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  1. I was counting on a quick, accurate and informational response from you! I honestly think CC just needs to have a separate space on the boards - "Ask martincath about Vancouver!" Thank you!
  2. We're booked on Alaska Northbound on NCL leaving July 1. Our flight arrives at YVR at 8:20pm on June 30 and we have reservations for the Buchan Hotel that night. What are our best and/or cheapest transport options to get from the airport to hotel? Also, it LOOKS like we're close enough to the port that it's walkable the next morning so that we can sightsee a bit before boarding at 11:30 (steam clock, etc.). We're only going to have a carry-on bag and "personal item" to tote around. Am I correct? And close by food recommendations would be appreciated as well! Many thanks for the input - it's our first adventure in the area! Kelley
  3. Does anyone have recent NCL Jewel menus for the main dining room? This will be our first time on NCL (Alaska this July). We've seen all of the recommendations for the specialty dining, but are trying to go as low budget as possible. We are not foodies. Just curious what to expect.
  4. REI is an awesome place - pricey, but you can find deals if you are a co-op member and watch for sales! The anniversary sale is a good one. My oldest son spent a month out West last summer on his own - New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and then Yellowstone & Glacier. Had an REI tent and one of the poles bent in high winds. Tent was still functional, but... Took it in to ask about replacing the pole and they simply replaced the tent. And he got the new model since they had just upgraded!
  5. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    Yes. This is exactly what we got for July!
  6. I couldn't find a thread on this, but may have just missed it. Not new to cruising, but first time on NCL. Can you request ahead of time for the beds to be pushed together and made up as one? Any idea where on the website, or do I call? Or just wait until boarding, find our room steward and request?
  7. No worries! Good information is always good to share in my opinion. Unfortunately, as pretty as it looks, Devil's Punchbowl won't be on my itinerary - training for a marathon, I am not! I hope you have a lovely cruise and hike.
  8. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    Do you recall - is that what comes up as the Mill Street location?
  9. Whimsy88

    Juneau Car Rental

    tysmomm: Would you care to share what information you received? Husband and I are in the same quandry (different boat, though! ) I can get a $25 gift card for Avis from CC points, and another couple on our cruise is interested in splitting the cost of the rental. Makes it very affordable, I think. But I would like to know what you found out about distance, etc.
  10. Good to know! We are close to and spend a good bit of time hiking in Pisgah Forest in Brevard. It's a lovely area and much more like Saluda. There's really only mall hiking in Arden which is just a bit north of my house! Is it doable to squeeze in Lower Dewey on top of Yakutania/Smugglers Cove and Lower Reid Falls? The view overlooking the cruise ship sounds like something not to be missed. We're there the first week of July if that makes any difference. Hubby is a better hiker than me, but I do alright, especially when motivated by scenery and/or waterfalls! We're figuring on Skagway being our intensive hiking port!
  11. dyeadave: Lower Dewey looks pretty, but it also doesn't look all that different from hiking at home.... Yakutania Point and on to Smugglers Cove, lunch in town, and then a separate hike to Lower Reid falls - doable? We're in port 8am-8pm.
  12. Anita - thank you for the input! I've seen a few of your other posts on various boards, and checked out your trip report. I really enjoy your writing and the photographs are beautiful. Scrolling through your trip report was probably a bad idea, though - now I'm chomping at the bit even more! DH booked us a July 1 northbound NCL sailing - the 49th state during the year I turn 49. 137 days to go...
  13. We've started some research, but getting a little overwhelmed with options. There looks to be great, close to town hiking. We live in the mountains in NC, so we do some hiking, but not wanting anything strenuous. Just a nice day hike to see beautiful scenery. Lower Reid Falls, Yakutania Point, Smugglers Cove and Lower Dewey Lake all look like good options. What are everyone's preferences and recommendations?
  14. Lots to consider. We really like the idea of the train just because it would be a new experience and DH could sightsee too instead of having to drive. Plus we would like to see a bit of Seattle too since neither of us have been. We'll see how the numbers play out. But all this info is very helpful!
  15. Thank you, Martincath - that is actually incredibly helpful advice. We'll keep investigating options and may pick your brain some once we've narrowed things down!
  16. DH and I are booked on the NCL Jewel in July 2019 - Northbound Alaska from Vancouver. Alaska is a bucket list item for both of us, but we are DEFINITELY on a budget since we are paying for 2 kids in college! Some preliminary investigation of flights looks like it's going to be cheaper to fly into Seattle from our region and then do the Amtrack train up to Vancouver. Planning to fly in 2 nights before - spend the remainder of the day and that night in Seattle, then the train next day and hotel overnight in Vancouver before boarding the ship. We have never been to either city. We have a few sites we would like to see (Pike Place being one), but no specific plans in either city. We enjoy walking to explore. Looking for suggestions of budget friendly hotels/areas to stay with minimal additional transport costs. We appreciate the help.
  17. We've got a thread going under Roll Calls - feel free to join in!
  18. First time on NCL, and first cruise to Alaska next July - checking something else off the bucket list! We know that our best chance to see whales would be an excursion, but since we have 2 kids in college, that doesn't fit our budget. What are our best chances to see whales directly from the ship? (NCL Jewel NB - stops in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and ending in Seward, with day in Glacier Bay and at Hubbard). Thanks for the insight.
  19. This! And a second for us is that hubby always gets up super early - on sea days, he heads up on deck and walks around and gets his 1st breakfast of fruit, etc., and then brings a plate back to the cabin for me to enjoy while I get ready for the day. Then we head down to breakfast together. :-)
  20. DH and I booked an Alaska cruise on NCL for next summer. This is the first time we will have flown to a port, and our well-worn soft-sided luggage is exactly that. We're planning to check a bag each (cross-packing of course). I'm having a terrible time trying to decide if we should just replace the sofr-sided, or get hard sided instead. I know everyone has their own preference but please tell me so I can educate myself.:confused:
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