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Large Farva
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Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
We are planning a trip for July 2020. Has anyone been on one of these that can offer some tips, insight, or story's from their trips?
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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
Which route are you looking at?


jkylejohnson
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re: Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
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July 2020.


That's when we are going. Gonna go with Holland America though. Never done one.


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Large Farva
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re: Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
Seattle to Seattle (inside passage).


RogerTheShrubber
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Gotcha. They also do cross gulf which is why I was wondering. Princess Alaska product is stellar.

If you need any itenerary advise I can help


Large Farva
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re: Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
I'm going with my girlfriend, my parents, another couple, and my brother and SIL. Only two out of the eight of us have been to Alaska. My dad worked on the Alaskan pipeline back in the 80s. Any information you'd like to share would be appreciated. What are the "Must Do's" and "Must Don'ts"?


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in skagway, there's the white pass railroad that goes inland for a few miles and back. it's like a 2 hour round trip, and very beautiful.

don't take it.

there's also a van that takes the same route, but continues many more miles into canada. it's about an 8 hour round trip. take this instead.


RogerTheShrubber
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Just depends on what you want to do? There's a helluva lot of options for shore excursions. From self guided hikes to dog mushing on the icefield.. and all inbetween.


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geauxpurple
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We took the White Pass Railroad excursion but we took the all day one that went in to the Yukon Territory. I highly recommend that one. The scenery is beautiful, especially when the train tracks hug the side of the mountains. We had to sit in the bus at the train station parking lot for a while because there was a big black bear wandering around....... As far as the cruise itself, I have been on two Alaskan cruises, both on Holland America, and both starting in Vancouver and heading north.. I like that route because the scenery gets more and more spectacular the farther north you go. I have taken Princess cruises to other places and enjoyed them very much.


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RogerTheShrubber
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Carnival who owns both Princess and HAL bought the White Pass RR and plans a lot of upgrades. It would be really cool for the route to end in Whitehorse as it once did.

Dyea is a good place to watch Bears in that area. I'd recommend headed over there, checking out the historical stuff and look for bears


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WPBTiger
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Just did the inside passage on Princess, Anchorage to Vancouver. Do the Deadliest Catch excursion.


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632627
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We took the White Pass Railroad excursion but we took the all day one that went in to the Yukon Territory. I highly recommend that one.


there's an all day one now ?

when I went, the railroad was only about 2 hours roundtrip, whereas the all day trip (which is absolutely the thing to do) was by van only.

eta- here's a website that explains the difference between the van and train trip. can't go wrong either way, just depends what your preference is. in either instance, take the longest trip available. LINK
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geauxpurple
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We took the one that was a combination train and van trip. We went to the summit of the White Pass and on to Caribou Crossing and Carcross, turning around at Emerald Lake. We boarded the train once we re-entered Alaska from the Yukon Territory in Canada and rode it back to Skagway.


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RogerTheShrubber
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there's an all day one now ?

when I went, the railroad was only about 2 hours roundtrip, whereas the all day trip (which is absolutely the thing to do) was by van only.


The steam engine does an excursion to Fraser BC.



geauxpurple
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Yeah. Fraser B.C. is where we boarded the train for the ride back to Skagway. That is where we had the bear in the parking lot. That was a fun excursion.


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ElOsoBlanco7
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re: Alaskan Princess Cruises (Seattle to Seattle)
We took the same Princess cruise 3 years ago. The only thing I would add that hasn't been said is that even though the train is nice, we found that the excursion through the Yukon was the best part of our trip. I'm not sure exactly what it was called, but a guide took you on a bus through the mountains, making about 5 stops until you get to a nice brewery in the Yukon Territory. We ate lunch, grabbed a few brews, and played with some sled dogs and puppies. It was nice to be able to make stops and walk around to enjoy the sights. Oh, and make sure you get up a dawn for the scenic cruises. The sights are worth it.


632627
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ElOsoBlanco7



I think that’s the tour I was referring to.


ElOsoBlanco7
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Yeah, it is. Sorry I missed it. I just get all flustered when thinking of the Great White North.


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