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Jack Berk Sep 07, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Secon attempt to post. Best dates to take this trip?
Do most people take insurance?

Mary McElroy Aug 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM

I'm going on the Inside Passage Up Close trip and am leaving a day early, Thursday Sept. 3 to have more time exploring Sitka. Is anyone else arriving early? Thanks to all the helpful clothing tips!
Mary McElroy

Loretta Farrier Aug 06, 2015 at 08:55 PM

My husband & I did this trip early June. Had a super time. Ship provided waterproof jacket & pants also boots. Dress was casual but take a warm jacket as it can get breezy on deck when your looking for whales etc. Everyone was friendly and our RS guides were super as were the ship's staff. You'll have a great time I'm sure.!!!
Authentic Adventures Aug 07, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Yes, I'll second the recommendation of a warm, compressable jacket or a couple lightweight layers, like a synthetic long sleeve top and a fleece to go over it, maybe a lightweight windbreaker too. I'd also recommend all synthetic 1st layer (underwear) as it's usually humid and things don't dry very quickly.

Joan Stanley Aug 06, 2015 at 02:05 PM

My husband and I are going on the Aug 13-21 Inside Passage and the literature doesnt seem to address what type of clothing and foot wear to bring. Any advise from those of you have taken the trip or are presently going on the Aug trip.
Nancy Llewellyn Aug 06, 2015 at 06:29 PM

I went 2 years ago and adored it. The ship is actually a converted catamaran. When I went it held 50 Road Scholar folks and a crew of 22. The rooms are not staterooms, but mostly small cabins. That being said, it was the best trip ever, The boat wasn't too large so it could go where large cruise ships could not go, and because it was just Road Scholar folks we got to meet each other. The food was spectacular, and everything else was casual. Take casual clothes, including a light down jacket and maybe a heavy wool sweater. I also used silk underwear to keep me warm. I also took a paid or weatherproof boots, ankle length, and weatherproof sneakers. On board, dress is quite casual so don't worry too much about dressing up. Maybe a nice pair of pants and a pretty top for an evening or two.
Authentic Adventures Aug 07, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I usually travel carry-on only, so I wore a pair of Keen water-resistant, sneeker-height hiking shoes and a pair of Crocs (very lightweight) for onboard wear. I also brought a pair of shower shoes that weigh almost nothing, since I'm a little concerned about picking up something in unfamiliar shower facilities. That's just me and my semi-OCD. Of course, my wife would say "SEMI?!"

Authentic Adventures Jul 13, 2015 at 04:57 PM

I just returned from an extended version of this trip and would gladly answer questions. I was on the Alaskan Dream, a sister ship of the Baranof Dream and Admiralty Dream. It wasn't a RS trip, but it was with the same company that RS charters with. I would have preferred a RS trip, but they don't offer one that explores all of southeast Alaska (from Glacier Bay in the north to Ketchikan in the south). It's a wonderful experience and you'll be glad you went!
Darla Taylor Jul 21, 2015 at 10:14 PM

Probably a strange question but have been obsessing about what shoes work best for that trip. Going on the Baranof Dream August 4th

Premium Email Subscriber Jul 02, 2015 at 05:11 PM

My wife and I are going on the Aug. 4 Inside passage trip. Anybody else?

Mike Lieber, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Darla Taylor Jul 21, 2015 at 10:13 PM

My daughter and I are going on the Aug 4th trip. Really looking forward to it. I am from the Atlanta, GA area and she is from New Hampshire. We will see you all on the 4th.

John Azelvandre Apr 07, 2015 at 02:26 PM

My husband and I are going on the Alaska Inside Passage up Close July 16-24, 2015. We are from Ohio and have never been to Alaska.
Would like to hear from anyone going on this date. Mary Azelvandre
Art Beutler Jun 09, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Art Beutler & Bev Boughner-Beutler are attending! We are from Indiana, flying our of South Bend. Will probably be late arrivals! Hoping for a great adventure.
Art Beutler Jul 09, 2015 at 05:39 PM

Art Beutler Jul 09, 2015 at 05:40 PM

I have never been to Alaska either. I am so looking forward to this adventure.

Loretta Farrier Nov 24, 2014 at 02:50 PM

Is anyone going on the Alaska Inside Passage Up Close tour June 5- June 13, 2015?
ANN R RICHARDS Nov 24, 2014 at 03:02 PM

I am not but make your plans even if you don't find a roommate. I went on it last year. Ended up rooming alone, but it was the most very awesome trip! Amazing and very well run. Have fun!

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