I'm a brand new cruiser off to Alaska on the Sun Princess on July 16th.
I found CruiseMates by accident and have learned so much.
I learned that I MUST attend the muster drill.
I learned that I should take an extention cord.
I learned that there will probably be a lot of extra tipping expected.
I learned that there will be so many places to eat that I don't have to worry about what to wear.
I don't think I'll have to worry about saving lounge chairs on an Alaska cruise.
I thank all of you for all the valuable info.
Looking forward to a new experience.
We're leaving from Seattle, but the folks we were going with backed out so we're just doing the cruise this time. Always wanted to see Seattle, though. I think it will be a trip by itself sometime.
You can visit the downtown/Seattle center area in a few hours before the cruise leaves. The downtown area has free bus service, and the Seattle center is a half hour walk or short bus ride away. Have fun on your cruise - and bring a good sweater.
There is a downtown area that one doesn't have to pay for bus service. That free zone starts south near the International District, goes to Pioneer Square (old Seattle), and continues north through the business district and the world famous Pike Street Market. It ends north somewhat before Seattle Center, but it is a fifteen minute walk to Seattle Center or a short bus ride away. One should always ask where the free zone is - so that you don't have to pay by mistakenly going past the free zone. One must pay to get to other parts of Seattle - but the price is reasonable and service is good.
Ah...Alaska in July! Went there with Sun Princess in July 2002. 23 hrs of daylight.....warm sunshine and clean air! You will love it! Warning, take packets of OFF Insect Repellent if going ashore.....it's mosquito season and their bugs are so big you could put a saddle on them!!! No, really, I am serious about the flying insects, especially higher up like near Denali & Fairbanks if you go in that area. And you will need sunscreen; the sun is hardly ever obstructed by clouds, although each day could bring one or two brief passing rain storms, they don't last long. It gets humid also, don't expect a frost in July!
The people in Alaska are friendly, courteous and pleasant to chat with. It's a whole different world up there..........and pristine atmosphere....We are from NYC and had a tough time breathing in all that clean air!
Enjoy your trip; its all so breathtaking and surreal! The Sun Princess is a beautiful ship and the food is delicious!
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A caveat about the free downtown bus service in Seattle. When the driver gets to the turnaround point, everybody must exit the bus while the driver takes his 10 minute smoke break. You have to cross the street and wait (in an unfriendly-looking environment), until the driver is ready to start on the return trip. This happened at both ends of the "free" bus trip.