Feedback on Alaska Excursions

Sep 12th, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Feedback on Alaska Excursions

I am going on an Alaskan cruise this week and wanted to know if anyone had any feedback on the tours we choose to do.

1. Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest.
2. Sitka - Sea Otter Quest & Alaska Raptor Center.
3. Ketchikan - Rain Forest & Native Style Canoe Adventure.

Any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Sep 12th, 2004, 10:26 PM
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I'll assume these are ship excursions? Juneau whale watching is excellent- humpbacks seen 100% of the trips. Mendenhall glacier is good, but on a tour combo your time will be dictated by the tour. If you wish to stay and hike then consider going with Orca Enterprises with a Mendenhall drop off (you do NOT want to go back and forth downtown- it adds about an hour shuttle time). Then just a $5 shuttle back- or you can just not go back and do the same thing with the above tour. Sitka- worthwhile and good choices. Also likely to see humpbacks as well as the sea otters. Ketchikan- I never would consider these ship booked tours myself. They usually are very basic and costly for what you get. Understand they go in all weather and rarely cancel for rain.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 06:04 AM
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Thanks, Budget Queen for the great feedback. Because this is a combination working/leisure vacation, I have to go with the ship excursions. I just wanted to make sure that they were worth my while.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:02 PM
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The Alaska excursions were expensive -- but well worth the cost; they made the trip. I loved the Mendenhall glacier -- but didn't do it with the combination. The float plane that went through the fjords was phenomenal, as was a canoe trip that took us right to the base of a glacier. I don't think you can miss -- it's so beautiful there. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
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Sep 15th, 2004, 01:35 PM
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For clairfication- there are 2 different canoe trips here. There are NO glaicer views on any Ketchikan canoe trips.
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Feb 13th, 2005, 05:35 PM
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What? No report on your cruise? We'd love to hear from you again!
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Feb 17th, 2005, 05:17 AM
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Can you book tours while on the ship that are not sponsored by the cruise line? Maybe this should be a new thread, but what the heck.
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 06:06 AM
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The only way you can book independent tours while on the ship is via your cell phone of internet access. BUT I never recommend waiting this late, so do all your planning and reservations in ADVANCE.
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