I was on an Alaskan cruise in 1998 on the Norwegian Wind. At the last minute, I took a Misty Fjords Seaplane flight. It was the highlight of my trip. The two girls in the plane with me had "partied" the night before. One fell asleep, and they both admitted to being a little queasy afterward. Oh, if you decide to go, take your camera. I had my old Pentax K1000 35 milimeter with a 210 zoom lens. With the zoom all the way out and the focus set on infinity, I only took a few shots, figuring they might not come out. They came out great! Enjoy!
Top tour is a Misty Fjord float plane, consider www.taquanair.com or www.islandwings.com, I have gone with both companies. This is a very "totem" intense port, go with Sourdough- if interested, goes to both Totem Bight and Saxman Village last year 2 for $50. You must go with a tour of Saxman as there is nothing written and a guide is necessary to get anything out of it. fishing is also tops here- I have gone with Northern Lights, it is also the best port for Kayaking. I know Ketchikan extremely well, walking tours for a budget option- pick up map at the dock visitor center. You are too early for the bear watching.
Thank You for the info. I am waiting for a response from Sourdough Tours. Did float plane, helo, etc. in years past. They are wonderful tours but the Ketchikan Highlights sounds just perfect for this trip. Karen, you always have such good info.....
IMHO the only time to visit the Inside Passage of Alaska is May. Previous cruise in early May was wonderful. Previous cruise in July was nothing but rain, overcast and 68 degrees. We cruise to cruise. We pick ships that are not port intensive. We love the cold and snow. I guess I am glad that most people go to Alaska in the prime months and not the buffer's of May & September.....
Can you tell me a bit more about the amphibious tour - we are 5 kids and 8 adults and I am looking at keeping expenses low. What else would you suggest in Ketchikan? Is the amphibious tour a good choice or is there something else you think would be fun for us?
Thanks in advance for your help.
In Ketchican, we did the "mail run" on a sea plane. It was great. We went wherever the plane had capacity to hold us and the mail.. In our case, it was to a logging camp to deliver mail and then to a fish camp to pick up pasengers who went to the traditional airport.. It was a great experience and less expensive than the "canned" tours . Can book it at the counter with all of the other tours at the pier> Happy cruising!
Sue & Bill wrote:
. I guess I am
> glad that most people go to Alaska in the prime months and
> not the buffer's of May & September.....
For clairfication- just about ALL Alaska sailings are full. They deeply discount until they are. In my experience for someone who spends all my time out on deck May is definately better than September.