Alaska Shore excursion on the

Apr 9th, 2019, 03:23 PM
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Eschew, a great trip report even if it is a few years old. Just wondering what Princess ship you were on in your latest cruise last year? I have an Alaskan cruise on my bucket list, but am very susceptible to sea-sickness, even on a calm day!. If we just do the Inside Passage, I maybe okay. IS August preferable to September?
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Apr 10th, 2019, 02:54 PM
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Nelsonian, I believe the information is still up to date (except pricing), and updates are posted here all the time. Since we live on the west coast, we went back to Alaska on a regular basis, maybe once every 2 to 3 years. For us, it is a great cruise as it is cheap and easy to get to, and if you get last minute deals ... bonus!

I just realize the heading of the thread was cut off. It was suppose to say "Alaska shore excursion on the Cheap" but I guess it was too long and the word "Cheap" was cut off when it was migrated from the old platform to this new format..

The original intend of the trip report was to do an Alaskan cruise for under a $1000 per person, including excursion. There is this myth that Alaska shore excursions are expensive. My point is you can enjoy an Alaska cruise without spending the big bucks. And some excursions charges big bucks but really is not an Alaskan experience.

For Cruises to Alaska, I have done North bound, South bound, Inside passages (round trip Seattle, Round trip Vancouver) and small ships as well that gets me to the not so popular ports such as Sitka.

We have not experience sea sickness on any of them and the sea was never rough, even on open water. We have been there in May, June, July, August and September.

The last trip to Alaska was August 2018, south bound on the Golden Princess. The weather was great. 70 F plus everyday.

May and September are the "shoulder season" and the weather typically is less predictable, and the temperature cooler. August is defiantly better than September. You should be fine on the inside passage cruise. With the big ships, you hardly notice it moving at all. There are occasions that they are in "open water" but I don't see it as a concern. Talk to your doctor and be prepared for it. In my case, my wife uses ginger for any type of motion sickness. real ginger, not the ginger candy. You can buy dried ginger or ginger pills at health food store. Again, I am repeating myself, talk to your family doctor.

One caution I gave everyone is when the ship is moving towards a glacier (for scenic cruising) and you are on the open deck, it will be cold. Just imagine you sticking your head out of your car window while the car is moving .... it will be windy ... and it doesn't matter if the temperature is 90F outside. The forward movement from the ship will create the "wind draft". The other thing that people didn't realize is that summer is their rainy season, and the ports you visit are located on a rainforest. So, expect rain, shower, drizzle, or cloudy sky for at least 2/3 of the time. Your chances of getting cloudy/rainy weather is great. Bring a rain jacket or rain poncho from a dollar store. If you need a rain poncho desperately, that same dollar store poncho may cost you at least five bucks.

Alaska is such a beautiful place and an Alaskan cruise is so relaxing and so full of gorgeous scenery almost the entire time you are on board.

Feel free to ask questions or post comments anytime.
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Apr 10th, 2019, 11:20 PM
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You can take a public bus to about a mile or mile and half from Mendenhall, and walk. Be sure to leave enough time on the return.
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