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MI - Alaska tour/cruise

chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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From Jerry's MI World Tour posting for 2013, it seems that there may be the potential for a 2014 cruise to Alaska.  There have already been a number of comments on this topic and, as we shall be planning through into 2013/2014, it would probably be best to start a separate discussion.  I know that some of you are much better than me at linking across postings so, if someone could link the other comments to this posting, that would be extremely helpful.

 

Having read through the feedback sofa, I have the following questions ...

1.  Should we use a small ship or one of the big cruise lines, e.g. Princess?

2.  What time of year would be best? ... August seems to be the recommendation.

3.  Where should the departure point be on the continental USA? ... Seattle seems popular?

4.  If so, which hotel in Seattle?

5.  Is it best to do a round-trip or fly back from Alaska? ... if so, which would be the departure airport - Anchorage?

6.  What are the key sights to see? ... Jerry has already provided some great pics

7.  How do we get group discounts?

 

Please add any other Qs as appropriate.  It was only an outline thought before I started getting feedback from you guys, so these may be basic Qs.

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Location Brand Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Alaska, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Marriott Hotels & Resorts Courtyard Ogden
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Renaissance Hotels Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection
Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott ExecuStay The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Anchorage, Alaska, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Anchorage, Alaska, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Anchorage Airport
Anchorage, Alaska, USA Fairfield Inn By Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown
Anchorage, Alaska, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Anchorage Midtown
Anchorage, Alaska, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown
Anchorage, Alaska, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake
Seattle, Washington, USA Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle, Washington, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
Seattle, Washington, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Seattle South/Tukwila
Seattle, Washington, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
Seattle, Washington, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
Seattle, Washington, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/South Lake Union
  • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    Chrisf,

     

    Let me share with you my experience:

     

    1.  I don't think it matters, I went on Princess and it was huge, and I would really be in favor of a smaller ship, but they cost a lot more.  I would just make sure I had another balcony.  It was great to sit there and view the scenery.IMGP0116.JPG

    This is the balcony, and I had some friends visit and enjoy the fresh air and view!

     

    2. August would be great, I think my trip was actually in late September, so again, a lot would depend on price/

    3. and 4.  The Seattle Marina is a wonderful place to stay for all.  Great rooms and great staff!  Great CL!

     

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    View from my upgraded room, with TWO  balconies.  This was a wonderful experience!

    5.  I think you would have to do a "Round Trip", this cruise took seven days and there was no "Dull moments".  I really don't know if you could do this cruise "One way"!

    6.  Have posted pictures, so won't do that again.

    7.  I don't know this answer.  I could check with AMEX, but wouldn't Marriott be able to provide information.  This could be a great trip in 2014.

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Seattle Marriott Waterfront
    • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
      erc Platinum
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      We went to Alaska last summer, taking a cruise out of Vancouver (stayed a weekend at the marvelous Vancouver Marriott with a terrific concierge lounge and terrific view), and hit the sights in Vancouver including Capilano Suspension Bridge. Going late June was a perfect time for wildlife, we saw without much difficulty bears, moose, eagles, whales, elk virtually everyone but otters. Stopped in several ports and savored the brew pubs (I wasn't seeking nouvelle cuisine in Alaska - the food was terrific). Took the glass top train inland (great views and surprisingly good food) and took a bus tour to Denali. Plenty of fun activities including bike riding, where we rode up mountains and sped down at 25mph or faster like 10 year olds, hiked up mountains (not to be confused with climbed, but still challenging and loads of fun), rode dog sleds and riplines, watched glaciers calving and of course watched baseball - the 106th Midnight Sun game played on the Summer Solstice, starting at 10:30pm without lights! We saw the very first game in history to be called because of darkness (around 1:30am due to extra innings and a threatening storm).

      Here are some photos and some links to what I enjoyed; there's plenty more to do (and we did it) so, as always,  planning is worthwhile;


      Anchorage - stayed at a nice Fairfield Inn - upgraded to their 'suite' the one with a parlor sitting area.


      http://www.mrwhitekeys.com/mrwhitekeys.com/HOME.html  Watched these guys perform at a local saloon. Now maybe it was the dozen brewpubs we had visited, or maybe these guys were actually very clever, along the line of Capitol Steps, Mark Russell, or Second City, even the Sarah Palin fans were laughing. Their dvd doesn't do their live show justice - very entertaining, clean, and clever without being snarky.

