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

A report can be as short or as long as you care to make it. It can be one paragraph outlining each port you visited and your activity at each one. Or it can be a 20 pg report with photos of your cabin, public areas, meals, dailys, activities of each port, and every sight along the way. Or it can be something in between! Whatever you have time for.

Please create your own thread to post your trip report, then paste a link to THIS thread. It would be helpful if the first line included the SHIP, ITINERARY, DATE, EXCURSIONS, and who travelled ( family with children, a multigenerational trip, active 30 somethings, etc).

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From tnn0413. Sailed on May 17, from Vancouver, on Radiance of the Seas.

Itinerary included: Ketchikan ( Lumberjack Show and Saxman Village), Sitka, Haines, Skagway ( train and bike combo), Juneau ( hiked West Glacier Trail), ISP (whale watching), Hubbard Glacier.

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2504737[/URL] Edited by mapleleaves

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Photo journal from elililly. RT Seattle on Carnival Legend. Mother and daughter trip. (with helpful details about using a transport wheelchair during a cruise and in port)

Itinerary included:
Juneau -- a tour to Mendenhall Glacier and Mt Roberts tram. ( Photo Point Trail ok for wheelchair. Tram had easy access)
Skagway --- 3 hr train trip. Shopping and enjoying the town. (the train has a car with a lift)
Glacier Bay
Ketchikan --- tour to a totem park. Difficult to manoever
Victoria

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2503150[/url]

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from Jmdemos. Vancouver to Seward on HAL Zaandam, May 14

Itinerary included:
Ketchikan - Baranof Fishing Excursions
Juneau - Mt Roberts tram, floatplane to Taku Lodge, evening whale watch
Skagway - heli dogsled, rental car to Emerald Lake
Glacier Bay
Seward - 6 hr Kenai Fjords tour

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2502967[/url]

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Review: Voyage of the Glaciers SB May 20-27 Coral Princess w/4 days DIY pre-cruise!

[url]http:// boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53213936[/url]

Still a work in progress. I'm not the best writer but I hope you will enjoy the highlights of our trip.

Sent from my iPhone using [url=https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/byo/displayAndDownloadByoApp? Edited by Hdnwaters

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May 20th - 27th Alaska cruise on NCL Jewel

My full review with pictures here:
[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53233970#post53233970[/URL]

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[quote name='mapleleaves']From tnn0413. Sailed on May 17, from Vancouver, on Radiance of the Seas.

Itinerary included: Ketchikan ( Lumberjack Show and Saxman Village), Sitka, Haines, Skagway ( train and bike combo), Juneau ( hiked West Glacier Trail), ISP (whale watching), Hubbard Glacier.

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2504737[/URL][/quote]

Hey tnn0413, I guess we past one another on the ship often an didn't see one another. Was also on the Radiance.

Virginia

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Southbound on Celebrity Millennium (Seward to Vancouver) June 2-9

Hubbard Glacier
Juneau - Mt Roberts Tram, Summer dog sled camp
Skagway - Dyea Dave to Emerald Lake, train ride back
Icy Strait Point - Whale watching with Misty Lodge
Ketchikan - 2 hour float plane ride with Island Wings

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2509381[/url]

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[SIZE=2]Coral Princess - May 27th departure (+1 day on each side), 2 adults in mid-30's[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Northbound - Vancouver, Inside Passage, Ketchikan (Totem Bight & Lumberjack Show), Juneau (Mendenhall Heli & Salmon Bake), Skagway (Yukon Expedition & White Pass Scenic Railway), Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Whittier (Tram & Wildlife tour) *All excursions w/Princess[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Trip Report:[/SIZE]
[INDENT][url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2508384[/url][/INDENT][INDENT][INDENT][SIZE=2]Menus - Post # 16[/SIZE]
[/INDENT][INDENT][SIZE=2]Patters - Post # 19[/SIZE]
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Northbound Radiance of the Seas - June 2nd, 2017
[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53316007[/URL]


Seattle, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Icy Strait, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Seward, Anchorage (kinda), Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage (kinda).

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[quote name='Hdnwaters']Review: Voyage of the Glaciers SB May 20-27 Coral Princess w/4 days DIY pre-cruise!

