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Hopefully lots of travelers will be returning soon, wanting to share information about their cruise experience, excursions, activities, vendors, land travel, etc.

Please start your own thread to post the trip report. It would be helpful if the first line included the SHIP, ITINERARY, DATE, EXCURSIONS, and who travelled. Then paste a link to your report into THIS thread.

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Hi, still have to wait for 2 more weeks before going!!:( Sure am getting ansy.:rolleyes: Edited by gottagoacruzn

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Interested in hearing from those who have sailed her recently....leaving in 4 days .... Can hardly wait! Hope the plumbing problems reported earlier have been fixed.

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Radiance of the Seas, southbound Seward to Vancouver, 5/27/2016 - 6/3/2016, tours included Flightseeing Denali from Anchorage with Rust's, Taku Lodge in Juneau, driving to Yukon in Skagway, Glacier Winds Whale Watching in Icy Strait Point. The review is currently in process right now. The link follows:

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2364863[/url]

Edited to add: on the regular Royal Caribbean forum, there are others as well, for those of you looking to read them. [emoji4] I read the reviews over and over this past year before going.

Sent from my iPad using [url=https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/byo/displayAndDownloadByoApp?rid=76452]Forums[/url] Edited by barbeyg

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Trip report and photos from FunInTheSun9.

Celebrity Millenium B2B, Vancouver-Seward-Vancouver, starting 5/12/16.
Itinerary includes Ketchikan ( Misty Fjords floatplane) (city bus to Totem Bight), Sitka, ISP, Juneau ( heli dog sled) (rental car), Skagway ( flight see w/glacier landing) (rental car), Hubbard Glacier, Seward ( Kenai Fjords cruise).

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2364899[/url]


*** This thread is informational only, so please post your questions and comments to the OP's thread.

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Here is link to mine. I was a 7 day Northbound Alaska cruise Dates were 6/3-6/10 aboard the Radiance of the Sea. Still working on posting all the pictures and information
[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2367162[/url]

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NCL Jewel - Vancouver to Seattle - 5/6/16 - short repo
Includes ideas of things to do in Seattle and all about our adventure to get to the cruise.

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2355797&page=1[/url]

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HAL Amsterdam, RT Seattle 5/22 - 5/29. Family trip with kids 5 & 7, plus SIL and BIL.

Itinerary includes JUNEAU ( heli dog sled, Mendenhall Glacier, Tracys Crab Shack) , Hubbard Glacier, SITKA (private boat tour with Gallant Adventures), KETCHIKAN (Aleutian Ballard tour), VICTORIA

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2368831[/url]

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Crown Princess, RT Seattle, 6/4 - 6/11. Photojournal from journeycollector.

2 busy days in Seattle pre-cruise. Cruise itinerary included:
Juneau ( whale watching, Mendenhall, Tracys Crab Shack)
Skagway ( Yukon Discovery Tour)
Glacier Bay
Ketchikan ( Misty Fjords flightseeing)
Victoria

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2368609[/url] Edited by mapleleaves

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from alaskab, Princess Star cruisetour DB4 with 6/11 SB cruise from Whittier.

LAND - Anchorage, bus to Talkeetna and Denali, train to Whittier
CRUISE - Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway (train/bus), Juneau (whale watching), Ketchikan (crabfest), Vancouver

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2371972[/url]

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Itinerary

Seattle 2 days
Juneau—Private excursion
Skagway—Independent excursion
Glacier Bay
Ketchikan
Victoria—NCL excursion


[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2372441[/url] Edited by gottacruisemore

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[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2373406[/url]

Should be June 11-18, sorry. Great cruise!

Ports: Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan Edited by newdestination

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[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50401671#post50401671[/URL]

Land: Fairbanks, Healy/Denali, Anchorage, Seward
Cruise: Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Inside Passage, Vancouver

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from karen g, Ruby Princess 6/26 - 7/3, RT Seattle.

Itinerary includes Ketchikan ( flightseeing), Endicott Arm (small boat excursion), Skagway ( helicopter, train/bus combo), Victoria.

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2374779[/url] Edited by mapleleaves

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from steenie. Ruby Princess 6/26 - 7/3, RT Seattle. Multi generational trip, ages 5 - 75.

