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Old May 28th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Default Build a dream cruise??

Hubby will be turning 60 next year and also retiring. I'm thinking of building a dream cruise (up to 30 days) for him (and me of course!) and was wondering how to go about it. I've got a rough idea of what I'd like to do - leaving Ft Lauderdale on the basic Panama Canal, but go through the Canal and come up the west coast with final landing somewhere in Alaska before flying home. Is this possible? I suspect it will have to be a "transition" cruise. Any suggestions where I should start? Thanks for any help guys and gals. I appreciate it!
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Old May 28th, 2003, 07:42 AM
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Start at the cruise line web sites, beginning in March/April.

Princess and Celebrity both have some interesting combinations that you can put together that would be awesome.
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Old May 28th, 2003, 07:46 AM
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For example:

Coral Princess, 4/21 15 Day Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco
Coral Princess, 5/6 2 day San Francisco to Vancouver
Coral Princess, 5/8 7 day Vancouver to Whittier
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Old May 28th, 2003, 08:48 AM
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CA hit the target. Ships re-position in May for the Alaska season so you should be able to check out several cruise lines for similiar itineraries. The one he lists for Princess sounds great because it would be fun to sail into San Francisco!

My personal opinion and just my own preference, if you go to Alaska at the beginning of the season, not all the cruise lines position there at the same time so less crowds. Some would argue the weather issue but that is always a major debate, early May does not mean terrible or cold weather. It can go either way!

Enjoy your planning!

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Old May 28th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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Default Re: Build a dream cruise??

Joelin...
If it were me, I'd be looking at a repositioning cruise too.. but I'd opt for the canal trip to the west coast, west coast to Hawaii, and Hawaii to Vancouver. And if there was time.. tack on Alaska.
Sounds like heaven to me!

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I'd love Kuki's trip but want to leave and arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, somehow.
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Old May 30th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Hi....

I did this cruise (in reverse) on Holland America (on the Noordam) oh must be 10 years ago. It was a WONDERFUL experience. Recommend it to everyone. My travel agent handled it all...I told her what I wanted, she did all the leg work and found me EXACTLY what I asked for.

Have a wonderful cruise.......
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