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  1. LCW

    Princess Cruisetour

    Thanks Budget Queen! just what I wanted to know. Looking forward to someone else driving for a change! Sick of DC traffic.
  2. LCW

    Princess Cruisetour

    Yes, we do. We will be taking a hike to Horseshoe Lake when we reach Denali - something I did with my parents a couple times when we lived in Anchorage and a bit of a family tradition. The McKinley Lodge stay gives us a chance, however remote, at seeing the mountain, and maybe some fishing or horseback riding. And I enjoy the train ride. This is our one trip to Alaska with our daughter, I doubt we'll ever be back. And I don't want the hassle of driving myself.
  3. LCW

    Princess Cruisetour

    We have a post-cruise tour through Princess, 1st day in Denali Lodge, 2nd in McKinley lodge, Train back for 3rd night in Anchorage. Since it's an 8 hour trip to Denali Lodge (bus) wondering where they stop along the way, and if they stop more than once? Also wondering what time the bus leaves the ship?
  4. Our 2nd cruise to Alaska, daughter's 1st. Want to do ziplining, but not sure which is better? Skagway has 10 zips vs J's 7, but is $10 more pp. Thoughts?
  5. Taking our 13 yr old daughter next year. Would like to do both the who and Totem Bight (or Saxman village), but haven't found a tour that has both other than the ship's (Princess). In port 6:30am-3pm. I prefer not to book with the ship if possible. Can anybody point me toward a vendor that offers this?
  6. While at the Denali Princess Lodge, we are planning on doing the hike at Horseshoe Lake....This is something my family did a few times when I was a kid, and is basically a family tradition. That is the main reason we're coming to Denali, to let my daughter see the place she's seen in all the pictures at Grandma's. But we will be catching the train back to Anchorage from the McKinley Lodge. So, we arrive in the mid-afternoon and will leave early afternoon by train the next day. The Cruisline has up-charges on excursions - like the trail ride. So looking at things we can do from the hotel while there.
  7. We are transported by bus to Denali Princess Wilderness lodge, where we'll be overnight, leaving early afternoon the next day to go to McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge late afternoon, and the next day early afternoon we'll transfer to the train back to Anchorage.
  8. We are on a Princess "on your own" cruise tour, meaning they do the transportation but there are no set activities. We are staying overnight at Denali Princess Wilderness lodge and one night at McKinley Wilderness Lodge (Talkeetna). Looking for tours like ziplining or horseback riding. Planning on doing the short hike to Horseshoe lake on my own.
  9. We're a year out... but some of the cruise line offered excursions are already booking up. In Europe, I usually booked excursions myself, rather than thru the ship. Wondering if there is a possibility to do that here, or if we really need to go through the ship? Specifically, looking at the wilderness trail ride, back bear ATV adventure, ZIP Line adventure.
  10. Only been on Princess 1x before. Planning on booking Inside Passage cruise when they come available for 2021 - by that time, all ships should be Medallion capable. Hoping to book aft or forward facing suite - this seems easy enough on all ships going thru the passage. Travelling w/13 yr old girl. Looking for recommendations on which ship might be better for her, since DY & I did this 15 yrs ago on another cruise line. She enjoyed the kids club on the Caribbean Princess, but was 11 - how much teen activities vary from ship to ship? For us, we like to dance (ballroom), so that is a consideration as well. Lastly - would you recommend a higher floor or lower floor? We loved the convenience of the window suites (deck 6) to the atrium, clubs and dining rooms, but in port the views weren't great (usually other ships). Not sure if deck matters for views in Alaska - except Husband REALLY wants to see Glacier Bay well - so wondering if it makes any difference. We missed Glacier Bay before, and it's the main reason he wants to do this cruise. So to sum up - looking for teen friendly ship, and deck recommendation.
  11. Planning on doing a Northbound Princess cruisetour in August 2021 - 10 day. Debating whether to end in Fairbanks or Anchorage. Reason for Anchorage - lived there in elementary school, so would be a little nostalgic for me. Been there for 1 day with husband (15 yrs ago), but not daughter (her 1st time to Alaska). Reason for Fairbanks - have no memory of Fairbanks, so new location for everyone. Which would an 13 yr old girl like better? Is it substantially cheaper to fly out of one vs the other? Or are there more flights out of Anchorage than Fairbanks? We're on the East Coast (DC). Appreciate help!
  12. LCW

    Luggage storage?

    There are 3 of us, but our daughter has a rolling duffle bag, so not worried about that.
  13. We booked a window suite on Caribbean Princess. Wondering if hard size suitcase (14.5 in deep) will fit under bed or if I should bring my duffle (which is harder to handle).
  14. Embarkation - I heard that there is a different line for suite guests? Is it easy to find? If not, can someone give me a hint as to where to look? Also, any idea onto what deck we enter the ship in Fort Lauderdale? Our room is on deck 6 (Fiesta) I believe. Dinning for Suite customers - My husband would like to know if the dining options for suite passengers include any coffee options (latte, cappuccino, etc.) or if those are still an extra cost? For 1st night, looks like we get dinner in a specialty restaurant? Do we have a choice which one? DO we need to make a reservation? 1st time on Princess, appreciate any help.
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