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  • firenresq77
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    bump for those inquiring..........

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  • firenresq77
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    I hope you stopped in at the Red Dog Saloon!
    Negative. The place was packed to the doors when we were going to attempt it. Her parents tried to go too, with the same results...........

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  • CaptainGonzo
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    Next we went to Juneau. The wife and I opted not to do any tours here. Just kinda walked around for a few hours and did some shopping. By the way, there are Jewelry stores all over the place at all of these ports. I bet at least half of these stores are jewelry stores!! Neither one of us are into the stuff so we didn't even bother going in.
    I hope you stopped in at the Red Dog Saloon!

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  • JHR1985
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    not a cruise. My plan is to visit Anchorage a bit

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  • Ladder8
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    Originally posted by JHR1985 View Post
    I'll be heading up there around the 15th of September for a bit.
    Which cruise line?

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  • firenresq77
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    I'm glad you didn't waste a day coming to meet us since we got hosed on the meeting.......

    The cruise ship was great. The staff was unbelieveable. Anything you wanted, they took care of........ I'm sure these guys/gals aren't getting paid nearly enough. They count on the foreign workers to work for cheap, but they get worked like dogs. One guy we talked to had been doing it for like 12 years. He said he works 15 months then gets 1 month off to go back home.

    I will try to get some pics posted/emailed.......

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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    Originally posted by firenresq77 View Post
    Well, we are back and the trip was amazing!! If you've never been to Alaska, it's something to add to your "to do" list.

    We started in Anchorage where we met up with jsdobson........ Jeff, thanks again!! We really enjoyed the tour of Anchorage. We got the tour of Station 1 and the Museum, along with a trip to Station 3 and the memorial. We also got to see some views of Mt McKinley and the awesome scenery.

    We had a somewhat short day as we had to be at the airport to catch our shuttle to Seward at like 1430. It was a beautiful 2.5 hour trek, but we got a heads up/preview of some of it with Jeff.

    Once on the Holland America m.s. Volendam, we headed toward the Hubbard Glacier which was just amazing. There were some seals, but you couldn't really tell without binoculars. The calving was pretty neat to watch, too.

    We docked in Icy Strait Point and visited a town called Hoonah. Didn't care for this place. Reminds us of Northern Exposure. Did some walking and drinking at the Office Bar.

    We saw some whales in between there and Skagway.

    Skagway was a tiny little tourist town that only operates like 5 months out of the year. It is very very expensive to live there, especially considering they have very few services available. We opted to take a bus tour instead o the train and got some great pictures along the Klondike Highway. We also got to see the sea lions traying to catch some salmon for dinner at the docks.

    Next we went to Juneau. The wife and I opted not to do any tours here. Just kinda walked around for a few hours and did some shopping. By the way, there are Jewelry stores all over the place at all of these ports. I bet at least half of these stores are jewelry stores!! Neither one of us are into the stuff so we didn't even bother going in.

    Last stop was in Ketchikan which was great. I had never heard of it prior to looking at the cruise info. I never realized it's the 4th largest city in Alaska. I really wish we would have had more time to spend there. We docked at 2pm and had to be back on board by 730pm. We did check out the Lumberjack show and finished souvenir shopping.

    Last full day was at sea all day where we had the worst weather of the trip. It was probably 50ish outside and rainy. We did get some awesome pictures of sunsets, though. The weather the restt of the trip was amazing. They kept telling us to expect temps in the low to mid 50's and partly cloudy. I bet it was at least 70-75 and sunny every day except for the last day at sea.

    Landed in Vancouver at 0700 Friday. Couldn't disembark until 0830. Then got stuck waiting for our shuttle. Then got stuck waiting ON the shuttle. Then had a 45 minute drive to the airport on this stinky bus. We didn't even get to the airport until 1030am, then had to rush through customs and everything else. We got to our gate about 1135 for our 1220 flight. Then found out they moved our gate about 10 minutes prior to boarding......

    All in all it was a great trip.
    I had a feeling it might go like that, good thing we didn't go with my plan of meeting at the airport for an early lunch after all LOL.

    Sorry the meeting of crust didn't pan out, but I know we'll meet up sooner or later.

    Sounds like you had a fun trip. What about the cruise ship? Good, bad, excellent?

    You're going to post some pics over at the crusty site, right???!!!! Right, Brian??!!! Or maybe email your friends *grovel beg*



    That reminds me .... I never did get the pictures of when Gonzo visited the BC WOTs.

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  • JHR1985
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    I'll be heading up there around the 15th of September for a bit.

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  • firenresq77
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    Well, we are back and the trip was amazing!! If you've never been to Alaska, it's something to add to your "to do" list.