       

      http://www.glacierbrewhouse.com/  One of those aforementioned brewpubs - downtown Anchorage - excellent food, fresh drafts

       

      The downtown Marriott was nice with a 9 or 10 foot stuffed grizzly in their lobby. Folks we talked to in the lobby enjoyed their stay.

       

      Fairbanks - Spring Hill - The first (and only) time I paid more than $225 for a Spring Hill. Wasn't impressed, by the property, although nothing offsetting except the five minute discussion about placing a platinum on the river half of the building.

      https://pumphouse.com/   Nice outdoor dining along the river

       

      Stayed at the Denali lodge (no Marriott) - excellent biking and hiking trails, plenty of excursions

       

      Stayed at http://www.alyeskaresort.com/hotel/index.aspx  (no Marriott) a wonderful property with service comparable to our finer Marriotts - excellent restaurant at top of mountain - Seven Glaciers, lovely grounds. Nice tram ride with great views.

       

      http://www.doublemuskyinn.com/     down the road from the Alyeska, was this excellent local's favorite where we got our cajun fix

      http://skagwaybrewing.com/   one of the port stops

      Ketchikan - picture of Alaskan Skills contest - this was superb - actual world class athletes competing

      Ok - that will get you started - it was and will be a blast - Have fun

       

       

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      World Class athletes--very entertaining!

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      Atop Mount Alyeska

       

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      Glass top train: great views, good food

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      Mount McKinley (Denali) Terrific bike and hiking trips

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      These bears (there were three) were on our exit path. They eventually became

      amorous (Nat'l Geographic) which our guide of ten years had never seen (we

      have videos, but this is a family blog!). This is only an interesting anecdote

      now that we are home - at the time it was serious and we waited twenty minutes and finally

      took a long loop/slope home. The bears won.

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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        Thanx Erc for sharing your experiences and pics!

         

        I really like Vancouver!  Its a wonderful city, and I wouldn't mind a return trip to explore some more as a 2 day post cruise trip was just not enough.  Also had been their previously for the World Fair, but spent too much time at the fair and not enough time exploring.  Also thought Vancouver had some fantastic restaurants to try..

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        erc,

         

        Wonderful pictures and information!

         

        This would make a great "World Tour" experience!

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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        Great photos erc!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    my 2 cents

    1) cruise lines

    • Celebrity did a real nice cruise - and was the only cruise line that got all passengers off Denali and on the ship.  The rest said you are on your own to get there.
    • Holland owns most of the tour infrastructure (trains, buses, etc)
    • NCL has the best price for what you end up getting
    • Princess - never cruised with them
    • RCC - use to be good but not so much anymore.  Owned by the same parent company as Celebrity so uses the same tours, etc

    2) Time of year - different advantages at different times

    • Late May - great pricing
    • June/Early July - White Nights
    • August/September - great pricing & great sales on land with everyone liquidating their inventories you can buy most things at 70%-80% off

    3) Seattle or Vancouver take less time, money, points to get to from East Coast, UK and Europe. Nice Marriott hotels in all cities, but Seattle and Vancouver are really spectacular - great views

    4) Would prefer to cruise round trip out of Seattle or Vancouver, and avoid flites to Anchorage (and the 250 miles by train or bus to Seward/Whittier)

    5) Plenty of time to look at sights by port.  Most of the cruise lines have great listings by destination.  I also ahve all my research materials from my Alaska cruise that I can post.

    6) best to inquire about group discounts with cruise lines and cruise wholesalers. We could shop around and see what we can get for 8 cabins, which is usually entry level for a group on a cruise ship.  Let me see if I can put something together.

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    • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      GP,

       

      I agree with every point you made!, would prefer Celebrity.

       

      I just wish Marriott worked more, or at all with AMEX.  Does Marriott VISA do this type of thing, "Travel" for groups?

       

      Maybe the staff at MI knows about a program?

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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        JC,

         

        The CC companies contract with travel companies to do their work.

         

        At one point, all them where contracting with the same company,

         

        I am not certain if this is still true.

