Thinking about doing the White Pass train in Skagway....Which is the best way to book???Thru Princess cruise lines or on our own??? I read somewhere that we could save a bit if we booked ourselves and not thru the cruise line.....Any info would be appreciated...Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A major consideration is how long you are in port. If all day- 8pm departure, consider the pm train www.whitepassrailroad.com This will allow you to visit the Park Service Museum and take a walking tour. Will really enhance any later touring.
We booked White Pass on board the Infinity at $94 each however they have a ticket office right at the railway station....slightly lower price. We waited until we knew the weather conditions prior to booking. Our friends were in Skagway last year and it was overcast and cold which made for limited visibility traveling up the Pass. Very disappointing...it's an awesome sight.
I tried to book direct through the RR for August, but they told me they were already full for that day and I would have to go through the cruise line. I guess the cruise lines reserve a large number of tickets. If you want to book direct, try soon for your date. Probably no refunds if it is cloudy though.
Any comments on the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Raft Trip and
Lynn Fjord Cruise, Chilkat to Chilkoot Nature Tour, or the
Skagway Float Tour (Taiya River)? We are going in July and
want to do something other than the White Pass trip (did it
The Lynn Canal is done by the ship both coming and going out of Skagway- so that is not anything special. You are early for the Chilkat float- more eagles will be there mid Aug and on. It is ok, I have done it, only 25 % chance of other wildlife spotting. We saw a "moose dot" probably miles away- my son said it probably was cardboard. I have biked along the Tayia River- very scenic. tough choices.
There are no refunds if it is cloudy from the ship either. The RR always holds back tickets for non cruise passengers so it may not be wise to disclose this if not asked. Direct booked tickets for the RT Summit trip are $82.
The one nice thing about booking through the ship is that you step off the ship and right onto the train. Just a few feet apart. If you book on your own you have to hike to town to pick up the train. That was the only excursion we booked through the ship, all else we did on our own. If I had to do it over again, I'd book through the ship.
This is only true for the am train. Hopefully if you consider the pm train you would not be sitting on the ship waiting to your tour. In that case with the train leaving from town would be more convenient. I highly recommend the pm train for less mist and the opportunity to get to the Park Service museum at Broadway and Second for an excellent orientation re your later train trip via their museum , free walking tours and movie. The station is then 2 building away.