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Old 11-19-2012, 02:26 AM   #16
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I spent weeks scouring the excursions....my husband was like, "what are you doing? We've done this before!" For the record, it's still just as overwhelming the second time, if not more so!

I'm working on a "picking the excursions" update for the TR, I'll let you know when it's up. Not that it will help anyone else decide, but at least you'll know you're not alone
Would love to hear your thoughts on excursions

At the moment the front runners for us are:

Skagway - White Pass Railway & Trail Camp
Juneau - Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier
Ketchikan - Misty Fjords by floatplane

We change our mind every 5 minutes through
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:03 PM   #17
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Trying to decide when to cruise to Alaska has been harder than I thought it would be. I've been all over the place....literally going from May 27 to September 2 sailing dates. I'm booked on the August 12 trip, but am pretty sure I'm going to switch to a June or July date instead. The appeal of the June 17 date is that we'll be on board during the Summer Solstice.

I was on the recent 5-day Bahama trip on the Dream, November 4-8. We had such a great time that I couldn't wait to book another Disney cruise. After booking the August 12 date, I began to think twice about having to get to Vancouver for embarkation, rather than the more convenient port of Seattle. That set me to seeking out other cruise lines. I actually booked Holland America and Celebrity cruises before getting cold feet and canceling them to return to Disney. I cannot imagine enjoying a cruise more than we did the Bahama one, and it didn't seem worth taking a chance to book elsewhere when my only concern was the originating port of the cruise.

That said, I'm still not sure of the date. I really fear that I shouldn't be put in charge of planning this, lol. Whatever I do, I'll be second-guessing myself. I plan on booking the June 17 cruise Monday morning. At that point I'll get busy and get my plane reservations set, as well as a night in Vancouver for the night before and the night after the cruise. We live on the east coast, so we don't plan on flying home right after the cruise, and not getting home until the wee hours of the morning.

Once all that is taken care of, research on the shore excursions will begin. That will be a whole new area of confusion! Has anyone else gone through this turmoil planning what is supposed to be fun, and not an ordeal?

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:43 AM   #18
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Hi Karen
Welcome to our little group
It seems to me that the reason you are feeling a little stressed is because your final date still feels up in the air until you have called Disney and switched
I'm sure once you have done that you will feel a whole lot better
You will have an amazing cruise whatever excursions you decide on and at least you can pop onto this thread and ask for help and opinions
Welcome aboard!
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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Trying to decide when to cruise to Alaska has been harder than I thought it would be. I've been all over the place....literally going from May 27 to September 2 sailing dates. I'm booked on the August 12 trip, but am pretty sure I'm going to switch to a June or July date instead. The appeal of the June 17 date is that we'll be on board during the Summer Solstice.

I was on the recent 5-day Bahama trip on the Dream, November 4-8. We had such a great time that I couldn't wait to book another Disney cruise. After booking the August 12 date, I began to think twice about having to get to Vancouver for embarkation, rather than the more convenient port of Seattle. That set me to seeking out other cruise lines. I actually booked Holland America and Celebrity cruises before getting cold feet and canceling them to return to Disney. I cannot imagine enjoying a cruise more than we did the Bahama one, and it didn't seem worth taking a chance to book elsewhere when my only concern was the originating port of the cruise.

That said, I'm still not sure of the date. I really fear that I shouldn't be put in charge of planning this, lol. Whatever I do, I'll be second-guessing myself. I plan on booking the June 17 cruise Monday morning. At that point I'll get busy and get my plane reservations set, as well as a night in Vancouver for the night before and the night after the cruise. We live on the east coast, so we don't plan on flying home right after the cruise, and not getting home until the wee hours of the morning.

Once all that is taken care of, research on the shore excursions will begin. That will be a whole new area of confusion! Has anyone else gone through this turmoil planning what is supposed to be fun, and not an ordeal?

Karen
Hi Karen!

No worries....we still haven't booked airfare or a hotel. In fact, we still have yet to decide if we're going to fly in through Seattle and take the train up, or go straight to Vancouver. A few days in Seattle? The entire pre-cruise stay in Vancouver? We don't know!

I had fun going through the excursions. A tip: the Disney site can be overwhelming, but if you consider that many of the excursions are just slight variations of one another, it makes narrowing things down much easier. Plus, no matter what you book you'll have an amazing adventure.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:16 AM   #20
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Hi everyone

Just popping in to say that I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday season

Won't be long before we can say "we are cruising to Alaska this year"

Have a magical day!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:26 AM   #21
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Hi Karen
Welcome to our little group
It seems to me that the reason you are feeling a little stressed is because your final date still feels up in the air until you have called Disney and switched
I'm sure once you have done that you will feel a whole lot better
You will have an amazing cruise whatever excursions you decide on and at least you can pop onto this thread and ask for help and opinions
Welcome aboard!
I decided to stick with the August 12 date after all. I don't know that it matters which date we go. In the end it's going to be a fabulous vacation either way.

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Old 01-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #23
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Happy New Year!! Do you know how I can join a Fish Extender group for this cruise?
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:33 AM   #24
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Happy New Year!! Do you know how I can join a Fish Extender group for this cruise?
Hi there
I don't think anyone has set one up yet?
In fact it's all pretty quiet on this thread but I am sure that will change as we get closer in
Keep an eye out right here and hopefully we can get something organised
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:49 PM   #25
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So who else is freaking out about the final payment next month?

We are going to be ok, but I tell you....it has been one thing after another in our house! This is broken, that needs renewing, Lionel's sister was a month behind on her rent and needed help, yada yada yada. Every time something comes up, I am like COULD THIS NOT WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY 16th?????

That is all. Happy New Year everyone, only 6 more months! Time is flying...
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So who else is freaking out about the final payment next month?

We are going to be ok, but I tell you....it has been one thing after another in our house! This is broken, that needs renewing, Lionel's sister was a month behind on her rent and needed help, yada yada yada. Every time something comes up, I am like COULD THIS NOT WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY 16th?????

That is all. Happy New Year everyone, only 6 more months! Time is flying...
I hear ya!
I actually wouldn't mind as much if I could start booking excursions etc as soon as I had made final payment - at least that would ease the pain a little
But noooo, gotta wait until March to do that
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Navigators

Hi everyone,

I'm putting together a bunch of information for a bunch of us that are taking this cruise in July. I was wondering if anyone on this cruise could scan in and post their Navigators after this cruise so we can plan accordingly? I've got last year's Navigators, but that is when they cruised out of Seattle.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi everyone,

I'm putting together a bunch of information for a bunch of us that are taking this cruise in July. I was wondering if anyone on this cruise could scan in and post their Navigators after this cruise so we can plan accordingly? I've got last year's Navigators, but that is when they cruised out of Seattle.

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I can certainly try to do this for you
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #29
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Whew...final payment down

whew....got the final payment over with...and now just a few more weeks until we can book our excursions!
I have been trying not to obsess about the excursions too far ahead, but I think it is now official obsession time!
I hope to set up a FE exchange if anyone is interested. In the mean time, off to do some research!!

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I can certainly try to do this for you
Thanks. We greatly appreciate it.
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