         

        Another thing is the best prices are usually less than 1 month of departure, but there is no guarantee it won't sell out, or not have the type of cabins you want, the number of cabins you need, etc.

         

        I was just going to do a sample pricing of Celebrity, Holland, NCL for May/Sep (lowest shoulder season pricing), and June which is the option for White Nights which is not only nice to experience, but gives you the longest days for sightseeing.  I will try to compare the cruiselines with VacationsToGo which is the discounter that has been in business the longest, and usually has the deepest discounts and best perks.  will also try to show cheapest inside, outside and balcony cabin type.

         

        Once we have a ballpark, everyone can compare with their sources, and I will also find out the rules for groups from the cruiselines and VTG.

         

        I did almost have a group once on NCL, we were 2 cabins short, so I think I understand their program.  When you book 8 cabins, the organizer gets their cabin free.  I was going to add up the costs, and divide by the number of people, and have everyone pay the same. They also throw in one group activity, like a cocktail party with drinks and appetizers.

         

        If we al signup on Cruisecritic.com, we can also attend the cruiseline Meet & Greet on the 1st day we sail

         

        We can also make sure everyone joins there frequent traveler program and that will usually get you invited to a free cocktail party (or on some cruiselines a lunch where they provide the alcohol)

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        • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          Probably should also show the Marriott Cruise Travel Group option incase anyone wants to use points.

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        • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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          JC,

           

          It is a little early for me to contact AMEX, but when we have more information, I will see what they can do for us.

           

          I wonder again if Marriott has anyone who could help us?  This could be a pretty big deal as interest grows!

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          • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
            GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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            JC,

             

            The work is mostly front-loaded.  Gathering the information is quick. Getting it formated into a spreadsheet that everyone understands can be a bit more challenging.  Once we pick the cruise and vendor, everyone just deals with them directly.  Just booking a family holiday I learned its best once you make the decision to let them book.

             

            The only thing Marriott might be able to help with, is getting quotes for the Travel Industry.

             

            All the cruise lines, have a special rate that is available for people working in the travel industry.  If they were to make this rate available to marriott, we might get a better price on the 8 cabins.  Also, I don't know if there is a price break for larger groups, or extra perks.  Someone in Marriott that deals in groups might have a better idea on what is standard industry practice and make sure to ask.

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        • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
          chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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          GemP ... just checked that cruisecritic site and the first heading that popped-up was ...'All about Alaska' ... coincidence or what!?!

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            GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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            chrisf,

             

            I always do the roll calls on cruisecritic so that I can meet other cruisers in advance of the cruise.  Its another great forum like MI, except its more transitory as you tend to chat with those you are cruising with prior to the cruise, and maybe a little afterwards, and then you move on to the next group.

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  • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    Some sample itineraries and fares to consider

    (Per Person for 7d - includes cabin, food, entertainment)

    extra is alcohol, soda, tours, etc.

    For ANC itineraries - add on an extra $100/pp for the train or bus from Anchorage to either Seward or Whittier. For Whittier need to verify that the train is an option, might need to use the bus.

    Note: OBC = On Board Credit ranging from $25-150 per cabin

     

    • NCL                                                              May13                                         Jun13                                            

                                                                   Inside     Outside   Balcony                   Inside  Outside Balcony

      • SEA-SEA                                  700         850        1310 (OBC)               770     950       1520  (OBC)
      • YVR-YVR                                  710         730        1310 (OBC)               NA      NA        NA    (OBC)
      • YVR-ANC                                  500         650         900  (OBC)               650     880       1500  (OBC)
      • ANC-YVR                                  500         680         950  (OBC)               880     980       1570  (OBC)

                   (ANC=Whittier)

    • HAL
      • SEA-SEA                                  800         1000     1100                           950    1150      1650
      • YVR-YVR                                  600           700     1700                         1000    1200      1700
      • YVR-ANC                                  600           700      NA                           1000    1000      NA
      • ANC-YVR                                  700           800      NA                           1100    1100      8000

                   (ANC=Seward)

    • CEL
      • SEA-SEA                                  850          1100    1200 (OBC)              1100    1300      1500 (OBC)
      • YVR-YVR                                  550            680    1300                          810    1010      1650 (OBC)
      • YVR-ANC                                  700            710    1200 (OBC)                820    1110      1650 (OBC)
      • ANC-YVR                                  720            860    1320 (OBC)                900     1200     1800 (OBC)
        (ANC=Seward)

     

    These prices are based on the VacationToGo Website which has been around for about 18 years, and has a great track record of discounting prices, and giving on board credit.  Often the larger companies when booking 8+ cabins pass on their group benefits to their clients, while smaller companies, owners, managers, agents use these group privileges to travel for free.

