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Old July 5th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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We are taking Alaskan cruise, giong to Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. We need advice on excursions and which port is best to shop and walk around. We are going in Sept. 2010. Thanks for any advice
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Can't recommend any shops, but one of the cruises we took to Alaska was the last week of August - we returned Labour Day week-end and the shops had big sales as they were getting ready to shut down for the winter - I think they do that the end of September early October.

All the ports are good for walking around.

Have a great time - we love Alaska.
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Hi toniwill

We did an Alaskan cruise a couple of years ago with Princess. Loads of excursions to choose from, the one that will stick with us for always was the helipcopter trip onto a glacier in Juneau. Fabulous views flying over the glaciers, then landing and walking on one was something to remember. Outdoor gear, crampons & boots were provided and we had around half an hour's guided walk (some did a climb - not for us !) learning a lot about them. Expensive but we work on the principle that you would probably not go there again so it was worth it, going all that way and not to do something like that we would have regretted it. In Ketchikan we did a trip to see some totem poles - lots of history surrounding each one etc we saw eagles both on the trip and around Ketchikan itself, a walk around famous Creek Street was something everyone did. There are lots of choices, some are expensive, it's really what you feel is worth going so far to do a particular thing but you will have fabulous memories. Enjoy your trip - I'd be surprised if you didn't !
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This wasn't an excursion but in Skagway, there is a Brothel that gives tours for like $5.00.
That's worth checking out!
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This wasn't an excursion but in Skagway, there is a Brothel that gives tours for like $5.00.
That's worth checking out!

Are you sure it was Skagway and not Ketchikan?? There's a famous former old brothel on Creek Street that gives tours. I don't remember anything like that in Skagway. Skagway is noted for the White Mountain Rail Pass which is worth the big bucks they charge - it was amazaing.

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Are you sure it was Skagway and not Ketchikan?? There's a famous former old brothel on Creek Street that gives tours. I don't remember anything like that in Skagway. Skagway is noted for the White Mountain Rail Pass which is worth the big bucks they charge - it was amazaing.

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There's a picture here that shows the Historic Creek Street buildings once identified at the "Red Light District".
Yup, it was Skagway.
It's located at the "Red Onion Saloon"
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Oh, didn't know that - my mistake. We never did get to the Red Onion as it was so crowded. Guess I learn something new every day.
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It's a great tour! Very interesting =)

If you ever cruise to Alaska again, definitely visit the Red Onion for their tour.
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Yup, it was Skagway.
It's located at the "Red Onion Saloon"
We are doing the "Ghosts and Goodtime Girls" shore excursion in Skagway later this month, which culminates at the Red Onion Saloon. The excursion came highly recommended from a friend who did it last summer.
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It's hard to say what port is "best" without knowing what you're looking for. All 3 port cities are small and walkable, and have shopping. My favorite was Sitka because of all the Russian history, but some people think it's boring.
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I liked Skagway just because I found that it was a little more entertaining. All of the ports I have been to (Juneau, Skagway & Ketchikan) were all very similar.. same shops, weather was similar, all ports were small, etc.. I never did any shorex tho, so I found them quite boring. I would definitely do some shorex next time I go.
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We are taking Alaskan cruise, giong to Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. We need advice on excursions and which port is best to shop and walk around. We are going in Sept. 2010. Thanks for any advice
Unless you want to see more wildlife. I would recommend just walking in Sitka. The town is small and you could have fun just looking at the different stores . Don't forget to visit the Russian Church in the center of town.
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