    We started in Anchorage where we met up with jsdobson........ Jeff, thanks again!! We really enjoyed the tour of Anchorage. We got the tour of Station 1 and the Museum, along with a trip to Station 3 and the memorial. We also got to see some views of Mt McKinley and the awesome scenery.

    We had a somewhat short day as we had to be at the airport to catch our shuttle to Seward at like 1430. It was a beautiful 2.5 hour trek, but we got a heads up/preview of some of it with Jeff.

    Once on the Holland America m.s. Volendam, we headed toward the Hubbard Glacier which was just amazing. There were some seals, but you couldn't really tell without binoculars. The calving was pretty neat to watch, too.

    We docked in Icy Strait Point and visited a town called Hoonah. Didn't care for this place. Reminds us of Northern Exposure. Did some walking and drinking at the Office Bar.

    We saw some whales in between there and Skagway.

    Skagway was a tiny little tourist town that only operates like 5 months out of the year. It is very very expensive to live there, especially considering they have very few services available. We opted to take a bus tour instead o the train and got some great pictures along the Klondike Highway. We also got to see the sea lions traying to catch some salmon for dinner at the docks.

    Next we went to Juneau. The wife and I opted not to do any tours here. Just kinda walked around for a few hours and did some shopping. By the way, there are Jewelry stores all over the place at all of these ports. I bet at least half of these stores are jewelry stores!! Neither one of us are into the stuff so we didn't even bother going in.

    Last stop was in Ketchikan which was great. I had never heard of it prior to looking at the cruise info. I never realized it's the 4th largest city in Alaska. I really wish we would have had more time to spend there. We docked at 2pm and had to be back on board by 730pm. We did check out the Lumberjack show and finished souvenir shopping.

    Last full day was at sea all day where we had the worst weather of the trip. It was probably 50ish outside and rainy. We did get some awesome pictures of sunsets, though. The weather the restt of the trip was amazing. They kept telling us to expect temps in the low to mid 50's and partly cloudy. I bet it was at least 70-75 and sunny every day except for the last day at sea.

    Landed in Vancouver at 0700 Friday. Couldn't disembark until 0830. Then got stuck waiting for our shuttle. Then got stuck waiting ON the shuttle. Then had a 45 minute drive to the airport on this stinky bus. We didn't even get to the airport until 1030am, then had to rush through customs and everything else. We got to our gate about 1135 for our 1220 flight. Then found out they moved our gate about 10 minutes prior to boarding......

    All in all it was a great trip.

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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    Yo, Brian! Did you find out your transfer arrangements yet and what time you'll be at the airport?

    If this crusty meeting happens, I think the best plan would just be to meet out at the airport at the Fairmont Hotel and go to one of the many restaurants/bars for an early lunch. There's a ton of options, depending on what your fancy is at the time.

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  • Weruj1
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    hey am I still coordinating doggie watching with your faz'er ? Have a safe trip and I have some reading material for you.

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  • CaptainGonzo
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    Funny Alaskan cruise story...
    we were sailing into Glacier Bay National Park. Being surrounded by ice, the temperature was in the low 40's in September.

    I had gotten up early and worked out in the ship's gym, then went to the cabin, grabbed the camera and went up on the main deck. I was dressed in a lined windbreaker over a t-shirt and gym shorts.

    Just about everyone else was bundled up like it was -10 degrees...hats, gloves, scarfs, heavy winter coats!

    I heard this unmistakable Texas drawl asking me "arent'ch y'all cold? We're freezing!"

    I answered.. I'm from New England.. this is what it's like on a crisp fall morning!

    There were 2 other brave souls in shorts on the deck.. both were firefighters... one from Colorado, the other from LA City.

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  • CaptainGonzo
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    Originally posted by ThNozzleman View Post
    My grandmother has taken several trips/cruises to Alaska. Of all the things I remember her talking about, watching whales seemed to be one of the things she liked the most. I can't remember if she saw them from the cruise ship, or if they went on a special boat to see them. I've never been. A friend of mine is a firefighter in Anchorage. To hear him talk, it's a backpacker's paradise. Maybe one day.
    You can see the whales right from the deck of the cruise ship.. on more than one ocassion, pods of orcas swam close enought to identify without binoculars!

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  • ThNozzleman
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    My grandmother has taken several trips/cruises to Alaska. Of all the things I remember her talking about, watching whales seemed to be one of the things she liked the most. I can't remember if she saw them from the cruise ship, or if they went on a special boat to see them. I've never been. A friend of mine is a firefighter in Anchorage. To hear him talk, it's a backpacker's paradise. Maybe one day.

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  • hwoods
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    Well...................

    I just checked the the Stats from the NFIC. So far, 240,000+ acres have burned in Alaska this year.......... Just in case you want something to look at.......

    Have a safe trip.

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