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Old 03-15-2009, 02:02 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by kaneohe View Post
one more thing since you mentioned Seward.......once you leave Glacier Bay/Icy Strait you'll be in open ocean exposed to all the wonderful Pacific swells. You may be one of fortunate ones who don't get bothered, but, if you don't know you may want to be prepared w/ Dramamine or equivalent. Much easier to prevent the problem than cure it.

Not to scare you but on my one and only cruise recently, most of the people at our table were veteran cruisers. One of them commented that the worst seasickness he ever got was on an Alaskan cruise. In our area, Walmart carries Dramamine much much cheaper than anywhere else. You can get the newer "less drowsy" type which takes a little longer to be effective but then lasts much longer.
Thanks for the heads up. I always take Bonine when I cruise. We hit some really bad stuff last time we came in from Cozumel to Mobile, AL. Salt shakers were sliding off the table, the evening dance show was cancelled for safety reasons, and people were getting sick everywhere. Thankfully I was fine as I was on medicine to proactively!

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Old 03-15-2009, 06:05 PM   #22
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I just checked the Royal Caribbean ships that will be doing Alaska and seems you are looking at the Serenade, Rhapsody, or Radiance. They are all great ships, all in the same class. We did the Southern Caribbean in Jan. of this year on the Serenade. The cruise staff and activities on board were first class, the food and cabin were both outstanding. We have also been on the other two, but that was a few years ago. The price you quoted seems good.

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Old 03-16-2009, 03:45 PM   #23
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DW and I are going in June. Maybe we will run into you
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:33 PM   #24
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We did the Holland America cruise/tour #3 last August on MS Ryndam; left Vancouver on 08/23; three day at sea northbound through the Inland Passage, then 10 days basically tracing the route of the gold miners northbound through BC & the Yukon, then back into AK winding up in Anchorage. Then rented a car & took 5 days to see the Kenai Peninsula (Seward, Whittier, Coopers Landing, Homer Spit) before flying out of ANC. By late Aug/early Sep things were actually starting to close for the season; something to keep in mind when you plan dates. We had no issues, but a week later we would have started to see restaurants/lodges closing for the winter.

Take Ziggy29's warnings about reveille at zero-dark-thirty, into the motorcoach @ 7:30-8am very seriously - 'tis all true. And some very long days travelling from place to place. Distances in Ak are very long, and many of the roads are not freeway level - or even paved back in the bush. It's what happens if you want to see everything. If that's not your cuppa, think about another way to see Alaska.

But for us it was definitely not like w*rk; it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see things we'll never see again, and I would not trade the sleeplessness & aching joints for anything. You'll ride a narrow-gauge train over the mountains toward Dawson City, a large jet boat down the Yukon River to Eagle AK (check its daytime temps this time of year!), two observation-car Alaska RR trains (on refurbished HAL cars) into & out of Denali, a school-bus into Denali to see if you can see the mountain (we saw ~80% below the clouds), and walk a lot.

There are a lot of ways to see AK; friends stayed on the ship & did the RT to/from Vancouver. They had a great time. Different strokes...

Just enjoy however you see AK; it's worth it.

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