June 2017 - 10 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Glacier Bay (San Francisco Roundtrip) Cruise on Grand Princess
March 2016 - 15 Night Hawaii (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess
March 2014 - 15 Night Hawaiian Islands (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Star Princess
December 2012 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor
March 2012 - 14 Night Hawaii (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Sapphire Princess
May 2009 - 7 Night Pacific Coastal (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor
December 2008 - 14 Night Mexican Riviera Holiday (San Diego roundtrip) Cruise on Ryndam
December 2006 - 8 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Star
September 2005 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America
November 2004 - 10 Night Mexican Riviera (San Diego roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Mercury
March 2004 - 11 Night Mexican Riviera (San Diego roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Mercury
October 2003 - 8 Night Mexican Riviera (San Diego roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Spirit
October 2001 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation
September 1998 - 7 days on Jubilee
Sail Date: June 17, 2017
Sail Date: May 28, 2017
Sail Date: May 18, 2017
Sail Date: July 07, 2017
Sail Date: June 27, 2017
It seemed like we would have plenty of time in Ketchikan. Our schedule was 8 am to 6 pm but as it turned out we had to tender in so that took up a lot of time. There is room for four ships to dock but we had to anchor even though we arrived before two of the others. Some ports are all tenders but if you have a choice when choosing a cruise remember tendering means lines and lost time. We had no excursion booked so no priority. We didn't get off until 11am and there was still hundreds waiting for their turn. /// We took the public bus. Cost is $2 per trip or $5 for all day pass. The stop is right across the street. Look for bus sign or ask Information Booth or store clerk if you don't see it. You can download the bus schedule. It basically makes a one hour loop so whenever it let's you off somewhere it will be back in an hour. The public bus is always a good way to meet locals and get a sense of the place. We went north to Totem Bight Park, a recreated Indian village with totems, rain forest and tidal beach. Really neat. $5 entrance fee. Very educational and scenic. /// We planned to ride bus back south of town to Saxman, an active native village but we're running low on time. /// Asked local were to get off to walk to Creek Street. Had nice walk through neighborhood and across Married Man's Trail. The salmon we're not running yet -first week of July- unfortunately. Creek Street was cool. I was trying to catch up to my wife and walked in front of Dolly's Place alone. The tour guide of this famous bordello now museum, dressed as a lady of the night, stuck her head out the window and propositioned me, "Why don't you come in for a good time." I said, "Um, I'm married." "So am I" she said, "If you won't tell, I won't." /// Went to Alaskan Fish Co. for some salmon but they were out. How can the salmon capital of the world be out of salmon. Oh well, the halibut was good. Shopping by the pier was reasonable. Saw the same jacket for cheaper than San Francisco./// Of course it rained but it was light and didn't slow us down. Fun town!
What a beautiful little town. One of the few Inside Passage cities that are flat so it's easy to walk around. Lots of historic buildings. Be sure to leave time to enjoy. We wanted to ride the train but did not by excursion on board. after docking I saw a train ticket booth at end of the dock. Bought the three hour ticket to White Pass and back. Turns out the booth belonged to Princess so we paid the same $130 price as on board. Suggestion is to walk a little further to the actual train Depot and buy from White Pass RR directly. It's only $5 cheaper but you board at the station rather than wait in the incredibly long grumpy line in the rain. Also I think you get to board first. It really matters which side you sit on. Do whatever you can to get on the Left side of the car. 90% of the views are on the left side going up. Yes you switch sides on the way down but the experience is not the same as on the way up. Going up to the pass takes two hours, only one hour back so the view is rushed on the way back. All the "wow look at that" happens on the way up as the left side stands up and blocks the right side's view. If you get stuck on the right then try to hang out at the back outside platform. Scenery was great, maybe not as fabulous as some make it out to be but something you should do once in your life. /// The 3 hour trip leaves you time in town. Saw the Days of 98 melodrama play. It was fun and worth the $25. Didn't have time to walk to the cemetery but will next time. Next time will go at the end of July/August in order to see the Salmon run in the creeks.
Saw a Bald Eagle land on a light pole just after stepping off the ship. Did not book an excursion on board but stopped at one of the tour sale booths on the dock. Bought the Best of Alaska tour for $150 pp. I think it was $200 through princess. Included Mendenhall glacier, whale watching and Salmon bake. Mendenhall was rushed. only had one hour. Just enough time to walk to the waterfall and back. It was amazing but would be nice to have another hour to see visitors center etc. The whale watching was three hours Saw several Humbacks and a pack of Orcas. That was awesome. Salmon bake was a great venue, outdoor in the trees along a stream with waterfall nearby. Food was pretty good. I'm not a salmon bake conisour but it tasted good to me. You can choose if you want the sweet sauce on it or not. Add the sauce on top of the corn bread for a tasty dessert. Driver/Guide was a local native Tlinget and very fun. Back to town in time to see Red Onion saloon and a little shopping. Fun day!
SF is a crazy town. We drove in the day before our cruise. Amazing sights, sounds, and smells. Lots of tourists enjoying themselves but always looking over their shoulder, anticipating something crazy to happen. Saw an elderly woman crossing the street and when a car stopped just barely into the crosswalk, she cursed out the driver and gave him two birds. Saw drunks yelling at invisible foes and throwing bottles down the street. Saw a lady walking her dog and let it piss on someone's doorstep. But what a vibe this place has; where history and dystopia meet. Can't wait to come back. We just walked around the Warf and Ghirardelli square. Some shops in between the two had decent prices for souvenirs/clothes.