We have a land-sea tour scheduled to begin on August 30 from Vancouver to Alaska. Anyone going? If you've gone, do you have any suggestions? This is our first cruise and first trip to Alaska.
Look for the secret deck verandas....on the Island
Did this trip May 10, 2017 on Island Princess. You will love it! Our land tour was the train from Whittier to Denali, history tour of Denali National park, bus to Fairbanks for 2 days with Gold dredge No. 8 and the riverboat tour. For the last day in Fairbanks our flight did not leave until 9:15 PM. We rented a car and visited the museum at Fairbanks University (great exhibits!) and the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum (http://www.fountainheadmuseum.com/). If you like antique cars or clothing this is worth the time too.
Check into getting food vouchers for the land portion before you go. You can not purchase them once you sail. We traveled with friends who had them. We did not know about them ahead of time so we did not have them. They made good use of them. We ended up watching what we spent of food and came out spending less money than what they did. If you don't want to have to think about it and have everything taken care of ahead of time check with your travel agent or Princess to see what your options are.
Make sure you have a balcony cabin if possible, it will be the best place for glacier viewing. Have a good camera with a telephoto lens and a good pair of binoculars. We had the best weather you could ask for on the two days we visited glaciers, but if it is cold you can go inside for a while and still see the glaciers through the balcony door. The captain will turn the ship in both directions so no matter what side of the ship you are on you will see glaciers from your balcony. When the glaciers are on the other side of the ship I liked going to deck 7 to see them. It is less windy there.
We booked a tour to Emerald Lake with Dyea Dave in Skagway (http://www.dyeadavetours.com/). Great choice and cheeper than going through Princess.
We booked the all you can eat crab fest in Ketchikan, however we did not take into consideration that we were in port early and needed to be back on the ship by 1:00. We were eating crab at 10:00AM - Better choice would have been to tour creek street or a wildlife tour. (It will most likely be raining in this port ... It rains a lot there.)
Here are the links to my youtube video's from this trip.
I wish I were going back again. Enjoy your trip!
Sorry I have never sailed on this ship. Enjoy your cruise..