Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum > Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports > Disney Cruise Line Pre-Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Hoosier's Going To Alaska..Wonder 6/2/2014 PTR

Hello Everyone! This will be my first ever report (pre-trip, trip, food, etc). Never done one, so bare with me!

We are booked on the June 2nd 2014 Disney Wonder Alaska cruise. It will be me, DH, DS (17), & DS (5). My mother recently decided she would like to go, so just booked last week too.

Here is the family on our non-Disney cruise this summer (RCCL, Oasis)





And Mom on her last Disney Cruise



A little about us...I am the Disney freak of the family. We are DVC members, so try to make a trip to the world at least twice a year. I do all the planning, and I am very OCD about the planning!! This will be our 4th Disney cruise (2nd time on the Wonder) and my moms 2nd Disney cruise. We have never been to Alaska, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter!!

We have 223 days until our trip begins and here is what I have planned so far. We recently purchased our flights (when SWA opened up there June flights) to Seattle. We arrive around 10:30am on Saturday. As far as what we are going to do & where we are going to stay in Seattle, haven't decided yet. I have a wish list (food tour, Pike Place, Seattle Needle, Duck Boat, Mt Rainer) but haven't decided yet. As far as where we are staying...again have no clue yet. We do want to rent a car too, so that may play into where we stay since parking downtown costs. So Saturday & Sunday are a work in progress!

Monday morning I do know we will be driving to Vancouver, parking at Canada Place and getting on the Wonder :

As far as port excursions, I have a good idea on what we want to do, just waiting to discuss with mom & husband to see what they think.

Skagway- Dyea Dave Tours up and train down

Juneau- Orca Enterprises for whale watching, Tracys King Crab Shack, and maybe Mt Roberts Tramway

Ketchikan- Bearing Sea Crab Fisherman Tour (Husband loves Deadliest Catch, and he specifically requested this...which never happens


After disembarking, we plan to stay a few days in Vancouver. Hoping to book with Club Intrawest Vancouver Resort and use some DVC points, but can't book until 4 months out, so need to come up with plan B. Here is my wish list for Vancouver: Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, Harbour Cruise, Fly Over Canada ride (at Canadian Place). We haven't decided if we are going fly home on the 11th or 12th yet, but will drive back to Seattle and fly home from there (FF miles with SWA & they dont fly from Vancouver). SWA doesn't open up flights past 6/6/2014 until 12/16, so got some time to plan...plan....plan!

So that's it in a nutshell. I will post frequently with updates as I go. I look forward to any suggestions anyone has!

Dawn
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV


Last edited by basketrn; 10-20-2013 at 01:52 PM.
basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
CT15
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 12

Hello- I am very interetsed to hear more about your Seattle to Vancouver plan. My husband and I are going next July on teh Wonder Alaska crusie and are thinking of doing the same thing- I am just not sure- if you leave the car for a week you will pay for a weeks worth of parking? or is there a rental place close by for pick up/drop off? Please if any one has any suggestions- please let me know- I am still trying to decide it would save me a ton to go hrough Seattle- as I could use my frequent fliyer miles and flights would be free. which means more cash for EXCURSIONS! woo hoo!! thanks everyone.
CT15 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

So there is the itinerary for our cruise...

Day 1 Vancouver
Day 2 Sea Day (hope to score Palos Brunch)
Day 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska (and our 10 year wedding anniversary & hopefully
Palos for dinner)
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 Sea Day
Day 7 Vancouver


We (myself, DH, DS, & DS) will be in Cat. 5C, room 6608

My DM will be in a Cat 11B, room 6645

We will be in main dining.

We have decided that we will only be renting a car for the trip from Seattle to Vancouver the morning of the cruise and again from Vancouver to Seattle the day of departure. Looking at current rental car rates for one way will run us about 130-170 one way. Quick coach, one way train, bus will all cost about the same for 5 of us. I was really contemplating on taking the train up, but would like to do it the morning of the cruise and havent read about many people doing this (most taking the train the night before). Its still not off the table, gotta do more research. Plus between the Disboards & Trip Advisor, its seems both Seattle & Vancouver are very easy to get around when you dont have a car.

Now need to work on a hotel for Seattle. That is my next project...


