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#199290 - 07/08/10 06:10 PM 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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2011 Alaska Cruise Registration Website

I thought it was time to start this new Forum since the Reunion Cruise is happening in 2011...

Needless to say the Brady's are going. The Steele's are going too. You ask who are the Steele's, well my lovely wife Sue's maiden name is Steele and she has two brothers and two sisters and they and their spouses are joining us on the cruise. So we will be doing a Steele family Reunion and a Harbour Lights Family Reunion Cruise all in one..
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#199291 - 07/08/10 06:55 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Even though my employment status is a bit shaky, I am planning to attend.
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#199292 - 07/08/10 08:12 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I registered yesterday!
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#199293 - 07/08/10 08:12 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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My employment status is shaky too, but I want to attend.
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#199294 - 07/08/10 08:25 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Joe and I will be going. towel
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#199295 - 07/08/10 09:32 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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We will be there! This is my first cruise. Can anyone explain to me the pros and cons of the different staterooms? Fore, midships and aft? (yes I know what they mean) I can't figure out how much it matters which kind of room we get, and don't want to blow money we could spend elsewhere.
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#199296 - 07/08/10 09:40 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
Angels Gate Offline
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Gary and I want to be there! It will be our first cruise, also.
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#199297 - 07/08/10 09:50 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Quote:
Originally posted by wvlights0:
We will be there! This is my first cruise. Can anyone explain to me the pros and cons of the different staterooms? Fore, midships and aft? (yes I know what they mean) I can't figure out how much it matters which kind of room we get, and don't want to blow money we could spend elsewhere.
Laura,

I have done two cruises- a 7 day to Bermuda and a 14 day to Europe (UK, Ireland, Norway & Denmark). I planned an alaskan cruise for my mother and sister several years ago and I know a number of people who've taken Alaskan cruises as well.

The biggest pro on a cruise to Alaska is having a stateroom with a balcony. They have floor to ceiling doors so you can stay inside the cabin if it's a bit cool but since one of the main reasons to take this cruise is to see the scenery a balcony is really nice to have.

I wish we had one on the European cruise but it would have been a waste of money on the Bermuda cruise.

Bottom line- if you really need to cut some corners money wise you should opt for a balcony - or at the very least not an inside stateroom.

As far as position of the stateroom mid-ships can be the most calm and quiet area- the stern may be a bit noisy with the engine sounds.

Mid-ship and forward you do need to make sure that you are not directly above or below a noisy area of the ship. Finding a cabin not right next to the elevators is a good thing as well.

I looked at the prices and the difference between the Ocean view and the Concierge level staterooms is not that much and you do get some nice extras- especially early on and off of the ship if that is something you'd like and a slightly larger veranda (balcony). The other extras are mostly creature comforts and can be done without.

The shore excursions presently listed are not that expensive- and include lighthouses on most of them- but keep in mind that in some ports you might be able to save some money and go on your own or just stay on or near the ship.

You can save lots of money on board if you don't drink things other than water, coffee, tea or ice tea. These are all usually free. Alcoholic and even soft drinks you have to pay for and they are not cheap- especially the alcholic ones. Soft drinks you can usually buy a one price pass for all you can drink. it's only a deal if you know you are going to drink a lot of soda.

If you don't go to any of the speciality restaurants your food will all be included.

Stay out of the casino and don't use the internet unless you really have to as that can be very expensive as well.

Sorry to go on so long. any other questions I'll be glad to help with or i'm sure someone else will cover them.

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#199298 - 07/08/10 09:51 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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If you talk to Rod on the 27th of July, he will explain in detail all of the differences.. You do feel motion more towards the bow than in the amidships area. You also feel motion a little more the higher you are deck wise..

If you are claustrophobic I would suggest a window for sure.. You are in you room mostly just to sleep but having said that Sue and I are going with a balcony this time, we didn't the last time we made the Inside Passage cruise in 1997.. We decided to go ahead and spoil ourselves a little bit with a balcony room with Concierge this trip.

It looks like Dennis beat me posting by a minute and he went into a lot of good detail..

Rod will help you understand all of the differences; he is very knowledgeable when it comes to all of the Cruise differences and will be very helpful..
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#199299 - 07/08/10 09:52 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I'm hoping to be able to make this Reunion. Unfortunately we've also got a wedding in Texas in May and another Reunion Cruise- Esther's 40th High School class- happening in May as well.

