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  1. Probably about the time you hand it over to them.
  2. I've been to both, and I'd avoid Icy Strait, or not get off the ship. The old cannery is interesting, and yeah the zip line's looked fun unless your like me and have a serious fear of height's. The one knock I heard on the zip lines came from the tour guide for the ATV ride (which I'd avoid) she said 40 minute bus ride for 90 seconds of zip line. All of the excursion's are run by the same company, so what you see is what your get. The nice thing about Icy Strait is none of the jewelry shops that are in all the other ports, and they want to keep it that way, which I agree with.
  3. While I do agree that Glacier Bay is a must do, I got better picture's and I think both Dawes and Hubbard glacier's are more scenic. Neither of the cruises out of Seattle will do a full inside passage through the British Columbia portion of the inside passage. While the scenery throughout the inside passage is breathtaking the British Columbia portion with it's narrow passageways for me is as much of a must see as Glacier Bay is. Honestly I don't think you can go wrong with any of the itineraries in Alaska, so look at port times and research excursions for what you want to do in each and choose the itinerary that best suits the port times for what you would like to do.
  4. Having done both the round trip out of Seattle and a one way in Alaska, I think the one way is a better experience. The dates they have are a bit early for my taste, I prefer to go a bit later in the summer, but that's personal preference. If you can upgrade to an ocean view or balcony without incurring a huge cost I would, the view through the British Columbia portion of the inside passage is awesome. It really doesn't matter which side of the ship you are on for glacier viewing, as the ship will pivot giving each side a view. The ship itself is fine, she doesn't have all the choices of the megaships. I don't see that as an issue personally for Alaska where the destination is Alaska not the ship.
  5. In Skagway I highly recommend the eagle preserve float. We saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 eagles. Bear have been seen frequently though we didn't see any, we did see sign's of bear activity.
  6. I've done starboard and gotten amazing sunset photo's from the balcony on the way back to Seattle. I have yet to see any land based wildlife from the ship while cruising, so I don't think I'd make a decision on the hope of seeing anything wildlife wise. Never been much of an early riser so I can't say if the morning sun would be a selling point for me or not. Then again in July the sun will be up around 4 AMish. IMG_0854.CR2
  7. I saw it on the Jewel with a large group in Cagney's one night. I'm sure it took a bit of planing beforehand to make it happen though. 6 or 8 tables put together in front of the grill area seemed to work with 2 waiter's. It was a challenge for the photographer when they wanted a group photo though.
  8. Seems like what they tell you and what the billing system actually does comes out to two different things. I don't know if the billing system would allow them to manually put in a charge once the card is swiped and the SDP kicks in.
  9. As far as noise goes, I really can't say. My hearing is so bad that things that bother most people I can't even hear.
  10. You'll be fine with either of those choices. You will be in sheltered water's for most of the trip. While waves and swells do happen, the chances of rough sea's on that trip are minimized by the inside passage route. Depending on which way you choose the only open ocean is the Gulf of Alaska, and even that is somewhat sheltered.
  11. Icy Strait is the Ensenada of Alaska, sounds real nice until you get there. We did a ATV ride, (they call it an adventure), the guide spent more time bad mouthing the cruise lines than passing on any useful info. Oh we did learn that she used a .270 Winchester to take a deer earlier in the year. I took 7 picture's at Icy Strait the entire time we were there. I took almost 400 in Skagway/Haines. Choose carefully Alaska is great, personally having done both a round trip and a one way, I'll do the one way trip without any hesitation, but I'll relax on the ship at Icy Strait.
  12. I never thought UBP or whatever it is now was "free", but it is a hefty discount over outright buying it.
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