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Old 01-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #631
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I'm not sure what they are for the 2012 one but I know when the announced Seattle as the departure there were a lot of complaints about shorter port times as a result of that change. Since we live here were were happy we left out of Vancouver on ours, I've done the trip by ship many times and would have felt like I was seeing things I'd already seen.

We had 12 hours in Skagway, 8.5 in Juneau and 7.5 in Ketchikan. Initially I was a little worried about the shorter times in Juneau and Ketchikan but it worked out fine. We could have used another hour or 2 in Juneau (but then I'd have probably skipped the workout with a view so it's likely for the best) but Ketchikan was fine. Then again, we didn't have an excursion in Ketchikan. If we had I might have felt it was a little short, not sure.


They are quite a bit shorter this summer, then. Juneau's port time is 7:45-2:00 and Ketchikan is only 7:15-12:30!
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They are quite a bit shorter this summer, then. Juneau's port time is 7:45-2:00 and Ketchikan is only 7:15-12:30!
Ugh, that's quite a bit shorter! The crummy part about the early times like that is a lot of things aren't even open when you get into port. We had enough time that we never hit the ground right away, not heading into port until about 9-9:30 am.

I guess with those times I'd shoot for early excursions if you are doing any, but it'd be hard to do any that include much in the way of a lunch, it'd be more like brunch! If you aren't doing excursions, you'll be fine though. A lot of the excursions are pretty long though, I wonder if they will adjust the offerings, you could use up your entire port time on some of them and some flat out wouldn't work at all.

On the plus side you do get Victoria but the times are really really odd in the reverse as I can't imagine that much is open that late beyond having dinner and even dinner might be a challenge on a Sunday night!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #633
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The workout with a view is a serious benefit, and motivator! I thought of you yesterday as I went in for my sinus surgery. It was a septoplasty plus a bilateral sinus drainage procedure (roto rooter + re-route lol). This whole not being able to blow my nose thing is hard!
I would blot and actually position the tissues so that I am not sticking them up my nose but close. After a while a gentle blow would do the trick.

I hope you are feeling relief soon and back to yourself in a couple of days.
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I would blot and actually position the tissues so that I am not sticking them up my nose but close. After a while a gentle blow would do the trick.

I hope you are feeling relief soon and back to yourself in a couple of days.
I'll be glad when I am allowed to do a gentle blow. I was doing that with the tissues yesterday, today is all about the sneezing. YUCK! It is a ton better mind you and I'm sure will continue to be so. Then again, pain meds help.
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Characters and more Characters!

Today would be our last day in port. However we weren’t getting to port until 12:30 which meant for a nice morning on board.

Jeff and I got up, left the kids happily parked in front of the TV and went for our morning stroll around the promenade ,putting in our little 1 mile walk. It was pretty grey and drippy out, and windy! As we’d round the corners we’d feel ourselves blow…literally!. Still, it was nice to be out and though the weather did not look good we were glad that this was the one port we hadn’t booked an excursion in. We’d really hoped to do a hike, having found a great one we could walk to from the dock but the weather indicated it would be rather pointless. Most likely just wet, muddy and no views which did bum us out, we’d all been looking forward to the hike. Without it…we didn’t really have a plan, the only other option we’d considered that wasn’t outdoors, the Lumberjack show, didn’t thrill any of the 3 boys so it seemed silly to spend the money on it. We weren’t worried though, of all the ports in some ways Ketchikan looked to be the cutest to stroll through so we hoped that would be the case and we’d just check out the town. I couldn’t get anyone interested in the Totem Pole park or museums(and to be fair, it’s not like we have a shortage of totem poles or Native American museums around here ) so we decided to just head in after breakfast and play it by ear.
Walk complete we filled our mugs with hot water to make some Via in the room before getting the troops up and heading to breakfast. 7 night cruises include a character breakfast and today was ours!

Breakfast was in Parrot Cay. I like Parrot Cay, I like the theming of it and the characters were dressed to match it. Which…is fun but I really think that for the Alaska cruise it would have been far cooler to have them in their Alaska outfits. They seemed a little out of place in their tropical outfits. Oh well. It was a menu breakfast, nothing all that exciting but it hit the spot. In general I would say breakfast is a weaker spot in the food line up on board. That said, we didn’t try sit down breakfast at Triton’s which may be a more expanded menu, nor did we try it for lunch and that might cause me to revisit my opinion on that. It was fine but very basic. I’ll probably stick to the buffet for breakfast on the next cruise and if we do the 4 day one, there won’t be a character breakfast anyway. Dinners more than made up for it and is all we really cared about so it really wasn’t a big deal.
While we were ordering, the characters started making the rounds. In typical Disney Character Breakfast it was the rushed interaction, making sure they did the whole room, CM’s checking to see who had been by yet and moving them along quickly.

