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Old 06-13-2013, 05:12 AM   #31
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"Alaska is amazing" is what I tell anyone who'll listen, one of my fav holidays ever. Looking forward to your TR.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:15 AM   #32
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Can't wait for the trip report. We're booked end of August 2014.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:18 AM   #33
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SO excited for a trip report. I am booked on the last cruise of the season and reading these reports makes it all a bit more real! Subbing!

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I have been waiting for some current Alaska trip reports, so I am more than excited to know that there is one coming up. We are on next May's 9 nighter. Hope you get those pictures sorted soon.
RweTHEREyet - how did you get those wonderful Mickey Heads in your signature? They look lovely and would make a great magnet for a stateroom door!
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:43 AM   #34
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Thanks for sharing!

I want to a B2B California coast and Alaska for my 30th in 2015 so I am really hoping they still have this available
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #35
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Ooo, it's hard to remember all the tips I noted to give, so I'll be sure to include those in my report. As for the disembark process, it was relatively smooth. Only, it was our first cruise ever that we were hassled the night before to have our luggage out as early as possible. On all our previous cruises, we were never bothered and managed to get everything out by 10:30 or so. Our room steward this time was urging my mother to have everything out no later than 8:30, which was when the last show started. When she told him there was no way, he wanted to know at exactly what time we would have everything out. We went back to the room immediately after the show, and our steward was literally knocking on our door every 5 minutes wanting to know if we were done yet. We couldn't believe it, and it soured my perception of him after having good service from him for the whole cruise. It was clear he wanted all the luggage out before his shift ended, but considering we weren't even docked until 8:30 or so, we couldn't understand why the pressure to have all the luggage (for a ship half the size as the Dream) prepared as early as possible.

The first group called was around 8:45 AM, and it was Ariel. Followed by Daisy, then Minnie. We had Minnie tags; as we were leaving, they were prepping to call Tinker Bell. Everyone was urged to have passports and customs forms ready, and they controlled the amount of people in the terminal at one time (you get your luggage in the same area as you checked in). Only--after we handed over our customs form to the Canadian official ... no one asked for our passports. You might as well tuck them away for later at the airport. No one ever asked to see them, which I found really weird. You go through U.S. customs before your board the ship, but there is no checkpoint for Canada when you return. The airport is a different story, however. It is checked multiple times by multiple officials.

The whole process was smooth. We were in a taxi by 9:30, and that was after about a 15 minute wait to get a taxi after getting out of the terminal. Note! If you use a taxi, most taxis in Vancouver are Priuses and can only hold about 2 large pieces of luggage and 3 people. Vans were scarce and could only hold 4 people to accommodate a lot of luggage.

ETA: Yes, the Pixar Party was the same night as semi-formal night, which made things really awkward. The party was around 10 PM and if you want photos with characters, you need to be on deck 3 and snap a quick photo with them as they dance around. Because once the show is done, they all go back inside. No formal photo ops. Other than the party and the Toy Story menu (and Toy Story: The Musical show) ... that's all the Pixar offered. The few families who dressed up were all Incredibles. My tip: Go change into comfy sweats after the show, then go back out for the party. It was cute. What was even better was my discovery of wearing sweats around the ship.
Thanks for taking the time to answer The first disembarkation seems a little later than the first sailing. I'm thinking for those that have earlier flights and self disembark with their luggage it will be a little earlier?

Interesting that they have now added another Pixar Party at 4:30pm!

Can't wait to read your trip report!!

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:44 AM   #36
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Excited to hear more. We go Aug 4,2014 !
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #37
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RweTHEREyet - how did you get those wonderful Mickey Heads in your signature? They look lovely and would make a great magnet for a stateroom door!
I know, right?

Here is the website: http://www.tagxedo.com/
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:38 PM   #38
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I have a question. What time did you arrive at Canada Place and what time did you actually get on the ship? Trying to get an approx idea of how long of a wait. Did you arrive at a crowded time?

Thanks, So looking forward to your trip report.
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JMO, it's best to bring your own raingear. And a waterproof jacket with hood works best. Poncho second best. Umbrella not as good due to poking other people in the eye in crowds and not having both hands free for cameras and such. Yes Alaska is classified as a rain forest, so it rains there.
I totally concur that the one best thing I bought & brought on my Alaskan cruise (besides my AWESOME camera!) was a weather-proof Gore-tex jacket with a hood. Water proof & wind proof. Large enough to slip a light fleece under if necessary. SO totally useful, and much better than hassling with an umbrella. And most rain ponchos I've used don't breathe at all, and are hot & humid.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:28 PM   #40
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Always wanted to check out a DCL, and to Alaska?! That sounds amazing! I will definitely be on the lookout for that again after my trip to WDW.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #41
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How very exciting!! We are dying to go on the Alaska cruise with DCL! Cannot wait to hear what you have to say. My question to you is, did you happen to see wild life? Whale sightings while on the ship. This is one of the biggest reasons I want to go besides the gorgeous scenery.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:16 PM   #42
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Glad you enjoyed your cruise - I'm counting down the days to ours!

Thank you for sharing all your tips - off to read your TR now.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:55 PM   #43
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I'm somehow missing where the trip report is... Can someone help with a link?
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Sorry -- I found it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:14 AM   #45
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I have a question. What time did you arrive at Canada Place and what time did you actually get on the ship? Trying to get an approx idea of how long of a wait. Did you arrive at a crowded time?

Thanks, So looking forward to your trip report.
We stayed at The Sutton Place Hotel located downtown and about 4 blocks away from Canada Place. We had a PAT of 11 AM and requested a van taxi (to take all of our luggage) at around 10:15. Well, because most of the taxis are Priuses in Vancouver, vans were scarce--especially on a day with all the ships in port and they're busy taking the disembarking passengers places. Our taxi finally arrived around 10:45 and we were at the terminal by 10:55 (accommodating traffic). They began boarding the ship around 12:15 and we were boarding group 4, so we were having lunch by 12:45. And yes, the terminal was packed when we got there. I ended up sitting on the floor, but this was because we didn't realize there was another seating area at the back of the terminal (away from all the "action" but there were seats nonetheless).

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How very exciting!! We are dying to go on the Alaska cruise with DCL! Cannot wait to hear what you have to say. My question to you is, did you happen to see wild life? Whale sightings while on the ship. This is one of the biggest reasons I want to go besides the gorgeous scenery.
I did! I saw a lot of dolphins and porpoises; I saw 1 humpback from my verandah, and I heard that there were 2 humpbacks sighted right where I had been 2 minutes earlier as we were entering Tracy Arm (I had gone to get lunch ... ugh!) I also saw some eagles. No bears, unfortunately ... and the ice and seals with pups kept us from getting close to the glacier ... so if I squinted hard enough on my camera I could make out the black dots as seals. All the other wildlife I saw was when I was out on excursions. Oh! And while I was trapped in Palo, I briefly spotted some orcas. The door wouldn't open out to the deck, so I scaled the windows like a mad woman trying to catch the fleeting glimpses of them. Wildlife is so unpredictable up there! Some folks will see a ton of great wildlife, and you might not see much at all. So, I'd be prepared--you will see wildlife, but how often/what you see/how well you see them really varied.

I updated my trip report, too! Check it out:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3126122
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