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Old April 7th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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My wife and I are going at the end of May on the 7 night Princess Coral from Whittier to Vancouver.

1) Getting from Anchorage to Whittier? Our flight arrives in Anchorage at 4:30pm that afternoon and the cruise departs Whittier at 9:30pm.

2) Is one side of the ship "better" than the other?

3) Is the balcony worth the extra $200 per person?

4) Excursions that won't cost an arm and a leg?

Anything else you can add would be awesome. Thanks in advance!
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Old April 7th, 2009, 10:28 AM
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You're cutting things far too close arriving in ANC 5 hours before your ship departs! Come in at least the day before - there's lots to do.

On a southbound, the port side is better.

I prefer to spend my somewhat limited funds on high-quality excursions in Alaska - an oceanview is all I need to be happy.

With up to 90 or so excursions at each ports, there's something for every interest - what are you interested in?

I've posted lengthy photojournals of our 4 recent Alaska cruises at http://www.youralaskacruise.com/reviews/ - they may give you some ideas of the vast range of possibilities.

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Yukon,

Thanks for the reply.

I am afraid that our only option is to arrive at 4:30pm as we are using free airline miles and that is the only time they have available. Is it possible to get to Whittier by 7 or 7:30 if I arrive in Anchorage at 4:30pm?

Also, what makes the port side better?

We would like to see as much wildlife as possible and do some dog sledding. Not interested in helicopters though as my wife gets very motion sick in the air.

Thanks again.
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On a southbound cruise, the port side faces the shore so there is more to see. The starboard side faces the open ocean -- less to see.

On a northbound cruise, the opposite is true.
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Yukon,

Thanks for the reply.

I am afraid that our only option is to arrive at 4:30pm as we are using free airline miles and that is the only time they have available. Is it possible to get to Whittier by 7 or 7:30 if I arrive in Anchorage at 4:30pm?

Also, what makes the port side better?

We would like to see as much wildlife as possible and do some dog sledding. Not interested in helicopters though as my wife gets very motion sick in the air.

Thanks again.
I suggest you verify your last embarkment time, some cruiselines now require you to be checked in and on board 2 hours prior to sailing.

You need to find out WHAT transfers are available. At this point, I ONLY suggest you find out if you can get a ship transfer. Contact your booking agent. You are definately underestimating time here. By time you pick up your bags, it will be 5pm, or later. THEN find your transportation, it's 1 1/4 hour to Whittier, with NO delays. THEN you have tunnel, with it open only 15 min. on the Half hour. You miss 6:45pm, you are going to wait until 7:30pm.

Hopefully you can see this is a VERY chancy option you are considering.
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3) Is the balcony worth the extra $200 per person?
Yes, in Alaska there is so much to see from your Balcony it's different from Mexico or the Carribean. We saw Humpback whales and Dall Porpoises from our balcony. Sitting out on the balcony with all the beauty around me is something I will never forget.
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