Disneypoor's Alaskan Cruise June 7th, 2011

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  1. DisneyPups

    DisneyPups Mouseketeer

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    Wow, just found your TR, and I'm so glad I did. You're so fun to read! Sounds like you had a great trip, and I'm taking notes for my July cruise. Definitely planned on the float plane and was still deciding between companies. I may have to check out Island Wings. Also, can you PM me the info of your Vancouver limo driver? That sounds like a great idea.

    Can't wait to hear the rest...
     
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  3. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    Thank you!:goodvibes We did have a great trip! I'd probably say we're more of the warm weather type of vacationers, but Alaska is something that was on our bucket list. We are so glad we did this cruise, and I'm sure it's something that we'll all remember for years and years! I was just so glad we could take the kids before they're grown and out of the house. It just seems like people save Alaska for when they get older, and we wanted to make sure our kiddos got to see it before we (mom and dad) got old.:rotfl:

    Thanks for reading and so happy you found my TR. Having all of these groupies really is making me feel like a Rock Star. Heck, I might even go out and buy me a new Coach purse or something like that tomorrow.:lmao:

    Susan
     
  4. Michelle2

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    Add me to the groupies! We are getting ready to leave in almost a week for this cruise! Ours is the July 5th sailing. Anyways, I have a few questions....

    I have heard from others that have gone on Alaskan cruises that alot of excursion vendors set up near the port and offer the same excursions as the ship for alot less the cost. Did you see any vendors out at the ports when you first got off of the ship? I don't want to plan on this, miss out on ship excursions and then none be there....

    And at the Mendehall Glacier, you were saying 45 minutes is barely enough time to get to the falls and back, but did you jog or walk fast the entire way? I would love to see that waterfall!

    How cold is it? Is it pants and jeans weather the entire time or are there warmer times when capris can be worn? I would hate to pack for 2 complete climates, and don't want to overpack. What about swimming...were anyone in the pools?
    Thanks so much, your report has made me really excited!
     
  5. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    Welcome, Groupie!:grouphug: As far as seeing vendors at the port, the most noticeable place for us was at Ketchikan. We did walk around a bit in Skagway, and there were probably a few vendors there but I can't say for sure what they were offering. For Juneau, we left directly from the ship on our excursion, so I didn't see any vendors there although I'm sure they were somewhere. They were definitely in Ketchikan though because we almost booked something with one of them before our Misty Fjords excursion but were nervous because of the time.

    As for Mendenhall Glacier, we didn't run at all. I did hear some huffing and puffing behind me on the way back because I was so nervous we weren't going to make it in time to catch the bus. I walked pretty fast and figured the rest had best keep up or get left at Mendenhall Glacier.:rotfl2: It's doable if you get right off of the bus, go straight to Nugget Falls, don't mess around too long, and head straight back. Hopefully, by the time you'd do this, they will figure out that guests need more than 45 minutes! It's neat even if you don't get to walk down to the falls, but we were determined because we love waterfalls!

    I normally wear capris a lot, and honestly, I only wore jeans on our cruise. It was nice for the most part, but I'd say it was jeans weather. However, it might be way different when you sail on July 5th. And, I'm kind of wimpy. I don't like to be cold. I've read other posters on my same cruise that said they wore short sleeved shirts, etc., and I secretly thought they must be insane. It wasn't that warm. In fact, our sea days were downright cold with the exception of Tracy Arm day. There were quite a few people in the pools at different times. The pools are heated to between 88-90 degrees, so I'm sure they are fine while you are in them. It would be the getting out part that would not be okay with me.:)

    Good luck and happy sailing! You have to be getting so excited! Your trip is almost here!:cool1:

    Susan
     
  6. ariel39

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    weren't you going to be on our cruise, July 26? I just realized you were on our thread......
     
  7. Politzania

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    Another groupie checking in - GREAT trip report & can't wait for our cruise in August!
    Appreciate the tips on laundry & thrilled that you had a good time with Island Wings, as we're booked with Michelle as well.
     
