OT: Alaskan cruise

OT: Alaskan cruise

Post by RBel » Sun, 20 Jun 2004 13:31:02



I promised to give feedback on recent Alaskan cruise.  I was fabulous!
However, the excursions were very expensive.  After the first port, we got
tickets for the city bus or trolley and went around town on our own.  There
were many tours available right at the dock.  I do recommend the train ride
in Skagway.  It was fabulous.  I was a bit disappointed in the food, ;but I
guess being from New Orleans gives us a high standard.  The best thing to me
was the glaciers which we watched from our balcony.  That alone was worth
the trip.  It was my first cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I understand
that July is very crowded in the ports.  Any other information you may be
interested in , please let me know, and enjoy your trip!
 
 
 

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Post by nana2 » Sun, 20 Jun 2004 23:31:07


I, too enjoyed the train to White Pass in Skagway.  My photos, even though I
am proud of them, do not do the beauty of the place justice.  The food on
the ship is ordinary even by my "plain" food liking.  Did you go to the
Gourmet Food restaurant on evening?  It was $25 extra per person, but it was
fabulous and that included the wines.   The glaciers were so beautiful and
in one of the passes (can't remember which) we saw several seal lions
playing and*** out on the floating ice.   Later in the cruise we saw
some whales.  We had a great time.   Photos are up at Webshots if you want
to see what we saw.

--
Sugar & Spice Quilts by Linda E
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

 
 
 

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Post by Sherry Star » Mon, 21 Jun 2004 01:07:04


What cruise line did you use?  Our travel agent is putting together a cruise
for 2005 in either July or August. Did you do the land & cruise combo, or
just the cruise?  We don't care about doing the land part because we have
already seen most of it up close. DH & I drove to Alaska from Garland, TX
when he retired 12 years ago.  It was a wonderful trip.  We have been
watching the videos we took the last few weeks.  We saw so much wildlife on
the trip.  There were at least 2 glaciers that we could have walked on if we
wanted.  We chose not to do so.  One of them was about 2 miles from where we
were parked, and the walk was over lots of rocks.  We are thinking about
driving it again next year if we don't do the cruise.

Sherry Starr


Quote:
> I promised to give feedback on recent Alaskan cruise.  I was fabulous!
> However, the excursions were very expensive.  After the first port, we got
> tickets for the city bus or trolley and went around town on our own.
There
> were many tours available right at the dock.  I do recommend the train
ride
> in Skagway.  It was fabulous.  I was a bit disappointed in the food, ;but
I
> guess being from New Orleans gives us a high standard.  The best thing to
me
> was the glaciers which we watched from our balcony.  That alone was worth
> the trip.  It was my first cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I
understand
> that July is very crowded in the ports.  Any other information you may be
> interested in , please let me know, and enjoy your trip!

 
 
 

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Post by Whansa » Mon, 21 Jun 2004 13:57:39


Quote:
>I, too enjoyed the train to White Pass in Skagway.  My photos, even though I
>am proud of them, do not do the beauty of the place justice.  The food on
>the ship is ordinary even by my "plain" food liking.  Did you go to the
>Gourmet Food restaurant on evening?  It was $25 extra per person, but it was
>fabulous and that included the wines.   The glaciers were so beautiful and
>in one of the passes (can't remember which) we saw several seal lions
>playing and*** out on the floating ice.   Later in the cruise we saw
>some whales.  We had a great time.   Photos are up at Webshots if you want
>to see what we saw.

>--
>Sugar & Spice Quilts by Linda E
>http://www.FoundCollection.com/

We will be leaving on July 14th for the Northbound Spirit itinerary.  I'm SOOOO
looking forward to it!!!

Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by RBel » Mon, 21 Jun 2004 23:09:23


In Sitka we needed sweatshirt, jacket, gloves and my daughter wanted ear
muffs. In Vancouver, it was 75.  Always at least have a light weight jacket
with hood in case of rain, which is rather often.  We were not given the
cost of excursions until on the ship, if this is true for you and you'd like
the price list, let me know and I'll scan the list and email it to you. You
will really enjoy the trip, the beauty of the country is incredible.

Quote:
> >I, too enjoyed the train to White Pass in Skagway.  My photos, even
though I
> >am proud of them, do not do the beauty of the place justice.  The food on
> >the ship is ordinary even by my "plain" food liking.  Did you go to the
> >Gourmet Food restaurant on evening?  It was $25 extra per person, but it
was
> >fabulous and that included the wines.   The glaciers were so beautiful
and
> >in one of the passes (can't remember which) we saw several seal lions
> >playing and*** out on the floating ice.   Later in the cruise we saw
> >some whales.  We had a great time.   Photos are up at Webshots if you
want
> >to see what we saw.

