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Old December 4th, 2001, 02:40 PM
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Default Is SF to Alaska basically like Inside Passage?

I'm wondering what you would call the Regal Princess 10 night SF roundtrip to Alaska? Is it similar, if not the same, as an Inside Passage, without Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier ?(Tracy Arm in its place.) Do they still cruise along the same inside area? Just wondering! Also, where is Victoria, BC in relation to Vancouver?
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Old December 4th, 2001, 03:46 PM
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Default Re: Is SF to Alaska basically like Inside Passage?

Your SF to Alaska cruise must stop in Seattle or Victoria on the way to
Vancouver. The only "inside"passage is between Vancouver and Alaska.
The trip from SF will be in the open seas--at least until you get to the
entrance to Puget Sount. You will be well advised to start the Bonine
early and plan to use it according to the directions. ENJOY
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The Regal goes North from SF to Washington where it picks up the inside passage. You'll then hit the typical ports...Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway though not necessarily in that order. You'll also stop at Victoria...either going or coming. Victoria is a delightful place, the capital of BC...on the southern tip of Vancouver Island...about 50 miles south of Vancouver as the crow flies. There's a ferry between the two cities but the round trip is quite a haul.

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Thanks for your explanation. This is what I was wondering---if AFTER we arrive from the SF voyage, if it's pretty much the same as an inside passage cruise. The itinerary for the time we would be sailing is :

Day 1---SF
Day 2--At sea
Day3---At sea
Day 4--Juneau
Day 5--Skagway
Day 6--Cruising Tracy Arm
Day 7--Ketchikan
Day 8--At sea
Day 9--Victoria
Day 10 At sea
Day 11--SF

And, Lew, I've definitely heard that it's a "Two-Bonine-A-Day" cruise! <g>Maybe I should practice by going on some of the spinning rides at our local amusement park.
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Default Re: Is SF to Alaska basically like Inside Passage?

You sail the same route to the Alaska ports if you cruise out of SF, Vancouver or China , so yes it is certainally inside passage. Victoria is on Vancouver Island.
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Old December 6th, 2001, 09:12 AM
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Default Re: Is SF to Alaska basically like Inside Passage?

Lew wrote:
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> Your SF to Alaska cruise must stop in Seattle or Victoria on
> the way to
> Vancouver.



Not entirely true. To satisfy the Jone's act, US departure cruises muct stop at a foreign port which would be Vancouver or Victoria on this route, not Seattle.
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