  8. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    We were originally on the July 26th cruise. However, when DCL came out with the "Kids Sail Free" promotion, we were able to upgrade our category and still save $1000, so we switched.:cool1:

    Susan
     
  9. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    You're in for the excursion of a lifetime with Michelle! She's wonderful! I love how her company is small--only a few employees, so when you arrive, you talk to the same person you talked to on the phone. When we were there, the paper had done a huge article on her! She's been there for a long time, and all of the locals know her. In fact, when we first got off of the ship and were walking around, vendors were trying to get us to book an excursion, and we told them we already had a float plane excursion, and almost all of them asked if it was with Michelle. They all had nothing but wonderful things to say about her and said we'd LOVE the excursion! Have a great trip!:thumbsup2

    Susan
     
  10. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I could see myself being the one to slip as well, what a drag!

    Right now we are booked for ziplining in Skagway. He's 10, almost 11 but not at 70 lbs. His brother, 12, just broke 70 about 2 months ago so given how they look I could see us getting weighted and don't want to risk it. That one, with the lower age limit, I have a feeling is a lot more lax and it is less $$, only drawback is giving up the train.

    We're doing the Enchanted Taku in Juneau and then possibly the Rainforest canoe in Ketchikan. I could swap ziplining into Ketchikan and then get the train back in Skagway but am worried about the weight issue and don't want to risk it.

    But...I hate giving up the train.

    UGH.

    Fun plane trip! If we weren't doing the one in Juneau, that was next on our list.

    Question on the DVC. Do you have to go the presentations to get a quote or can you just request a quote? What kind of OBC was being offered if you bought on board?
     
  11. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    As far as DVC, I would think you'd be able to get a quote because what they offer is the same for everyone on the sailing, I believe. For us, they were selling BLT at WDW, and it started at $140 per point. However, you got a discount based on how many points you bought. The minimum number of points you could buy was 160, and I believe that if you bought the minimum, the cost per point was $118 or real close to that. They give you all of this information in the presentation, so you really don't have to meet with them on an individual basis if what they are offering doesn't interest you.

    They also offered an OBC if you purchased. Apparently, what they were offering overall was a good deal. Of course, I hadn't researched DVC at all before we went because I didn't think my husband would ever attend one of those presentations again, and I thought maybe we were on a "DO NOT LET THEM ATTEND" list.:rotfl:

    You'll enjoy the ziplining no matter where you do it. You get to see beautiful views on the train ride, but the train ride itself wasn't that big of a deal. Of course, my DH was ticked that we weren't doing the steam train, but I just told him he could start planning the vacations if he wanted to, and that quieted him down.:confused3

    Susan
     
  12. Pocahantas

    Pocahantas Dreams do come true - I'm now a DVC Member

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    We are booked with Michelle for our day in Ketchikan and I can't wait!! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. And my family would have been laughing hysterically if I fell:sad2:! Our family motto is "never a dull moment" too! Maybe we should arrange to be at Disneyworld at the same time if you (don't get kicked out of the DVC reps office) and end up buying into DVC. :laughing:
     
  13. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    It would be fun to be able to meet up at WDW, but I fear that we could get in a whole lot of trouble. Not you and me, but our families. You know, now that I think of it, the WDW section of the DIS has trip reports too, so it would make for good writing material. We'll have to ponder this one.:lmao: I knew before I even stepped out of that plane that if anyone was going to fall, it would likely be me. I didn't intend on falling twice though. I mean, that was just uncalled for! Glad I could provide entertainment for the family though. Believe me, I laugh at them when they do stupid things!:rotfl2:

    Susan
     
  14. disneypoor

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    Okay, the waves seemed as if they were almost to roll the ship over, and I felt very under the weather. In fact, I wasn't even sure if I would be able to get ready for our DVC meeting at 10:00. (Just kidding! I would have gone to that throwing up if I had to!:lmao:) Even Brianna was feeling sick from the waves. I asked my husband to turn on the t.v. to see how big the waves were, and I was fully expecting to see something like 25 to 30 feet, but it said they were 8 to 13 feet (I think they lie) and that conditions were rough. I could hardly even take a shower because the ship was rocking and about to knock me over!