> >--
> >Sugar & Spice Quilts by Linda E
> >http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> We will be leaving on July 14th for the Northbound Spirit itinerary.  I'm
SOOOO
> looking forward to it!!!

> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Whansa » Mon, 21 Jun 2004 23:19:05


Quote:
>In Sitka we needed sweatshirt, jacket, gloves and my daughter wanted ear
>muffs. In Vancouver, it was 75.  Always at least have a light weight jacket
>with hood in case of rain, which is rather often.  We were not given the
>cost of excursions until on the ship, if this is true for you and you'd like
>the price list, let me know and I'll scan the list and email it to you. You
>will really enjoy the trip, the beauty of the country is incredible.

Oh, thank you!  The price list would be wonderful!  We've already booked and
paid for a whale-watching tour and the glacier/dog-sledding tour in Juneau, but
no others.  

If you don't mind a few questions:

What did people wear to dinner?  Should I bring dresses for nights other than
formal nights?

Can you recommend any particular "must-do" activities on-board?

Did you go to the spa?  Was it worth it?

Did you go to the Nouveau Supper Club? Was it good?

First dinner seating, or later, and why?

Anything to avoid?

I'm so E***D!!!

Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by RBel » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 07:20:47


Those two excursions are probably the best.  Dinner was slacks and nice
blouse, but I did see people in sweats and jeans although not many.  When
they say formal night, they mean it.  My friend told me it would be like
dressy church, but these people really dress up, a fair amount of tuxedos
and lots of sequins, beads, and formals.  We didn't do the supper club, but
I regret it, I understand the food was outstanding.  I treated myself to a
massage and it was definately worth it.  A young lady by the name of Tara(?)
or close to that was terrific.  I ate the last two nights at the buffet only
because I was tired from sightseeing all day and didn't want to spend 1 1/2
hours on dinner.  Take lots of pictures, bring binoculars, and your bathing
suit if you're so inclined as they have an indoor heated pool.  The beds are
hard as rocks, request that they place blankets on the mattress to soften
them up. Take in all the scenery and wildlife, there is nothing like it in
the world, and enjoy yourself, it wish I was going back!

Quote:
> >In Sitka we needed sweatshirt, jacket, gloves and my daughter wanted ear
> >muffs. In Vancouver, it was 75.  Always at least have a light weight
jacket
> >with hood in case of rain, which is rather often.  We were not given the
> >cost of excursions until on the ship, if this is true for you and you'd
like
> >the price list, let me know and I'll scan the list and email it to you.
You
> >will really enjoy the trip, the beauty of the country is incredible.

> Oh, thank you!  The price list would be wonderful!  We've already booked
and
> paid for a whale-watching tour and the glacier/dog-sledding tour in
Juneau, but
> no others.

> If you don't mind a few questions:

> What did people wear to dinner?  Should I bring dresses for nights other
than
> formal nights?

> Can you recommend any particular "must-do" activities on-board?

> Did you go to the spa?  Was it worth it?

> Did you go to the Nouveau Supper Club? Was it good?

> First dinner seating, or later, and why?

> Anything to avoid?

> I'm so E***D!!!

> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by RBel » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:03:32


Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

Quote:
> >In Sitka we needed sweatshirt, jacket, gloves and my daughter wanted ear
> >muffs. In Vancouver, it was 75.  Always at least have a light weight
jacket
> >with hood in case of rain, which is rather often.  We were not given the
> >cost of excursions until on the ship, if this is true for you and you'd
like
> >the price list, let me know and I'll scan the list and email it to you.
You
> >will really enjoy the trip, the beauty of the country is incredible.

> Oh, thank you!  The price list would be wonderful!  We've already booked
and
> paid for a whale-watching tour and the glacier/dog-sledding tour in
Juneau, but
> no others.

> If you don't mind a few questions:

> What did people wear to dinner?  Should I bring dresses for nights other
than
> formal nights?

> Can you recommend any particular "must-do" activities on-board?

> Did you go to the spa?  Was it worth it?

> Did you go to the Nouveau Supper Club? Was it good?

> First dinner seating, or later, and why?

> Anything to avoid?

> I'm so E***D!!!

> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Whansa » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:19:31


Quote:
>Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

Wonderful!

