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TUNNEL VISION ON THE WAY TO ALASKA (Faina’s report June 6-16, 2008 Dawn Princess RT from SF)

TUNNEL VISION ON THE WAY TO ALASKA (Faina’s report June 6-16, 2008 Dawn Princess RT from SF)

Jun 18th, 2008, 11:44 AM
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Faina-Glad you had a great trip and that your DH is ready to cruise again. I'm curious. My DD just got back from a cruise with her fiance's (can't believe I am saying that) family. The one thing she didn't like was how everything was extra money. Of course they were pushing alcohol sales but she thought it seemed like anything you wanted to do had a cost including exercise classes, etc. They were on Royal Carribean not Princess. She got a little tired of them always having their hand out for more dollars.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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Yes, many things are extra. Want a mocha - pay up! Want a coke - sign a charge slip. Bottled water? - with pleasure, just give us your card.

We did not go to the gym or classes, went to the free activities only: shows, dances, music, lectures, presentations, trivia contests. Our schedule offered enough of those.

Some restaurants were extra charge too. The same was on Royal Caribbean - I was on one when you picked me up in San Diego.

We bought only one tour on the ship - my dad wanted that one - the tours on the land were cheaper, or we just walked around.

We went back to the ship (it was either close or a short shuttle ride) for lunch - another money saving here.

Drinks are expensive. I got a "glass" of dessert wine after dinner - the smallest glass ever! $4.54 for a drop of (very good) wine.

I've been watching Samantha Brown on RCCL - yes, on the newer ships they charge more, it seems.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Really enjoyed your trip report-- glad you had a nice time!
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Jun 24th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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and the photos are posted here:

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/346675/index.html
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Jun 24th, 2008, 04:34 PM
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Hello Faina, and welcome back

It is always so much fun to read your reports, and this one did not disappoint!

It was interesting to read about the captain's reasons for not exploring further the Tracy Arm.

When we were on our "Inside Passage" cruise a few years back, we didn't even get to see the "inside" part of the passage. They said it was due to low tide. Really now, don't they know way ahead what the tides are going to be? We ended up out in the ocean (much too choppy) rather than in the beautiful passage area. We would have chosen a different date had we known that ahead of time.

But we were lucky as the salmon were making their "run", the streams and rivers around town were packed with salmon (and I mean packed, all bunched up on top of each other). The locals were hauling them in like crazy.

Could you provide a few more details about Sitka?

Great report and great photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Jun 24th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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Faina-Great pictures. It just makes me want to really go on the Alaska cruise which is on my list. Glad to see your Dad and Mr. Again were having a good time.
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Jun 24th, 2008, 10:44 PM
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Glad to see that you have a good time. We were on the Dawn earlier this year and enjoyed it. There were some problems but nothing major.
If you think they push alcohol hard, wait till you're on the Carnival ships.
We are planning a Canal or Med. trip next year. Maybe we'll run into each other.
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Jun 25th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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Thank you, Paula!

Eschew: can't you make up a reason for no alcohol? Like "sorry I'm taking Crapapine for my skin infection, don't come up to me with alcohol any more"

Swiss, I basically used this map, and we walked everywhere off the tender. Not much more to say. Loved Sheldon Jackson museum - a nice leasurly walk.

http://www.sitka.org/maps.html
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Jun 25th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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Great map, Faina. Thanks!
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Jun 26th, 2008, 05:41 AM
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Welcome back Faina. I've been traveling for a month it seems, just now read your report. I've been on several cruise lines- we always take a winter break cruise to escape the cold. Never on Princess again, though. We had to get to the cramped theatre a half hour early and they had no pre-show activities. Ditto for piano bar- no seating. The engineers need to create bigger spaces as well as change the bathroom lights! Royal Caribbean ships have the best designs, IMO. Food and service are equal on both, but never had a problem with crowding on RCCL.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 09:55 AM
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I thought food service on Princess is better as the buffet is 24 hrs, and they have open seating restaurant.

On Monarch (RCCL), there was a schedule for buffet, and only assigned seating. But it was a short 4-day cruise compare to the 10-day on Princess.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 01:21 PM
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True...they are trying open dining on some ships. The Monarch isn't much , though, compared to the Eagle Class ships! Sort of outdated!
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Jun 30th, 2008, 09:29 PM
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Dear Faina,
A fun, funny, witty, observant, interesting trip report as always--like its author!!!
Which line are you taking for your cruise in january?
See you soon, F.A.
LOVE, Calinurse
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Jul 1st, 2008, 01:11 PM
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It will be RCCL, dear one
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Jul 29th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Post-cruise update.

My father filled out the paperwork for reimbursement for the emergency call on the ship, the shot, and medications for both. They have Kaiser Medi-gap. Reimbursed 100% for everything.
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