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Old August 10th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Default Just completed my 1st HAL Alaskan cruise/tour

I chose the Yukon/Denali tour. Just got home Saturday. The cruise was only three days and the land portion ten+ days. It was great fun. I liked the Zuiderdam very much, wish I had more ship time. The tour included nights in Skagway, Whitehorse, Dawson (2), Fairbanks, Denali (2), and Anchorage. The highlights were: White Pass railroad, Gold Mining, Pub Crawl in Dawson Saloons, Alaska Railroad, Denali Tundra Wildlife Tour, and River Rafting in Denali. Long tour, but loads of fun. I have a review and photos on my blog if anyone is interested.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 10:41 PM
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Coincidentally I am wearing a Denali tee shirt right this moment . We did 7 days land and 7 days sea.
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Hello, my name is Kevin and I am planning a14 day cruise to Alaska, I have done that one before but only seven days.This time I want 14 days.I absolutely loved it.I am from UK and looking forward to September.

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Hello my name is Kevin and have been on 3 cruises and have done the Alaskan cruise.

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Ray, I went to your blog but got Carnival Magic. Couldn't find the Alaska cruise/tour.

I want to compare your experience to ours
Alaska Cruiestour The Cruise

We really enjoyed that trip.
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Ray, I went to your blog but got Carnival Magic. Couldn't find the Alaska cruise/tour.

I want to compare your experience to ours
Alaska Cruiestour – The Cruise

We really enjoyed that trip.
It was a few months before the Magic cruises, so you just have to back up to previous page. The link should be at the bottom of each page to go to older page.

Here's direct link to that review:
http://snoozemanscruiseblog.blogspot...uise-tour.html


I'm going again in September of this year!!! More ship and less tour this time.
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I chose the Yukon/Denali tour. Just got home Saturday. The cruise was only three days and the land portion ten+ days. It was great fun. I liked the Zuiderdam very much, wish I had more ship time. The tour included nights in Skagway, Whitehorse, Dawson (2), Fairbanks, Denali (2), and Anchorage. The highlights were: White Pass railroad, Gold Mining, Pub Crawl in Dawson Saloons, Alaska Railroad, Denali Tundra Wildlife Tour, and River Rafting in Denali. Long tour, but loads of fun. I have a review and photos on my blog if anyone is interested.
Was the land part hosted by HAL? Or did you book that totally separately?
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Was the land part hosted by HAL? Or did you book that totally separately?
It was HAL all the way. Buses, trains, cruise, etc. They even have a rep with you the entire way.
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What was your opinion of Fairbanks ? I did not find it appealing . Anchorage was good for souveneir shopping but not much more .I loved Denali ,it was magnificent.
Did you take home the gold you mined ? I have mine .
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What was your opinion of Fairbanks ? I did not find it appealing . Anchorage was good for souveneir shopping but not much more .I loved Denali ,it was magnificent.
Did you take home the gold you mined ? I have mine .
Fairbanks was OK for it's extreme location north. Did the gold mining near there and yes I kept the gold.

I liked Anchorage...lot's to do there. Good food. Great museum.

I too loved Denali.
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It was a few months before the Magic cruises, so you just have to back up to previous page. The link should be at the bottom of each page to go to older page.

Here's direct link to that review:
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I'm going again in September of this year!!! More ship and less tour this time.
OOOPS I missed the fact that the post was bumped.

Thanks for correcting me.

Looks like you had a great time and experiences much as we did. Like you I thoroughly recommend the HAL cruise/tour experience.
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It was great fun, Mike. I find myself watching all the Alaska shows on Discovery, History Channel, et al. I like Gold Rush now, they were filming it when I was in Dawson. I did the gold mine tour there as well.
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Cruising solo, did you pay a small fortune for this cruise? I've been looking and even a shared room can be on the high side.
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Also, do you remember the tour number of the cruise? HAL has several 11-14 day cruise/land choices and it is hard to distinguish one from the other. Thanks! Glad you had a great cruise!
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Also, do you remember the tour number of the cruise? HAL has several 11-14 day cruise/land choices and it is hard to distinguish one from the other. Thanks! Glad you had a great cruise!
I think the particular one Snooze and I took is pretty much the only one that features 3 days cruising and 10 or so on land. Most of the other 11-14 day tours include a 7 day cruise and tour afterwards.

When we took it the number was 13, AIRC, but that may change from year to year. Look at the itinerary, not the number. If you see Tok and Eagle in there, that's the one!
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HAL changed all the tour numbers this year (2012) so it's not apples to apples. Mikes' right it's the 3 day cruise 11 day land.

Yes there was an upcharge as a solo. On the train and bus I had two seats though...worked well. That may depend on situation though.

I enjoyed it so much that I'm doing a cruise/tour again this year. With a group this time.
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Did you find the wine a beer to be a wide selection? mainly beer on the boat/ship.
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Welcome to Cruisemates. Yes they had a wide selection including regional Alaskan beers.
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