    Eventually, the movement of the ship finally calmed down, and both Brianna and I started to feel a bit better. In the meantime, I had been casually discussing DVC with my husband. I don't want to go into details of our conversation because I'm afraid it might come across as me being the begging type, which I'm not.:rolleyes: Anyhow, I told him about all of the white hat people I had talked to and how we tend to almost always vacation with Disney involved in one way or another. Of course, we are going to Hawaii next spring break and already have that booked, so he had to throw in my face how that was just a big waste of money because if we were thinking of doing DVC, we should have just stayed at Aulani. I quickly reminded him that it would be very unlikely that we could get Aulani this close (I really didn't know that but he didn't know I didn't know that) and besides, Aulani is on Oahu, and we wanted to go to Maui. I didn't press it too much, but I made darn sure I pointed out the positives. He showed just a slight bit of interest, and that's when I really started playing my A game.

    So, long story short, we go to the fancy inside stateroom office of our DVC representative, and we bought in to DVC!:cool1: Because we bought in on the cruise, we also got a $500 onboard credit, and since we'd been traveling like rock stars, we could use that! We set up a meeting for 4:30 to close on the deal. My husband immediately put on his "white hat".:rotfl: I continued to stalk all of the white hat cruisers. I'm not at all afraid to talk to complete strangers. Trust me. My family thinks there is something wrong with me. I tell them I'm just nice like that.

    Brianna went to play bingo with Toni, my friend that was traveling with us, and Brandon went to a free throw contest. I headed back to the room to start the whole dreaded packing process. I must say though that having a sea day on the last day of the cruise was quite nice. In past experience, I'm just a straight you know what because I'm so stressed about getting those darn suitcases out by 10:30 p.m. For this cruise, I was as happy as a lark on the last day, which I'm sure my family totally appreciated.

    We headed up to Beach Blanket Buffet to get some lunch and found out they were doing a BBQ outside of Beach Blanket. It was yummy! They had chicken, steaks, and disgusting fish (remember--the smell of seafood makes us almost vomit). They also had stir fry on the buffet, and it was scrumptious!

    Since we were rock stars and were feeling lucky on this cruise, we headed to the Walt Disney Theater at 3:30 for a final round of bingo. Turns out, the final day of bingo is NUTS! They didn't start on time, and we ended up having to ask for our money back because we had to go sign the papers to spend thousands on DVC.:laughing: They were fine with refunding our money, so it was no big deal.

    We headed to the fancy DVC reps office again and closed the deal. He presented us with a few goodies from DVC and reminded us we'd be getting the $500 OBC. It was as easy as that. So now, part of the reason I've been slow at getting my report done is because I've been on a whole new section of the DIS for me--DVC!!!!!:)

    After we finished closing on the DVC contract, we headed to Diversions to watch the Stanley Cup game between the Canucks and the Bruins. They were serving yummy chicken wings and chips and salsa. It was nice. This was the 6th game (the Canucks lost:sad2:), and we decided we really wanted to watch the entire game, so we skipped Disney Dreams. We've seen it many times though, so no big deal. Forgot to mention, that the Rock Star lifestyle came out a bit more--I scheduled a hair appointment for Brianna at 5:30. They did a great job though!