We may have to put the three things in a hat and pick blindly. I just can't see us doing all 3 unless I win the lottery.

Dennis

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#199300 - 07/08/10 09:57 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Fellow Lighthousers,

I fully intend to participate. And I would like one of the rooms with a balcony. If I can't get one, I don't believe I will go. See you all in a year - I hope.

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#199301 - 07/08/10 09:57 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Linda and I are atending and registered last night. It will be our first cruise as well.
We opted for a concierge level balcony stateroom.

Dennis, thanks for the info you posted. It answered some of the questions we had.
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#199302 - 07/09/10 12:10 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Bill and I have registered even though we have been on an Alaskan cruise. Since the focus is lighthouses and the HL Reunion we didn't want to miss this one. We always said that if we ever took another cruise we would definitely get a balconey so we opted for the Concierge level. I'm still not sure how we can see "almost 60 lighthouses" but we're ready to check it out and have a great time in one of our favorite states.

Judy

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#199303 - 07/09/10 12:51 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I am going with a Concierge level stateroom as well. Ladybug and I are rooming together like we did for the last reunion. Totally looking forward to this event!
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#199304 - 07/09/10 02:52 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Larry and I are registered and look forward to seeing fellow lighthouse enthusiasts as we cruise to some spectacular locations. We registered for a concierge stateroom with balcony since this will be our 35th wedding anniversary gift to each other. We have cruised before, but only in warm locations so this will be a challenge to get enough warm clothes packed in a piece of luggage that won't break the bank when we check in at the airport!
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#199305 - 07/09/10 02:55 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Ms SHARON & The RIP have registered with deposit
LOOKING FORWARD to this one!!!!!!
Rip
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#199306 - 07/09/10 05:05 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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You can use your cellphone when you're on land in Alaska. Verizon was included in the 50 states,
Never use on the ship.

Balcony is a must if you can afford it but even in an inside room you can still go up on deck for the Glacier Day.
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#199307 - 07/11/10 03:04 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Did anyone go with the boat direct or with the travel agent? Is his prices the same? Where does the registraion fee get applied to? is it for Harbor lights or the cruise?

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#199308 - 07/11/10 03:25 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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My understanding is that the registration fee is in addition to the cruise prices quoted. I think you'll find it covers the expenses of Harbour Lights to set up and operate this event.

You can compare the prices direct, but if you want to participate in the group events, I expect you'll have to purchase through the selected cruise management service operated by Rod Hunt.

The prices quoted by HL include all tips and taxes, etc. (Side trips arranged by Rod are additional.)
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#199309 - 07/11/10 04:30 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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The bus side trip in Victoria, BC is included the package price, which includes a visit to Ogden Point Breakwater Light and Fisgard Lighthouse & Museum.
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#199310 - 07/11/10 06:55 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I realize that being a very infrequent poster to this site, my opinion could be minimal. But after reading WackoPaul's post last night, I was extremely stressed and had a terrible night's sleep. But I had to write this. So here it is.
My wife and I really wanted to attend. We actually began filling out the registration. This would have been our first cruise. We think this would have been a very enjoyable journey with other lighthouse enthusiasts. But being a former travel agent myself, I thought we would earn a group rate and a discount would be awarded. (I have negotiated with other cruise lines in my history and gotten significant discounts for the group members. Maybe times have changed and commissions are no longer paid.) Instead the members need to pay a premium for "administrative" costs. (I thought this is why the cruise lines paid commissions. I know that the travel agent I worked for would get a commission if they booked it.)
Wanting a balcony, the additional cost over Celebrity's rack rate would be almost $750. With the additional airfare of almost $1000 (since we live in a rural area and the regional airport is outrageously expensive), the cost is somewhat prohibitive. For some, +$700 isn't a big deal. But we have a daughter in college and it is costing us over $10,000 a year out of pocket and the additional costs (registration fees, premium costs...) are just a bit much. Yes we could take a smaller cabin and save money. I could also save money by not buying HL lighthouses...but why?
In my opinion, if the passenger books it through the cruise line themselves (or in my case, my former employer), with a small "registration fee" we should be able to attend the event. Just my opinion.
I do not blame anyone for this. It is what it is. I was just hoping it could be done a bit cheaper.
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#199311 - 07/11/10 07:25 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Larry, I am sorry if my post caused you stress, I don't understand why my posts would...

