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Old August 13th, 2008, 12:38 AM
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We are cruising on the Golden Princess to Alaska in September. Does anyone have any suggestions on which excursions to take? I am considering the whale watching excursion. Thanks.
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My favorites are Mt Roberts tram and salmon hatchery in Juneau and the Gold Rush tour over the pass into the Yukon from Skagway. Whale watching is always interesting but (as happened to me) there were no whales to watch ! If you can stop off at The Red Dog Saloon in Juneau. Oh, and take a city tour of Vancouver OR a day trip to Victoria.
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We loved the whale watching and salmon bake at Orca Point Lodge in Juneau. We saw many, many whales, and the guide was terrific. Orca Point Lodge is beautiful, and we enjoyed the lunch. It rained most of the day, but it was still by far the best tour we took.

I've read lots of good reviews of the longer White Pass RR trip in Skagway. We took the half day tour, and we weren't impressed. We thought it was way overpriced, and in fact, had a hard time staying awake on the return trip.
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I would do whale watching in Juneau, you can book now with Capt. Larry, Orka Enterprises or go through the ship, but its a must do for sure.

The White Pass train ride in Skagway is also a wonderful trip. I've noticed a few zip lines in some of the ports. At the moment, I'm on a waitlist for that, hope it opens up, again, lots of fun.
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we just got back a few days ago. There are so many great excursions. We loved the seaplane to Misty Fiords, whale watching, Yukon train ride. There are kiosks in all ports offering these excursions. People at our table loved the sled dog ride, zip lines and bear watch.
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Just got back a couple days ago ...was on Island Princess. The zipline excursion in Juneau was awesome, the rafting in Denali was fun too. The nature bus ride in denali was kinda long and boring, but we saw moose, so i guess it was worth it. The culinary class in Skagway was fun too.
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There are some canopy tours in Ketchikan that I'm waitlisted on, I'm hoping something opens up once we are onboard. I think a trip down to the excursion desk the next day may be in order...
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Whale watching in Juneau is a very good tour.
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I highly recommend the all day trip to the Yukon by bus and then back to Skagway by bus and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. The scenery is beautiful along the way. A black bear and a brown bear and her cubs were seen from our bus right next to the road. I didn't see any bears on the Tundra Wilderness Trip in Denali National Park.
Even though I didn't go on a whale watching excursion I saw several whales from the ship as we were leaving Glacier Bay. I had a lot of fun white water rafting at Denali but only 2 of the 7 of us went on the trip so it isn't for everyone. They provide you with dry suits so that your clothes don't get all wet.
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Got back last Saturday from Golden Princess. Excursions, which we booked through Princess were really good. By far, our favorite was the dog sledding/glacier tour which we did in Skagway. There we also did a river raft trip in a bald eagle preserve, which was also great. The evening whale watching in Juneau was fantastic, we saw a number of whales and some sea lions interacting with the whales (actually annoying them!). Our only slight disappointment was our bear excursion in Ketchikan got cancelled, due to weather. We immediately booked ourselves on another one , a sea plane to Prince of Wales island, but didn't see any bears, only lots of salmon. It was still beautiful scenery and fun taking our first sea plane trip.
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We're going to be on the cruise that leaves the 6th. which one are you taking?
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Sirjamesmac, we are on the Golden Princess the 6th of Sept. out of Seattle. I am so excited. If I can just get through all the packing I will be fine. 3 more days and we will be on our way.
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