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Forum: Alaska October 29th, 2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 962
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, 09:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,460
Posted By Karen16
You continue to have some problems with your...

You continue to have some problems with your ideas. It is not likely that you will have full grading of the Denali Highway, going as early as you are. You also have to have a car rental contract...
Forum: Alaska September 2nd, 2010, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,907
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, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,460
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, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
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, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,460
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, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,255
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, 01:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,577
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, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,133
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, 01:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 886
Posted By Karen16
Well, I have been to Coldfoot/Wiseman twice. ...

Well, I have been to Coldfoot/Wiseman twice.

I will be doing Prudhoe next June.

For clarification- I would never ride the Haul Road twice. Flying one way and going by road the other is a...
Forum: Alaska July 30th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,240
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, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,286
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, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,265
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, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
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, 10:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,835
Posted By Karen16
In my experience, HAL is the "winner" with round...

In my experience, HAL is the "winner" with round trip, Seattle, Glacier Bay, itineraries especially if they include Sitka. :)

Although NOT the case with my recent HAL cruise, HAL in the past...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,835
Posted By Karen16
Something significant that you don't realize, is...

Something significant that you don't realize, is ALL Alaska cruises can state "inside passage", since you can NOT get to Skagway or Juneau without transiting it. BUT, this is a VERY general term,...
Forum: Alaska June 11th, 2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,861
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, 07:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,875
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, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,392
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, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,093
Posted By Karen16
Not NCL, or RCI. They may have some "lecturers",...

Not NCL, or RCI. They may have some "lecturers", but I have not encountered any high quality ones. HAL, Carnival and Princess, have excellent qualified, full time, ship naturalists. Celebrity, brings...
Forum: Alaska May 6th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
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, 10:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
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, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
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, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,816
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, 08:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,093
Posted By Karen16
www.traveljuneau.com...

www.traveljuneau.com (http://www.traveljuneau.com) www.skagway.com (http://www.skagway.com) www.visit-ketchikan.com (http://www.visit-ketchikan.com)

Also head to your library and take out...
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