I would suggest that you should address your questions to either Tony at Harbour Lights or to Rod when he get back from his trip on July 27th..

Also Larry, your opinion counts for as much as any other's opinion here in the Forums..

You can call Tony at 1-800-365-1219 or email to tconstantino@harbourlights.com
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#199312 - 07/11/10 09:06 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Larry, I think it was my post that referred to the registration fee, etc. As Paul suggests, contact Tony Monday and ask him. My answers were speculation based on pre-announcement conversations with Tony; Tony can give you the scoop on whether you can book directly with Celebrity and save.
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#199313 - 07/12/10 01:19 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I spoke to Rod (after I registered) and even though he is out of town if you call his office and tell his assistant you would like to talk to him, he will get in touch with you. He sounds like a great guy and is working hard to accomodate us all. I agree with John and Paul, Larry. Give Tony or Rod a call. It doesn't hurt to ask.

I have been to all the H.L. Reunions and always thought the registration fee covers all the goodies, printing of programs or whatever materials we get, as well as the exclusive replicas. Who knows what else it covers; I suspect administrative costs. I just know that when I worked and we attended conventions the registration fees were a lot more than what we pay for H.L. Reunions even though right now money is a lot tougher to come by!

Hopefully you can get everything worked out Larry and be part of this special trip.

Judy

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#199314 - 07/12/10 05:06 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Judy, I believe the exclusive replicas will be a separate cost as they have been in the past. They will be available only to those on the Reunion Cruise..
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#199315 - 07/12/10 06:06 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Didn't we get some free at past reunions? Maybe I am just thinking of the thumbnails.

I remember in San Diego they were numbered according to our registration order received or was it order received? Funny how the memory gets clouded as one ages! Do you think they are doing that again?


Judy

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#199316 - 07/12/10 06:19 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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You got some thumbnails and a couple of mini's..

I don't have any inside info about that and I couldn't tell you if I did because Don, Harry and Tony would kill me..

I do know who is giving one of the Seminars and what it is about.. cool
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#199317 - 07/12/10 06:33 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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[QUOTE from WackoPaul]The bus side trip in Victoria, BC is included the package price, which includes a visit to Ogden Point Breakwater Light and Fisgard Lighthouse & Museum.[/QUOTE]

I am confused, if the bus side trip is included in the package price, why does the site say the excursion is an additional $35 and also limited seating?
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#199318 - 07/12/10 06:42 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Now I am confused, where did you read - an additional $35 and also limited seating?

On the 'add on excursion' page it says: Our "Grand Finale" is for all and is included in your Reunion Registration Fee..

The only thing I can find for $35 is: Specialty Dining Option $35

Shore Excursions
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#199319 - 07/12/10 10:35 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
MelJB Offline
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It was there on the 7th and have sent you a scan of the page I printed out on that day. It has now been replaced with the verbiage "Our Grand Finale is for all and is included in your Reunion Registration Fee". Paul, I sent you a scan of the page in reply to your email. If I had not printed it out I would have thought I was having a senior moment, (at least about this). nono
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#199320 - 07/12/10 10:42 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I spoke to Rod about that when we discussed our registration. Apparently that $35 wasn't supposed to be listed there but the notice about the trip details went out sooner than he thought it was to go out. Rod took it off the web site now. Those of us who saw it must have been the early birds who registered right away!

There is no $35 fee for the BC trip and Paul is right, about the $35 for the Specialty Dining Option. That is for the last night and they are offering limited seating for the Specialty Dining option. I can't remember if he said 30 or 60 people would be accomodated. He said that it was a sit down 5-course dinner rather than the buffet that is included in the cost. It is optional but he said to let everyone know it is limited so if a nice dinner sounds inviting for $35 sign up now before they fill up.

Judy

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#199321 - 07/14/10 07:22 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Elizabeth and I have registered. We are looking forward to catching up with old friends.

