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Alaska Cruise-Definitely Not Cheap

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We are finalizing trip details for our Alaska cruise in August of 2017. We booked our trip through Susan Sandell of because she was very knowledgeable about cruising to Alaska because that his her specialty, and she used to work for Holland America. We booked in August of 2017 because we are a group of six people-my parents ages 70 & 78 and my uncle age 80, myself, my husband and 9 year old daughter. My parents are ailing, and this might be their last trip.
We wanted our cabins to be connecting and to be mid ship and on a lower quiet floor. I also wanted to go to Glacier Bay and looked for a cruise that avoided the Bay of Alaska. In doing the research, Princess and Holland America seemed to have the most experience with Alaska and we looked at those itineraries. We considered the HA Eurodam round trip from Seattle, but the idea of a tendered port in Sitka was a concern with my elderly parents. We chose the HA Nieuw Amsterdam round trip from Vancouver because it went to Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm, and the route stayed mainly in the Inside Passage-my mother has seasickness issues. Also, the standard balcony rooms have bathtubs and can comfortable sleep three people. Princess balcony rooms only sleep 2.
My husband, daughter and I will arrive in Vancouver 2 nights before the cruise and we are splurging on the Pan Pacific. I am looking forward to being on the Seawall and looking at float planes take off and land.
We might go to either Lynn Canyon or Capilano Suspension Bridge the first Vancouver day. My parents and uncle arrive that afternoon, and we will go out to dinner and maybe go to some art galleries in Vancouver if they are open on a Friday night. I have arranged a morning tour on departure day to go to Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. Staying at the Pan Pacific helps because they could check in luggage to the ship.
Excursions on the cruise ship:
Juneau-One way Tracy Arm tour departing from cruise ship & evening whale watch
Skagway-Beyond Skagway Tours to Emerald Lake with a return train ticket from Carcross
Ketchikan-Ketchikan Taxi Tours in morning (include Totem Bight) and float plane tour with Island Wings.
Arrival day Vancouver(Saturday)-Sea to Sky tour with Landsea Tours overnight Days Inn Vancouver Airport
Sunday-Landsea tour to Victoria with morning whale watch tour with Prince of Whales
Monday-Early flight the following to the East Coast

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