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Old April 10th, 2008, 11:22 PM
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Friends will join us in Alaska and will need wheelchair accessible tours.
We will be in Juneau, Skagway, Icey Strait Point and Sitka.

Has anyone made their own arrangements other than via the cruiseline?
The busses or vans would have to have wheelchair lifts.

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Orca Enterprises in Juneau has the only ADA compliant whale watching boat in town (for now.) Be sure to call soon and book early. Also, be sure to let them know what sort of wheelchairs are being used and how many... I've seen a few folks disappointed when their electric power-scooters couldn't be loaded on the shuttle bus...

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However, be well prepared for the low tides, which you are bound to run into on a boat tour. The ramps are steep and long out of Auke Bay dock where Orca Enterprises goes out of. Be certain there is someone with the group that can hand the w/c.

The worse steepness (is that a word ) are out of Ketchikan with the float plane docks. They are more limited with space and real steep. If you hit low tide, you are really hauling stright up or down.
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WE did ERA helicopter tour in '99 with my sister who is a quad. They have a wheeled seat with a glide on it. I put her in the seat, they rolled her over to the heli and then puched seat and all right up the glide. It was then even with the heli seat and we pushed her in. It was agreat expierence. She couldnt get out to 'walk' on the glacier but the views were fantastic and seeing a glacier up close was neat for her.

Also, mt roberts tramway right at the pier is accessible. there is a information center up top but since she was in her manual chair I was able to push her down the trails to an overlook of juneau and the ship. THe chair was never the same but oh well, it's not the first one we've ruined getting her around.

In skagway, the white pass railroad is totally accessible. It has a lift to get onto the train and if you do the Summit tour (roundtrip on train) you don't have to worry about the motorcoach ride back. We did not do this in '99 but we are next month when we return. YEA!

Skagway also has tour van/taxis with lifts that we flagged down and used to get back to the ship from the other side of town.

If I could figure out how to attach pics, i would

have not been to the other ports....yet

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While researching our tours in Alaska, I came across "Handicap accessible with some limitations " on the helicopter/dogsled tour at http://www.akdogtour.com/index.htm.

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