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Old August 5th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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I will be going on a 7-day Alaskan cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess. In Ketchikan, I can't decide between the rainforest wildlife sanctuary or the rain forest canoe adventure. In Juneau, I can't decide between the Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest or the Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter Tour (only gets you on glacier for 1/2 hour). If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.

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Old August 5th, 2005, 04:42 PM
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As you have found out, Alaska isn't a one time trip.

Neither of your Ketchikan tours are "top" choices and if wildlife a priority, choose something else. I don't know where the canoe goes and the other tour is now a "developed" area and new zip lines added, so even less chance for wildlife. But does offer plenty of flora and good reviews of the guides.
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What is a "top" choice?
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Old August 6th, 2005, 06:37 AM
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Misty Fjords flightseeing. fly in bear watching.

Determine what your priorities are,
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My recommendations.

Juneau: The helicopter and dog sledding. Still gives time to take the tram to Mt. Roberts, ABSOLUTELY a fantastic view. The tram leaves every 30 minutes, you do not need to book it through the cruise line. Good hiking trails if your inclined. The ship docks almost right next door.
Red Dog Saloon for a fun time and very famous, a few blocks from where the ship is docked. Have a libation and fun.

We did the Mendenhal Glacier and were on top for around 45 minutes, gets cold so that time was enough and a good narrative of the glacier. Great adventure, especially if you have never been on a helicopter.

Ketchikan: Misty fiord's flight seeing. Then enjoy walking the town.

The items I mentioned are a once in a lifetime experience. You live only once, go for it.

Do the research, Alaska as the individual commented above, not a one time trip, but you can certainly make a good dent into the excursions.

We are going back to Alaska Sept 2006. Already know what excursions to book, the ones I mentioned .. a real ball.

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Round trip Los Angeles to Hawaii, Summit March 26, 2006

Vancouver Alaska Los Angeles, Sept 16, 2006 on Summit

Ready to Steer towards another cruise

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Old August 7th, 2005, 01:43 PM
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For clairfication the Mt. Robert's tram runs continously, it is a 4 min ride and just goes back and forth. Purchase tickets at the dock, same as the ship price. Don't bother if you can't see the top. The ticket is good for all day, so head back up at dusk, very nice look at the ships and town lit up.
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