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Old June 22nd, 2010, 07:58 PM
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First, thanks to everyone who have helped with all the advice thus far. After researching for-EV-er we finally booked with HAL on the Oosterdam leaving out of Seattle this July 18, and my Mom and Grandma are so excited! For us this is truly going to be the trip of a lifetime!

Right now I'm looking for things to do with my family at our various ports of call. Grandma has Parkinson's and some mobility issues, although she can stand and walk for a little bit. Steps for her would be iffy, although we could probably manage if it meant getting to something really good, like a good train ride.

Here's where we'll be...

Juneau.....7a-8p....Wed Jul 21
Sitka........8a-5p....Thu Jul 22 (tendered)
Ketchikan..7a-1p.....Fri Jul 23 (helicopter ride?)
Victoria....6p-11p...Sat Jul 24
Seattle....11a-11p..Sun Jul 25 (dinner at Space Needle?)

Keeping Grandma in mind can anyone suggest good things for us to do at these ports? Originally we thought we might be in Skagway for the train ride but unfortunately we won't be stopping there. So, if there are any good train rides in any of these cities we'll probably try to go for it. If possible money and time wise I'll probably try to take Mom on a helicopter ride in Ketchikan.

So, I'm all ears for your suggestions! Thanks so much for your time and your advice! I'm sure I'll be back here to let everybody know how it all goes!
Unfortunately, the only port of call with a railroad is Skagway.

But all of the ports of call have very worthwhile shore excursions -- indeed, more variety than any other cruise destination anywhere in the world, including Europe! -- and many of the shore excursions are wheelchair accessible.

>> In Juneau, the cruise ships dock at a warf that's right in the heart of downtown so you can walk to all of the major attractions in the downtown area. The state capital building is about four blocks from the warf, easily walkable. The Mount Roberts Tramway is right at the south end of the warf, but I'm not sure whether it's wheelchair accessible or not. Also, the Mendenhall Glacier is a unique attraction and the Salmon Bake is probably the best known.

>> Sitka is best known for its Russian heritage, as it was the Russian capital of the Alaskan colony. The Russian dancers put on a pretty good show, and the Raptor Center probably also would be a good take. (BTW, HAL's tenders have special lifts for transferring wheelchair passengers.)

>> In Ketchikan, the shore excursion to Saxman Village is an outstanding opportunity to encounter the indigenous culture of the Tlingit. Also, the warf where the cruise ships dock is in the heart of the downtown area.

>> In Victoria, I think that Butchart Gardens are a "must."

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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