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    W Med

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  1. There is a huge article about LaMerce in the Barcelona forum of TripAdvisor, under TOP QUESTIONS. It provides info on all the activities, and includes a link to the official LaMerce web site.
  2. Your option sounds more like a tour. NCL's ROME ON YOUR OWN by bus, says you're dropped off at a central point and you're on your own for the rest of the day. $125 tho. Did you look at the new Express Train described at the top of this page ...... including the shuttle to the train station makes it so easy and it's a great price.
  3. Isn't it listed under your excursion options ? I'm on NCL and there are ' Rome On Your Own' options by train or bus, under Excursions.
  4. looking forward to your review and your activities in each port. Thx !
  5. 1. Most people only drive as far as Emerald Lake, which is about 75 miles from skagway. You have more than enough time ! On average I'd say people do this is 4-6 hrs. Description of the drive with suggested stopping points. https://www.themilepost.com/highways/south-klondike-highway/ 2. Mendenhall Glacier is about a 20-30 minute drive each way. Most people take an hr for the RT walk to Nuggett Falls for a photo opp. 1 mile each way. If you want a shorter walk, do the Photo Point trail. Trail info : https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd604841.pdf Eagle Beach is about 30 miles from downtown. Look at the map on pg 26 of the Juneau Visitor Guide. Decide which location is most important, Mendenall or Eagle Beach, and go there first. How much time you spend there will determine if you have time for the 2nd location. 3. if you want to walk around and explore ketchikan, there's a Walking Tour map and lots of tourism info in this link: https://www.experienceketchikan.com/
  6. next to the post number #67 are a couple of symbols. One of them says REPORT POST. Choose this and say duplicate.
  7. Out of respect ..... why not hold off on the speculation and just wait another week for the preliminary report ?
  8. Would you not rent a car ? It's only about a 20-30 minute drive to Mendenhall. With a car you could drive to the coast; visit Eagle Beach, Shrine of St Therese, Endof the Rd. There's less than 100 miles so no way to get lost. Contact info for the 2 shuttles, taxis, and bus: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/about-forest/offices/?cid=fseprd495443 Info on trails : https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd604841.pdf
  9. Sitka and Ketchikan aren't part of the gold mining history. In Juneau you might look at AJ / Gastineau Mine. http://www.ajgastineauminetour.com/ I don't have personal experience with them .. I've only done the gold panning in Fairbanks. It was seeded but we had great fun !
  10. The caribbean sailings seem to get a lot of bad reviews, but if you look back at last summers reviews of the W Med, there are many positive reviews, (even for the bathroom setup ). And if you look at various rollcalls for this summer, it's amazing to see the number of people who are returning for their 2nd, 3rd or more cruise on the Epic I'm not at all concerned about the negative comments. We'll be busy in various ports each day, then in the evening we'll have a meal and be entertained. What's not to like ? It probably helps that I'm not a fan of cruises .... I prefer to travel.
  11. wow, that's a bunch of luggage! I don't even think I own enough stuff to fill all those bags ! When I go to Alaska I take a wheeled 22" case plus a daypack. (granted I don't take camera equip). In Sept I have 2 days in Barcelona, a one-week W Med cruise, plus a week in Portugal... my trusty 22" case and a shoulder tote. Have a wonderful trip !!
  12. Preliminary report expected in 2 weeks: https://komonews.com/news/local/alaska-floatplanes-collided-at-3300-feet-before-crashing
  13. did you spend time in any towns on the Amalfi Coast ? From what I've read, if the tour includes Pompeii AND Amalfi Coast, you don't get to spend time in any of the towns except Sorrento. Was that the case with your tour ?
  14. you can also look on youtube for lots of video of the solo cabins.
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