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Old 08-04-2013, 12:29 PM   #16
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WOW!!! You're report trip is great. I'm not finish the reading, but the part I read, it's a treat. We're in Alaska cruise in June 2014. Thnx for sharing!!!
You are welcome. I hope it has been helpful for your trip next year. I will be posting a review of our excursions in 2011 yet on here and some final thoughts so I hope you come back to read them. You are going to love Alaska-can I come along???

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Old 08-04-2013, 12:47 PM   #17
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I have really enjoyed reading your trip reports and its getting me even more excited for my first Disney Cruise that leaves for Alaska on Aug 19th (especially the dinners & evening shows).

Could you please let me know what night is the semi-formal attire evening. Looks like formal is Day 2 at Sea day.

If you attended the Pixar Party, what did you think of it?

Are you able to find out prior to sailing departure date when your character breakfast will be?

Any thoughts / recommendations on the photo packages offered? How did you decide?

Besides the stuffed husky dogs any recommendations on souvenirs from ports or ship?

Thanks.
Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your interest in my TR. I hope you have a wonderful trip to Alaska. I am happy to answer your questions for you.

Formal night is Day 2 and Semi Formal Night is Day 5 (Juneau/Toy Story Menu.

We did not attend the Pixar Pals Party. We just walked by it as we are not big Pixar film fans.

We did not find out when our character breakfast was going to be until we saw our dining tickets in the stateroom. But if you have the PTTAPTA rotation, it will be on Tracy Arm Day.

I did not purchase a photo package as I only bought 6 photos (it was cheaper to buy them individually). We are not really a family that enjoys taking tons of photos. If your family is, then I would recommend one of the packages. They have a flyer telling about the packages on the counter in Shutters (it was there on embarkation day even though Shutters wasn't open). You get 10 photos for $150 (I think ). If you want every photograph taken, the CD disc is probably your best deal. I think it was $349.99 (???).

Souvenir recommendations:
1. hand carved jade figurine either at Caribou Crossings in Juneau or Jade Ketchikan

2. glacier, whale, bear, or eagle photograph by Alan Corbett at Caribou Crossings in Juneau

3. hand painted Christmas ornament at Christmas in Alaska in Ketchikan

3. Glacier Silt Soap (I have an allergy to one of the ingredients in it so I was not able to purchase any for myself)

4. DCL Dooney & Bourke at Treasure Ketch

5. Salmon filet at Tongass Trading in Ketchikan or at Treasure Ketch

6. Alaskan calendar at Tongass Trading

7. Tanzanite jewelry at Tanzanite International in Skagway or Juneau

Hope that helps.

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #18
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Thanks for your report....we leave next week and are very excited!!
Where in Canada Pace did you get the Alaska shopping guide?

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Old 08-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #19
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Enjoyed your TR!! My dream is to cruise to Alaska, maybe one day soon!

Thanks for putting in the time and effort of your TR!
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #20
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DAY 7-DISEMBARKATION DAY (also know as the saddest day ever!)

We had breakfast at 7:00 am in Animators Palate (you eat breakfast in the restaurant where you had dinner the night before). If you had first seating and ate at Parrot Cay or Tritons the night before, your breakfast time would have been 7:15 am. Second seating in Animators Palate has breakfast at 8:15 am. Parrot Cay & Tritons second seating breakfast is at 8:30 am. We all chose On the Road (scrambled eggs, hash browns and grilled ham). Then, we trundled off to the Promenade Lounge to await the character tag call for disembarkation. Express Walk-Off was called shortly after we sat down, followed in about 10 minutes by Ariel. Another 10-15 minutes went by before our Daisy tags were called to disembark. Be sure to stay to the left of the crowd when passing Tritons. The second seating is lining up and the hallway is very congested as well as the atrium.

Once we passed through the crowd, we gave our KTTW cards to the DCL cast member to officially check us out and proceeded up the walkway. Our luggage was in the hallway directly upon exiting (I think they had placed the Ariel and Daisy luggage in that area as individuals with those tags had early departures). DCL considers anything before 12:30 pm to be an early departure. We gathered our luggage and headed off to DCL transportation. We loaded onto the bus and headed to the airport. We proceeded to check in and sent our luggage through screening. After completing the security screening ourselves, we hit a snag in Canadian Customs. The official said we had won the 10:45 am lottery. We were escorted to a room with other customs officials and all our checked luggage was brought in for a random screening. We were asked if there was any food in our luggage to which we responded no. The official ran one piece of luggage and sent us on our way. Our flight was leaving early but we had no problems making it to the gate with time to spare. We met some very nice people from Birmingham, Alabama, in the gate area who ended up sitting around us for the first of our flights. This flight landed 45 minutes ahead of schedule allowing us to get something to eat in the airport before our connecting flight.