Sean

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#199322 - 07/14/10 05:06 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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It will be great to see you and Elizabeth again, Sean..
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#199323 - 07/14/10 07:46 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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HEY I'm Registered also smile . Will enjoy seeing all the old friends and meeting new ones welcome . This Cruise will take two off my bucket list (taking a cruise & seeing Alaska) groupwave
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#199324 - 07/14/10 09:04 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I decided to do the train excursion (even though a little pricy) in addition to all the others, only because I will probably never get back up to Alaska again and want to see as much of it as possible, even if there are no lighthouses on this part.
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#199325 - 07/14/10 10:37 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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We decided to go on the train because, Sue hasn't been on a train since she was a child. It has probably been 25 or 30 years since I shot news stories while riding on trains..

Sue and I are glad to see you are going, Twiggy, it wouldn't be a real Harbour Lights Reunion without you..
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#199326 - 07/14/10 10:51 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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The McGreevy's will be going as well as my grandfather and his girl friend. This will be my second Alaska cruise and my 10th cruise total. I am excited to be going back. I have taken the train ride and it is a wonderful trip. We have signed up for all three of the excursions.

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#199327 - 07/14/10 11:19 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I am posting this for Doyne and Cindy Cole, they are registered for the Alaska Harbour Lights Reunion Cruise.
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#199328 - 07/15/10 04:30 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Jeff and I will be there also, this is our first cruise. We plan for a balcony.

Laura,my sister,and I are new to lighthousing compaired to most of you, but we are enjoying them!!!

Because our husbands will be with us it will NOT qualify as our sister trip for 2011. We still get to plan another.

Now that I am sure we are going my mind is spinning, like the Northern Light(I hope to see them). applaud
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#199329 - 07/15/10 07:29 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Does anyone know the lights that can be viewed from the boat during the cruise?

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#199330 - 07/15/10 09:06 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Rod can give you the best answer since he has made the cruise recently..

The time that we did the Inside Passage Cruise it was with a bunch of TV people and we probably went by several when we 1st left Vancouver and the bosses threw a party at that time so I didn't get to see any then.. Since we are leaving from Seattle I don't know how many we will go by close enough to see.. Plus we didn't go near Victoria on our trip.

I am sure we will pass some at night since a lot of the traveling is done at night.. The side excursions have been arranged so there will be those seen closer than when we are cruising..

I would check with Rod to get the route of the ship; there are more numbers in the BC Lighthouse Map as we go and come but I don't know how close.. That is why I suggested binoculars as part of the goodie bags..

AK Lighthouse Map
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#199331 - 07/16/10 01:03 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Rod has made this trip and told me when he gets home he will tell us all the possable lights we can see and a schedule. He will post pics too. Thats if the ship does the same route.

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#199332 - 07/16/10 01:07 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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I was checking Lighthousefriends.com and it dosent look like we will see a good many of the lights in Alaska. The side trips are for only 3 lights and one ship. The bus is only one, That leaves many not to be seen. I am wondering if there will be another way to see more?

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#199333 - 07/16/10 01:25 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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That would be nice to get a list and schedule of possible lights. I still don't understand where they got the "...almost sixty lighthouses." That just doesn't compute!

Judy

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#199334 - 07/16/10 01:30 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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We will also pass some Washington Lights.. WA Lighthouse Map
Probably going and coming.. The cruise ships usually take two different routes. We did Inside Passage on the way North and Pacific Ocean side on the way South..
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#199335 - 07/16/10 01:37 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Is anyone gong to arrange a before or after lighthousing in WA trip like we had during the Mackinac Reunion? Wouldn't that be great?!!!
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#199336 - 07/16/10 01:39 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Yes that is in the works..
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#199337 - 07/16/10 01:39 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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#199338 - 07/16/10 01:44 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Nothing final yet.. But hopefully that will come together..

You can follow Sue and I if you want; I am driving and probably taking around a month in all, as we will be visiting different sites both going and coming..

We plan to stop at places like Mesa Verde, Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Yellowstone, etc, etc, etc as Yul Brynner would say ..

Since we have been to all of these sites before, I guess you could call it the Brady Reunion Tour.. We had planned to do the Reunion Tour to the Northwest even before we knew there was going to be a cruise, talk about timing..
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#199339 - 07/16/10 08:46 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
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Cam and I have sent in the registration information. I told John that I had also planned on a cruise to Alaska in 2011 in hopes that the Cutter STORIS will finally make it's return to Juneau to become a Coast Guard and Alaska Maritime History museum by that time. I hope to see her again while I'm there, but not sure how quickly it will actually make the trip up from San Francisco Bay.
I also look forward to seeing many early collectors again as well as meeting new friends.

