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  1. You will be automatically billed a gratuity for each individual drink you purchase under this scenario. So two $10 drinks a day will actually cost you (10 + 2 dollar gratuity + 10 + 2 dollar gratuity) for a total of $24. (and I don't believe there are many drinks as cheap as $10) That is more than it would cost you for the "Free at Sea" unlimited drink package on a daily basis. Your scenario only makes sense if you are a VERY light drinker. ~Brian
  2. I also feel this is a generous offer. Hope your trip is a good one. ~Brian
  3. This is duplicate information I made to another thread with the same question. My wife and I (we live in Alaska) did a roundtrip from Alaska to Vancouver and back in 2017 with a Princess ship one direction and NCL the other. I can't seem to find the review I did on that experience but you can read an excerpt here. Princess sails into and out of Whittier and NCL utilizes Seward. There is a roughly 1-½ hour trip vs 4-½ trip to Anchorage respectively. Both Cruise lines are great and I sail them both but for Alaska, Princess is the clear winner. As for land packages, Princess wins hands down! They are by far the most heavily-invested cruise line in Alaska. They have their own lodges, rail cars, tour buses, etc. NCL leases their rail cars from the AKRR and utilizes 3rd party hotels, buses, etc. The one item I'd give NCL the win on is the drink package. If you purchase the adult beverage package, NCL always has it as a potential "freebie" when you book with them. Hope this helps, ~Brian
  4. shukapaw

    Alaska

    A quick search revealed that some princess cruises do see Hubbard glacier. Although it is impressive, I’ve never heard of anybody visiting it on their own… As you mentioned, that would be a very expensive excursion.Have you considered a southbound cruise? Have you considered a southbound cruise? For what it’s worth, car rentals in both Whittier and Seward are prohibitively expensive..... And you are going to be saddled with a one-way drop off charge to Anchorage. Generally speaking, you’d be better off taking the cruise line’s transportation to Anchorage and having a rental car awaiting you there. You will want to crunch the numbers to verify the house. Alyeska tram is easily doable from Anchorage in a day. Of course, it’s just a tram ride and an equally nice one is available to you in Juneau on Mount Roberts. Just something to think about. Driving to and from Seward from Anchorage is not a big deal but you need to allow a good three hours each way. So, in short, you could do a round-trip and the Kenai fjords in a single day. you will want to crunch the numbers to verify the house.I suppose it all depends on how well adapted your family is to road trips. The road (and railroad) south from Anchorage to either Alyeska or Seward require that you travel along Turnagain arm..... it’s unavoidable! Both the roadway and tracks are built right along the edge of it. I’m not one to tell people how to do their vacation. However if I were going to do a land portion in Alaska either before or after a cruise I would do it on my own and not through the cruise line. This way you decide what you want to see and are not at their mercy. ~Brian
  5. shukapaw

    Alaska

    @JcJ81, My wife and I (Alaska residents) did a roundtrip from Alaska to Vancouver and back in 2017 with a Princess ship one direction and NCL the other. I can't seem to find the review I did on that experience but you can read an excerpt here. As you mentioned, Princess will end in Whittier and NCL in Seward. There is a roughly 1-½ hour trip vs 4-½ trip to Anchorage respectively. Both Cruise lines are great and I sail them both but for Alaska, Princess is the clear winner. As for land packages, Princess wins hands down! They are by far the most heavily-invested cruise line in Alaska. They have their own lodges, rail cars, tour buses, etc. NCL leases their rail cars from the AKRR and utilizes 3rd party hotels, buses, etc. The one item I'd give NCL the win on is the drink package. If you purchase the adult beverage package, NCL always has it as a potential "freebie" when you book with them. Hope this helps, ~Brian
  6. We generally book through outside agencies. We have visited all the ports you listed and have ventured out on our own in each of them. When you contact outside vendors, ask them specifically what happens if the ship is unable to make it to their port at the advertised time. Make sure that you get a refund if you miss the tour for reasons outside of your control. ~Brian
  7. Thanks for sharing your experience. ~Brian
  8. We found both to be very good but would select Teppenyaki for the fun factor ~Brian
  9. We recently purchased $3000 worth of these and used them to pay off the final balance on our upcoming Panama Canal Cruise. We did not use up the entire $3000 so I called Princess directly and the representative was very helpful and applied the remaining gift card balance to our reservation so it will be available to use once we board. Hope this helps, Brian
  10. depends on the terms of your current booking. If it is refundable, you can cancel and re-book. Check with MSC or your TA ~Brian
  11. They will offer some OBC... up to $100 per person based on the cabin you book. ~Brian
  12. I've grabbed a total of $3000 worth... a savings of $300!! I'm in Alaska and I received the cards one week after placing the order ~Brian
  13. It is recommended that you make reservations for the shows. The YC guests have a "special" section set aside for them but it is in the back couple of rows of the theater... definitely not prime seating. Those with reservations are allowed to enter the theater at a pre-established time and at either 5 or 10 minutes before curtain time, those without reservations are allowed to enter (assuming there are seats left. ) So, short answer (in YC situation) reservations are NOT required. However, to get better seats, make reservations and show up a bit early. ~Brian
  14. Thanks for posting this. My final payment for a Panama Canal cruise is in about a month so I grabbed $2500 worth of gift cards and saved $250. Not too shabby!! ~Brian
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