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booked an Alaskan Cruise next June 23rd of 2018 on Norwegian Bliss. going to Ketchican, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria BC. Any recommendations what we should not miss or what we really need to do. I have never been on a cruise and never been to Alaska!!

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just got back from my first cruise a month ago. you will love it. what kinda of prices did you pay and where did you book?
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Go to cruisecritic to see all the inside info about the ship and cruise. We went 5 years ago and it was amazing. If the ship offers an excursion to see the glacier up close, do it! We went on a catamaran out to see the glacier calving while the cruise ship was miles away. So close we could see seals and seal pups.
Usually it is best not to book an excursion through the ship, but this was only offered through the ship. A catamaran took off and we went as close as you could safely get to the glacier and then it took us back to the ship enroute to the next destination. Unforgettable and really worth it.
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Four of us did a small boat whale watch in Juneau and when the whales got closer the cruise ship excursion left. We paid half the price and saw so many whales and seals. People on the ship excursion said they were disappointed.

There are quite a few companies that do independent excursions. Also, if you decide to go to Totem Pole Bight, read up on TripAdvisor.com and take the city bus. Admission is free and the bus could run $2. So much cheaper than ship excursion. I think the ship charged $30.
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just got back from my first cruise a month ago. you will love it. what kinda of prices did you pay and where did you book?

My daughter booked it through Norwegion. Not sure if it a slickdeal or not laugh out loud
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booked an Alaskan Cruise next June 23rd of 2018 on Norwegian Bliss. going to Ketchican, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria BC. Any recommendations what we should not miss or what we really need to do. I have never been on a cruise and never been to Alaska!!
We really enjoyed a rail and bus trip out of Skagway. If you google, you will find that there are quite a few. I don't remember the company we booked with but it was a great adventure for us. We saw black bear from the train and stopped along the side of the highway on the bus right next to a grizzly bear who was grazing on dandelions.

We did Princess in Alaska, but Norwegian was great for us on another trip because we didn't have to bring the formal clothes. They do have advance sign ups for shows and dinners -- even the free ones. I think signing up for the shows is worth doing but leave yourself open for the "free" dinners.
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I went on an Alaskan cruise it was nice but still haven't figured out why they stop in BC. I have no interest in visiting Canada. But the ship docks there for half a day. Waste of time in my opinion. Would have rather spent more time in Alaska. If you like Salmon, don't be tempted to buy in Alaska. Overpriced. You can buy the same stuff elsewhere.
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Great burgers there and stompin' piano player!
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If it's possible to extend your trip and leave earlier, Denali is amazing. The foliage isn't quite out in early June and you will see a lot more animals. We docked across from a beach in Juneau where we watched the eagles. There were about 20 of them just hanging on the beach.

Check TripAdvisor.com and you will find a good to-do list there along with advice on ways to cut costs -- such as taking the city bus to Totem Bight. We saved almost $60 but that's just two people and it sounds like there are others in your group. We had a fun ride -- crowded bus but rode with a group of other cruisers and some locals so it was pretty interesting.

On Princess, the dress was more casual than other trips I've been on. On Norwegian, some people won't dress at all. If you do plan on dinner in the dining room, a collared shirt such as a golf shirt is acceptable dress for men along with long pants. If you enjoy wine with dinner and don't buy a beverage package, then do bring your own. They will charge a $15 per bottle corkage fee -- but otherwise it will cost $28 for a Beringer white Zinfandel (a $4.99 wine).
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Oh man, Norwegian is awesome! Washy, washy, happy, happy! They sanitize everyone's hands at the restaurants! Works for me- germaphobe (sp?). The train- bus excursion is a must.
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