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Just returned from a Celebrity Millennium back-to-back cruise in Alaska (Vancouver-Vancouver itinerary) --- plenty of pictures and details on excursions taken. Any questions, please post them in the main Alaska board post under my thread.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2237702

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Just got back from a cruise to Alaska (Crown Princess) (Absolutely incredible) Our stops were Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. Round trip out of Seattle.

I will be posting photos from my trip on my Facebook page starting today (Just got back home last night) and have so many will probably continue posting them for the next month.

https://www.facebook.com/jasonmciverphoto

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Just got back from a cruise to Alaska (Crown Princess) (Absolutely incredible) Our stops were Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. Round trip out of Seattle.

I will be posting photos from my trip on my Facebook page starting today (Just got back home last night) and have so many will probably continue posting them for the next month.

https://www.facebook.com/jasonmciverphoto

 

 

I have started to add photos from thd trip. We did whale watching in Juneau, Yukon trip in Skagway and more

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There are a lot of 2015 (and earlier) Alaskan cruise reports and reviews in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises forum (search for Alaska in the forum). I haven't seen any Regent cruise reports in this thread. Unfortunately I'm a newbie and am not quite sure how to link them to this thread. I'm going to try pasting a link to one of them below and pasting the link to the search results below that. We'll see if either one works.

 

Here is a link to one of the reports:

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2195509&highlight=alaska

 

Here is a link to my search results:

 

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/search.php?searchid=74736107

 

Hope these work.

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Here is the link

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2239436

 

but here is my summary:

 

 

In the end this was one great vacation. I do wonder what we would have thought of it if we sailed Vancouver to Seward and then the land tour to Fairbanks. By going Fairbanks to Seward to Vancouver, each day got better and better.

 

Lessons learned:

1. If at Anan Creek check to make sure people only sign up for 1 of the alloted times in the blind.

2. Do not do a cruise tour ever again. They may be right for some but not for us.

3. If I ever get the privelage to go back to Alaska fly to Anchorage.

a. Do a flight seeing tour over Denali. Do not ever take a bus of any type into it again.

b. Rent a car and spend the extra week on the Kenai Penninsula

c. Insure 1 or 2 days in Seward

d. Do not consider starting in Fairbanks, it is not spectacular like the Kenai and South.

4. Rent inside cabins again and spend the money on excursions.

5. Take my kids, they loved Alaska.

6. Take a photography course and either rent or buy a better camera (although now that I have started editing the photos the quality has become much better). Sorry for posting the unedited ones.

7. Bring bathing suits. Kids do use the pools on Radiance they are heated. We had cool weather and they were used often in spite of it. Hot tubs while watching glaciers? You bet!

8. Request a window table in the main dining room prior to sailing. It was nice to look out as we ate.

9. Stay out back on deck 11 on the Glacier Day. Here is a picture of me. Notice no one is even close (I had showered that day). It was so nice to be able to witness Hubbard Glacier without a crowd around.

10. Do another excursion with Glacier Wind and Island Wings. They were incredible experiances.

11. I don't talk much about the ship as this vacation was all about the itinerary. The ship was just a vehicle to get us to where we were going.

 

One last random thought.

 

My wife and 16 year old daughter were way out of their comfort zones as I planned the trip. They feared whale watching on a small boat. They were petrified of the idea of flying on a small plane, especially one that took off and landed on water. Being close to bears, no way! In the end they both fought through those fears and joined Eric and I on all the excursions. Now they can’t stop talking about how great our time in Alaska was. If you are nervous, don’t be. It is the vacation of a lifetime; at least it was for us. I have more pictures of everyone in our family smiling on this cruise than on any other vacation.

 

I have been blessed with a great wife, son and daughter. Alaska is a true wonder it is SPECTACULAR. Make the time to see it.

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