     

    Based on past experience, traveling off season (End or August or Early September) have been able to buy last minute fares for less, but you can not count on this happening.  For Celebrity, on the ANC-YVR, which was not selling due to high air fare to get there, I was able to get the inside for ~500/pp (currently listed at 700/pp).  Just last month a colleague traveled on Holland ANC-YVR for ~300/pp in a last minute sale.  Both of these were inside cabins, with no choice of cabin, just what was left.

     

    We can compare prices, with other discounters, and with the cruise lines, and we can try for group rates, but I would not expect to see prices any lower than $300-500/pp for an inside.  One of the things we may be able to negotiate for a group is paying the inside rate and getting the outside, or paying the outside and getting a balcony.  Some of the older ships don't really have balconies, or have very few, hence the NA.  Some only have a suite option, hence the 8000/pp price.  It looks like the cruiselines are now using their older ships for the open jaw ANC-YVR or YVR-ANC, as less passengers opt for this cause air fare is higher, and you need to pay xport from Anchorage to the port 250 miles away.  These open JAW routes end up selling  deeply discounted as a result.  Both discount situations described above were unsold cabins on the open JAW.

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Marriott Hotels & Resorts Courtyard Ogden
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Renaissance Hotels Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection
    Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott ExecuStay The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Anchorage Marriott Downtown
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Anchorage Airport
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA Fairfield Inn By Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Anchorage Midtown
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake
    Seattle, Washington, USA Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Seattle Hotel
    Seattle, Washington, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Seattle Marriott Waterfront
    Seattle, Washington, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    Seattle, Washington, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Seattle South/Tukwila
    Seattle, Washington, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    Seattle, Washington, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
    Seattle, Washington, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/South Lake Union
    • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      GP,

       

      These are very good rates!

       

      Thanks for your great work.

       

      Let's see what we can come up with!

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      chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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      GemP, you are just brilliant at this stuff!!  We have only ever been on one cruise and that was in the Caribbean with Princess.  We enjoyed it but haven't rushed to repeat it ... we found the limited time in each location irritating and a lot of the location were very similar.  We are looking forward to getting together for an Alaska cruise ... it sounds much better.

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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        chrisf,

         

        At one point in my life I never wanted to cruise, as it just wasn't enough time.  I used to do long involved 1 and 2 month land trips in Asia, Turkey, Europe, etc.

         

        When I started traveling for work, and had lots of points, and was already in destinations so i could add in a day or two of personal time here and there, I managed to see quite alot.  My list of new places is farily short after 5 of 7 continents, 80+ countries, 40 of 50 states.  I also have a list of things I missed in a place.  Also, since I have had so many repeat trips, I no longer feel a need to see everything.  I target a couple of things for a day, and know I will probably return.  It took a while to understand I could see a place over time (multiple visits) and I didn' have to do it all in one shot.

         

        Also, one of my friends from my travel job liked to cruise.  We use to have to do our annual meetings on a cruise ship, and I use to complain to her that I hated cruising.  She told me it was cause I was always on a ship to work, and I needed to try it for run.  After we both stopped traveling for work, we started cruising for fun.  Since we live in different states, it's probably the only time we get together.

