From: Marcia R. on 14 Jun 2010 13:39
John Sisker wrote:
> "Bill" <billrubin(a)prodigy.net> wrote in message
>> On 6/13/2010 1:38 AM, Marcia R. wrote:
>>> OK, thanks. You know I over think stuff, but here I go. LOL. Princess
>>> offers the train as a shore excursion. For some reason, the price isn't
>>> listed, but I printed the info out a while back and then it cost $125.
>> Interesting that Princess does not seem to have their excursion prices
>> on their site. I am sailing HAL to Alaska, and their prices are
>> available, and they are $119 for the train, which is cheaper than the
>> price you quoted Princess. I know they are run differently but you'd
>> think that sister companies would the same formula for calculating
>> what they charge for the same excursion.
> Once you have an official booking with Princess Cruises, their detailed
> Shore Excursion information is available through the 'Cruise
> Personalizer' section on their website, including the prices.
That's where I must have found it the first time, thanks. I was
beginning to think I was losing my mind. LOL.
> We ourselves have opted for the Princess sponsored shore excursion for
> the White Pass Railroad in Skagway, which is indeed $125 per person. Our
> scheduled time is 8:10 am to 11:00 am. This is for our Alaska
> Cruise/Tour this coming August. This will also leave us time for some
> shopping and additional picture opportunities after the train trip,
> along with plenty of time to get back to the ship before it sails. We
> normally choose early excursion times, just for this reason.
> While the price may be $119 for the train from HAL (Holland American
> Line), and for what appears to be the same thing on the surface, there
> no-doubt is a lot more to this than just comparing surface prices. The
> bottom line is, it is what it is.
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From: Marcia R. on 14 Jun 2010 13:40
> On 6/13/2010 3:15 PM, Marcia R. wrote:
>> We were thinking of doing the shops before the train and taking the
>> later one. I found a list of the shops but not the times they open in
>> the morning. Does anyone here know? We just have to figure out our
>> timing, so we can get back to the ship to drop stuff off, grab
>> something in the buffet...if it's open...and get to the train that we
>> are booking through Princess. Then we can just relax and get back on
>> the ship after the train.
> Like Charles mentioned, if the ships are there, the shops will be
> open. There will be food in the buffet. Get in line for the train at
> least 15 minutes early, in order to get a good seat.
> If you sit on the left side of the train, you will see spectacular
> views, while they are explaining the history behind what you are
> seeing. Like Jean said, no matter which side of the train you are on,
> you will see everything, since you will switch. They provide bottled
> water on the train and it does get cold as you go up the mountain, so
> dress appropriately.
Perfect, thanks so much.
From: Tom K on 14 Jun 2010 16:36
On 6/13/10 10:36 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
> "Marcia R."<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
>> Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>>> "Marcia R."<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
>>>> peter wrote:
>>>>> X-no-archive: yes On 6/13/10 10:27 PM, in article
>>>>> hv3eur$hsm$1(a)news.eternal-september.org, "Jean O'Boyle"
>>>>>> I think you are right about sticking with the train
>>>>>> both ways,
>>>>> OTOH, the benefit of the combined tour obviously is that the bus takes
>>>>> different route. We had a great bus guide and even saw a couple of
>>>>> bears, a
>>>>> moose and an eagle along the way. BTW: don't forget your passport as
>>>>> will enter Canada (if they will let you in) and you can have your
>>>>> stamped (if you insist and don't mind looking silly).
>>>> They said we didn't need it on this train because we don't get off in
>>>> Canada. I was thinking about bringing it with me anyway. Thanks. We're
>>>> also stopping in Victoria, so that's where I'm going to try to get it
>>> You don't need a passport, Marcia, as you do not exit the train. We just
>>> carried our shipboard card and a driver's license in case a photo ID was
>>> required... which wasn't. Did you buy your tickets directly from the
>>> railroad or did you go to Princess online and book them?
>> My niece is buying them...since she's getting a free cruise LOL...but as
>> far as I know, she's doing it through Princess. Don't know if she's
>> waiting until we get on the ship or not. We haven't gotten that far.
> My advice is to do it online with Princess as soon as possible as that is a
> very popular excursion...especially since you want a specific time.
With HAL we only paid $4 more than the normal railway price... that
doesn't come across as a rip off.
From: Nonny on 14 Jun 2010 17:08
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
> On 6/13/10 8:59 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>> Hi Tom,
>> Since your seats reverse, you will see both sides..starboard
>> going up and
>> portside coming back or vice versa! If I were to take it
>> again, I would
>> start on the port side (facing towards the engine)
> Are there seats that face backward?
Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like benches,
but with a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you sit
on the opposite side of the bench and thus face the other way.
That way, you can always face forward without having to turn the
car around. If the people sharing the bench (2 or 3, as I recall)
agree, you could flip the back over to deliberately face the rear
of the train, rather than the front.
On most days,
it's just not worth
the effort of chewing
through the restraints..
From: peter on 14 Jun 2010 17:24
X-no-archive: yes On 6/14/10 11:08 PM, in article
fO2dnWuQOeTOB4vRnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d(a)giganews.com, "Nonny" <Null(a)gmail.com>
> Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like benches,
> but with a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you sit
> on the opposite side of the bench and thus face the other way.
Correct. Boyle's statement that all seats face forward is erroneous. As is
her recommendation that you take the train both ways, except when you're in
a wheel chair which they won't allow in the bus.
> That way, you can always face forward without having to turn the
> car around. If the people sharing the bench (2 or 3, as I recall)
> agree, you could flip the back over to deliberately face the rear
> of the train, rather than the front.