We did book Dyea Dave for Skagway. Going to do the Emerald Lake Tour and take the White Pass & Yukon Railroad down. Cost of tour 79.00/adult & 69.00/child, not including the train ticket. They stop at Bennett Lake for lunch. Has anyone eaten there before?

Also will be booking with Orca Enterprises for whale watching in Juneau. If you book by Dec 1st, they will give you the current rate before it goes up for the 2014 season. Currently it is 124.95 for adult & 61.95 for child.

Lastly, going to book Bearing Seas Crab tour through DCL. We will have a bunch of OBC between the TA, booking onboard credit, & Disney Visa that will cover the cost. It is more then booking on our own, but we will never spend all that OBC&so it just makes sense to do this.

Boy oh boy...looking at all the pictures of the re-imagined Magic makes me so jealous that the Wonder will not have these updates when we cruise.
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV


Last edited by basketrn; 10-30-2013 at 03:38 PM.
basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Quote:
Originally Posted by CT15 View Post
Hello- I am very interetsed to hear more about your Seattle to Vancouver plan. My husband and I are going next July on teh Wonder Alaska crusie and are thinking of doing the same thing- I am just not sure- if you leave the car for a week you will pay for a weeks worth of parking? or is there a rental place close by for pick up/drop off? Please if any one has any suggestions- please let me know- I am still trying to decide it would save me a ton to go hrough Seattle- as I could use my frequent fliyer miles and flights would be free. which means more cash for EXCURSIONS! woo hoo!! thanks everyone.
Yeah…after doing a lot of research on getting to/from Seattle to Vancouver, we have almost 100% decided to rent a one way car, drive up the morning of the cruise and drop off the car. Then do the same on the return trip to Seattle. We are still thinking about the train up and car rental back down to Seattle, but I haven't seen many people do it the morning of the cruise and it makes me nervous. Still researching this.
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Booked our Seattle hotel today. Going to stay at the Hyatt Place Seattle on 6th Avenue. Booked with AAA at 179.00/night. It's a refundable rate, so if I find something better, then I can cancel it. Feel free to comment if you have stayed here before.

Next step, booking the car to get us to Vancouver and planning our 2 days in Seattle.

Please feel free to add comments/suggestions/feedback…I have had several views, but it's been quiet except for CT15
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
Husurdady
DIS Veteran
 
Husurdady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: N.W.INDIANA U.S.A.
Posts: 1,721

Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by basketrn View Post
Please feel free to add comments/suggestions/feedback…I have had several views,
BOY!.........That's one good-lookin' bunch of Hoosiers. And those words are from the HOOSIER DADDY too. Happy Cruisin'
__________________
Don & Kathy
Husurdady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Quote:
Originally Posted by Husurdady View Post
BOY!.........That's one good-lookin' bunch of Hoosiers. And those words are from the HOOSIER DADDY too. Happy Cruisin'
HaHa! Why thank you! We clean up nicely for formal night…the first two where from our RCCL cruise this summer on Oasis. The last one with my mom & boys was on the Dream 2 years ago.
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
luvmy2kids
Mouseketeer
 
luvmy2kids's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 196

Hell0 basketrn, Our family will be sailing on this same cruise. DS will be 16 and DD just shy of 11. I have been planning everyday:-)
__________________
luvmy2kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 11:08 PM   #9
LLOC33
Earning My Ears
 
LLOC33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Carrollton, TX
Posts: 72

We will be on the same cruise! Nice to know there will be other kids my kids age. I have twin boys that will be six when we sail and a 9-year old daughter. My husband will be going and my mom too! We have booked hotel but not air yet, waiting for after the holidays. Look forward to hearing about your planning!
__________________
LLOC33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 09:43 AM   #10
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Quote:
Originally Posted by luvmy2kids View Post
Hell0 basketrn, Our family will be sailing on this same cruise. DS will be 16 and DD just shy of 11. I have been planning everyday:-)
Me too! I have taken a bit of a break, but back at it today.

Are you following our group thread? http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3064641

We alos have a facebook group too.
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 09:46 AM   #11
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Quote:
Originally Posted by LLOC33 View Post
We will be on the same cruise! Nice to know there will be other kids my kids age. I have twin boys that will be six when we sail and a 9-year old daughter. My husband will be going and my mom too! We have booked hotel but not air yet, waiting for after the holidays. Look forward to hearing about your planning!
Is this your 1st cruise? We love the disney cruises and kids clubs. Although my oldest may skip the clubs this year since he will almost be 18.

