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Voyage of the Glaciers - One-Way from Vancouver to Whittier

Dates: May 13th to 20th

Ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway


  • Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure (Ketchikan)
  • Mount Roberts Tramway (Juneau)
  • Harv & Marv's Outback Alaska (Juneau)
  • Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition (Skagway)
  • Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience (Skagway)

Travelers: Myself and my boyfriend (in our 30s)


The trip report starts with the post below:




I also have the Patters if anyone is interested. :)

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NCL Sun 14-Day Cruise - San Francisco to Vancouver

May 15 - 29, 2017


Photo review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2513633



Itinerary & Excursions

  • San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Astoria - Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach
  • Ketchikan - Ketchikan Kayak Tour, funicular to Cape Fox Lodge
  • Endicott Arm - (done in place of Tracy Arm)
  • Juneau - Treadwell Gold Mine, Mendenhall Glacier
  • Glacier Bay
  • Skagway - Rental car to Klondike Highway, Tutshi Sled Dog Tour, Emerald Lake, Robinson Roadhouse, Flight over Glacier Bay with Mountain Flying Service
  • Icy Strait Point - Whale watching tour with Glacier Wind
  • Hubbard Glacier - Didn't make it due to ice & fog :(
  • Sitka - Sitka National Historical Park, wildlife cruise with Gallant Adventures
  • Prince Rupert, BC - walked around town
  • Nanaimo, BC - Cathedral Grove, Little Qualicum Falls

A work in progress, but I will also be posting photos and details of our cruise on my blog:


My Souvenir Memories - Alaska Here We Come!

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Celebrity Solstice, RT Seattle 6/16, followed by DIY land travel to Calgary, Banff, Jasper.

Photojournal from MVPinBoynton. MANY photos of sights, scenery, the ship, cabin, entertainment, dining, etc




Cruise itinerary includes KETCHIKAN ( walk thru town, Creek Street, Totem Heritage Center), TRACY ARM, JUNEAU (whale watch), SKAGWAY (tour of town, Goldrush Cemetary and White Pass).


(look at the home page to find their Princess cruisetour experience in 2014 for another great photojournal)

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Review and Compass/Maps in above thread


Radiance OTS


Seward to Vancouver (7 nights)

July 21, 2017

With 5 night pre-cruise land tour through RC (July 16) (5B Mountain Panorama)



Denali (2 nights)


Seward (Board ship)

Hubbard Glacier



Icy Straight Point


Inside Passage

Vancouver (depart ship)

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Here is our review from Norwegian Sun, Northbound Vancouver to Seward June 5-12. An incredible trip and one we wouldn't have been able to do without all the help and recommendations we had in planning from Cruise Critic.....thank you so much!


Day 1 - Embark Day, Vancouver

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Ketchikan (7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

Day 4 - Juneau (11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Day 5 - Skagway (8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.)

Day 6 - Glacier Bay (7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Day 7 - Hubbard Glacier

Day 8 - Disembark, Seward



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Ruby Princess Alaska RT from Seattle, July 29-August 5

ams cruiser: traveling as a couple (60-early 70-ish)


A very lengthy (longer than intended) review with lots of pictures from the perspective of an (almost) new cruiser including:


3-days pre-cruise stay in Seattle at the Hyatt Place Hotel: Savor Seattle Pike Place Food tour, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Sky City at the Space Needle, Museum of History and Innovation, Museum of Pop Culture, Argosy Ballard Locks harbor cruise, with a few restaurant recommendations


Juneau: Coastal Helicopters dog sledding with extra stop on Herbert Glacier

Skagway: Chilkoot Charters Yukon Rail and Bus Tour

Ketchikan: Island Wings Misty Fyords Flightseeing Tour

Victoria: Princess Cruises Butchart Gardens: Wine, Chocolate, and Edible Petals excursion

Utimate Ship's Tour on the Ruby Princess

Miscellaneous topics including: Seattle Port Valet Program, motion sickness, fear of heights, and how I survived both a helicopter and a floatplane!