The other Rich

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#199340 - 07/16/10 05:25 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
MelJB Offline
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Loc: Franktown, CO, USA
Thanks for the offer Paul! Ladybug has also offered to show me around the WA lights if a "deluxe motor coach" tour does not come to pass.
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#199341 - 07/16/10 06:34 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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Posts: 8949
Loc: Indy
Hi Rich, it will be great to see you again! I was trying to think when the last time was, I think maybe the Sacramento Regional, did you make the Oakland Regional?
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#199342 - 07/17/10 06:36 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
RRohweder Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 764
Loc: Eureka, CA
Hi Paul. I did make the Oakland Regional, but I think the last time we saw you was at Cedar Point. Looking forward to it once again.

Rich

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#199343 - 07/17/10 03:58 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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Posts: 8949
Loc: Indy
Wow, I forgot all about Cedar Point.. They say the memory is the 2nd thing to go and I forget what the 1st thing to go is..
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#199344 - 07/17/10 07:08 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
wheland Offline
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Registered: 08/22/99
Posts: 3866
Loc: Trenton, NJ USA
I've come to the conclusion that as much as I'd love to make this trip I'm going have to pass for various reasons.

I have three potential trips/committments between May and June 2011 and just can't physically or fiscally do all of them.

This trip unfortunately comes in third in the race and has to be eliminated first.

A cruise to Alaska is still on my personal bucket list but it isn't likely to happen in 2011 and is even less likely to happen with this trip no matter how much we would enjoy the company.

Dennis

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#199345 - 07/18/10 06:08 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 8949
Loc: Indy
I talked with Derith this morning and she is in route to be with her mother who recently has experienced failing health.. She will be without internet until the 26th. She asked me to post this on the Forums since her name had been mentioned as possibly seeing other lighthouses in the area.

Derith and the Bradys had already committed to doing a tour of lighthouses in the Northwest in 2011, even before the Cruise idea came about.

She is registered for the cruise and is waiting to hear back from Rod before she can start planning whether a pre or post light tour. She isn't planning on a bus tour at this time but she will talk to Rod and discuss different possibilities. She did mention that she originally had planned on doing with us was going to take around 5 days…but she also is looking at the possibility of something just around the Seattle area.

This is in the very early stage of planning and there will be a lot more in coming days after she talks with Rod and after she gets back home from her Mom's.
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#199346 - 07/18/10 06:37 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
Charles Winston Berry Offline
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Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Plainfield,In
WackyCharlie here, MargaretAnn and I are registered, for the cruise, dinner, and all the side trips. Looking forward to seeing you all, again. We'll be flying out, non-stop, I hope. Keep the lights shinning. The Berrys

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#199347 - 07/18/10 08:13 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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A couple more Hoosier Lighthousing Club members, welcome aboard Charlie and MargaretAnn!!
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#199348 - 07/18/10 08:32 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
mghusge Offline
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Registered: 10/28/99
Posts: 212
Loc: Clearwater, Fl. USA
Nettie and I have registered. Looking forward to seeing lighthouse friends.
Mike

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#199349 - 07/19/10 01:07 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
fra02441 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 904
Loc: old bridge, new jersey,usa
I am going with Rich. Please keep me in mind when Derith plans one of her great trips. I heard she has a golden key to get into places that you cant get into. This should be a great trip. So far I dont see us seeing to many of the Alaska lights. The bulk is in Canada on the way up. I could be wrong, It would not be the first time. I hope we can get to see the Northern lights one night. I am counting the months for this trip.

