July 13 – 31, 2013
Balcony Cabin category BF
7 day land (Fairbanks to Whittier) and 7 day cruise (Southbound Whittier to Vancouver)
Agent: Karen Malone
We are back in town. The trip went well. The weather was good – had a little drizzle the morning we were in Juneau but we went to see the Mendenhall Glacier that morning and it was not a problem. We did not see Denali due to cloud cover, evidently we were a day late getting there. We meet a lot of nice people along the way and had a good time.
We were really pleased we got into Fairbanks very early Sunday. I think I told you previously, it gave us an extra day to orient to the time change and to see downtown Fairbanks on a leisurely basis.
The Princess lodges were all nice and their system of giving you an envelope with room keys and checkout information/times/luggage instructions was great – totally eliminated standing in any lines for those procedures. Luggage was always in our rooms when we arrived. Our individual room was still being cleaned when we got to Denali but not a problem. I mentioned the fire alarm going off in Fairbanks. The motor coach also broke down en route to Denali so we got there about two hours later than planned. They needed to send another bus up from Denali to pick us up. The train transportation went well and ran on time. The land portion was fun and we saw/learned a lot about Alaska.
The cruise was nice and followed the plan. We really enjoyed our stateroom – first time we had balcony. The weather was good so the glaciers were spectacular and we spent plenty of time there. Got closer than I had expected with a big ship. They had a full program on board, something going on all the time, and more food than anyone should eat. Again, getting on and off was very smooth.
Vancouver was an interesting city. We walked a lot and used shuttles, hop on/hop off buses and cabs to get around town and see the sites. Arranged a Victoria tour through the hotel for last Monday – that was 13 hours with a few hours at each downtown and Butchart Gardens.
Re luggage, we both sent our small airline carry on bag to the ship when we left Fairbanks. We kept our larger checked airline bag with us on the land portion. We each had a back pack in our main luggage for the flight to Fairbanks and then used them as our small carry on for the land portion. Having them handle the larger piece of luggage between hotels was not a problem as there was no restriction on size. There were bags larger than ours in the mix.
That is a brief overview. Bounce back if I forgot anything that you a curious about. We have 1200 pictures to sort through and get organized.”
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