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    Travel; photography
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    Any line w small ships
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  1. To me, a steward is a steward is a steward. I barely remember their names or their faces when I am on the ship and I promptly forget them when we disembark. If they keep the cabin clean, fill up my ice bucket daily, give me clean wine glasses daily, give us 3 bath towels instead of 2 and make sure I have real soap in the shower instead of soap in a bottle - I am satisfied. I definitely think that the OP has a steward obsession syndrome. DON
  2. Try typing "cruise lines allowed in glacier bay 2020" into Google. You will get the following - "A prospectus soliciting proposals for cruise ship services was issued in May 2018. A panel of technical experts reviewed each proposal package, and new ten-year concession contracts were awarded to seven businesses: Princess Cruise Lines Ltd, Holland America Line Inc., NCL (Bahamas) Ltd, Carnival plc (Cunard Line), Seabourn Cruise Line Limited, Viking Cruises Ltd and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The NPS anticipated the contracts will be effective October 1, 2019. " Also, if you go to Glacier Bay on a cruise line, none of them stop there. You can't go on shore. DON
  3. Discovered but not settled - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australia DON
  4. Just a suggestion for a newby. Make your thread header be related to your question and not your name. You might get more responses. DON
  5. Just generate it in any word processor or spreadsheet if you feel that you have to sort it and print it out before you pack. Why do you need a special app. DON
  6. ToursbyLocals - https://www.toursbylocals.com/TBL/WebObjects/ToursByLocals.woa/1/wa/searchFindTourInPlace DON
  7. I would post on the Princess board for this one. DON
  8. Most cruises shortchange you at either Juneau OR Ketchikan. This one short changes you at Juneau AND Ketchikan. So basically you have 1/2 day at the 2 ports that you stop at. I would not take that cruise. DON
  9. Try typing "Costa Rica passport requirements" into Google. DON
  10. Don't most cruise lines have a rule about youth under 18 booking a cabin w/o an adult in the cabin. This would mean that you have to have a chaperone in each cabin and book 2 kids and 1 adult in each cabin. Check w a TA that specializes in trips of this type but I don't see how you can pull this off. DON
  11. I did do the math. The difference between cruise only and the full package for the 2 of us was $3400. I checked the airfare if I booked it myself and it was $3700 so I am $300 ahead here. This does not count the $1400 OBC that I get w the package. If I figured it right, I am $3700 ahead by taking the package. I think that I did good. DON
  12. I only cruise on Princess when there appear to be no alternatives. We took the grand kids on trips to Alaska twice and Princess seemed to be the best choice for those trips. The kids loved AK and enjoyed the ship. Me much much less so but remember the trip was for the kids. A summer ago, Princess had a cruise that did the Norwegian coast but also went to Spitsbergen in Svalbard. Lots of ships do the Norwegian coast but almost nobody does Spitsbergen so I did not have many choices. In hindsight, we should have done the Norwegian coast in a small ship and then flown to Svalbard but the trip was enjoyable. We did more Princess cruises years ago until the Princess ships got oversized and I discovered the wonders of small (<1000) ships. I regard anything greater than about 1000 passengers as way too big and Princess offers almost no options for ships that size. Most of my recent cruising has been done on Azamara because we like the R class ship. We are going to try a 24 day future cruise on the Oceania. DON
  13. We did the same tour w a hike at Mendenhall included. It was excellent. I was surprised considering that it was a ship tour. DON
  14. Mine are high class and custom made usually by Navajo, Hopi and Alaskan First Nation Peoples. They really look good. DON
  15. Our long time TA sends us a check after the cruise. I am happy with that. Also, I have carefully analyzed the finances of the cruise and since I do not like to go on excursions w more than 6 or 8 people, my choice is best for me. DON
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