Pre-cruise: rented a car and went to Denali NP for two days. Back to Anchorage the night before embarkation. Stayed at the Motel 6 in midtown Anchorage - very nice hotel (only $98).
Day 0 - from Anchorage to Whittier
Dropped rental car at the airport and waited for our ride. We decided on the Alaska Transportation Group for the transfer to Whittier. Their bus arrived at the airport ahead of schedule (12:30PM) - or so we thought. They'd had some debarkation delays earlier that morning, and they were still dropping people off. The bus went to several hotels in downtown Anchorage and then doubled back to the airport. It wasn't until after 2PM that we were underway. Once out of the city, we traveled down the highway as it started raining. (Anchorage had been sunny that morning.) We made it to the tunnel just before the 3:30PM opening, and drove to the ship. Embarkation was a breeze. We dropped our suitcases in a container and checked in, only 5 minutes waiting time. It was still pouring down rain, and we traversed the (partially) covered walkway from the terminal to the ship.