BTW, I'd still love to have a copy of the excursion sheet, when you have a
moment!

Another question:  I have two young ***s.  Were there many kids aboard, and
did you notice what they had by way of activities?  

Thanks for providing so much information!

Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by RBel » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:49:20


I'll get the excursion list to you tomorrow, the disco was open to ***s
only until I think 10pm.  My 10 yr old daughter went to Camp Carnival, but
there weren't that many children or ***s on board, but the kids should love
the pool, disco, and there are games like ping pong, etc, and a game room.
The shows are appropriate for ***s although some were not so hot.  The days
you're in port, you won't care about the onboard activities. There was a
restaurant called "The Hanger" in Juneau where we ate Alaskan King Crab legs
to die for, but they were pricey, $35.00 per person. If you take the bus
back to Anchorage, sit on the left side by the water and you may be able to


Quote:
> >Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

> Wonderful!

> BTW, I'd still love to have a copy of the excursion sheet, when you have a
> moment!

> Another question:  I have two young ***s.  Were there many kids aboard,
and
> did you notice what they had by way of activities?

> Thanks for providing so much information!

> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Sharon Harpe » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 12:20:08


This Alaskan cruise wouldn't happen to be in August would it?  Because I
have a strange feeling my in-laws are gonna be on that cruise too!  Lemme
know which one it is and which cruise line and I'll check and see.  If it's
the same one, well who knows there may be a little Aussie suprise in it for
ya!

--
Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Queen of Down Under)
http://www.FoundCollection.com/


Quote:
> >Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

> Wonderful!

> BTW, I'd still love to have a copy of the excursion sheet, when you have a
> moment!

> Another question:  I have two young ***s.  Were there many kids aboard,
and
> did you notice what they had by way of activities?

> Thanks for providing so much information!

> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Whansa » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 12:30:10


Quote:
>This Alaskan cruise wouldn't happen to be in August would it?  Because I
>have a strange feeling my in-laws are gonna be on that cruise too!  Lemme
>know which one it is and which cruise line and I'll check and see.  If it's
>the same one, well who knows there may be a little Aussie suprise in it for
>ya!

Oh my, no -- sadly!  We'll be leaving July 11th, and boarding the Carnival
Spirit on the 13th.

It does remind me of something, though.  Through my 'net searches for Alaska
cruises, I've discovered the concept of quilting cruises.  What a hoot that
would be!  Has anyone here gone on one?

Sheila

Quote:

>--
>Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Queen of Down Under)
>http://www.FoundCollection.com/



>> >Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

>> Wonderful!

>> BTW, I'd still love to have a copy of the excursion sheet, when you have a
>> moment!

>> Another question:  I have two young ***s.  Were there many kids aboard,
>and
>> did you notice what they had by way of activities?

>> Thanks for providing so much information!

>> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Sharon Harpe » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 14:59:52


Rats!  Oh well - it was a thought though.  I've also thought of a quilting
cruise but I don't know how happy DH would be with that!

--
Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Queen of Down Under)
http://www.FoundCollection.com/


Quote:
> >This Alaskan cruise wouldn't happen to be in August would it?  Because I
> >have a strange feeling my in-laws are gonna be on that cruise too!  Lemme
> >know which one it is and which cruise line and I'll check and see.  If
it's
> >the same one, well who knows there may be a little Aussie suprise in it
for
> >ya!

> Oh my, no -- sadly!  We'll be leaving July 11th, and boarding the Carnival
> Spirit on the 13th.

> It does remind me of something, though.  Through my 'net searches for
Alaska
> cruises, I've discovered the concept of quilting cruises.  What a hoot
that
> would be!  Has anyone here gone on one?

> Sheila

> >--
> >Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Queen of Down Under)
> >http://www.FoundCollection.com/



> >> >Oh, I forgot, I found a great little quilt shop in Ketchikan!

> >> Wonderful!

> >> BTW, I'd still love to have a copy of the excursion sheet, when you
have a
> >> moment!

> >> Another question:  I have two young ***s.  Were there many kids
aboard,
> >and
> >> did you notice what they had by way of activities?

> >> Thanks for providing so much information!

> >> Sheila

 
 
 

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Post by nana2 » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 23:12:36


When we were on the Spirit last September there was a quilting group from
Seattle there.  Check out the room in the music lounge.  There was a sign
outside the door.  I peeked in and said Hi!  My DH had found them and told
me my "cult" was on board!  LOL.

--
Sugar & Spice Quilts by Linda E
http://community.webshots.com/user/frame242