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About jc3443

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    So. California
  • Interests
    Photography, travel...much more but I'm too lazy to go into it.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Only cruised on Carnival, then Royal Caribbean, so not enough experience to have much of an opinion!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Caribbean
  1. Great advice. Thank you I will look into these options.
  2. I understand I did not provide much background. My immediate family and I are in quite good condition and active. For example a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike is also in the planning stages. That said there will be others along who are not so mobile, such as my father, but we also will not necessarily be together the entire time in the lead up to the cruise tour. I am really only looking for suggestions on where there is the most to do and where they would spend that time. Obviously we all have different interests, etc. And renting a car is absolutely in the cards for our time in whichever location we go with. And this will be during the summer months, June-July. Thanks for the input all.
  3. I understand the cruise tour will be a whirlwind. That is why we are going to be spending a few days in advance of the tour either in Anchorage or in Fairbanks. The days in advance are what I am trying to plan for. Thanks for the suggestion on the Tundra tour. We are flexible on how much earlier we come in. As I said in my original post we will likely come in at least three days before the cruisetour starts. oaktreerb and Coral thanks for the suggestion of Anchorage. Any particular suggestions on what we should visit?
  4. Thanks for your suggestion. I drove all over Scotland this past June with a crew of 9 people on a land tour I planned. Some of whom I love dearly but drive me crazy. I AM NOT doing that again. On a cruise tour I can get a little distance and they can do their own thing, but when I am organizing it and several people want to do different things it is a recipe for family chaos. If it were just my wife, my kids and I, doing our own tour would be our plan. Thanks for the suggestion though! So with that said, where would you suggest a few extra days be spent?
  5. We are looking at the 12 day land-sea tours on Princess. Both intineraries look good to us, especially as the cruise portion are identical. We particularly like the idea of the Riverboat out of Fairbanks. We will likely come in at least 3 nights prior to our tour, so that said, any advice on whether there would be significantly more to do in Anchorage vs Fairbanks? Where would that time be best spent? Advice and experience would be appreciated!
  6. Yes of course. But we need to focus prevention efforts on areas that are reasonable and likely a problem. It is far easier for a burglar to drive down a street and look for mail or newspapers piled up to identify a target, than to research who on the internet is on a cruise and try to cross reference that with the ones that are in their area. That said, I am far more concerned with having lights at my house on timers when I am gone, trusted neighbors watching my property and collecting mail, maybe even moving cars around, having a Ring camera system on my property as well as a sign showing my home is monitored by cameras and by a large, angry dog, then I am about who on the internet might be trolling for people out of town. Burglars identifying targets by trolling cruise websites and Facebook is just not something that happens often enough for me to worry about. Like I said earlier though, if it is something that would worry YOU during your cruise then you should absolutely take precautions so that is does not fester in the back of your mind and ruin your vacation.
  7. Agreed. I always see these posts about not putting things on Facebook about being away from home. After 30 years in LE, the only two cases I know of where someone used that information was someone who already knew the folks leaving on vacation. Burglars don't do a lot of online research. They do street research. They drive through neighborhoods and look for good candidates. Here is an example of one, but again the burglars likely knew of the plans already as they knew the people they were burglarizing. https://theweek.com/speedreads/455792/familys-home-burglarized-after-post-vacation-photos-facebook I would be way more concerned about cyber crime from things posted on the internet then about someone burglarizing my house. But we all have different levels of risk tolerance. In other words, you do you... 😉
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