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Old June 2nd, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Hello,
We have booked our very first cruise and it happens to be to Alaska. Things just seemed to fall into place and our minds were made up in a quick minute.
Any suggestions about excursions would be appreciated. We don't have a lot of money so we have to get the best for the buck.
We are an older couple.
Thanks for the info.
Gail
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 05:56 PM
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Skagway: White Pass railroad is awsome. A bit pricey though. Over $100 each. Not sure if this is in your budget. Town is small too and window shopping or a visit to the museum is fun too.

Juneau: Whale watching with Orca enterprises. Like White pass, a bit over $100 each. Go to Mendenhall glacier. $10 round trip on a bus you can take right from the dock. A small extra charge to go in to the visitor center. At the end of the parking lot is a wooden deck for bear watching. Haven't seen any bears on our trips but did see plenty of spawning salmon (in August).
If you're not afraid of heights, and if the weather's clear. Go up the Mt Roberts tramway. Also right from the dock. A little over $20 for an all day pass. It's beautiful up top.

Ketchikan: Although I haven't been to this show, the Lumberjack show seems to get good reviews. Also walking distance from the dock. It's also a nice and easy walk to Creek street. Taking the funicular to the hotel on the hill above Creek street is fun for a small fare. You can walk down the married man's trail which is very nice and quite scenic. Quite near the funicular and the base of the trail is the salmon ladder. Again, in August we did see salmon climbing the ladder.
Duck tour is pretty inexpensive and also a lot of goofy fun. You could look into that as well.
Also easy shopping right at the dock.

You mention you are an older couple so I'm not sure how mobile you may be. All of the towns are easy to walk around and enjoy. Yes, many gift shops too. Juneau is quite hilly as you leave the main shopping area at the dock.
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I highly suggest you look over a shore excursion list and narrow down your interests. Tours are a necessary part of Alaska travel in my opinion, you only get half a trip without them. So do go with plans in ports. run all price ranges. But make a list of your top choices and repost for more specific informaton or cost saving options.
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