Beginning to narrow down shore excursions choices. On HAL cruise latter part of August, 2005. In Skagway am interested in the White Pass Train trip, but the 3 hours without stopping and not being able to get off concerns me some. Also interested in whale watcing and a helicopter/glacier tour. It appears Juneau is the best place for these, but would it be possible to do both? If not, guess we'll forego the whale watching. Don't really have a good choice in Ketichan. Should we just explore on our own or maybe the Duck tour? If the prices aren't too far apart, prefer the ones offered by the cruiseline. All suggestions will be most appreciated. Thanks. It's our 3rd cruise, but 1st to Alaska.
In Ketchicans we are going on the "Best of Ketchican" excursion. Its a little of both -- with the float plane and tour . Look it up on the computer under excursions and let me konw what you think
The White Pass railroad is kind of long to be sitting but you can go out to the platforms for some or all of the trip. There is a lot to see. In Ketichan, the Misty Fjords boat trip is great. We saw a Humpback whale and several eagles and porpoises and some beautiful scenery. We did the glacier landing helicopter tour out of Skagway. It was the highlight of our trip. I don't know how that is out of another town.
And honestly, Skagway is a small town and there's not a lot to do in town so I would recommend some kind of excursion that day.
We are going on our first cruise to Alaska Sept 10, we booked our whale watching in Juneau through Capt. Larry and they were also able to book our helicopter glacier landing thru Coastal and they provide you with transportation to and from. In Skagway we are doing the Glacier lake kayaking and scenic rail. Like you we don't have anything really planned for Ketchikan, thought maybe we would go see the Lumberjack show. Hope you have a great time in Alaska!!!
I second the whale trip with Capt. Larry (Orca Enterprises).
We loved the White Pass rail trip. Beautiful scenery and plenty of history to boot. You'll trade sides of the train so you'll have the best viewing for 1/2 the trip. The other side isn't bad either however. I spent most of my time between cars since we had good weather.
The Duck tour in Ketchikan was goofy but a lot of fun. I recommend it. Walk up to Creek street too. Visit the Salmon ladder, they'll be there in Aug. Go up the funicular and walk down the married man's trail. Ketchikan is quite small and easy to walk.
In fact all of the towns the ships visit in Alaska are easy to walk around and window shop, etc.