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#199350 - 07/20/10 03:56 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
Shortcake Offline
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Registered: 07/26/01
Posts: 2405
Loc: Mobile,AL,USA
Dose anybody have thier cabin number yet? Would be nice to see how close we all are to one another. Joe and I are booked for 8156. Ofcourse I guess that all could change between now and then?
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#199351 - 07/20/10 05:53 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
MelJB Offline
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Registered: 04/21/02
Posts: 1728
Loc: Franktown, CO, USA
Ladybug and I are in 8090.
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#199352 - 07/20/10 09:38 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
Rrronne Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 599
Loc: Parker, CO USA
we sent in our registration on 7/7 and exchanged e-mails with Mr. Hunt but no phone call to pay deposit or firm up details. I am getting nervous that we are going to be left out in the cold. Is he away on something and will start contacting again on 7/27?
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New Dungeness Light Station Association

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#199353 - 07/20/10 09:55 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
keeperpam2 Offline
Wacko

Registered: 07/08/99
Posts: 470
Loc: Janesville,WI USA
Perhaps you could call one of the numbers below...these were on the web site
Paradise.Bound.net

For more details on a personal level give Rod a call toll free at 888.325.3225....Rod Hunt
or
Open 7 days a week! M-F 9-6 & S-S 10-5 - In the PACIFIC TIME Zone
541-383-8107

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#199354 - 07/20/10 10:39 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 8949
Loc: Indy
He is on a trip and will return by next Tuesday.. He is checking his email regularly while he is on the road..
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#199355 - 07/21/10 04:00 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
fra02441 Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 904
Loc: old bridge, new jersey,usa
The Dollingers have 8030

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#199356 - 07/25/10 03:26 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
GoreWorld Offline
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Registered: 04/28/01
Posts: 11
Loc: Annapolis, MD
The Gores (Dave and Laura) from Annapolis, MD area are going as well. We just registered this week and finalized things with Rod yesterday (he is back now). We'll be in cabin 8062 (I believe). We attended the Mackinaw reunion in 05 and had a great time. Although we were in Alaska as recently as 08, we couldn't pass up this opportunity. Looking forward to seeing some HL collectors that we met at the last reunion.
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Wacko HL Collector
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#199357 - 07/25/10 03:32 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
GoreWorld Offline
Newbie

Registered: 04/28/01
Posts: 11
Loc: Annapolis, MD
P.S. Although my status still inicates "Newbie" since I don't post on here that often, I have been a serious HL collector since the mid 90s.

Dave
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Wacko HL Collector
Crownsville, MD

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#199358 - 07/25/10 06:25 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
Rrronne Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 599
Loc: Parker, CO USA
Rod called us this morning and we are all set. Our stateroom is 8074. Now if we could just speed up the calendar.
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President - Colorado Lighthouse Collectors Society
New Dungeness Light Station Association

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#199359 - 07/25/10 02:54 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
GoreWorld Offline
Newbie

Registered: 04/28/01
Posts: 11
Loc: Annapolis, MD
Randall - we'll almost be neighbors. Look forward to meeting you on the cruise.
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Wacko HL Collector
Crownsville, MD

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#199360 - 07/25/10 04:07 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
keeperpam2 Offline
Wacko

Registered: 07/08/99
Posts: 470
Loc: Janesville,WI USA
Ron...glad to see that your reservations are confirmed!
This all takes me back to the first and second reunion when it was first come first serve.....I was a nervous wreck because I was just starting to fly for the first time, and traveling alone. I believe with the first reunion, I faxed my reservations in.

Anyway, I sure am ready to see old friends and make new ones!!

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#199361 - 07/25/10 11:28 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
HCS Offline
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Registered: 02/06/06
Posts: 1561
Loc: North Carolina, USA
Eldred Rock - Sentinel Island - Umatilla Lightship - posted thanks to Paul!






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#199362 - 07/25/10 11:59 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
WackoPaul Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 8949
Loc: Indy
Thanks, Hilari for sharing these images in the HL Alaska Cruise thread..

With Hilari's permission I did a little Photoshop magic on her Eldred Rock Lighthouse image.. I thought it turned out kind of cool, if that is still what is said these days..

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#199363 - 07/26/10 01:05 AM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
MrsTLC Offline
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Registered: 04/19/00
Posts: 1962
Loc: Valley of the Sun
That is cool makes it look like a sketch. Very interesting. Nice photos Hilari.
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#199364 - 07/26/10 09:23 PM Re: 2011 Alaska Reunion Cruise Who's Going
rscroope Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 6801
Loc: Long Island, New York, USA
Very COOOOL! Paul.

Congrats on posting photos Hilari! Nice shots!
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