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Forum: Alaska October 29th, 2010, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,421
Posted By Karen16
I never recommend booking cruisehotels. The...

I never recommend booking cruisehotels. The costs are significantly more, compared to booking independent, as they are per person rates. It is simple to arrange your own transportation to the ship....
Forum: Alaska October 29th, 2010, 10:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,998
Posted By Karen16
Karen16, Thanks for your feedback. It has made...

Karen16,
Thanks for your feedback. It has made us do more research and we have added more days to the land travel.
We really don't like riding buses and Denali is one big bus ride no matter what...
Forum: Alaska September 2nd, 2010, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,816
Posted By Karen16
There is ONLY one company who has ALL the access...

There is ONLY one company who has ALL the access into Denali Park- Aramark. All the buses are "school" bus type. But the shuttle buses now have similar bucket seats now, like the tour buses.
...
Forum: Alaska September 2nd, 2010, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,998
Posted By Karen16
OK, You are very tight on time, if you want to...

OK, You are very tight on time, if you want to consider including Seward?? I strongly suggest you add a day. Although, change fees, it would offer you far more.

What time do you arrive in...
Forum: Alaska September 2nd, 2010, 11:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
Posted By Karen16
MOST important is for you to get familiar with...

MOST important is for you to get familiar with visiting Alaska, expecially on your land touring selection. You can get into a LOT of trouble, being uninformed. So much is not clear and some are...
Forum: Alaska August 18th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,998
Posted By Karen16
As only a suggestion, if you want to make the...

As only a suggestion, if you want to make the most of your Alaska trip, you might want to consider heading to Seward your day of arrival- not knowing the time, but if in the afternoon, very doable....
Forum: Alaska August 18th, 2010, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,021
Posted By Karen16
I have seen nothern lights on the inside passage....

I have seen nothern lights on the inside passage. Had a very active prediction- absolutely necessary, clear dark night. You haven't got a chance before August, and actually probably mid August and...
Forum: Alaska August 2nd, 2010, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,306
Posted By Karen16
The "ship" salmon is in NO way comparable to...

The "ship" salmon is in NO way comparable to anything prepared or eaten in Alaska.

It this is fine for you, then skip it. I actually like Thane Ore House for salmon in Juneau, smaller than...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,836
Posted By Karen16
For general information. Amtrak, is far superior...

For general information. Amtrak, is far superior to Quick Shuttle for a Seattle/Vancouver transfer, IF you have an extra day.

As for Whittier, there is inaccurate information above. They...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,491
Posted By Karen16
I dont know anyone who has ever been up there....

I dont know anyone who has ever been up there. Alaska is bigger than it looks :)


Well, I have been to Coldfoot/Wiseman twice.

I will be doing Prudhoe next June.

For clarification- I...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 02:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,901
Posted By Karen16
Well, yes, certainly you "miss" what you are...

Well, yes, certainly you "miss" what you are traveling at night. BUT, you do have daylight cruising of northern Vancouver Island, and the Queen Charlottes during the northbound trip, and can have...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,813
Posted By Karen16
WHAT, bear tour??? Out of Juneau, the "only"...

WHAT, bear tour??? Out of Juneau, the "only" choice, in my opinion is Pack Creek, via a fly in and having permits to get to the viewing platform. I would NEVER consider any of the tours which do...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,730
Posted By Karen16
If you want to see orcas, Alaska is sightings by...

If you want to see orcas, Alaska is sightings by pure chance. There are NO "tours" that will take you to see them. Both of these timeframes, has the POTENTIAL for whale sightings- the above...
Forum: Alaska June 19th, 2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,868
Posted By Karen16
There are hundreds of tours. You need to do your...

There are hundreds of tours. You need to do your homework and take a look at a shore excursion list and narrow down your interests. Determine your budget. Everyone needs to do this. There is no...
Forum: Alaska June 14th, 2010, 11:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,339
Posted By Karen16
Yeah, I realize it may not be the most scenic,...

Yeah, I realize it may not be the most scenic, but I really need this to be roundtrip Seattle. I still have not booked though, so things can change on which line it will be. Who has the most scenic,...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,339
Posted By Karen16
Thanks all. I've made up my mind. It will be the...

Thanks all. I've made up my mind. It will be the Norwegian Pearl. I'm going to book it in a few weeks. The Pearl has everything I need for this particular cruise: it is roundtrip Seattle, does the...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,731
Posted By Karen16
Round trip Seattle cruises, 7 days, are the least...

Round trip Seattle cruises, 7 days, are the least scenic of the Alaska routings, with the roughest sailing potential. Some lines do sail inside Vancouver Island, this needs current verification...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,183
Posted By Karen16
ALL Alaska cruises have similar demographics, ...

ALL Alaska cruises have similar demographics, with middle aged and above the bulk, however. All ages do sail.

Frankly, for Alaska, most of that attraction is OFF the ship, with an itinerary...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,980
Posted By Karen16
In my opinion and experience, VERY few agents...

In my opinion and experience, VERY few agents know a shread about Alaska, outside of what they can "read". You are FAR better off doing your own homework, and finding out exactly, what is involved...
Forum: Alaska May 17th, 2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,811
Posted By Karen16
I too enjoyed hearing her speak. I think most...

I too enjoyed hearing her speak. I think most ships in Alaska try to have a naturalist onboard once they are up there, she was especially good.


Not NCL, or RCI. They may have some "lecturers",...
Forum: Alaska May 6th, 2010, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Karen16
Yes, there is plenty of parking nearby pier 66,...

Yes, there is plenty of parking nearby pier 66, where NCL leaves from.

I do, however, give a BIG edge to NCL Pearl over the Star, due to Glacier Bay, which is a "do not miss" in my opinion.
...
Forum: Alaska May 4th, 2010, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Karen16
[QUOTE= If you do not have a...

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If you do not have a passport you can still enter Canada with a driver's license and proof of citizenship, but you stand a very good chance of being subject to long delays as they...
Forum: Alaska May 3rd, 2010, 02:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Karen16
What kind of cruise are you looking for??? One...

What kind of cruise are you looking for??? One way, round trip?? How many days? These all need to be figured out, before you dive into bookings.

I would not consider past the first week of...
Forum: Alaska May 3rd, 2010, 02:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,498
Posted By Karen16
NOPE- wrong location, that isn't going to send a...

NOPE- wrong location, that isn't going to send a shuttle. You want the Hornby location in Vancouver.

You need to make your inquires direct with the hotel in Seattle.
Forum: Alaska May 2nd, 2010, 09:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,811
Posted By Karen16
I suggest contacting the tourist bureau in each...

I suggest contacting the tourist bureau in each of the ports you'll be visiting. They'll be happy to send you free information on their towns and the surrounding areas. All of the brochures list...
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