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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by MauidAndy View Post

Option 1:
Seattle Roundtrip
Golden Princess
Sails June 9
Seattle, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Victoria, Seattle.
A nice ship, a bit older. How long is the stop in Victoria? Sometimes this is just a short stop to comply with the Passenger Service Act.

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Option 2:
Vancouver Roundtrip
Holland ms. Volendam
Sails June 6, 13, 20
Vancouver, Inside Passage; Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Vancouver
A very nice ship, a bit older and a bit smaller, which has advantages. Nice itin with both Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay. I would put this high on the list.


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Option 3:
Vancouver Roundtrip
Holland ms. Zuiderdam
Sails June 2, 9, 16
Vancouver, Inside Passage; Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Vancouver
A beautiful, large, newer ship. Between option 2 and option 3, the question is whether you like the larger ship.


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Option 4:
Seattle Roundtrip
Holland ms. Westerdam
Sails June 2, 9, 16
Seattle, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria, Seattle
A sister to the Zuiderdam, large and beautiful. The attraction here is Sitka, a great port especially if you are interested in the sea otters.


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Option 5:
Vancouver Roundtrip
Celebrity Century (older ship)
Sails June 3, 10, 17
Vancouver, Inside Passage, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage, Vancouver
Glacier Bay is much better than Hubbard Glacier, but you would enjoy this itinerary. Icy Strait Point is a great place for bear watching.

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Option 6:
Seattle Roundtrip
Celebrity Infinity (redoing in November!)
Sails June 1, 8, 15
Seattle, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Inside Passage, Victoria, Seattle
NO. No glacier experience. Tracy Arm does not in any way compare to Glacier Bay or Hubbard.

I made two pages from our trips to Alaska that might help you:
Alaska Excursions Guide
Alaska Glaciers

and also check out
Cruising with the Halls
for trip reports on most of those ships.

Have a GREAT cruise!
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