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#61
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fingers crossed we get that same smooth sailing! and decent weather! Thank you so much for posting your semi-live report. It helps a lot!
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Originally posted by Kteacher
There was food for purchase on the Tracy Arm Excursion. It looked like a lot of people were doing b2b excursions. I think if it were just me and my husband we would have scheduled something for the afternoon. You should be fine. We got back on board the ship around 1:30, and by the time we got upstairs she decided she wanted something to eat so we went to the buffet.


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Thank-you so much for the response!
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We can't thank you enough for all the info! What cabin are you in? Any recommendations for servers in any of the restaurants? How was the train today? Hope you guys had a great day in Skagway!
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WiFi has been spotty, and I won’t be able to upload photos from my phone right now unfortunately. The weather in Skagway started out rainy and very windy, but cleared off as the day went by. I booked the Bennett Train Journey through Chilkoot Charters. One word-amazing. It’s a long day, but well worth it. We took the White Pass train all the way up past Bennett Station, then a small bus back down with stops along the way for photos (Carcross Desert, Emerald Lake, Welcome to Yukon and Alaska signs, Bridal Veil Falls). The guides were knowledgeable and really entertaining. The meeting time was 7:15 and we were brought back to the ship close to 3:30, so if you wanted time in town you could get dropped off there instead of going right to the ship.
All the servers we’ve had so far have been great. The venues we’ve been to: Luminae, Murano, Tuscan Grille, Cafe Bacio, Michael’s Club. There are a few crew members we know from other ships, and it’s been nice seeing them again.


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For a specialty restaurant did you prefer Murano or Tuscan Grill? Celebrating my birthday on the ship next Tuesday and thinking of going to one of the specialty restaurants unless the main dining room menu is great that night.
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#67
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This probably won’t be helpful, but we enjoyed both. Murano is a little more elegant, so if you want something a little more special for your birthday I guess I would suggest Murano. The limoncello cheesecake in Tuscan was incredible.
I will admit I’m looking forward to a more relaxing day at sea tomorrow. The back to back excursions yesterday and today wore my mom (and me ) out a little.


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My wife is not too happy about the 2 early mornings in a row. I have not planned anything for the afternoon in Juneau yet, so will see how we feel. If we do anything probably just taxi to Mendenhall in the late afternoon since the ship does not leave till late at night.

I was wondering what you brought for jackets? I am thinking of a medium weight fleece jacket and then a thin rain jacket to wear over or alone. Wondering if I need anything heavier? Also, have you been wearing shorts at all- Deciding on whether to pack 1 or 2 pairs.
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#69
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I have not worn shorts, but my husband has around the ship. He will also wear them off the ship on Friday. We packed layers- t shirts, micro fleece pullovers, squishable light weight jackets, knit gloves, and knit hats. We have worn all of them. We also packed light weight rain jackets which we have not worn.
WiFi has been going in and out, but I have this shot off our balcony taken as we were pulling out of Skagway:



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#70
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I have a question about the Tracy Arm Fjord. Does the ship actually dock so that you can get on the excursions? Then does it reposition to dock in Juneau? Since it goes to both places in the same day, I do not understand the locations.


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Thanks for all the info. One quick question. Two more days to go.
Any bar area you recommend over others?
Dont know if you have been to gym but if you have did you notice any foam rollers
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#72
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To answer the last two questions- the ship sails up the Tracy Arm Fjord early in the morning and does a 360 turn. Anyone booked on the small boat excursion boards right off the ship. The ship sails back down Tracy Arm and docks in Juneau around 1:30 pm.
We have the premium package with the RS, have a bar set up in the cabin, and frequent Michael’s , so can’t really comment on other bars on the ship. I haven’t been to the gym, so can’t answer the question about the foam rollers, sorry.


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Thanks for all your help with this. Starting to pack for my flight tomorrow. BY any chance are you doing the Butchart Gardens excursion in Victoria?
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#74
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Originally posted by carlsbadguy
Thanks for all your help with this. Starting to pack for my flight tomorrow. BY any chance are you doing the Butchart Gardens excursion in Victoria?


Yes, we are . I’ll put up a review while waiting at the airport. Btw, we have dealt with our end of cruise sadness by booking another cruise. We decided to book the Edge for next August leaving out of Barcelona ❤️.


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Thanks. Looks like I am following in your footsteps 1 week later. have the Tracy Arm Excursion booked, the Chilkoot Rail and Bus Yukon Excursion, and Butchart Gardens. Have not decided yet if we will do something in the afternoon in Juneau. We just have a Concierge Balcony Cabin booked so no suite perks. I would like to know how much time you actually got to spend at the gardens and if it was light enough for the visit to be worthwhile.

Will be staying at a hotel near the airport and plan on taking an Uber to the dock around 10:30 AM. Do you think that is good timing or should we leave earlier or later?

Our last cruise was a couple years ago on the Equinox from Barcelona to Venice. Picked the specific itinerary for an overnight in Istanbul, since a friend of ours lives there part-time and was our tour guide. Would not visit there now.

Thanks so much for letting us follow along on your trip.
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#76
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Originally posted by carlsbadguy
Thanks. Looks like I am following in your footsteps 1 week later. have the Tracy Arm Excursion booked, the Chilkoot Rail and Bus Yukon Excursion, and Butchart Gardens. Have not decided yet if we will do something in the afternoon in Juneau. We just have a Concierge Balcony Cabin booked so no suite perks. I would like to know how much time you actually got to spend at the gardens and if it was light enough for the visit to be worthwhile.

Will be staying at a hotel near the airport and plan on taking an Uber to the dock around 10:30 AM. Do you think that is good timing or should we leave earlier or later?

Our last cruise was a couple years ago on the Equinox from Barcelona to Venice. Picked the specific itinerary for an overnight in Istanbul, since a friend of ours lives there part-time and was our tour guide. Would not visit there now.

Thanks so much for letting us follow along on your trip.


We arrived around 11:30 I think, and the lines were fairly long at check in. Having a suite helped as we were literally taken from outside right to the check in desk and then right on board. The expedited luggage program I mentioned earlier for RS and PH needs some work as our luggage didn’t arrive until right before dinner.


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#77
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Originally posted by Kteacher
To answer the last two questions- the ship sails up the Tracy Arm Fjord early in the morning and does a 360 turn. Anyone booked on the small boat excursion boards right off the ship. The ship sails back down Tracy Arm and docks in Juneau around 1:30 pm.
Thanks again. Do I understand that from the small boat excursion you met the ship in the port of Juneau and did not return to the ship while it sailed out of Tracy Arm Fjord to Juneau? I believe the small boat was a 5 hour tour.
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Originally posted by smmountaingal
Thanks again. Do I understand that from the small boat excursion you met the ship in the port of Juneau and did not return to the ship while it sailed out of Tracy Arm Fjord to Juneau? I believe the small boat was a 5 hour tour.


Yes, we rejoined the ship In Juneau. The ship is in port until 9:30, so there is plenty of time to get back off the ship and do some exploring on your own.


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#79
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Originally posted by Kteacher
Yes, we rejoined the ship In Juneau. The ship is in port until 9:30, so there is plenty of time to get back off the ship and do some exploring on your own.


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Thanks. Will definitely book this ship tour for our June 21st sailing.
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We are planning to do Alaska in 2020 with our grandchildren and their parents ( see who really matters?) to mark a special anniversary for us. The Tracy's Arm tour sounds great but any feeling on how it would be for/with a 3 year old and an almost 6 year old? I don't want to be chasing my little guy overboard. Thanks for sharing so much about this trip. Helps me with the debate between this one and and a one way.