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Old August 11th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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I was wondering if anyone has done an Alaskan Southbound Cruise. I am booked next year for July 1, 2009 and I thought it would be cool to be on a cruise during the 4th of July becuase of fireworks. Could you please tell me how your cruise went and what are good shore excursions to do in the ports. Also if we should find someone to do shore excursions or if we should book them through Carnival. Thank You!
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We did northbound on Princess 2 years ago and loved it. I suggest you go to the Alaska board and you will find lots of info. Also read the reviews for more great info.
Enjoy!
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Hi - I have been glacier bay route before and have a cruise booked next year May 09 southbound too! I plan on doing the glacier trek (though the cruise ship) in Juneau and the dogsled excursion in Skagway. Ketichicans and Sitka are up in the air right now. Is this your first trip to Alaska? I just basically finalized everything - staying in Anchorage the night before at Days Inn and Vancouver the day we arrive back (oh yes...will be doing an excursion there too) at Comfort Inn. Plan on taking the train to Whittier to catch the ship. :-) Exciting huh? One expensive trip however! Do you have a certain room booked? We booked 2 years out - so we can have an aft cabin. :-) Cant wait!!!
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Hi - I have been glacier bay route before and have a cruise booked next year May 09 southbound too! I plan on doing the glacier trek (though the cruise ship) in Juneau and the dogsled excursion in Skagway. Ketichicans and Sitka are up in the air right now. Is this your first trip to Alaska? I just basically finalized everything - staying in Anchorage the night before at Days Inn and Vancouver the day we arrive back (oh yes...will be doing an excursion there too) at Comfort Inn. Plan on taking the train to Whittier to catch the ship. :-) Exciting huh? One expensive trip however! Do you have a certain room booked? We booked 2 years out - so we can have an aft cabin. :-) Cant wait!!!
Yes it is very expensive we are going as a group of 14 and it is going to cost $32,000. We decided to book our airfare with Carnival becuase it was about $100 cheaper. Yes we have an aft cabin too. I am so excited to go it is going to be so cool! Oh and yes this is my 1st time to Alaska. Right now we are finalizing it too. It is hard becuase we are flying out of 3 different airports and getting the hotel arrangements ect. We are looking at staying 1-2 days before and 1-2 days after and getting a hotel with Carnival. It will be a very fun time.
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Your gonna have an awesome time! Let us know what excursions you choose!
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Your gonna have an awesome time! Let us know what excursions you choose!
You might have to remind me becuase it is like a year!
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I know - but I'm booking mine as soon as they start posting! :-) Makes me feel closer to the date.
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Last year we did a SB Alaskan cruise with Carnival..It was the 4th of July when we left Whitter..
The cruise was AWESOME...here is a link the the capers from that cruise..They are listed in order
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/559974214eJxdDY

This is my opinion only..The do not miss excursion is going to Tracy Arm Via small boat...We used Adventure Bound in Juneau

http://www.adventureboundalaska.com/

On this trip we saw Orcas, humpbacks,eagles, seals sand go what looked like rock throwing distance of Sawyer Glacier..It was the highlight of our trip...

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/559852870rlducw

above is a link to some of the photos we took in Tracy Arm..The Spirit has a port time that will make this trip possible...

This year we are cruising with carnival rt out of Vancouver...We have a whale watch scheduled in Juneau with Adventure Alaska..The guys have a fishing trip schedlued in Ketchikan with Magnum Charter...For Skagway we have a Durango rented for a drive to Emerald lake

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