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Old July 28th, 2002, 06:36 PM
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Hi..anyone going , or been on the Spirit northbound?? Trying to decide which shore excursions to take among the way to many wonderful looking ones available !! If you've been on this trip, any suggestions?? (We're not into planes/heli trips.. rather stay closer to the ground!)
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Old July 30th, 2002, 12:45 AM
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i've done the trip twice...

my cousin and i did it trying to not spend much $ in may... we hiked a lot... AWESOME nature up there.

ketchikan... hiked. maps are available at the tourist info center about a block off the pier. there are also trips to totems and a hatchery, but you can hike to the hatchery easy, and we biked to the totems (about 6 miles each way)

juneau... took a city bus out to mendenhall glacier and hiked around up there... groomed trails. no matter what you decide to do in juneau, you shouldn't miss mendenhall

skagway... our only planned excursion through the boat. went on the white pass rail road. definitely the biggest attraction at the town. we road the train up and biked down... really cool.

sitka... if you go on a tour, you'll get an early tender to shore and hence, more time to look around. we didn't do a tour and were on tender 14 or something so we only had a couple of hours there. we just shopped and walked around the town.

on my previous trip with my family...
we did salmon fishing in ketchikan... expensive, but pretty cool. lots of bald eagles.
juneau... bike ride from the ski area back to the pier... good nature
skagway... train
didn't go to sitka... valdez instead.

hope this helps
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Old July 30th, 2002, 10:46 AM
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Check out Denise's review of the Spirit -- she talks a lot about the excursions. It should be near the top of the list 'cause she just got back about a month ago.

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Thank you both for the info!!!
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Old July 31st, 2002, 01:33 PM
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Hi, I am so glad i won't be the only one on the cruise! I too am on the Aug.28th Spirit. I can't wait. I am trying to decide what excursions to take too. I am going alone, so don't know if i can book ahead of time. Alot of the trips says 2 to a canoe or kayak and i really want to try some of these. I want to go whale watching, hiking and just sightseeing too. Have you gotten a list of the excursions from Carnival? My TA got if for me after i asked. Maybe we can meet onboard for drinks?
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Old August 11th, 2002, 06:23 PM
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Hi Diane, Guess I haven't been back to this site in a while..opps!! After lots of decision making... we are kayaking in Skagway thru some Dolly -something company. And in Juneau on the PM time for Capt Larry deal for whale watching. (When I booked, they only had room on the late time..but this is OK as it gives us time during the morning/afternoon to check out Mendenhall. )Both excursions are a result of comments from this site and cruise critic .com site... The other days we will just walk around and enjoy ourselves..
Meeting for a drink would be great! We're from FL so just look for the 2 people who are all bundled up and shivering! It's just my sister and I going...Wendy
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