Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Destinations > Alaska
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 5th, 2013, 02:28 PM
JBD JBD is offline
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
Default Help with excursions needed

My husband and 2 daughters age 4 and 6 are taking the Disney cruise in Alaska AUG 19-26. Im overwhelmed with all the choices of excursions! From Juneau we are wanting to do mendenhal glacier dog sledding and the Taku lodge 5 glacier float plane trip. Is that too much for one day? Is it even possible to do both?
For Skagway we are doing the train,not sure about ketchican?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Julie
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 5th, 2013, 08:33 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,428
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default

Hi JBD,
If the time slots fit those excursions, sounds like a fun fill day....I think you all will enjoy White Pass Railroad trip, some great scenery and the kids will learn a lot about the area. It is rather long and you do take the same route back down, but surely worth the time. Do you have a Juneau stop? That would be the place to do some whale watching. You can book through the ship, or go on your own, I'd suggest Capt. Larry, he's very educated on whales and knows just where to take you...Their office is right in town, short walk...
__________________

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 6th, 2013, 02:04 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ashburn, VA
Posts: 1,494
Default

Alaska is one place I highly suggest booking the excursions on your own. Go through a reputable shore excursion company and often you'll not only save money and time, but it won't be anywhere near as crowded. We did several excursions and we were the only two on them!

You can actually do Mendenhall Glacier without an excursion. There's a bus that goes from downtown right to the visitor's center. The Glacier Express Blue Bus is $16 per person roundtrip.

As for doing everything you want to do, it really depends on the times. You'll want to give yourself some time in between just in case and allow enough time to make sure you're back on the ship in time.

One thing about Alaska, lots to see and do, and it's tough to do it all, which is why it's always good to do a cruise tour if you have the time and can afford it. Definitely an amazing place that everyone has to visit at least once in their life!

Pete
__________________
Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/12 yrs exp and 47 Cruises on 11 cruise lines! Favorites: Paul Gauguin - Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises - Europe; Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America - 12-nights Baltics & Russia; RCCL - 14-nights Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America - 14-day Alaskan cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days Hawaii w/7-night NCL cruise; Oceania - 25 days in Asia; more than 3 months touring Europe by train. And many all-inclusive resorts!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 7th, 2013, 11:03 AM
PeterC's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 533
Default

For Ketchikan I would suggest the Duck tour. Your daughters will love it, especially if you get them the duck call devices they'll sell you. It's fun for adults too. They do a tour of the town and then drive into the water for a short while. It's a lot of fun. I've never been but a lot of people seem to like the Lumberjack show as well.
You seem to have Juneau and Skagway more than covered for excursions.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old August 7th, 2013, 03:36 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ashburn, VA
Posts: 1,494
Default

Alot of people do like that lumberjack show in Ketchikan - definitely one of those things you can do on your own - fairly short walk from the pier.

Pete
__________________
Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/12 yrs exp and 47 Cruises on 11 cruise lines! Favorites: Paul Gauguin - Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises - Europe; Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America - 12-nights Baltics & Russia; RCCL - 14-nights Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America - 14-day Alaskan cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days Hawaii w/7-night NCL cruise; Oceania - 25 days in Asia; more than 3 months touring Europe by train. And many all-inclusive resorts!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 01:08 AM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 4
Default

Alaska.. wohoo..!! Even a small trip will work for me to Alaska. this is a place definitely to visit once in a life time. The suggestions here are really well written. I like them all. Would like to soon plan a trip with my family to Alaska and wish to have a long tour. Thanks for the information.

Last edited by storybookcruises.com; September 2nd, 2013 at 01:28 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old October 1st, 2013, 03:30 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 244
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Samtayloru View Post
Alaska.. wohoo..!! Even a small trip will work for me to Alaska. this is a place definitely to visit once in a life time. The suggestions here are really well written. I like them all. Would like to soon plan a trip with my family to Alaska and wish to have a long tour. Thanks for the information.
Just wanted to give another vote for the 5 Glacier Taku Lodge float plane tour in Juneau. Check out their website for lots of info. We did this in May, booked directly with NCL, but it can be booked directly if not offered on your ship. It was the highlight of our entire trip. A little expensive , but well worth the money. be sure to book the dinner one. The meal was absolutely the best we had anywhere. Fresh salmon right from the river, but I had the chicken and we still talk lovingly about that meal.. Views from the lodge and plane were spectacular!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old November 6th, 2013, 02:48 PM
ThomasOrtiz's Avatar
Junior Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 11
Default

We tried to double up on excursions on our cruises before, but always end up feeling rushed. We dropped that idea for the future. Now, we just plan one excursion and then use the rest of the time to explore on our own. It is more relaxing and ends up being a lot more fun.

When we rushed to fit in two excursions, we felt stressed at the end of the day. With a single excursion, we go back onboard in the evening, enjoy supper, and have a great time. Since you have two children with you, I recommend slowing down. Some people say this is a once in a lifetime experience, but that is only true if you choose it is.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old February 16th, 2014, 07:54 AM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 7
Default

I'm doing alaska this Juny
Thanks for all the info
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 11th, 2014, 07:48 PM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 2
Default

I Don't mean to hijack your thread but I have the almost identical question. We will be on NCL in September and also going to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.

Both boys LOVE trains, but we are squeaking in on our budget even to just to get to go on the cruise. Which train is best for the price as I noticed there are few options for train rides.

I think we will be doing the Duck tour, that sounds like a lot of fun for the boys (5 and 2.5) and we definitely want to do some hiking to just explore nature (really want to see the Mendenhall)

What else am I missing?
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old March 11th, 2014, 08:49 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ashburn, VA
Posts: 1,494
Default

You can book the train ride in Skagway on your own directly through their website. Awesome ride with some wonderful scenery. We did the ride from Skagway to Bennett and on to Carcross, but you can do a roundtrip up to the Canadian border, or you can do a one-way by train and return by van. Check it out; Alaska's most popular Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

For shore excursions, I'm not a big fan of those offered by the cruise line - too crowded, too regimented, and usually not enough time. I much prefer independent companies like Shore Trips.

Pete
__________________
Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/12 yrs exp and 47 Cruises on 11 cruise lines! Favorites: Paul Gauguin - Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises - Europe; Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America - 12-nights Baltics & Russia; RCCL - 14-nights Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America - 14-day Alaskan cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days Hawaii w/7-night NCL cruise; Oceania - 25 days in Asia; more than 3 months touring Europe by train. And many all-inclusive resorts!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
company, excursions, reputable, shore, skagway

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Opinions needed on 2 excursions Lakers Fan Shore Excursions 2 October 4th, 2010 09:46 PM
Help needed for excursions jhopej13 Alaska 1 February 25th, 2006 07:48 AM
Advice needed for Alaska excursions jhopej13 Princess Cruise Lines 2 February 21st, 2006 02:36 PM
Help needed with choosing excursions ! ( Galaxy ) Rob O Shea Celebrity 7 October 12th, 2004 10:31 PM
Ideas for Shore excursions needed!! sassy Shore Excursions 3 November 25th, 2003 11:09 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:06 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1