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  1. Thanks for the replies! Oddly enough, I have looked at 3 post-cruise tours from three different vendors and none of them accept USD. I assume I can just pay CAD currency with a US credit card?
  2. What would be your advice if I want to book an excursion online and it’s in CAD? Should I just use a US debit card?
  3. Thank you! I didn’t even know there was a board for that. I resent my message there.
  4. I was looking at private vendors in Canada to do a post cruise excursion and I just realized I have no idea what I should bring before/after my cruise in Vancouver to make purchases. What do you use? Do you use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees? Do you convert USD to CAD and get physical money? Am I losing money if I pay for a Vancouver excursion using USD, whether in cash or debit card?
  5. Im asking this question in the Alaska forum as the Pacific Coastal/Canada forum isn’t that active. I was looking at private vendors in Canada to do a post cruise excursion and I just realized I have no idea what I should bring before/after my cruise in Vancouver to make purchases. What do you use? Do you use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees? Do you convert USD to CAD and get physical money? Am I losing money if I pay for a Vancouver excursion using USD, whether in cash or a debit card?
  6. Which sailing are you on? I originally wanted to do that tour but I think I’m going to do Ben Fogles Great Adventures in Juneau. I’m a little apprehensive if the weather is rainy, it will make the rafting trip really cold.
  7. I appreciate everyone’s comments! I would have not thought about bringing several items mentioned. If there are any more suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
  8. I don’t think I mind doing this instead. It looks so beautiful!
  9. I’m looking for a check list of important items to not forget at home when I travel to Alaska in May. I read that some people bring clothes pins to keep the balcony curtains closed when it’s daylight at night (very cool tip!). What are some not so obvious items do you suggest packing? Right now, I know to not forget the following: Backpack, waterproof jacket, waterproof gloves, waterproof hiking shoes, jeans, workout leggings, etc.
  10. Martincath...you always give this forum the best information! It’s much appreciated! This will be my 4th AirBnb, and the owner has 30 5-star reviews, so I’m ok taking a risk 🙂
  11. Many people frown on AirBnB, but I secured an entire condo in downtown Vancouver and walking distance to Stanley Park for $90/night. This price is for May, so the summer will be much more expensive.
  12. I’m looking for those that can recommend a tour that gets kayakers close to Mendenhall. I’ve been reading reviews of several companies and some have negative comments stating the kayaks never got close to the actual glacier.
  13. Agree! I’m going to Alaska in May and I’m lucky enough that its early in the season so the ship will be the only one in port except for Juneau, and there will be a total of 3 ships in port. I already booked my heli/dogsledding tour, which I’m doing in Skagway. Spots are filling up quickly so you will definitely want to make your decision soon.
  14. For anyone with the dilemma of having a very late flight (like me)...if you google "Vancouver Post Cruise Tours," a lot of results will come up. My flight isn't until 11pm, but I will be booking one of those tours that last several hours the day I get off the ship. The plus is they will hold my luggage and transfer me to the airport.
  15. How was the glacier trek? Did it really wear you out? I think it looks awesome, but my mom thinks it will be very challenging. I also thought about kayaking as well.
  16. So I really wanted to do a Glacier Rafting tour but I’ll be in Juneau 5/15, and the tour season doesn’t begin until 5/16 😞 I don’t want an excursion that does whale watching, flight seeing, or dogsledding, as I will have done that in Skagway. Has anyone booked a tour that would be centered around Mendenhall that’s more than just a drive by on a shuttle?
  17. Oh I love collecting ornaments wherever I travel! Thanks for the suggestion. I’m not a huge garden person, but I do enjoy High Tea. My mom is doing a lot of excursions that I want to do, so I’ll suck up Butchart and make the most of it if that means making my mom happy.
  18. My mom isn’t really a shore excursion planner, so I showed her Butchart Gardens and she wants to go. I guess that settles it lol. How many hours should I plan to be in Butchart? I’d like the time including the tea experience. If anyone has different ideas for Ketchikan, I’d love to hear more!
  19. I love the suggestion of having afternoon tea. I saw the price for Fairmont, and that’s pretty pricey for tea and scones. I think it would be nice to try that at Butchart. Have you been to both? Other than the price, is one better than the other? Be honest 🙂
  20. Thank you all for your answers! If anyone else has additional advice, please share!
  21. Thank you for your suggestions! If I’m not a “garden” type of person, would you still suggest seeing Butchart? I hear amazing things about that place. The reason im trying to do a tour on my own as I’ll be spending roughly $1100 for tours in the other ports of call, just for myself. $30 - $60 is very reasonable compared to my other tours 🙂
  22. I am wondering if Ketchikan and Victoria are ports that are easy to sight see on your own. I plan on doing excursions in Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Skagway, and Juneau. I understand Victoria is in Canada, but I wanted to ask this forum to get advice as 1. Most Alaska cruises stop in Victoria and 2. The boards for Canada/Coastal Pacific forum isn't too active. For each port, I am just looking for a nice sightseeing tour of the town. I could look at vendors who operate these type of tours, but I would want the price to be reasonable. Any advice would be great!
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