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      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      Itinerary and Ship Information to help us make decisions....some things to consider:

      • size of ship - some folks like a smaller ship as its easier to get around & others like a larger ship as there are more things to do and you feel less movement of the ship (some like me like the ship movement). There are also less people on board so embarkation and disembarkation goes quicker
      • age of ship - older ships tend to have larger cabins and smaller public spaces.  If they have been refurbished the interiors tend to be more like the new ships with smaller cabins and larger public rooms
      • my favorite ports
        • Icy Point Straits - had the best Native American Center & Show, the local town of Noonah was a real Alaskan town, not touristy
        • Skagway & Juneau were the best preserved historic town so most like our image of Alaskan towns
        • Juneau had a nice gondola to the top of the mountain with an Indian Museum, Movie, All you can eat King Crab legs.  There was also a nice step on/step trolley bus
        • Hubbards Glacier was wonderful (have not seen the other Glaciers, but I suspect they are all very nice and don't know if there is a difference)
      • ports I regret missing last time
        • Sitka - has the old Russian influence & culture but was not on my itinerary last time
        • Victoria Island - hard to get to unless you do the car ferries

       

      Seattle-Seattle                         Vancouver-Vancouver                         Vancouver-Anchorage               Anchorage

      • NCL Jewel/Pearl                 NCL Sun                                          NCL Sun                                 NCL Sun

             2005 (2010)/ 2006                2001 (2011)

                        93K tons                     78K tons

       

        • Seatttle                        ------------                                         --------------                                -------------
        • Victoria, BC                 Vancouver                                      Vancouver                                Vancouver
        • Ketichikan                    Ketchikan                                      Ketchikan                              
        • Ketchikan
        • Juneau                         Juneau                                          Juneau                                     Juneau
        • Skagway                      Skagway                                       Skagway                                  Skagway
        • -----------                       Glacier Bay National Park               Glacier Bay National Park          Icy Strait Point
        • -----------                       Hubbard Glacier                             Hubbard Glacier                        Hubbard Glacier
        • -----------                       ------------------                                  Anchorage (Whittier)                  Anchorage (Whittier)

       

      • HAL Oosterdam                      HAL Volendam                             HAL Zaandam                          Anchorage-Vancover

              2003 (2011)                            1999 (2011)                                  2000 (2010)

               85K tons                                 63K tons                                      62K tons

       

        • Seattle                            Vancouver                                    Vancouver                              --same as YVR-ANC---
        • Puget Sound                    Inside Passage                             -------------
        • Tracy Arm                       Tracy Arm                                     ------------

                     ( Twin Sawyer Glaciers)    (Twin Sawyer Glaciers)                  -------------

        • ---------------                       -----------------                                  Glacier Bay Natl Park
        • Juneau                            Juneau                                         Juneau
        • ----------------                      Skagway                                     Skagway
        • Sitka                               ------------------                                ---------------
        • Ketchikan                       Ketchikan                                    Ketchikan
        • Victoria, BC                    Vancouver                                    --------------
        • ----------------                     ---------------                                   Anchorage (Seward)

       

      • CEL Solstice                          CEL Century                                CEL Millenium                      --same as YVR-ANC---

                     2008                               1995(2010)                                   2000(2012)

                     122K tons                        70K tons                                      91K tons

       

        • Seattle                           -------------                                       -----------------
        • ---------------                      Vancouver                                     Vancouver
        • --------------                       --------------                                      Inside Passage
        • Ketchikan                       -------------                                      Ketchikan
        • Juneau                          Juneau                                          Juneau
        • -------------                       Icy Straight Point                           Icy Straight Point
        • --------------                       Hubbard Glacier                            -----------------
        • Tracy Arm                      --------------                                     -----------------

                     (Twin Sawyer Glacier)      --------------                                    Hubbard Glacier

        • Skagway                       ----------------                                   Skagway
        • Victoria, BC                   ----------------                                   -----------------
        • -----------------                   Vancouver                                    ------------------
        • Seattle                          ----------------                                   ------------------
        • ----------------                     ---------------                                   Anchorage (Seward)

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  • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    chrisf,

     

    I don't know why it indicates "There have been no answers, but we all agree to an answer, we agree to get together and have a wonderful laugh!

     

    NUHusker enjoyed the stories of our get together and looks forward to visiting with you directly!

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    • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
      chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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      Jerry, I think that I have to make it as answered.  I've was a bit distracted yesterday ... lots going on pre-trip.  Why is it that we always have a last minute panic on something?  Anyway, fixed now and packed and ready to be picked up tomorrow morning.

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      • Re: MI - Alaska tour/cruise
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        Chris,

         

        Just have a great trip, and don't worry about communication!

         

        You are in for a great trip!

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