the extra week on the Kenai Penninsula

c. Insure 1 or 2 days in Seward

d. Do not consider starting in Fairbanks, it is not spectacular like the Kenai and South.

4. Rent inside cabins again and spend the money on excursions.

5. Take my kids, they loved Alaska.

6. Take a photography course and either rent or buy a better camera (although now that I have started editing the photos the quality has become much better). Sorry for posting the unedited ones.

7. Bring bathing suits. Kids do use the pools on Radiance they are heated. We had cool weather and they were used often in spite of it. Hot tubs while watching glaciers? You bet!

8. Request a window table in the main dining room prior to sailing. It was nice to look out as we ate.

9. Stay out back on deck 11 on the Glacier Day. Here is a picture of me. Notice no one is even close (I had showered that day). It was so nice to be able to witness Hubbard Glacier without a crowd around.

10. Do another excursion with Glacier Wind and Island Wings. They were incredible experiances.

11. I don't talk much about the ship as this vacation was all about the itinerary. The ship was just a vehicle to get us to where we were going.

 

One last random thought.

 

My wife and 16 year old daughter were way out of their comfort zones as I planned the trip. They feared whale watching on a small boat. They were petrified of the idea of flying on a small plane, especially one that took off and landed on water. Being close to bears, no way! In the end they both fought through those fears and joined Eric and I on all the excursions. Now they can’t stop talking about how great our time in Alaska was. If you are nervous, don’t be. It is the vacation of a lifetime; at least it was for us. I have more pictures of everyone in our family smiling on this cruise than on any other vacation.

 

I have been blessed with a great wife, son and daughter. Alaska is a true wonder it is SPECTACULAR. Make the time to see it.

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Here is a link to my Alaska album on my Facebook Photography page.

 

 

 

 

I have posted several photos from my trip in mid July and still have some more I will be adding to the album.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Jason McIver Photography

 

 

These are breathtaking, you're an incredible photographer!

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