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  1. GTJ, We realize that we won’t see much of Anchorage on this trip, just stopping to sleep, but the purpose of this post cruise trip is to ride the Alaska rails and see Denali, which has been on the bucket list for years. This cruise is to celebrate our 40th anniversary and return to the Alaska panhandle where we went on our honeymoon. We flew up to Whitehorse and took the WP&YR in April 1982! — the last year it was in operation before shutting down when the mine closed (coming back a few years later as a tourist train). We had to get up in the middle of the night to leave
  2. 🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂 ⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴ 🏔🏔🏔🏔🏔🏔🏔 Northern Aurora, Many thanks for the advice on Seward... you sold us on the extra day, but we are an easy sell and I had looked at the Major Marine website earlier so we will look seriously at what they have to offer, but having the NPS ranger on board is a big plus! We live with mosquitos all summer and know what to wear and how to avoid the worst. I though attraction had to do with blood chemistry and what one uses for shampoo and soap.... Like Alaska we don’t have a tick problem YET in Northern Alberta but they are coming
  3. 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂 🏔🏔🏔🏔🏔🏔 Looking at Alaska Tour and Travel package tours... anyone have any experience dealing with them? Again, like the Alaska Railroad, they can customize your tour! 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂
  4. DURN, So glad to hear that the mosquitos will live up to expectations. Will come prepared with extra bug juice... and my Mosquito Hat! Signed up for the Alaska Railroad promo emails... since we can’t travel yet, we can at least plan!
  5. Coral, Yes, who knows what the rules will be next year... booking with the cruise line to be safe you can always cancel up to a certain time before, but they take your money. We prefer to book excursions direct with local companies but New Rules could change that! Alaska looks like mostly bus and boat tours, very different than touring Europe...so ship excursions won’t be too bad, especially if they limit group sizes!
  6. I have been researching our Alaska cruise in June 2022 and there are lots of private companies offering tours. Perhaps you can look at booking the sold out tours you want directly with another local company. Look carefully at their payment and cancellation policies... I always make sure that if the ship doesn’t dock, we get our money back and some companies have a policy if the tour misses the ship due to the tour company...they will get you to the next port. Not sure for helicopter and flight seeing but land or boat tours usually don’t expect full payment until a few months out...
  7. DURN! 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂 Love that the “train will slow for a photo opt” which is why we love train rides!!! One Alaska package tour site I looked at was selling the private cruise company cars... so my most important question is there OUTSIDE ACCESS for photos opts on those cars.... the AR GOLDSTAR cars have an open air area in the dome car... and for Adventure Class they have an open window between railcars... We did the Glacier Express in Switzerland and the windows did not open, but on the return on the regular local train, the windows opened wide for MUCH better pictur
  8. 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂 Many thanks for all the great Alaska advice! Have been doing my internet research and getting sidetracked 🚂🚂🚂 (pun intended) with all the options. Have been reading through lots of Alaska tourist sites and the official NPS Denali info... and am starting to get a good idea of where we want to go and do on our Alaska land tour after our cruise! Here’s the link that explains the NPS busses... believe me there’s a ton of info on the Denali site! 🚍🏔🚍🏔🚍🏔🚍🏔🚍🏔🚍🏔 https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/visiting-denali.htm#onthisPage-2
  9. DURN! 🚂🚂🚂🚂 Many thanks for all your suggestions. Obviously you have ridden these rails a lot! Am looking at the Alaska Rail tours because the RCI tours use buses and only do one way back to Anchorage on the train. I really also want to do the Coastal Classic and at one point thought about doing the Glacier Discovery route to Whittier when we thought about cruising SB. Do you have an opinion on doing an overnight in Talkeetna? And which way, NB on the way to Denali or SB on the way back? I have studied the AR time tables and roughly cast a “on our ow
  10. Hello! 🚂🚂🚂🚂 We are TRAIN PEOPLE, so we are looking at the Alaska Railroad Tour options after our RCI Alaska cruise, June 2022, celebrating our 40th anniversary and returning to Alaska where we honeymooned in 1982. We want to ride the rails everywhere instead of a bus tour from Seward up to Denali. Looking for advice from anyone who has done this instead of the Cruise Line Land tours. I know it might be a bit more expensive but it seems much more flexible. Have looked at doing Alaska Railroad on our own and booking our accomodations and excursions separately but their package loo
  11. To even know if Northern Lights are active, especially in shoulder months, try signing up with this Alaskan website... not quite sure how it works, but imagine it is similar to our AuroraWatch out of the Uof Alberta! https://auroranotify.com/ Living in Northern Alberta, we get Northern lights occasionally... the city has moved out and we don’t see them as well as we did 30 years ago. But the only way to know if Northern Lights are active is to follow our local University’s AuroraWatch and get notifications ... and unfortunately I am not awake at 2 am when emails are of
  12. We were in Wengen in September a few years ago and the train to Jungfraujoch was cancelled due to HIGH WINDS so plan on few days in the area because weather can be a factor... We did the Swiss Rail pass and had a fabulous trip!
  13. Just want to report that we were booked for the March 24th Sydney to Singapore Azamara Journey. We booked directly with AZ on board last year and we put in our request for the refund officially at the beginning of April and we were paid in full in two payments (Mix up with Canadian dollars) by the end of April so we are very happy with how AZ handled our reimbursement. We are looking forward to booking AZ when it is safe to cruise again!
  14. Canmilitary Wife! Enjoy your balcony! Ours was worth the wait for us!!
  15. BONNIE, Just read this article... Definitely should be a consideration in the discussion of where the Journey is going in April... Singapore Airlines to cut flights as coronavirus epidemic hits demand 3 MIN READ SYDNEY (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines
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