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MercedMike March 20th, 2012 10:47 AM

Where is everybody?
 
The Alaska cruise season is fast approaching!

Where is everybody on this board?

Surely there are questions, comments, or brags about where and when you are going. Who is booked for Alaska this summer?

It looks as if it will be next year before we get to take our eighth cruise to Alaska.

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anniegb March 20th, 2012 04:05 PM

Maybe there is little interest in Alaska on this board or they are asking their questions on another board?

Annie

aerospace March 20th, 2012 04:08 PM

I'm going to Alaska this year for the first time(totally excited!)
Celebrity Infinity -May 11-25

Totally interested in tips/places to visit/excursions that are must see. Whale/bear/bald eagle sightings are the top of my list atm.

PeterC March 20th, 2012 04:26 PM

I would highly recommend a whale watch excursion in Juneau. And take a trip to see the Mendenhall Glacier too.
If you go to Skagway, we really enjoyed the White Pass rail trip. Beautiful scenery.

MercedMike March 21st, 2012 12:03 PM

Alaska excursions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aerospace (Post 1421461)
I'm going to Alaska this year for the first time(totally excited!)
Celebrity Infinity -May 11-25

Totally interested in tips/places to visit/excursions that are must see. Whale/bear/bald eagle sightings are the top of my list atm.

Bear in mind that sightings from the ship are fairly rare. We have several times seen whales from the ship but it was very lucky, and they were usually far off. The best way to guarantee whale sightings is to take a whale watching excursion, probably in Juneau. Even then, seeing the exciting breaches is fairly rare. More often you get a spout and a rolling back. Often you will see sea lions, dolphins and other sea life.

http://www.bully4.us/vowl.jpg

We like to ride the Ketchikan ducks and they usually find a tree with bald eagles nesting someplace around the bay.

http://www.bully4.us/a10eaglenest.JPG

Bear sightings are much rarer. Icy Strait Point is known for bears, but the other ports may or may not have much chance.

The railroad in Skagway is fun, but we like to rent a car and drive over the pass into the Yukon ourselves. You can go to Caribou Crossing, a tourist trap, but lots of fun.

http://www.bully4.us/zak7.jpg

There are so many great excursions in Alaska. Check out our experiences and pictures at Alaska Excursions Guide.

PeterC March 21st, 2012 03:28 PM

We did the Duck in Ketchikan too and it was really fun. Goofy but fun and our 9 yr old really enjoyed it.
We've "done" Alaska 3 times, all in August and saw whales from the ship a lot. But as Mike said, they were far off. Much better to go to Auk Bay in Juneau.

Manuel March 21st, 2012 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by PeterC (Post 1421464)
I would highly recommend a whale watch excursion in Juneau. And take a trip to see the Mendenhall Glacier too.
If you go to Skagway, we really enjoyed the White Pass rail trip. Beautiful scenery.

I did the above excursions and I highly recomend them as well.

TM

Donna March 22nd, 2012 04:48 AM

MM or Peter may know the answer to this one. I've noticed a few hundred difference in price on Princess going from Whittier to Vancouver over going northbound? It seem to be higher going South, is there a reason for that?

PeterC March 22nd, 2012 10:32 AM

Sorry, I don't know

MercedMike March 22nd, 2012 12:06 PM

The Reason -- the only reason
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Donna (Post 1421705)
MM or Peter may know the answer to this one. I've noticed a few hundred difference in price on Princess going from Whittier to Vancouver over going northbound? It seem to be higher going South, is there a reason for that?

There is one and only one reason for differences in cruise fares -- supply and demand!

For some reason the southbound trips seem to be more popular than the northbound trips. In fact, oft given advice on message boards may possibly have some effect on that. I don't know why but a lot of people (including one very outspoken self proclaimed "expert" on "that other board") recommend southbound.

The Travel Agency DW works for actually received some literature from one of the cruise companies (I disremember which) offering tips on how to sell the northbound cruises.

'Tiz a puzzlement to me, but there it is.

Donna March 22nd, 2012 04:00 PM

My main concern is the day the cruise ends, easier to fly out of Vancouver over Whittier...

PeterC March 22nd, 2012 04:35 PM

I think I'd prefer southbound. Do the hectic traveling on trains and busses first, then get on the ship to unwind. And as Donna mentioned, I'd prefer the shorter plane flight after the cruise as well.

MercedMike March 23rd, 2012 01:12 PM

Flying home
 
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Originally Posted by Donna (Post 1421764)
My main concern is the day the cruise ends, easier to fly out of Vancouver over Whittier...

Indeed. And you also have to consider the cost of the transfer to Anchorage. Either by bus or by train, it adds a considerable amount to the price of the cruise. Offsets some of the price difference.

We took the train in. It leaves early in the morning, and goes past some beautiful scenery.

http://www.bully4.us/votrain.jpg

Along the way we were very lucky to see belugas in Turnagain Arm. So it is a fun thing to do, but a bit expensive.

You can see my movie of the belugas at
Cruising HAL Volendam to Alaska

Grands3 March 26th, 2012 02:25 PM

Cruising to Alaska on the Infinity May 25-June 1. Can't wait .... first time cruiser. I have already booked the White Mountain Pass but that's all. I have also reserved the US speciality restaurant on the 27th for our 35th wedding anniversary. Is there anyone else on these boards going to be cruising then?

MeAgain2222 April 10th, 2012 10:56 PM

I'm here :-) Looking forward to our first ever cruise. We are a family of 4 (Husband 56, wife 49, son 17, and possible addition of 23 yr old daughter) We are traveling the Coral Princess in late June from Vancouver to Whittier. Figured going n-bound we would continually see more and more beautiful sites. The down side - overnight flight back home!
Several people suggest whale watching in Juneau - anyone suggest an outfitter/service?
We are staying an extra day in Anchorage before returning home - any suggestions to see/visit there?
Our family likes to hike, spend time outdoors (have done Montana-Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Appalachia, etc). Thanks for any suggestions!!

Donna April 11th, 2012 10:11 AM

It is very easy to book whale watching with Capt. Larry, Orca enterprises in Juneau. He is a short walk in town to their office where they will then bus you to their pier/harbour....You can find their web-site and pre book.

PeterC April 11th, 2012 10:44 AM

We were very happy with Captain Larry as well and the Awesome Orca.

MercedMike April 11th, 2012 11:53 AM

Whale watching
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MeAgain2222 (Post 1424453)
Several people suggest whale watching in Juneau - anyone suggest an outfitter/service?

Captain Larry and Orca Enterprises are very popular. Many people like the smaller boats.

Personally, we prefer to book through the ship on Allen Marine. Their boats are large, luxurious, fully equipped and especially designed for whale watching, even having "stealth mode" engines. It becomes a matter of personal taste.

The Allen Marine boats have huge picture windows, an open top deck, an onboard naturalist, and facilities such as flush toilets and a nice snack bar.

http://www.bully4.us/a10boat.JPG

The best pictures we have of the Allen Marine boats are on our Sitka page, but the ones operating out of Juneau are substantially similar.

http://www.bully4.us/alaska2010.html

Have a GREAT cruise!


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