Itinerary and activities include:
Ketchikan ( Misty Fjords flight, Ketchikan Taxi Tour)
Juneau ( 12st Taxi Tour, Heli Glacier walk)
Skagway ( rail/ bus combo with Chilkoot)
Victoria walk to Empress

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50414696#post50414696[/url]

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I don't yet have a trip report of my one -- leaving shortly -- but thought I would add links to a couple I've been reading over on the Princess forum.

[B][I]Ruby Princess[/I] 5/8 - 5/15 by New York Nana[/B]
Includes lots of lively detail regarding the ship and onboard facilities. [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2356647&highlight=nana[/URL] The [B]Patters[/B] from her trip (posted by a different user) can be found here: [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2359387&highlight=ruby[/URL]

[I][B]Ruby Princess [/B][/I][B]5/22 - 5/29 by LHARTWICK
[/B]Includes Ketchikan (Misty Fjords Floatplane), Tracy Arm Fjord (small boat excursion), Juneau (town), Skagway (sled dog camp) and Victoria (waterfront) [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2363585&highlight=ruby[/URL]

[B][I]Ruby Princess [/I]6/5 - 6/12 by carnyman[/B]
Second time to Alaska, first time on Princess; includes info on ship and Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm excursion [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365356&highlight=ruby[/URL]

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Hi! I'm a long time lurker who has been reading these boards ever since my family proposed a trip to Alaska. Cruise Critic recaps and reviews were crucial to helping me decide what to do - and whether to go in the first place - so I wished to give back and share my own experiences.

As per the title, I wasn't sure that cruising would suit me. I ended up having a blast. I hope my report is especially useful to any potential cruisers in a similar boat - pun very much intended.

[URL]http://rydain.org/a-cruise-skeptic-sails-to-alaska/[/URL]

[B]Itinerary[/B]

Radiance of the Seas southbound, 6/24 - 7/1 + Vancouver & Seattle

[B]Highlights[/B]

Juneau - Level 3 Extended Glacier Trek via Helicopter with Northstar Trekking

Skagway - Triple Adventure Tour (Hike, Bike, Float) with Sockeye Cycling and Skagway Float Tours, Red Onion Saloon, Hike to Lower Dewey Lake

Icy Strait - Cannery Museum, Hoonah

Ketchikan - Dolly's House, Totem Bight Park and Lunch Creek Trail with Wild Wolf Tours

Vancouver - Grand Tour with Cycle City Tours

Seattle - EMP Museum, Chihuly Glass and Gardens, Mt. Rainier

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[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2376089[/url]

Review is a pictorial review with menus and food pictures.

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Here's my review:

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2378972[/url]

It's for the July 1-8 on the Radiance of the Seas, Northbound. Travelers: 1 grandma, 2 40-year olds, 1 30-year old, and 1 10-year old.

You need to scroll down a bit - I had issues with photo links not working. The review is also in my signature and that one will eventually include video (not for a while, though).

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Just started my trip report.

We cruised the NCL Pearl on June 26th with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Cruised Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria B.C.

The report will cover our travel, time in Seattle , and of course the cruise and excursions.


[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50518377&posted=1#post50518377[/url]

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[quote name='jimsig']Just started my trip report.

We cruised the NCL Pearl on June 26th with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Cruised Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria B.C.

The report will cover our travel, time in Seattle , and of course the cruise and excursions.


[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50518377&posted=1#post50518377[/url][/QUOTE]



Looking forward to reading more, we have the same trip planned for August 2017

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Carnival Legend Alaska 7/12/16 Review....

Family of 4...Mom and Dad and two Daughters (11 & 14)

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2381321[/url]

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Here is a link to my detailed review of our land and sea adventure.

Celebrity Milli
July 15-22
OV cabin 3073

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50614349&posted=1#post50614349[/url]

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Here's my pretty detailed trip report. I still have to add the last 2 days, but those aren't as exciting, we didn't do as much. All our excursions are done though. I have a ton of pictures and some videos as well...

