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Knapman3

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Like the others said, meals aren't included. And meals on the train aren't either. Having said that, I can also say that my DH and I did an Alaska Cruisetour without spending all that much money on food on the land portion. We stuck to snack bars and such, and prices at those weren't really any higher than we're used to at home. We had some pretty nice food, not spectacular but pretty nice. I remember the reindeer stew in a bread bowl at the Denali Park snack bar was very good.

 

Ate dinner on the train, and that wasn't really expensive either. We don't drink, so no wine with dinner on the train. Can't say how much that would have cost.

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Be prepared for some sticker shock when you see the prices, especially in the restaurants. :eek:

Especially on the train (and they even have the nerve to request that no food be brought aboard) :D:p Stop off at a supermarket before boarding for a few sandwiches & other goodies & save a bundle.

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That is correct, meals are not included even on the train. However if you are staying in the Denali Lodge there were a few places to eat across the highway. If my memory is correct I remember a pizza shop and a subway shop there as well as a few gift shops. The Lodge also had a deli for light meals. At the Mt. Whitney lodge there were no other places you could walk to so the only choices will be the eating places at the lodge. You'll have a good time.

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That is correct, meals are not included even on the train. However if you are staying in the Denali Lodge there were a few places to eat across the highway. If my memory is correct I remember a pizza shop and a subway shop there as well as a few gift shops. The Lodge also had a deli for light meals. At the Mt. Whitney lodge there were no other places you could walk to so the only choices will be the eating places at the lodge. You'll have a good time.

 

And the prices reflected that fact. :eek:

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We ate at the restaurant across the highway from the Denali Lodge. The food, beer and atmosphere was good. Prices in Alaska are higher than in the lower 48, but just bite the bullet and enjoy. You are on vacation and a trip to Alaska is an experience that you don't get to enjoy too often. We are going back in Sept. and we are really looking forward to it.

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The food prices in Alaska seem to seem high to some and reasonable to others. Probably all depends on what you are used to and what part of the country you live in.

 

If you are accustomed to dining at Mickey D's or Wendys when you eat out, then the prices will seem very high in Alaska. But if you are accustomed to dining in nice restaurants, then they will seem reasonable.

 

It has been years and years since our Alaska cruise tour, and I do remember the train being very expensive at that time. Breakfast with coffee (not a huge breakfast) was around $25 per person. Things might have gone up (or down) since our trip, but I know at the time we thought it outragious, but you don't have much of a choice, it's that or starve. ;)

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I'm just exploring taking a Princess cruisetour to Alaska in August - does the price include meals on the land portion?

 

We are scheduled on the 15 day (8 night land; 7 night cruise) escorted tour Sept. 6th (Coral). Everything is included. Are we paying for it? Yes. Just the thought of not having to scrounge for food early AM or after a tough day is worth it to us. Must be worth it to lots of folks since this one has been waitlisted forever.

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It is absolutely worth it to go with the escorted tour with Princess that includes the food.

 

I did a HAL cruisetour and they offered a meal plan for $300 pp. For 8 days I felt that was too much so didn't purchase it. We ended up exceeding that amount, as you are on the bus going where they take you, and at a hotel that the restaurant knows you are a captive audience. Even the subway for soup and salad ended up costing us $15.00 pp.

 

We did do a grocery store run the day we traveled on the White Pass Yukon RR and had a picnic on the train. But without a refrigerator you can't buy too much because of spoilage. We did have snacks and water to tide us over, but when you reach the hotel at the end of the day, you are hungry, and going to eat even if it does cost you $30.

 

We generally found breakfast was around $15, lunch around $20 and dinner around $30. One night my husband was disgusted with the prices and the crowds, he didn't even eat dinner. Went back to the hotel room and just had chips and cookies.

 

While others we saw with the vouchers, were getting the same meals without having to worry about paying separate for them.

 

In hindsight, I would definitely buy the mealplan if we were to go again.

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It is absolutely worth it to go with the escorted tour with Princess that includes the food.

 

 

We generally found breakfast was around $15, lunch around $20 and dinner around $30. One night my husband was disgusted with the prices and the crowds, he didn't even eat dinner. Went back to the hotel room and just had chips and cookies.

 

 

 

That'll be the day my husband doesn't eat dinner! :D

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