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Old May 23rd, 2007, 03:18 PM
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How soon can you start getting off the ship once you dock at each port? Does it take two hours to get off? My daughter is worried we won't have enough time in each port to really do anything. If the itinerary says we dock @ Ketchikan @ 6am-1:30pm do you lose two hours getting off and one hour getting back on before sailing? That only leaves 4.5 hours to site see.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:08 PM
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My goodness! You should have plenty of time to sightsee. It won't take two hours to get off the ship, probably only about 30 minutes if that long, and if you sail at 1:30 you will probably have to be back on board by 1:00. Please stop worrying, you will ruin your vacation!
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Thanks so much. This is our very first cruise and we're not sure how things will work. It's getting so close, that's all we think about now.
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How soon can you start getting off the ship once you dock at each port? Does it take two hours to get off? My daughter is worried we won't have enough time in each port to really do anything. If the itinerary says we dock @ Ketchikan @ 6am-1:30pm do you lose two hours getting off and one hour getting back on before sailing? That only leaves 4.5 hours to site see.
You'll be able to get off of the ship in Alaska more quickly than in any other ports of call.

By way of amplification, most countries do not allow passengers to go ashore until immigration authorities clear the entire ship. On cruises to Alaska, however, ships preclear U. S. customs and immigration in Vancouver so there's no need to clear immigration upon arrival in Alaskan ports. Thus, you can go ashore as soon as the gangway is ready.

I should also mention that the published "arrival" times in most cruise itineraries are in fact the time when the ship expects to be ready for passengers to go ashore. IOW, if the itinerary shows a 7:00 AM arrival, you probably will be able to go ashore by 7:00 AM if you have your act together that early.

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Thanks, that makes it sound sooo much better. My kids (23 & 24) wouldn't be ready @ 7am for any port.
I'm learning a lot thru Cruise Mates. Glad I ran across the site.
My sister lives in Boston and they go on Bermuda cruises so she wasn't any help.
Thanks so much for responding!
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It will take longer to get off the ship if you're tendering however.
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Just relax and have fun, Alaska is all about beauty and wildlife. There is no frantic running about trying to out shop and out do every other island like in the Carribean. Remember to breath some of that fresh air.
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Good point "just relax and breath the fresh air and take in all the beauty!

I'm not positive but don't think there will be tendering at any of the ports.

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Poof, you don't mention the ship you are sailing on.

On our 3 cruises to Alaska there was always one ship that tendered in Juneau. Each time it was RCCL but that might be a coincidence. In Ketchikan there was also a ship tendering.

If you go to Sitka you will tender.

We never saw a tendered ship in Skagway.

So just be aware that it is possible and that the people with booked excursions will get first priority to leave the ship.

Yes, relax and enjoy is the best thing to do. It is so peaceful and beautiful up there.

If you plan correctly you will have time in each town to go on excursions, whether tendering or not.

Have a great cruise.
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Thanks Peter.

Sorry we are sailing on NCL Pearl, starting in Seattle then to
Juneau, Skagway, cruise Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Victoria and back to Seattle.
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That's a nice itinerary....Glacier Bay is awesome!
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Thanks Peter.

Sorry we are sailing on NCL Pearl, starting in Seattle then to
Juneau, Skagway, cruise Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Victoria and back to Seattle.
You use the AJ dock in Juneau which requires a shuttle bus, unless you want to walk a mile. You also tender in Ketchikan. I am just off this ship last week.

I was in line and ready to go at 6am in Ketchikan, and had a wait until 6:40am, at the dock visitor center at 6:55am. The tender dock is away from regular dock area and visitor center.
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