Pluto



Minnie



Chip



While character breakfast on a cruise works pretty much the same as one in WDW…there is the exception of the CM’s decorating you!

With napkins.

Everyone gets to be a character this way.

First up, Peter Pan



Goofy



Pluto



And I got Pocahontas. Which kept falling over my eye! To get it to stay it had to be on tight and then my face was a bit squished. Not the best pics of me for sure.



Appropriately attired, the characters continued to come by

Dale



And finally the big man himself



The motley crew



It really was a very fun breakfast, even if it did feel a bit rushed. Finishing up around 11:30 we headed back to the room to get changed. Why change? Well…let’s put it this way. Ketchikan has a few nicknames.

Alaska's First City

Salmon Capital of the World

And….

Rain Capital of Alaska!


Given what we were seeing outside, we needed to dress appropriately!
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #636
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Hi Cynthia! Sounds like your surgery went well. I hope you are resting and recovering and that you can blow soon

The character breakfast is fun - we skipped it on our first cruise, then attended because our whole table was last time - we were glad we did!

I'm looking forward to your Ketchikan time - I thought this looked like the most fun port to walk around in.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:16 PM   #637
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I LOVE the funny napkin hats. Great pictures. And its nice to see the boys still enjoy the characters. I see what you mean about the attire, though...tropical? What?

Hope you're feeling better, too!
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Looks like a fun breakfast. I like the different napkin hats.

I hope you continue to heal and can blow your nose real soon.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:22 PM   #640
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The pictures from your excursion of the glacier RIGHT THERE made me shout for Joe...he agreed - veryyyyyyy cool. Even Henry said, "Wow!" Beautiful, beautiful!

Love the character breakfast pictures! I have seen those in other TRs but had never heard the description of WHAT they were, love that they are representing various characters!
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I think it's nice that they offer a character breakfast - then you don't have to stand in line for some characters if you don't want. But I agree on the attire. Seems just wrong on an Alaskan cruise! Your napkin headgear was cute!!

I hope your nose etc. is healing and you'll be blowing soon!!
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I love the napkin hats!! When I fdid a cruise many years ago I was usually the only one who did the sit down breakfast I remeber ordering lox and bagels and eggs benedict , the others all preferred the buffet on deck !!
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What a fun character breakfast! While the characters were cute in their tropical garb, I agree that it would make more sense to me to have them in their Alaskan gear. Oh well! The best characters, though, are the four of you in your napkin hats! Too funny!
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Looks like a fun morning!!! I am just about ready to post my photos from our Character breakfast too!! LOL!!! Those hats look familiar, though I think I ended up with a princess thing Did you have hats with the plate covers and creamers dangling??!! LOL!!!!

Sorry the weather was a little iffy, looking forward to hearing how you faired out in town....
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Hi Cynthia! Sounds like your surgery went well. I hope you are resting and recovering and that you can blow soon
Who knew blowing your nose would consume all thoughts?
Hard to tell really in terms of how well it went, sounds like it will be another week or 2 before you can really tell. Right now it's like having a rather horrible head cold with a few icky side effects. Bored out of my mind though but am being good and following doctors orders which is basically doing nothing. I over did it a bit on Friday and paid for it so I am behaving. May work from home again tomorrow, we will see.

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The character breakfast is fun - we skipped it on our first cruise, then attended because our whole table was last time - we were glad we did!

I'm looking forward to your Ketchikan time - I thought this looked like the most fun port to walk around in.
I'm glad we went, no reason not to and it was a ton of fun. Our table mates all got Minnie bows...kind of interesting that they all got Minnie and I got Pocahontas. We thought the same thing about Ketchikan when we were planning which is why we figured it would be the best choice for a non excursion port.

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I LOVE the funny napkin hats. Great pictures. And its nice to see the boys still enjoy the characters. I see what you mean about the attire, though...tropical? What?

Hope you're feeling better, too!
They really do. They will pretend to be all cool, especially Evan but let me tell you, once Evan saw Goofy in his Polar Explorer outfit, he HAD to get a picture with him. It was all his doing, not mine. And they both have those photos framed and in their room.

Better but I confess, it's slower going than I'd expected. I guess I didn't do my recovery homework very well. Which, knowing me, is probably for the best. Jeff says I sound a lot better during the night (funny as I didn't know I sounded bad before lol).

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Looks like a fun breakfast. I like the different napkin hats.

I hope you continue to heal and can blow your nose real soon.
Thanks, me too! Not blowing is really frustrating as are all the other lovely recovery pieces which I know you understand. YUCK is about all I have to say about it. Let's just say I severely underestimated/misunderstood what they meant about irrigation, yikes!

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