I just returned from Princess Cruise (awesome!)....The White Pass Rail Way tour was a terrible, boring waste of 4 hours. I wish I had done the half tour combined with biking. It was dreadful. I do not recommend this tour. Too long
We loved the White pass trip. Not boring to us. We loved the stories and the history involved. We went in the morning and the weather was perfect. Spent the whole of the return trip outside and in between cars. I've heard of fog in the mornings however and maybe we just got lucky.
I am somewhat of a railroad buff. There is a channel on direct TV (379) called RFD-TV. About once a week they run railroad videos. About 2 weeks ago, they ran one of the ALASKA Railroad. Frankly, it was BORING (the scenery, I mean). this made the video boring.
If you want really good rail trip, try the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in NM and CO.
OK I just booked the White Pass Railway tour for Sept 12 at 12:45 PM today at 3:35 PM Lets see what happens. Will report on this thread. I think what ever happens I will be happy, because any cruise is a good cruise. I personally will be happy to just be in Alaska> Come on Sept 10, 05 RADIANCE OF SEA. Just got my Doc. today. So Happy
Yes the above poster is wrong, the Alaska RR and White Pass are two completely different routes. The Anchroage/Seward portion of the Alaska RR is just excellent, so frankly, if you haven't taken it, it's hard to go with a "boring" comment???
My opinion only, even better than the Combres and Toltec is the Durango and Silverton. I've taken most all in Colorado and the Coast Starlight San Diego /Seattle is full of scenery too. Plenty of rail to enjoy.
I LOVED the WP train.The scenery was beautiful.As a matter of fact,we are having 3 or 4 of our pictures made into 24by36 posters for the walls.I dont have enough wall space,but they are so inexpensive to do on the Sams website.BTW if you need to have prints made,they are 11 cents a print.
You have to go outside to get the good shots,and boy was it windy and cold out there! Even my hot natured brother admitted he was rather chilly! But,they have a nice stove that you can warm up to.
I did buy the video,think it was $9...I dont recommend it.Watched it once,and I was bored with it.Maybe I just needed to be there...Dot
We've done 2 Alaska repos May 03 and May 04 - out of San Diego. In May 04, we finally got smart and rented a car in Skagway. We drove the 75 or so miles from Skagway to Carcross and then on to Emerald Lake. Stopping at our leasure....the road follows the White Pass train route to Frasier - then the train turn around....we were able to continue on to Carcross and Emerald Lake - stopping along the way at the smallest desert! Something really beautiful to see: Emerald Lake is just beautiful. We paid about $65 for a rental car and had the use of it all day. I'd do it again in a heart beat!
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