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Celebrity Solstice 8/11-8/18



Seattle - Chihuly Glass and Garden



Ketchikan - Island Wings Traitor's Cove bear viewing



Juneau - Above and Beyond Alaska Mendenhall private kayak and glacier trek



Skagway - Temsco helicopter tour and dog sledding


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Just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in Alaska. We did a B2B on the Star Princess (Northbound & Southbound Glacier itineraries - weeks of July 1, 2017 and July 8, 2017) and then immediately boarded Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam (Vancouver-Vancouver itinerary - July 15 - 2017.) Below is the link to my detailed review with pictures included.



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Started a trip report - NCL Sun Southbound August 7th-14th, with three days pre-cruise: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2538372



August 4th: Fly to Anchorage & Sightseeing

August 5th: Matanuska Glacier Hike

August 6th: Talkeetna for Flightseeing

August 7th: Travel to Seward / Board NCL Sun

August 8th: Day at Sea / Hubbard Glacier

August 9th: Icy Strait Point

August 10th: Juneau / Tracy Arm

August 11th: Skagway

August 12th: Ketchikan

August 13th: Day at Sea

August 14th: Disembark / Day in Vancouver


August 15th: Land in Boston

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From kpd21880 .... active family vacation with 6 yr old son. ( so lots of kid friendly ideas)

6 days DIY land, followed by Celebrity Millenium cruise, Seward - Vancouver, 6/30 - 7/7 .




Land travel included: biking the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage, glacier trek at Matanuska, Denali (Eielson shuttle), Iditarod Museum in Wasilla, train to Seward, Kenai Fjords cruise, SeaLife Center.


Cruise itinerary included: Hubbard Glacier, JUNEAU (Mendenhall Lake Canoe, Fish Hatchery), SKAGWAY (rental car), ISP (whale watch), KETCHIKAN (Deadliest Catch).


Post cruise in Vancouver... rental car, Grouse Mountain package, biking around Stanley Park

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Carnival Legend, Alaska/Glacier Bay, August 15-22, 2017

A Trip To Be (Or Not To Be) Eclipsed



Monday August 14- Fly from Boston to Seattle on Delta Airlines, 7 am to 10:30 (with 3 hour time change). Check into the Hampton Inn, a couple of blocks from the Space Needle. Explore Seattle for the day.

Tuesday- Cruise Day! We booked Seattle Shuttle to take us to and from Pier 91 and boarded the Carnival Legend at 11:30 am

Wednesday- At Sea

Thursday- Juneau 2 pm to 10 pm: Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier through Juneau Whale Watch

Friday- Skagway 7 am to 9 pm: Skagway Scenic Tour booked through the ship

Saturday- Glacier Bay

Sunday- Ketchikan, 7 am 1 pm: Alaska Bear Adventure booked through the ship

Monday- At Sea*, Victoria 7:30 pm to midnight, appetizers and drinks at the Blue Crab

Tuesday- Debarkation in Seattle, 8 am. Check into Hampton Inn, explore Seattle

Wednesday, August 23- Flight from Seattle to Boston (9:30 amto 6 pm, 3 hour time difference)

* About a month before the cruise we learned we would be cruising off the coast of Vancouver Island during the August 21 solar eclipse, a few hundred miles from the path of totality.

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Princess Cruises - Star Princess

Voyage of the Glaciers - NB - Vancouver to Whittier

Aug. 26 - Sept 2 cruise

Excursions: DIY in ports - either with rental cars or using public transportation

Sept 2-6 - DIY land tour to Denali and points en route


Who traveled? empty nest (kinda....) couple in early to mid 50's...



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Review of the Coral Princess June 17-24, 2017, S/B Whittier vancouver; 6 passengers, includes Skagway Juneau, Ketchikan.


It is loooonnnngggg, but does have a few pics. Enjoy!


Caution: I have little time for Cruise Boards... so if you ask questions, likely it will have to be others who respond. I only ck this about once in a while...



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This is way late, but I finally finished my trip report from last May.


Celebrity Solstice 7 nt. Tracy Arm Fjord out of Seattle, WA

May 18, 2017

Three generations girls trip


Warning: Long with lots of pictures.



Thank you for sharing. We are going on the same trip in August and our plan is basically the same as yours. Great to have some background knowledge before we go.

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You are most welcome! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. :)

Looking to rent a car and saw that you rented from Juneau Car Rental. I just called and the vehicles we need are a 207 and 2008. Did you have any issues with your vehicle?

If you want to send me a private message that is okay. I tried to send one to you, but I did not know how to do it.

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