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Does anyone know how to find departure and arrival times of transportation between Alaskan cities on the landtour portion of a Royal Caribbean cruisetour?

Does anyone know how to find departure and arrival times of transportation between Alaskan cities on the landtour portion of a Royal Caribbean cruisetour?

Jan 22nd, 2009, 01:03 PM
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Does anyone know how to find departure and arrival times of transportation between Alaskan cities on the landtour portion of a Royal Caribbean cruisetour?

Tried talking with 5 different people at Royal Caribbean, plus looking around the website, and can't find the information I seek. (RCI people told me it was on the website, and when I asked them to walk through the site with me to show me exactly where, they end up saying "Oh, I guess it's not on there" and transfer me to someone else who goes through the same routine. I hear stuff like "it's run by private operators, and there can be changes to the itinerary" and I say I realize that but surely since the same itineraries are repeated, someone has a general idea of when trains and buses leave and when they arrive, etc.

I also looked at cruisecritic.com but didn't find the information for which I'm looking.

Can anyone suggest a location where I can find that? If you suggest cruisecritic.com or another website, can you steer me to the exact -- really exact -- location where I could find it?

Here is an example of the information I seek:

On one day of the landtour, the activity says:

"Rail AM - ANC to TLK, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge."
The next day says "Rail AM - TLK to DNL"

I'm trying to find out about how long the train ride from Anchorage to Talkeetna is, and about when it will arrive. I want to know how much time I'll have to plan activities on my own in Talkeetna before leaving the next morning on the train. (I'd also like to know when the train leaves the next morning, and how long the train ride is).

I know I can research each step, figure out how far the distances are, calculate how fast a train will go, figure that the train will probably leave sometime after breakfast, etc., but since I'm not reinventing the wheel here it would be nice to just find what is usually done on this tour. Can anyone tell me where I find the info?!

And if you're wondering why I don't just make my own land tour plans, as is my preference, that is not my choice in this matter so I'm dealing as best I can with the situation as it is. I just need more information about what the situation is!

Oh -- and I know I will get more information from RCI when they send me the documents -- I'm trying to get the information before that.

I will relax and go with the flow once I have made my best attempts at lining up in advance the things I want my family to do, preferably outside of cruiseline excursions.

bakerstreet is offline  
Jan 23rd, 2009, 10:33 AM
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call RCL Crown & Anchor, tell them that you are ot getting satisfactory answers, ask for a supervisor or manager - explain - and ask for a detailed email or answer. should get you somewhere...Keep going up the ladder til you reach someone responsible and knowledgeable.
Mahya2 is offline  
Jan 24th, 2009, 03:53 AM
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I had a similar situation when we went to Alaska in 2001 (cruisetour) - I explained the situation to my cruise specialist and she managed to get an advance copy of the itinerary from Princess. Not all the specific times of things were listed, but there was enough that I could make plans for our free time.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 11:14 AM
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Well - I didn't go on RCCL, but all the ships use the same train, so here's what I remember.... You leave Anchorage in the morning on the train. It's a beautiful train ride to Denali - I think about 4 hours. You get to Denali in the afternoon, and check into whatever hotel you're staying at. They had several excursions in Denali to choose from for that afternoon. We did the visit to the Jeff somebody - does the Iditarod - Dog training place. LOVED it. It was absolutely fascinating, and we got to hold puppies!!! Highly recommend it, absolutely wonderful. The next morning, there was a tour to Denali National Park. I think it was over by about noon and then they took you to the train station to get the train to take you to Fairbanks. That train ride was another few hours. On the first leg, you got lunch. On the second leg, an early dinner. LOVED the train. Food was quite good - Bloody Marys were spectacular. Now, we were on the Celebrity cars (each cruise line has their own cars on the train), but I'm sure they're all similar. Hope that helps....
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Jan 30th, 2009, 06:30 PM
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The train leaves Anchorage 8:15am, getting to Talkeetna about 11:05am.
Leaves Talkeetna 11:20am arrives at Denali about 8pm.

More important, be certain you have the Tundra Wilderness tour included at Denali Park and NOT the completely worthless Natural History tour.

Consider breakfast or lunch at The Roadhouse. Superb meals.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 03:54 AM
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As stated above the train leaves Talkeetna at 11:20 am but arrives in Denali NP at 3:45 pm


It arrives in Fairbanks at 8 pm.

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