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  1. I am most intrigued by the bear tour out of Ketchikan. I’m going to go for that one.
  2. I haven’t been on HAL yet. But I can tell you right now I’m gonna love breakfast in the main dining room. I really like the choices. Texas French toast, English breakfast, eggs Benedict.
  3. This is my first Alaska cruise. I am on the 2020 August 1 sailing if the konigsdam to Tracy Arm, Skagway, and Ketchikan. If there was one excursion on this itinerary that was a once in a life time experience, what would you pick? I will spend a lot (400) on one excursion and then be more economical on the others.
  4. I’m getting lucky with United’s frequent flier miles availability. Booked a 25k business class ticket back to Chicago. Yes, the flight leaves at 10:30 pm but I get to hang out in the maple leaf lounge at the Vancouver airport after a day of sight seeing. And I can take a shower in the lounge. So it should be a great end to a great trip.
  5. I agree. But the flights to Vancouver from Chicago were an eye watering 1100 each way in coach. Thankfully I found a good mileage redemption.
  6. I appreciate all the help that I’ve gotten here. United’s Award booking window opened up and I have decent connection through Phoenix on 7/31. Depart Ohare 10 am. Arrive Phoenix 11:59. Depart Phoenix 3:20 pm and arrive Vancouver at 6:30 pm. It’s a long day of travel but a decent departure hour from O’Hare and longer layover in Phoenix gives some cushion for delays. Best part I end up in Vancouver using only 12.5 k miles.
  7. Sounds like this is going to be amazing. I understand that because I have some cruise history on Carnival I’ll be able to eat in the dining room on embarkation day. That should be relaxing.
  8. My understanding is that HAL is significantly better then Carnival and NCL. I never had complaints about Carnival. In fact only compliments because I had realistic expectations. I found NCL Sun significantly better than Carnival on a Baltic cruise. So I am looking forward to this. I like the cookies at the Dutch Cafe. They sound good. My big craving is Lox and cream cheese on a bagel. And pizza slices. I’m looking forward to eating in the steakhouse.
  9. Thank you for all the replies. It’s reassuring. I understand the frustration about cutbacks. I’m a railfan. I have ridden Every Amtrak route. The cut backs made to the dining car on some of Amtrak’s eastern trains are devastating imho. I am am excited about this cruise. Only paid the deposit on an OO guarantee. But as o make payments and it gets closer I’ll feel the reality. Lol.
  10. I booked on the Konigsdam on an Alaska cruise out of Vancouver at beginning of August 2020. I’ve been on 6 carnival cruises and 1 NCL cruise. I enjoyed them all. I am pretty low maintenance as a traveler. I will eat at standard dining times and graze in the lido deck, etc. On my 1st solo cruise on Carnival I would get up, eat breakfast in the dining room, nap and then find some activity or read a book if nothing was interesting. I booked this cruise as a solo because I am determined to check Alaska off the bucket list. Im surprised at the number of complaints about cut backs on service, etc. How will the Konigsdam compare with Carnival dream and NCL. These are my two best cruises.
  11. I appreciate the heads up. I’m not interested in a 5 hour bus ride period. I now plan to fly into Seattle Friday morning the day before the cruise. If the flight is on time then I will take the light rail downtown. I will have time for late lunch/early dinner. Then I will catch the 7 pm train to Vancouver which arrives at 11 pm. I go to the Hilton Metrotown. The day of the cruise I take the sky train to the port arriving early enough to board and still follow HAL protocol. If my morning flight is delayed i still I still have most of the day to get to Seattle to catch my train. I intend to buy cruise insurance. If flights gets get canceled it will be much more challenging. I appreciate the feedback.
  12. I’m familiar with the light rail and process for getting to King street Station. If I catch an early morning flight out of Chicago I Can go to Kings St., Station store my bags and then have lunch at Ivars seafood restaurant and then catch the train to Vancouver.
  13. Greetings, i am definitely flying in a day early. I think I am now going to take an early plane to Seattle and take the evening Amtrak to Vancouver the day before the cruise. Then I can head down to the cruise terminal at my own pace. I have the Hilton Metrotown boomed. I too too would rather get on the boat earlier rather than later.
  14. I’ve researched and determined that the cheapest to get to Vancouver is to fly from my hometown airport to Seattle the day before the cruise and then get to the port. My first thought was to fly in a day early and then take evening train to Vancouver and stay in a hotel there. Then I thought about the HAL transfer from Seattle airport. I could spend the night in Seattle and catch one on f these the day of the cruise. Questions: 1. What time do these start leaving the airport for the port? 2. How full is the bus? 3. Does taking the bus guarantee getting on the ship even if there is a unexpected delay? Thank you
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