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  1. I called this property and was told that they won't take reservations for next year until mid-August so I guess I will try back then. I will assume the other properties I see are operating in a similar manner. Great news that i have some time to decide, not running out of inventory all together already!
  2. I had not looked at that page but in doing so I clicked on a property I was interested in, Denali Bluff, and it says has all dates outside of this summer as "unavailable" I had looked at the properties listed on the Alaska.org website as close to the park entrance and each of them showed nothing available on my dates. I called one of the Princess lodges and she said they thought they had opened those dates but to call an 800# to check availability. I was on hold for 20 minutes before I gave up.
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    Denali Lodging

    DH and I are planning our Alaskan cruise in June 2020 from Whittier. We are planning 2 overnights in Denali area before our cruise and as I look at lodging, there are very few accommodations left at this point. I am only going online but when I go to one travel site to look at broad availability there are only 5-7 hotels/cabins that have availability. My question is do some properties not have reservations open at this time for early June next year or is everything really booked up this early? Thanks so much!
  4. DH and I recently off Freedom and we commented how few kids there were. Most we saw were young kids with their families. Not many teenagers and pre-teens. Some yes, but way less than we have experienced on our other Caribbean cruises. We commented that our kids would have hated that cruise as teens because there was nobody to make friends with. We loved it.
  5. We are recently off the Freedom and while we were in our hotel after our cruise waiting for our room, there was a group of people who were in contact with the port/cruiseline/ship discussing how their bag that was put outside their room was not waiting for them when they got off and they were trying to locate it. I do not know what ended up happening for them. It was not settled by the time our room was ready.
  6. We enjoyed the unlimited dining package ($154/pp) on Freedom (Chops, Sabor, Giovannis) and would do it again . We do not enjoy the MDR. The only time we do MDR is if we are cruising as a group and want to eat dinner together. Otherwise we do not enjoy the experience. We also don't need big variety of food so were happy to eat dinner at each place twice. We made all of our reservations for the week as soon as we boarded and didn't have a problem adjusting them later in the week as needed.
  7. Definitely. On our last cruise things were very casual. After a couple of nights DH moved to nice shorts and a collared shirt for our meals and we fit in fine. Going more casual is something we have moved to as we have cruised, just less to pack and we aren't dressy people. I wasn't impressed with the man next to us in his white cotton tank top but I guess everyone has their limits.
  8. I have been watching an Alaska cruise for next June. The price went up $140 total today for the cabin we wanted but added the Sip and Sail so we booked it. The deposit also went down to $500 from $1100. That was my favorite part. It will be our first time sailing with Princess.
  9. $18 for Nyquil on FOS recently. Was glad to have it. Shocked at the price!
  10. We were at the Marriott recently and did not see any water activities on the beach. They have nice large pool areas with shaded lounge chairs. When we were there it was not crowded at all. They have little cabanas with shade at the beach. It is on the Atlantic side so not what I think of when I think of swimming beach. It didn't look rough but there are rocks not too far out and looked like it might have some tricky currents. We loved it there. We did a room for the day @ $125 and loved it. It was nice to have a room to escape back to during the heat of the day. Good food and drinks but pricey.
  11. We did them all at Chops. I am not sure if you can do them in any specialty restaurant or not. We were having lunch there so it was most convenient. We booked our "Room for the Day" directly with the hotel with a phone call. It was $150/day after rate and tax, etc. It seemed pretty accessible. There are big stairs you use to get down to the pool area and to the rooms but I believe I saw ramps as well. It is a very large, open, flat resort that I think would be accessible friendly. Our room was on first floor and was HUGE and very open, tile floors, jetted spa tub. You could definitely do the $35 day pass and save more money. You can get that by calling hotel as well. It gives you a food discount and use of everything but we really wanted a room to retreat to. I washed some clothes, went from AC to pool/beach and back. The pool has loungers that have covers on them so you are shaded. I can't say enough good things about the place. We would do same thing again. I budgeted $30RT for the cab ride and that is what we spent. Maybe 10 minute ride, uneventful and safe.
  12. You can't pre-book on Freedom but I don't know that you would need to. There was always plenty room available when we went to a show. I used reserved seats once for the Comedy show but would have been just fine finding our own seats.
  13. We didn't experience any decline in the specialty restaurant food or service. Outside of our one poor experience in Chops on Formal night that is, but I think that was just a busy night, it happens. We found all the usual dishes we like at Sabor and the Sangia is so good. We were only going to Giovanni's once but it was so good we signed up for another evening. We really enjoyed the offerings.
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