We have a dis meet cruise thread too with lots of families on this cruise too.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3064641
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #12
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Well took a bit of a break from planning. Between the holidays and being sucked into a new book series, it kinda got pushed to the side. I am a huge reader and once I start something I really like...I can't stop until the series is finished...and this is no light read. I am reading the Outlander's series and now just started on book 3.

Anyhow...I did book our one way rental car today from Seattle to Canada Place. Rented a full size from Alamo for about 130.00. The plan is to pick it up right at opening the morning of the cruise (7am). Go back to hotel and quickly pick up rest of family & luggage and leave for Canada Place. When I googled drive time from hotel to Canada Place it says approx 2hrs 49mins. The Alamo drop off is right at Canada Place. So I feel good this will work well.

Next step for me is to buy our return flight tickets. SWA opens rest of June on 12/16. I have enough points for 2 free return flights, so once again will be flying out of Seattle. Also want to start planning our 2 short days in Seattle. Mom is flying into Seattle on Sunday and still needs to buy her return flight after the cruise. She is going to fly home the day the cruise ends from Vancouver.

Hope everyone has a great holiday season!!

Dawn
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 09:51 PM   #13
luvmy2kids
Mouseketeer
 
luvmy2kids's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 196

Quote:
Originally Posted by basketrn View Post
Me too! I have taken a bit of a break, but back at it today.

Are you following our group thread? http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3064641

We alos have a facebook group too.
Yes, I am on the FB thread. I am also on the group thread. I am the one that booked thru Kayak for a rental car as well. Thank you for the tip.
__________________
luvmy2kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2013, 03:38 PM   #14
basketrn
Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
 
basketrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too Far From WDW
Posts: 650

Quote:
Originally Posted by luvmy2kids View Post
Yes, I am on the FB thread. I am also on the group thread. I am the one that booked thru Kayak for a rental car as well. Thank you for the tip.
It's funny cause our disboard names aren't on facebook so it's hard to figure out who's who. Also its been a while since I was on the disboard thread cause its so easy to check up through facebook

Glad you got the rental car!!
__________________
Me DH DS (17) DS (5)
1986 - Off site, 6/2003 - CSR, 6/2005 - FW, 4/2006 - CBR, 8/2006 - SSR, 10/2006 - BWV, 4/2007 -SSR, 10/2007 - VWL, 4/2008 - SSR, 5/2009 - DCL & SSR, 10/2009 - SSR, 6/2010 - AKV, 12/2010 - SSR, 3/2011 - AKV/BCV & Dream, 12/2011 - DL, 6/2012 - BCV/Dream/AKV, 1/2013 - SSR, 9/2013 - OKW, 6/2014 - Wonder to Alaska, 10/2014 - AKV

basketrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 07:53 PM   #15
pjstevens
Had our DFTW Vow Renewal on the Wonder for our 25th!
Now the proud grandparents of Isabella Grace
 
pjstevens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware
Posts: 3,794

Hello there!!!! We are also on this cruise and looking forward to meeting everyone. We are flying into Seattle the 31st and debating what we are doing, bus, train or car to Vancouver on Monday morning. Want to get some sight seeing in Seattle since I doubt we'll get back there. Looking forward to hearing your plans
__________________
In Him, Patricia DVC Member Cruise ~ August 24, 2015
Our Disney Dream Weavers Cruise 9/1/11
Our NO KIDS Disney Trip! - finally finished 9/11 Welcome to Disney Alaska (Marathon Weekend 2010)
Our First Trip HOME (May 09) DFTW VR (Sept 08) Christmas 2007 August 2007
Off-site 1992; off-site 1999 (w/o the kids) off-site 2000; All Star Movies 2005; Pop 2006; Pop Aug-2007; All Star Music suites Dec 2007; DFTW – DCL – Pop 2008; Pop – Jan 2009; AKV – May 2009; Grand Californian Aug 2009; BWV – Jan 2010; AKV Dec 2010; AKV – Jan 2011; Disney Dream/AKV Sep 2011; Dec 2011 AKV; Magic-Canada June 2012; Fantasy-Eastern Carribean December 2012; SSR August 2013; Wonder-Alaska June 2014
pjstevens is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.