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Old April 27th, 2008, 02:39 PM
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My husband,sister, brother-in-law and myself are taking an Alaskan cruise toward end of June on NCL. Can anyone recommend which excursions they enjoyed or let us know which ones were not enjoyable. We are in our late 40's and early 50's if that helps. Thank you so much!!
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While its not NCL related, if you go to Johns blog and go back a few weeks, Cruise Director Roberts did several posts on all the excursions for each port Carnival hits. Its likely they are the same ports you will hit.

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Like Susan B, I have been asking the same question on this site with minimal response. Thankyou to the only two who responded. Despite the fact that I don't know where 'John's Blog' is, that isn't really what we're looking for. We can see all the excursions available on respective cruiseline websites (NCL for SusanB and Celebrity for me). We want to know what excursions you have taken on an Alaska cruise that were fantastic and the ones that were ho-hum or a waste of money. There is nothing like personal experience in varied ports to assist first-timers. Athough I am very familiar with many Caribbean and Mexican ports, this is our first Alaskan cruise.
SusanB, I think I may move my query to "All Things Cruising"?? as no one seems to see it here.
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When we cruised Alaska, we went to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Skagway, we did the White Pass Railway. We took the train up and then a bus back which stopped at Liarsville - which is set up to look like a gold rush town. The train was a great way to see the scenery, take great photos and listen to the narrator talk about the area. The stop at Liarsville was hokey but enjoyable enough. They have a little show to see with people dressed up in old time garb. Then they have these gold panning troughs set up for you to actually see what it was like to pan for gold. Everyone has a few flecks of gold preset in the pans of dirt so you can come away with something. All in all, it was a really nice trip. We took the excursion that left a little later in the morning so we had time to walk through town without feeling like we missed the port town.

Juneau, we went on a whale watch which also had a salmon bake lunch and then a stop at Mendenhall Glacier. The whale watching was great. We saw a huge pod of humpbacks (about 25 they said). Some other water animals along the way (otters, seals, porpoises). We stopped at Orca Point Lodge for a salmon bake lunch. It's cafeteria style but you can go back for more if you want. The salmon was great! The stop at Mendenhall Glacier was nice...but a little short. Wish we had about 30-60 more minutes there to be able to see the info in the main building in addition to seeing the glacier.

Ketchikan, we took an excursion that said we'd see bald eagles and other birds from 10 feet away. The excursion also took us to Totem Bight Park. The birds, which they didn't tell us were at the raptor park and were inside a building. They had two women telling us about the birds that were tethered to posts on the stage (10 feet away!) and that's how we saw the birds (DISAPPOINTING!). The other part of the excursion was Totem Bight Park. This was intersting. They had tons of different totem poles and our guide was a native so he not only told stories about the totems, but also about growing up in his tribe. It was really intersting. And there...we actually saw several bald eagles in the wild which was much more exciting for all of us ... and provided for great pictures.

Of the three excursions we took...Ketchikan was the least impressive because of the bird center. I'd recommend something else but make sure you see one of the totem pole parks...

Hope this helps!

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I suggest you post on DESITNATION - Alaska, just scroll down the cruise forum home. There are lots of helpful people that post on that board. I dream of someday going to Alaska and I'm getting lots of good information from that board. You might also find good ideas from the posted responses.

I think your question is a bit vague, perhaps you could define some of your choices for a better response, like "dogsledding or helicopter tour".

Hope to read about your excursions on the other board.
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