Hi. Just booked Infinity 05/28/05 from San Francisco 12 day as 1st time cruisers. Love birdwatching and all nature. RV'd Alaska and took the Marine Ferry to Dutch Harbor in '01, sleeping on the deck. No experience with Inside Passage cities.
Husband lost legs last year. Walks on prostheses, a mile on easier surfaces, can do reasonable stairs with some effort. Cannot hike over rough terrain or climb over rocks. Recommendations really appreciated. Would love a whale watching trip, jeep offroad trip, railway. How hard is it to get in and out of these vessels/vehicles?? For instance, my husband cannot yet manage a kayak. Must be able to stand at regular intervals to relieve pressure from prostheses.
Jeep tours never get good reviews. But whale watching shouldn't be a problem if he can manage a few steps? I would recommend a small boat and consider Orca Enterprises out of Juneau. Again the White Pass RR would be fine if he can manage a few steps? They may also have a handicap access? Contact them directly. The ports are walkable from the docks, but shuttles are available from Juneau and Skagway, which I would encourage you to consider using. You may also be inclined to use ship tours, since their pick up is right from the dock at the ship.
Thanks for your thoughts. Our cabin is HC7141 with a veranda, although I will probably want to be up on the bow 20 hours a day checking for pelagic birds. Thanks Karen for your many informative posts! And, DBertell, good sailing! Post info when your are done so we can see the latest advice. Thanks.
He'll be able to stand on the train, no problem. I don't know about smaller whale watching boats, but on the large catamarans you can book through the ship, there's plenty of room for standing and walking.