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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.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2504737

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

 

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

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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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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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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.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2504737

 

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

 

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

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Coral Princess - May 27th departure (+1 day on each side), 2 adults in mid-30's

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

Trip Report:

Menus - Post # 16

Patters - Post # 19

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

 

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

 

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?

 

The link doesn't seem to be working.

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ooops, parentsof5 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: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2506371

 

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

 

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

 

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

[url=https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/byo/displayAndDownloadByoApp?

 

 

I can't get the link to work.

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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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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.

 

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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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.

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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Coral Princess 6/24-7/1

 

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

 

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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Coral Princess

Voyage of the Glaciers - One-Way from Vancouver to Whittier

Dates: May 13th to 20th

Ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway

Excursions:

  • 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)

Travelers: 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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NCL Sun 14-Day Cruise - San Francisco to Vancouver

May 15 - 29, 2017

 

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

 

 

Itinerary & Excursions

  • 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

A work in progress, but I will also be posting photos and details of our cruise on my blog:

 

My Souvenir Memories - Alaska Here We Come!

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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

 

http://www.thepreismans.com/alaska_17_page1.htm

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Ruby Princess Alaska RT from Seattle, July 29-August 5

ams cruiser: traveling as a couple (60-early 70-ish)

 

A very lengthy (longer than intended) review with lots of pictures from the perspective of an (almost) new cruiser including:

 

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!

 

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

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Celebrity Solstice 8/11-8/18

https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/post-cruise-thoughts/

 

Seattle - Chihuly Glass and Garden

https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/embarkation-day/

 

Ketchikan - Island Wings Traitor's Cove bear viewing

https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/ketchikan-alaska/

 

Juneau - Above and Beyond Alaska Mendenhall private kayak and glacier trek

https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/juneau-alaska/

 

Skagway - Temsco helicopter tour and dog sledding

https://mochatruffalo.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/skagway-alaska/

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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.

 

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

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Started a trip report - NCL Sun Southbound August 7th-14th, with three days pre-cruise: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2538372

 

Itinerary

August 4th: Fly to Anchorage & Sightseeing

August 5th: Matanuska Glacier Hike

August 6th: Talkeetna for Flightseeing

August 7th: Travel to Seward / Board NCL Sun

August 8th: Day at Sea / Hubbard Glacier

August 9th: Icy Strait Point

August 10th: Juneau / Tracy Arm

August 11th: Skagway

August 12th: Ketchikan

August 13th: Day at Sea

August 14th: Disembark / Day in Vancouver

 

August 15th: Land in Boston

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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 .

 

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

 

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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