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Default I was able to book wth Capt. Larry

I wasn't sure if by docking at 2:00 we could make a 3:00 whale watching tour with the old Capt., but we could, so I'm booked as of today, YES!
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Old June 18th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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Hi donna,
I'm booked with orca enterprises in sept on the morning tour, when my ride gets there. Its only 85 or so days away, til i'm headed out to alaska.
Hope i get on board with cap larry.
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I'd like to book with Captain Larry for July but want to spend some time at the mendenhall glacier visitor center. Does anyone know if it is possible to have him drop us off there instead of at the dock and then we can take the shuttle back?
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I'd just call them and see if they can drop you off. I seem to remember the last trip there, stopping to let people off for a heli tour, so its possible.
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I'd like to book with Captain Larry for July but want to spend some time at the mendenhall glacier visitor center. Does anyone know if it is possible to have him drop us off there instead of at the dock and then we can take the shuttle back?
Yes, last I checked a few weeks ago, Orca Enterprises is still offering the drop-off service at Mendenhall Glacier. They charge for the service, but I believe the fee is equal to the price for the MGT shuttle to get back to your ship, and you get a voucher to get on the blue bus when you're ready to head to town.

Just about every boat tour I know of now offers this drop-off service. Either that, or you can just schedule it yourself when arranging your own transportation.

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I never recommend "scheduling" Mendenhall, "yourself" if you are on a whale watch. You are adding at least an hour in transit time wasted.

IF you want to get to Mendenhall, find a vendor that drops off/picks up, and take advantage of your short time in port.

This ALWAYS has to be arranged in advance and with the reservation.

Be aware that return buses from Mendenhall can have extensive lines, so don't count on the last bus back to make your ship departure. It's a 20 minute ride, so factor in time accordingly.
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I never recommend "scheduling" Mendenhall, "yourself" if you are on a whale watch. You are adding at least an hour in transit time wasted....
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If you are scheduling our own transportation to and from your whale watching, how does scheduling a stop at the glacier on the way back downtown waste so much time?

So many people want to coordinate other attractions like Glacier Gardens, DIPAC, Mendenhall, Helicopter tours, etc. along with their whale watches that many are opting to book their own taxi or shuttle services instead of taking the extremely limited courtesy shuttle provided by the tour vendor.

Side note: Have you talked to Larry lately? What's with all the mechanical work he's got Shawn and Scotty doing on their boats right now? Awesome Orca had an engine removed the other day, service mechanics have been on and off all 4 boats daily, and they've been stringing oil absorbent rags and booms around their boats for weeks now. I hope everything is mechanically okay with their fleet.

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Hi Case,
Yea, I wonder what that is about. I would hope and think that since they took my reservation, that they will have their fleet in good working order. I seem to remember a year or two ago about a fire on one of their boats??
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Yea, I wonder what that is about. I would hope and think that since they took my reservation, that they will have their fleet in good working order. I seem to remember a year or two ago about a fire on one of their boats??
A quick google-ing or search of our local Juneau Empire shows a fire aboard Orca Express (no passengers on board) - followed by several guests going to the hospital with Carbon Monoxide issues on a tour a while after that.

There are also a few stories about the fines and investigation that ensued when one of their boats hit a whale 2 summers ago.

As far as I know, all of that has been resolved. I know Capt. Shawn and Capt. Larry fairly well. If they're working on anything mechanical aboard their boats, it's likely that it's just to keep things in safe working order so they don't have to go canceling trips mid-season.

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I never recommend "scheduling" Mendenhall, "yourself" if you are on a whale watch. You are adding at least an hour in transit time wasted.

IF you want to get to Mendenhall, find a vendor that drops off/picks up, and take advantage of your short time in port.

This ALWAYS has to be arranged in advance and with the reservation.

Be aware that return buses from Mendenhall can have extensive lines, so don't count on the last bus back to make your ship departure. It's a 20 minute ride, so factor in time accordingly.
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For clairfication, the "scheduling" reference is for doing this separately, on your own and NOT coordinating this with a whale watch or other operator, meaning, being finished with the tour operator and being dropped back off AT THE SHIP. THEN going on your own to Mendenhall.

IF an operator does not do the drop off/pick up service, definately arrange a cab yourself, for direct access. My point was to NOT waste time going back and forth downtown to the ship dock area.
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