    We went back to the room before dinner to set out our suitcases, got our tip envelopes ready, and met our tablemates for one last dinner at Triton's. We told everyone we wouldn't be at breakfast because we had to meet in the Walt Disney Theater by 7:45 to get off of the ship early due to our 12:15 flight time. I should also say that for the first time ever, we gave our head server in the dining room extra money in his tip envelope. In all of our DCL cruises, we hardly ever see the head server and aren't sure what he does. For this cruise, our head server was awesome! He came and talked to us every single night, and he made his presence known. We gave extra money to everyone we tipped, but I felt really good about giving it to the head server this time!:thumbsup2 We said our goodbyes and this ended our fabulous Alaska vacation.

    I'm not going to do a separate post for the day we got off of the ship, but I will say that it went smoothly. We took a bus to the airport, had a layover in Minneapolis, and made it back to Kansas City safe and sound. I will add though that I was separated from my family on the flight due to the seat assignments, and I got to sit with two people that were DVC! My family couldn't believe it! They said we never shut up the entire flight!:confused3 Seriously, I've already emailed the lady and we've talked DVC a couple of times since I got back. They were just great people and so excited about DVC and said it was one of the best things they've ever purchased. Of course, I made sure my husband heard that!:goodvibes

    Thank you all for reading! I hope I've been able to help out at least a few cruisers with some tips and advice, and I hope you all have happy sailings in the future. As for me, I gotta get off here. I'm meeting my sister in Kansas City for lunch today, and I think the Coach store is calling my name. What? You didn't think I would give up the Rock Star lifestyle that easily, did you? This will be it though. Today is the end. NO MORE ROCK STAR SPENDING AFTER TODAY. Well, maybe after tomorrow, but we'll see.......Just don't tell my husband!:lmao: Besides, we won $407 in bingo and got a $500 OBC, and it should all be mine. I'm the one that plans these darn things!

    Susan
     
  15. KathyM2

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    Love your trip report and can't wait. Although I'm a bit anxious about the feeling sick part. But with your warning I plan to take meds before the last day just in case!
     
  16. utel

    utel Earning My Ears

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    We loved your TR. We sail on 7/12. Have 3 days in Vancouver. Can you PM me the Limo driver info.

    Thanks.
     
  17. AStamm

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    Fantastic trip report! Welcome to the DVC family. Be prepared for a serious case of "addonitis" though. We started our DVC love affair at BLT in 2009 and added VGC (twice) last year. Being able to walk over to the Magic Kingdom from BLT is awesome and it's great to see the fireworks from your room or the Top of the World Lounge. The absolute best for us so far was the 1-bedroom we got at VGC last summer--you can watch World of Color from the balcony of the room! DH put in a request for the same room when we get there next Saturday (pre-DCL trip :cool1:).
     
  18. disneypoor

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    Thank you!:grouphug: It took me a while to figure out what "addonitis" was when I first got home from my cruise and started lingering on the DVC forums. I can see where that's a pretty common illness DVC members get.:rotfl2: I'm still trying to figure out all of the abbreviations though, and it's taking me a while. Heck, I just figured out all of the abbreviations on the DCL forums, and now I am constantly having to reference the stickies to figure out what things mean on the DVC forums! VGC is villas at Grand California, right? Don't worry about answering me cause I'm heading over to the DVC forums to check it out! Thanks for reading my report! Hoping I don't get addonitis any time soon or my DH is going to get rid of me.:rotfl:

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  19. disneypoor

    disneypoor DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey! DVC Gold

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    I'm not sure why the seas were a bit rougher on the last sea day, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Overall, we had great weather and smooth sailing. I'm just somewhat sensitive to movement at all, so I think that's why it bothered me so much. Up until that last day, I didn't feel movement AT ALL, and if I did, it wasn't anything that made me feel icky, so I think you'll be fine. Have a wonderful trip!

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  20. disneypoor

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    Consider it done!:thumbsup2 Have a fantastic trip!

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  21. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Congrats on buying in! I'm hoping to do so on our cruise however have no interest in BLT so hopefully they will also be able to offer deals on the ones I've been talking to my poor DVC rep about for over a year now. If not, it can wait till we get home but that OBC would be nice :)
     

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