This was the Carnival Legend, July 12th sailing

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2382500[/url]

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[URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2387165"]Our Ultimate UnCruise Adventure 2016: 2 July - 16 July[/URL]

Ship: [I]The Wilderness Discoverer[/I]

Itinerary: Ultimate Bays and Fjords - From Sitka to Juneau, Juneau to Ketchikan with stops in Glacier Bay National Park, Wrangell, Tracy Arm, Misty Fjords National Monument and more

Excursions: In Sitka - the Alaska Raptor Center and The Fortress of the Bear, In Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier, and in Ketchikan - Totem Bight State Park

Travel Group: 78 Passengers total, 9 in our group including 7 adults and 2 teenagers.

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So excited! Can't wait to hear from recent cruisers as well. My biggest concern is weather - which, I know, is beyond my control, and mosquitoes - although being from the South it's not like I'm not used to them.

Please tell us how great the recent cruises were!

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[CENTER][URL=http://s582.photobucket.com/user/mitziz/media/Crrown-Princess-nsde-passage_zps6grtq5wn.jpg.html][IMG]http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss266/mitziz/Crrown-Princess-nsde-passage_zps6grtq5wn.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

[COLOR="Black"][SIZE="4"]We sailed on the Crown Princess, roundtrip from Vancouver. Our itinerary included Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan.[/SIZE][/COLOR]

[COLOR="Black"][SIZE="4"]I have put together a pictorial [/SIZE][/COLOR][URL="https://alaskacruisewordpress.wordpress.com/"][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Blue"]cruise blog [/COLOR][/URL][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Black"]which also includes our pre and post cruise adventures in Vancouver.

[I]Warning: This review contains hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of photo's![/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE]
[SIZE="4"][/I]
[COLOR="blue"][url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2383166[/url][/SIZE][/COLOR]

[COLOR="Black"][SIZE="4"]Join us on our adventures as we cruise the Inside Passage...[/SIZE][/COLOR]

[URL="https://alaskacruisewordpress.wordpress.com/"]
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What a gorgeous display of photos and wonderful narrative! We're headed out on the Island Princess next week to do a Northbound cruise and totally enjoyed your blog. Excellent job!!!:D

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[quote name='profteedee']What a gorgeous display of photos and wonderful narrative! We're headed out on the Island Princess next week to do a Northbound cruise and totally enjoyed your blog. Excellent job!!!:D[/QUOTE]

Thank you so much for your encouraging compliments! Your kind words are much appreciated. Have a wonderful Alaskan cruise!

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Summary of our Millennium trip from Vancouver to Seward this August with two kids in tow: [url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2389939[/url]

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I have started a live report for our Alaska cruise this week.

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2390859[/url]

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trip report [URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=50819970#post50819970"]here[/URL] for Princess Cruise Tour Aug 2016

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From mom02. Celebrity Solstice, 6/17-6/24, Seattle RT.

Travelling with 2 kids ( 6yrs and toddler) and extended family.

Itinerary included:
KETCHIKAN - lumberjack show, lunch at Alaska Fish House
ENDICOTT ARM substituted for Tracy Arm
JUNEAU - shuttle to Mendenhall w/ walk to Nuggett Falls, dinner at Twisted Fish
SKAGWAY - Dyea Dave train/van combo

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2371561[/url]

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iPhone Photo Review
Celebrity Solstice Tracy Arm Aug 19-26 (but went to Endicott Arm)

Celebrity Suite 1233 - Luminae, Michael's Club
Ketchikan: Misty Fjords Air, visit with local family, Totem Bight Historical Park
Endicott Arm: JU94 - Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Explorer
Juneau: JU63 - Alaska's Whales & Rainforest Trails
Skagway: Chilkoot Charters and Tours Bennett Scenic Journey
Victoria: walk to Empress Hotel

Twin sister and myself

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2395708[/url] Edited by twins_to_alaska

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[COLOR="Black"]I just wanted to say thanks to mapleleaves for this thread. I enjoyed reading through each of the reports and viewing the pictures. I don't plan to write a review, but when my wife gets through sorting her pictures and uploading them as slideshows to her website, I will come back and post a link to the Travel section where they will be available for viewing.

Alaska is amazing. I'm glad so many people have the opportunity to cruise there.[/COLOR]

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