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Old July 4th, 2006, 11:48 PM
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Hi everyone. My family and I are taking a cruise through Alaska July 22nd on the Summit. I need advice on shore and land excursions. As of now, I have 2 excursions booked for Juneau and Skagway. In Juneau were doing the Mendenhall Glacier floatrip and in Skagway were doing the White Pass scenic railroad. I need help on what to do in Ketchikan and Icy Straight Point. Any suggestions would be great!! Also, are the ones we picked for Juneau and Skagway good? If we decide not to book anything in advance for Ketch and Icy can we book things when we arrive at the port somewhere in the city? Or is it better just to maybe walk around or is there an excursion worth doing? We want to do stuff that isn't to credibily expensive. Like 150 a person would be the max. Bear seeing would be cool, but for over 300 a person? That is ridculous. Is whale watching worth the money? Thanks and any info would be greatly appreciated.
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AEGBRG,

Hi everyone. My family and I are taking a cruise through Alaska July 22nd on the Summit. I need advice on shore and land excursions. As of now, I have 2 excursions booked for Juneau and Skagway. In Juneau were doing the Mendenhall Glacier floatrip and in Skagway were doing the White Pass scenic railroad. I need help on what to do in Ketchikan and Icy Straight Point. Any suggestions would be great!! Also, are the ones we picked for Juneau and Skagway good? If we decide not to book anything in advance for Ketch and Icy can we book things when we arrive at the port somewhere in the city? We want to do stuff that isn't to credibily expensive. Like 150 a person would be the max. Bear seeing would be cool, but for over 300 a person? That is ridculous. Is whale watching worth the money? Thanks and any info would be greatly appreciated.

Sure.

>> In Skagway, I highly recommend the shore excursion to Saxman Village. It's a fascinating encounter with the indigenous culture of the Tlingit tribes.

>> In Hoonah ("Icy Strait Point"), the tour of the historic cannery is very conveninent because the cruise lines use the cannery dock as a tender pier. There's also a museum and a few shops in the former storerooms of the cannery. The town is some distance away.

You also will have time to see the towns on your own in most of your ports of call. If your schedule allows, the play called "Days of '98 Revue Starring Soapy Smith" at the Eagles' Hall in Skagway is very worthwhile.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:33 AM
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Can the Cannnery be booked when you get there or do you have to book it in advance with the cruise?
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I never recommend the Mendenhall float trip, very brief distant view of the glacier, rest of trip is trees and back yards. In my opinion money is far better spent elsewhere.

If your interest is totems, pick up a Saxman Village tour at the dock, about $25, you need a guide. Otherwise pick up a walking tour map at the dock visitor center, plenty of totems in town. This is Ketchikan not Skagway as listed above.

Hoonah- the Cannery museum is free there is also a nice walking trail. But the highlight here is whale watching and brown bears your cheapest and easiest access for salmon eaters. Independent tours are superior for small groups, longer tours and more personal guides. FISHES http://www.visithoonah.com/fishes/ is a top vender for whale watching, Teckk for bears http://teckkoutfitters.com/

Most important- look over a shore excursion list and narrow down your interests, then repost. You will be able to get more specific information, there are many many excellent tours to consider.
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We just returned from an Alaskan trip and while in Juneau we took a Guides Choice Hike in the rain forests sorrounding Mendenhall Glacier. It was a 6 mile hike gradually ascending, (including a series of about 100 steps) 1000 feet but if you are up to this level of physical activity it was just great. At I believe $85 per person and with a knowledgable guide/naturalist it proved to be a great day and the lush forest with numerous views of the glacier was just indescribable. It was of course raining while in Juneau, but once in the forest and underneath its canopy we found ourselves in at most a fine mist. We enjoyed it immensly.
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