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Old April 29th, 2009, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: Island Princess Jun 22, Vancouver to Alaska?

Originally Posted by BlueeyedBabyx3
How anyone ever taken the Vancouver to Alaska cruise? Is so, do you have any tips on thrings to bring or any advice at all.
Hi BlueeyedBabyx3,

We have been on the Island Princess to Alaaka twice before and it is one of our favorite ships. We are returning in a few weeks on the Island for another relaxing Alaskan cruise.

A few things to bring are binoculars, rain gear and try to dress in layers. Since there are very few electrical outlets in most cabins, a short extension cord with multiple outlets will come in handy if you have a lot of batteries you be needing to charge, for cameras, computers and such.
I always tell people to lay all their clothes and all the money they are planning to take on a cruise to Alaska and then take half the clothes and twice the money!

I can suggest a few of my personal favorite things to do, but there are so many choices that it just depends on what your personal interests are.

Ketchikan: Not to be missed is Creek Street, which is just a few blocks from the cruise dock. Totem Heritage Center and Saxman Native Village is also very interesting. There is also a public bus that runs around the whole city and takes about an hour for a round trip. It is a great way to rest after a hard day of shopping and sightseeing.

Juneau: The Red Dog Saloon is right at the beginning of town as you leave the pier. It is a fantastic place to see. I don't even drink but always like to stop in just to have a soft drink. Mendenhall Glacier is just a short distance from the pier and there are busses that will take you there for something like $5 or $6. There is also a salmon fish hatchery there, but I don't know if it is the right season for hatching fish. It is a bit pricey but a whale watching tour is very interesting and also a helicopter glacier landing tour is also a fantastic experience.

Skagway: You can take the train or rent a car and drive to Emerald Lake. If you do be sure and take your passport and ID's as you will cross into Canada. There is also a very interesting gold rush cemetery as you leave Skagway on the way to Emerald Lake, just before the railroad track.

Those are just a few suggestions and trust me there are so many more great things to do while on your cruise.

You may want to try the Alaskan board on this web-site, where you will find lots more information about Alaskan ports.

Hope some of this helps,

Enjoy your cruise!

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