[URL]http:// boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53213936[/URL]

Still a work in progress. I'm not the best writer but I hope you will enjoy the highlights of our trip.

Sent from my iPhone using [url=https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/byo/displayAndDownloadByoApp?[/QUOTE]

The link doesn't seem to be working.

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Eurodam Seattle, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. June 17th.

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511569[/url]

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ooops, [B]parentsof5[/B] used the wrong link for their trip report. It's a wonderful photojournal with lots of helpful info and great photos. Here's the correct link: [url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2506371[/url]

4 days DIY land with a rental car, followed by SB Coral Princess cruise, Whittier to Vancouver, departing May 20.

Land Itinerary included: Overnight at Alyeska in Girdwood, drive to Seward, drive to Talkeetna with an overnight, return to Anc for an o/n, then bus to Whittier.
Cruise included Glacier Bay, Skagway (train), Juneau ( whale watching, Tracys Crab Shack), Ketchikan (fishing excursion), and an o/n in Vancouver.

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[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511723[/url]

Hopefully this works!

My trip report of Star Princess Southbound Whittier to Vancouver June 10 - 17 with a DIY week prior on the Kenai Peninsula

Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk

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[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511846[/url]

Star Princess NB Vancouver to Whittier June 3 2017 including:
Ketchikan - ATV Adventure Karts
Juneau - Whale Watching
Skagway - Hike & Float, others also did ziplining and drive to Emerald Lake
Land trip to Seward - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Major Marine 7.5 hour boat cruise, Sealife Center, Exit Glacier

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[quote name='Hdnwaters']Review: Voyage of the Glaciers SB May 20-27 Coral Princess w/4 days DIY pre-cruise!

[URL]http:// boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53213936[/URL]
[url=https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/byo/displayAndDownloadByoApp?[/QUOTE]


I can't get the link to work.

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[B]7 days DIY on land then Radiance southbound. 6/2/17 - 6/17/17[/B]

I posted this on the Alaska board but I thought I would put it here also so that would be easier to find at a later date.

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2512810[/URL]

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Just returned from Coral Princess June 17-24 2017.
Great cruise! Capt was personal, entertaining and everywhere on the ship. The crew was great in all venues. The bed was horrible, like a soft well used hammock so I doubt claims of new bedding.We had a balcony and it was great for quiet sea viewing at all hours of the day/night.

Best excursions were Major Marine in Seward and Talkeetna Air taxi, DIY before the cruise and Juneau rent a car for the day in Juneau.

Loved the Chefs Dinner on board, signed up as soon as we boarded.

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[quote name='gma rae']Just returned from Coral Princess June 17-24 2017.
Great cruise! Capt was personal, entertaining and everywhere on the ship. The crew was great in all venues. The bed was horrible, like a soft well used hammock so I doubt claims of new bedding.We had a balcony and it was great for quiet sea viewing at all hours of the day/night.

Best excursions were Major Marine in Seward and Talkeetna Air taxi, DIY before the cruise and Juneau rent a car for the day in Juneau.

Loved the Chefs Dinner on board, signed up as soon as we boarded.[/quote]

Getting on the Coral at the end of the week but wondering, do they have egg crate/foam toppers available for the beds if requested from the room steward? I was so hoping for better beds than we've had on other Princess ships but hoping for the best! :)

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[quote name='gma rae']Just returned from Coral Princess June [URL="tel:17-24 2017"]17-24 2017[/URL].
Great cruise! Capt was personal, entertaining and everywhere on the ship. The crew was great in all venues. The bed was horrible, like a soft well used hammock so I doubt claims of new bedding.We had a balcony and it was great for quiet sea viewing at all hours of the day/night.

Best excursions were Major Marine in Seward and Talkeetna Air taxi, DIY before the cruise and Juneau rent a car for the day in Juneau.

Loved the Chefs Dinner on board, signed up as soon as we boarded.[/quote]
G.ad you had a great cruise but sorry to hear about the bed. I was thinking about purchasing a new one from Princess. Thought a week of sleeping on it would help me decide.