THE BEST THING I BROUGHT ALONG/PACKED-Believe it or not, tweezers! They were used in Vancouver to repair a zipper in a bag. I used them in the stateroom to open a number of things.

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL-We met people who live near where we used to live. They told me my old high school had combined with the rival high school last year.

Dad met people from his hometown on our Alaskan Rainforest Sanctuary port adventure and Mom met people from Dayton, Ohio, where her sister lives.


In closing, I thought I would share a little information about our 2011 port adventures for anyone who may be considering an Alaskan cruise.

2011 PORT ADVENTURES-
SKAGWAY-We did the Klondike Gold Dredge and White Pass Railway. You ride the train up and a van back down on this trip. You will need your passport since the train disembarks at Fraser, British Columbia. My parents listened to the narration inside the train car while I stood outside on the apron taking pictures. Don't miss the shots of the train going over the trestle bridge or into the tunnel. My tip is to get into a car near the back so you get better shots of the train (a longer line of train cars) as it curves around these bends. I did feel a little like I had missed out by not hearing the narration, but the photos were worth it. Another tip is to sit on the left side of the train car for best viewing.

The van driver stopped at the Welcome to Alaska sign on the way back down and took pictures of us in front of it. He did a great job of narration on the way down also. We stopped at the Klondike Gold Dredge where we watched a gold panning exhibition and heard historical facts from a "colorful character" of the Gold Rush time period. Then, we were taken to the gold panning area. They give you a pan loaded with dirt. Every pan is guaranteed to have gold in it. At the Gold Dredge, two of us found gold pretty quickly, but one person did have difficulty. They had "characters" (individuals dressed to the time period) down at the gold panning area and they were very helpful. We were a party of three adults and we all took home gold flakes (no nuggets-darn it!). When we finished, our gold was placed into film canisters. We took it into the Gold Shack where they weighed it. You can also have it made into a necklace. They have gold nuggets and lots of gold jewelry for sale here. You return to town to shop (and then make your own way to the pier) or return directly to the pier.

We recommend this excursion and would do it again. We did do some shopping in Skagway at William & Anthony, the Skaguay News, and Tanzanite International. William & Anthony is a clothing store mostly, but we found some cute moose & bear neck pillows (for airplane usage) and Dad got a heavy Alaska sweatshirt. It is his favorite sweatshirt to this day.

JUNEAU-Our port excursion was to Mendenhall Glacier. It was late leaving the ship which cut out time short at the glacier. This is the only time that has ever happened to us with DCL excursions. We had a nice narrated bus ride to the glacier. It was mid-July so we passed some rivers with salmon spawning. The visitors center has a good movie about glaciers and how they are formed-very interesting and wonderful photography. The rangers usually have a piece of glacial ice in the visitors center that you can touch and photograph. We talked to one ranger for awhile. I walked down a trail to Lake Mendenhall and took pictures. A large chunk of glacial ice was on the bank of the lake so I touched it and photographed it also. The salmon viewing platform was a good location to photograph salmon and bears. The bears were there fishing.

Again, we would recommend this port adventure and we would do it again. We did some shopping in Juneau at Tanzanite International and Caribou Crossings.

KETCHIKAN-We had tickets for the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show port adventure. I don't remember meeting up on ship for this excursion. I remember shopping in Ketchikan and then just walking into the Lumberjack Show. They divide the audience into two sections. Our section was the Dawson Creek side. You get to see a variety of lumberjack events-chain saw, carving little chairs from a chain saw, axe throwing, two person crosscut saw, underhand chop, pole climb, log roll, boom run, springboard chop). You can get some excellent photographs here as well (as long as the child in front of you stays in their seat!). We enjoyed this port adventure and would do it again if the opportunity arose.

We did some shopping in Ketchikan at Tongass Trading, Tongass Trading's Inside Passage, Christmas in Alaska, the Salmon Landing Market (lots of stores are in here), and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Store gift shop.

Well, I guess that's it unless anyone has any questions. Thanks for reading my trip report and enjoy Alaska if you are cruising there!!










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Old 08-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #21
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Thanks for your report....we leave next week and are very excited!!
Where in Canada Pace did you get the Alaska shopping guide?

