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Millennium NB Alaska Cruise Review 6/7/19

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17 hours ago, plagmah said:

 

We saw a lot of bears in dandelion fields in Skagway. Amazing. 

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How close where you???? WOW. What where you in, a vehicle?

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3 minutes ago, linstadt said:

I'm on a shore excursion from ship, via floatplane. It's not on the list of excursions any more (at least a few days ago) but they also have one by boat. I don't believe you get out of the boat on this one. The floatplane one, which I hope is the same one I did before, we get out of plane and walk the paths to the stream where the salmon are running. There is a platform just a tad above the stream, you are there with the bears. Walking back to the plane, you see trees where the sap is running from the bears scratching the bark, their sleeping areas, old boat, I loved it!!! Just hope it hasn't changed from what I remember.

I was looking for that excursion but never saw it. When are you going? I don't think it was ever offered for us because we are going Mid June.

 

We emissedit on our HAL cruise because it was booked up.

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19 minutes ago, linstadt said:

How close where you???? WOW. What where you in, a vehicle?

 

We were in a bus on Skagway tour to Yukon.  Saw 4 bears. Pics taken out the window. Distance 10-15 feet. One bear walked up to bus !!?!  It was amazing. 

 

Our driver turned around and parked for pics. ( a benefit of bus over train). 

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Just now, plagmah said:

 

We were in a bus on Skagway tour to Yukon.  Saw 4 bears. Pics taken out the window. Distance 10-15 feet. One bear walked up to bus !!?!  It was amazing. 

 

Our driver turned around and parked for pics. ( a benefit of bus over train). 

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Yay I have hope that I will see some. I haven't picked out my excursion for Skagway after learning Neets Bay was a no go because I was going in June.

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16 minutes ago, cruisingnewtoit said:

I was looking for that excursion but never saw it. When are you going? I don't think it was ever offered for us because we are going Mid June.

 

We emissedit on our HAL cruise because it was booked up.

It probably wasn't since salmon season is usually July-August. Wow, looking for these pictures, it was Sept 2, 2010 when I was last there. I was on a HAL ship that time. You can see from the pictures that mesh is only for keeping the salmon in area, not keep bears in or out. The viewing platform is right next to water. Fabulous trip, well worth the money. These were taken when I got my first Nikon D5000 and I was learning how to use the camera, most likely auto! Lens 70-300, some taken at 300mm

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10 minutes ago, linstadt said:

It probably wasn't since salmon season is usually July-August. Wow, looking for these pictures, it was Sept 2, 2010 when I was last there. I was on a HAL ship that time. You can see from the pictures that mesh is only for keeping the salmon in area, not keep bears in or out. The viewing platform is right next to water. Fabulous trip, well worth the money. These were taken when I got my first Nikon D5000 and I was learning how to use the camera, most likely auto! Lens 70-300, some taken at 300mm

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Your pictures are beautiful.

 

We went to Alaska mid August on HAL in 2018. We did see a bear with their cub in a rainforest sanctuary but it definitely was not the same.

 

Hopefully we will see some bears in icy strait.

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31 minutes ago, cruisingnewtoit said:

Your pictures are beautiful.

 

We went to Alaska mid August on HAL in 2018. We did see a bear with their cub in a rainforest sanctuary but it definitely was not the same.

 

Hopefully we will see some bears in icy strait.

 

We were told a momma and cub hung out on a ridge as you walked into Hoonah Didn’t see any on our trip. 

 

Lots of eagles at icy Point strait 

 

Good luck! 

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What time for dinner reservations would you recommend to get the most out of the shows etc... ?

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8 hours ago, 2handslice said:

What time for dinner reservations would you recommend to get the most out of the shows etc... ?

 

That is tough. A full 2 hours for dinner and desert. We did 530 and had to leave before dessert to make show. 

 

I guess do early show and 8pm dinner. 

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Thanks so much for your review and the photos of the newly renovated cabin. As prospective Millennium cruisers who suffer from allergies to chemical smells, could I trouble you to let me know whether or not you smelled any "new room" smell from the furniture or carpet? 

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On 7/23/2019 at 7:23 AM, Allergee said:

Thanks so much for your review and the photos of the newly renovated cabin. As prospective Millennium cruisers who suffer from allergies to chemical smells, could I trouble you to let me know whether or not you smelled any "new room" smell from the furniture or carpet? 

 

No we didn’t have any new paint smell.  

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Very helpful review. Do you know if room service is free and if you can order the night before?  We are going Northbound next week and have very early morning excursions. Thanks.

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On 8/4/2019 at 4:05 PM, Buffan said:

Very helpful review. Do you know if room service is free and if you can order the night before?  We are going Northbound next week and have very early morning excursions. Thanks.

 

No charge for room service.  We did not order in advance so I don't know if that was available.  sorry

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22 hours ago, jlatels said:

How cold was it? We're doing the same trip in a couple of weeks.

 

In June it was 60 during the days and 50 in the evening.  rained every day.  

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Enjoyed the review... excellent format ...great photos!

Glad I clicked on the link....

Thanks

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