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Holland America - Tour RIL - June 12, 2017 - Roundtrip from Seattle - 3 days in Denali

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2516703[/URL]

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Coral Princess 6/24-7/1

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2518097[/URL]

Two nights in Seattle
One night in Vancouver and our visit to Stanley Park
Ketchikan: Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise
Juneau: Shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier and Taku Lodge
Skagway: Chilkoot Yukon Rail and Bus
Glacier Bay and College Fjord
Disembarking in Whittier, drive Turnagain Arm, and two nights in Seward (Kenai Fjords 6-hour boat tour, Exit Glacier, Byron Glacier)

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[B]Coral Princess[/B]
[B]Voyage of the Glaciers - One-Way from Vancouver to Whittier[/B]
[B]Dates[/B]: May 13th to 20th
[B]Ports[/B]: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway
[B]Excursions[/B]:
[LIST]
[*]Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure (Ketchikan)
[*]Mount Roberts Tramway (Juneau)
[*]Harv & Marv's Outback Alaska (Juneau)
[*]Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition (Skagway)
[*]Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience (Skagway)
[/LIST][B]Travelers[/B]: Myself and my boyfriend (in our 30s)

The trip report starts with the post below:

sehsun.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/our-cruise-to-alaska-intro-day-one/

I also have the Patters if anyone is interested. :)

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[B][SIZE=4]NCL Sun 14-Day Cruise - San Francisco to Vancouver[/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=3]May 15 - 29, 2017[/SIZE][/B]

Photo review: [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2513633[/URL]


[B]Itinerary & Excursions[/B]
[LIST]
[*]San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge
[*]Astoria - Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach
[*]Ketchikan - Ketchikan Kayak Tour, funicular to Cape Fox Lodge
[*]Endicott Arm - (done in place of Tracy Arm)
[*]Juneau - Treadwell Gold Mine, Mendenhall Glacier
[*]Glacier Bay
[*]Skagway - Rental car to Klondike Highway, Tutshi Sled Dog Tour, Emerald Lake, Robinson Roadhouse, Flight over Glacier Bay with Mountain Flying Service
[*]Icy Strait Point - Whale watching tour with Glacier Wind
[*]Hubbard Glacier - Didn't make it due to ice & fog :(
[*]Sitka - Sitka National Historical Park, wildlife cruise with Gallant Adventures
[*]Prince Rupert, BC - walked around town
[*]Nanaimo, BC - Cathedral Grove, Little Qualicum Falls
[/LIST]A work in progress, but I will also be posting photos and details of our cruise on my blog:

[URL="http://mysouvenirmemories.blogspot.com/2017/05/were-offalaska-here-we-come.html"]My Souvenir Memories - Alaska Here We Come![/URL]

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Celebrity Solstice, RT Seattle 6/16, followed by DIY land travel to Calgary, Banff, Jasper.
Photojournal from MVPinBoynton. MANY photos of sights, scenery, the ship, cabin, entertainment, dining, etc

[URL]http://www.thepreismans.com/alaska_17_page1.htm[/URL]

Cruise itinerary includes KETCHIKAN ( walk thru town, Creek Street, Totem Heritage Center), TRACY ARM, JUNEAU (whale watch), SKAGWAY (tour of town, Goldrush Cemetary and White Pass).

(look at the home page to find their Princess cruisetour experience in 2014 for another great photojournal)

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Off the Beaten Path Princess Alaskan Cruisetour- Island Princess

July 5th-18th, 2017
-Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway: hiking
-Ultimate ship tour
-Copper River Lodge
-Denali Lodge (whitewater rafting paddle, tundra wilderness tour)
-McKinley Lodge
-Captain Cook hotel

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2524117[/url]

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Here is my cruise review: [URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=53644492#post53644492[/URL]

Star Princess 7/15 to 7/22
Ketchikan - kayak trip with Southeast Sea Kayaks
Juneau - Princess excursion fishing trip for salmon
Skagway - DIY rented car and drove to Emerald Lake, Carcross, Carcross Desert

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[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=53680799&postcount=1[/url]

Still working on "review" but here are the compass/maps from RD OTS Southbound Seward to Vancouver from 07/21/17-07/28/17 and precruise tour 5B (RCCL).