Denise
Denise-I walked into the terminal near where you would get in line to go through security for a cruise. You'll see a little souvenir stand and the signs for a kiosk to buy binoculars. Look around for a wooden stand. It may be pushed up against a wall (it was for me). they say "Ports of Call Alaska Ketchikan Juneau Skagway 2013 Coupon Book" on the front with a picture of a bear. Take one for EVERY member of your family-you can only use one coupon per person so if everyone wants the item, each person will need their own coupon. If you can't find them before the cruise day, they have them and are passing them out as you board on cruise day. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:31 AM   #22
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Enjoyed your TR!! My dream is to cruise to Alaska, maybe one day soon!

Thanks for putting in the time and effort of your TR!
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad you have enjoyed reading it. I hope you do get to go someday-it is breathtakingly beautiful!

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Old 08-06-2013, 02:31 AM   #23
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Thank you for your comment. I'm glad to hear someone is enjoying it (I wondered for while if I was talking to myself!) he he
I totally enjoyed your trip report. It's been a week since we disembarked the exact same cruise and had the exact same dinner rotation as you, so I got relive the trip through your eyes! Thank you so much! We were on Table 33 on the port side of the ship. Had the most wonderful servers and service. Having Disney Wonder withdrawals.
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I totally enjoyed your trip report. It's been a week since we disembarked the exact same cruise and had the exact same dinner rotation as you, so I got relive the trip through your eyes! Thank you so much! We were on Table 33 on the port side of the ship. Had the most wonderful servers and service. Having Disney Wonder withdrawals.
Thanks so much for your comments. It's great to meet someone from our cruise. Did you have main or late seating?

I feel your pain!! I know what you mean about Disney Wonder Withdrawal...the day after we arrived home, no one was here to take care of my room or fix the meals (or do all that laundry!).

I wanted to bring my service team home with me.

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I scanned my Personal Navigators and have sent them to the Disboards. Hopefully, they will publish them for everyone to use.

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Thank you!

Thank you so much for a thorough and enjoyable trip report.

The kids and I want to do the Alaska cruise but I haven't convinced my DH yet. He hates being in really busy places, how did you find the ports?
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Thank you so much for a thorough and enjoyable trip report.

The kids and I want to do the Alaska cruise but I haven't convinced my DH yet. He hates being in really busy places, how did you find the ports?
You're welcome. Thanks for reading my trip report.

We didn't feel that it was all that crowded either time we have been to Alaska. In 2011, we went into the ports before our port adventure to go shopping. This year, we went shopping afterwards. There were 2-4 other ships in port, but we didn't feel crowded out. the clerks and owners of the shops we went into were all pleasant and friendly. We had a nice talk with quite a few of the local Alaskans in the shops. The port adventures were limited in the number of participants also this year. There were more people on the train (but not in our excursion to the Gold Dredge) and at the Lumberjack show in 2011, but it was not bad at all. My mom was not EVER interested in going to Alaska. I wanted to go so she reluctantly came in
2011. When we came home this year, she said she wanted to go back for a third time! So, maybe you'll just have to do what I did...book the trip and tell him he can go or stay home. Seriously, though, I KNOW he will love it once he goes. You get views of the mountains practically the entire cruise whereas you only see water most of the time in the Caribbean.

Best of luck (enjoy your Alaskan adventure!).

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Well done on your trivia wins.

Thank you. I like trivia and have lots of useless information stuck in my head! It was fun to play all of the games even when I didn't win or get chosen. I definitely need to brush up on my Disney Tunes though.



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I was reading another post in the forum asking about what to take on your cruise and it got me to thinking.

I took Off! Fans for our Dog Sled & Rainforest port adventures thinking there would be lots of mosquitoes, but we saw only one mosquito the entire trip. BTW, you should not use the Off! Fans around animals (they can get extremely sick from licking them according to the package) so we didn't even get them out at the Dog Sled ride.

I recommend sunscreen. Even though it wasn't as sunny as say the Caribbean, you will pick up some sun in Alaska. So use some sunscreen.

I also bring antibacterial soap to use in the stateroom. If I have a room with 2 sinks, I bring 2 bottles (5.5 oz) seems to work out about right for the 3 of us.

We also bring a small flashlight for my mom to use when she goes to the bathroom during the night.

I brought our WDW resort mugs to use at the drink station. I fill them with a cup from the drink station to avoid the spread of germs. They have a handle which came in very handy when I was carrying a couple of plates of sandwiches and desserts back to the stateroom for an afternoon snack.

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