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  1. There's also this shuttle company out of Anchorage, but you would obviously need to get yourself from the ship to Anchorage. https://www.alaskashuttle.com/parks.htm
  2. Is a rental car not an option ? It would give you more flexibility plus the ability to stop for other sights and wildlife along the way. It's an easy drive .... a 2 lane hwy for most of the trip so impossible to get lost. Otherwise the Park Connection Bus has 2 runs per day out of Anchorage : 6:30am - 12:30pm 3pm - 8:30pm https://www.alaskacoach.com/schedule/ If you're disembarking in Whittier you could take the Park Connection Bus from Whittier to Anc, then on to Denali, but it would make for a long day (11hrs) almost . Best to stay over a night in Anchorage.
  3. on embarkation day you need to board 2 hrs prior before the departure time, but during the cruise when you're visiting ports, you board 1/2 hr prior.
  4. Look at these SCENIC DRIVES in alaska.org . (they include suggested stopping points for views or activities). https://www.alaska.org/things-to-do/scenic-drives Matanuska Glacier Turnagain Arm Portage Valley and Whittier Tunnel Where does your ship depart from? If it's Seward, consider taking the train a day prior , overnight, and do a Kenai cruise, or, take the train to Whittier, overnight and do a Prince William Sound cruise.
  5. what time is your flight home? There are a couple of ways to do this. And you don't necessarily have to overnight in Whittier. The PWS tours generally leave noon-ish so you could overnight in Anchorage and take the train, bus or transfer to Whittier. 1. rent a car from HERTZ. The one-way rate is usually pretty high. However it compare to the other options. With a car you can overnight in Whittier, Summit Lake, Girdwood, Anchorage, etc plus make a few other interesting stops. 2. overnight in Seward, then take the Seward Buslines to Whittier the following morning. Then take the train 3. take the 6pm train Seward - Anc. Overnight near the Anc depot and catch the train to Whittier the next morning, or perhaps alaskacruisetransfer.com 4. PJs taxi in seward regularly takes people to Anchorage. Ask what they would charge to Whitter. You really need to look at the timing of the travel options, and the price. USually a car is the best option as it gives you more flexibility.
  6. Download the visitor guide and look to pg 43 under Flightseeing for a list of vendors you can check with: https://www.visit-ketchikan.com/About-Ketchikan/Free-Guide As well as this list: https://www.visit-ketchikan.com/Things-To-Do/Tours-Sightseeing/Misty-Fjords
  7. Look in the attached thread, under General Cruise Info for the CLA Alaska web site. This has berth info.
  8. if you look on the next page theres a lengthy thread about hotel suggestions for Barcelona. Most people suggest staying within a few blocks of Placa Catalunya. We're staying at the Hotel Lleo; it's 2 blocks off Las Ramblas and 2 blocks from Placa Catalunya, so we have easy access to Metro, the Market, and the Gothic District, and the Aerobus from the airport. Booked it a yr ago so it was very economical.
  9. Their web site indicates 2 hrs for each route : https://barcelona.city-tour.com/en/tourist-bus-routes-barcelona
  10. We're on the Epic in mid Sept. I bought Rick Steves book " Mediterranean Cruise Ports". Tons of great info, esp DIY suggestions. Get a copy .... read it on the flight, take with you on the cruise. In Barcelona we're doing a free walking tour of the Gotic area with Runner Bean, a visit to the Market, walking Las Ramblas down to the Columbus monument where we'll go to the top for the view. Naples - I hired a private driver with Aldo Limos to explore the Amalfi Coast. $400 Livorno - train to Florence Civi -- train to Rome Palma - walk around town Cannes -- train to Nice and Monte Carlo Not into shopping or souveniers. As for food, Rick has lots of recommendations .... we'll just have to see which is closest when it's time to eat. Not a priority. BTW, the Market in Barcelona isn't open on Sundays.
  11. For info about Cannes, go to the France forum on Ports of Call. And Majorca is under the Spain Ports of Call. Don't know which ship you're on, but we're on the Epic and Cannes is a tender port.
  12. The only problem would be if you can't easily manage your luggage and probably a wait at the People Mover. But you have plenty of time. At most it's a 10 minute walk from your ship to the People Mover entrance, a 3 minute ride to Piazzale Roma, then a 15 minute walk to the train station. The bridge over the Canal to the train station is a big one .... the steps are shallow which makes it easier to pull luggage but it also means there are more of them.
  13. Look carefully at the port times. I think the Bliss is very poor...... Ketchikan 7am -1pm ( does that give you enough time for your planned activities?) and Juneau 2:30pm - 11pm ( are there activities for you in the evening hours on shore?) and Victoria 7pm - midnight ? Joy is slightly better but do you really want to spend a day in Victoria. It's not Alaska. I'd look at sailings out of Vancouver. Vancouver is only 100 miles north of Seattle .... easy to get there by bus, train or rental car if flight to Vancouver is too pricey.
  14. Info is updated on the Denali web site: https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/news/park-road-reopning-august-9.htm
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