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[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2528515[/URL]

Review and Compass/Maps in above thread

Radiance OTS
Southbound
Seward to Vancouver (7 nights)
July 21, 2017
With 5 night pre-cruise land tour through RC (July 16) (5B Mountain Panorama)
Anchorage
Talkeetna
Denali (2 nights)
Alyeska
Seward (Board ship)
Hubbard Glacier
Juneau
Skagway
Icy Straight Point
Ketchikan
Inside Passage
Vancouver (depart ship)

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Here is our review from Norwegian Sun, Northbound Vancouver to Seward June 5-12. An incredible trip and one we wouldn't have been able to do without all the help and recommendations we had in planning from Cruise Critic.....thank you so much!

Day 1 - Embark Day, Vancouver
Day 2 - At Sea
Day 3 - Ketchikan (7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
Day 4 - Juneau (11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Day 5 - Skagway (8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.)
Day 6 - Glacier Bay (7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Day 7 - Hubbard Glacier
Day 8 - Disembark, Seward

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2519210[/url]

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[SIZE=4]Ruby Princess Alaska RT from Seattle, July 29-August 5[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=4]ams cruiser: traveling as a couple (60-early 70-ish)[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]A very lengthy (longer than intended) review with lots of pictures from the perspective of an (almost) new cruiser including:[/SIZE]

3-days pre-cruise stay in Seattle at the Hyatt Place Hotel: Savor Seattle Pike Place Food tour, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Sky City at the Space Needle, Museum of History and Innovation, Museum of Pop Culture, Argosy Ballard Locks harbor cruise, with a few restaurant recommendations

Juneau: Coastal Helicopters dog sledding with extra stop on Herbert Glacier
Skagway: Chilkoot Charters Yukon Rail and Bus Tour
Ketchikan: Island Wings Misty Fyords Flightseeing Tour
Victoria: Princess Cruises Butchart Gardens: Wine, Chocolate, and Edible Petals excursion
Utimate Ship's Tour on the Ruby Princess
Miscellaneous topics including: Seattle Port Valet Program, motion sickness, fear of heights, and how I survived both a helicopter and a floatplane!

[URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2533305[/URL]

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Celebrity Solstice 8/11-8/18
[URL]https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/post-cruise-thoughts/[/URL]

Seattle - Chihuly Glass and Garden
[URL]https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/embarkation-day/[/URL]

Ketchikan - Island Wings Traitor's Cove bear viewing
[URL]https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/ketchikan-alaska/[/URL]

Juneau - Above and Beyond Alaska Mendenhall private kayak and glacier trek
[URL]https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/juneau-alaska/[/URL]

Skagway - Temsco helicopter tour and dog sledding
[URL]https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/skagway-alaska/[/URL]

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Just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in Alaska. We did a B2B on the Star Princess (Northbound & Southbound Glacier itineraries - weeks of July 1, 2017 and July 8, 2017) and then immediately boarded Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam (Vancouver-Vancouver itinerary - July 15 - 2017.) Below is the link to my detailed review with pictures included.

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2531052[/url]

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[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]Started a trip report - NCL Sun Southbound August 7th-14th, with three days pre-cruise: [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000][URL]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2538372[/URL][/COLOR][/SIZE]

[U][FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]Itinerary[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/U]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 4th: Fly to Anchorage & Sightseeing[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 5th: Matanuska Glacier Hike[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 6th: Talkeetna for Flightseeing[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 7th: Travel to Seward / Board NCL Sun[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 8th: Day at Sea / Hubbard Glacier[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 9th: Icy Strait Point[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 10th: Juneau / Tracy Arm[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 11th: Skagway[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 12th: Ketchikan[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 13th: Day at Sea[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 14th: Disembark / Day in Vancouver[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Helvetica Neue][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]August 15th: Land in Boston[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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From kpd21880 .... active family vacation with 6 yr old son. ( so lots of kid friendly ideas)
6 days DIY land, followed by Celebrity Millenium cruise, Seward - Vancouver, 6/30 - 7/7 .

[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2537470[/url]

Land travel included: biking the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage, glacier trek at Matanuska, Denali (Eielson shuttle), Iditarod Museum in Wasilla, train to Seward, Kenai Fjords cruise, SeaLife Center.

Cruise itinerary included: Hubbard Glacier, JUNEAU (Mendenhall Lake Canoe, Fish Hatchery), SKAGWAY (rental car), ISP (whale watch), KETCHIKAN (Deadliest Catch).

Post cruise in Vancouver... rental car, Grouse Mountain package, biking around Stanley Park

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