Post # 1
Now that we booked the Alaska cruise, im trying to figure out wich towns we should do an excursion in and the ones that we can just get off the ship and walk around and explore or maybe theres a taxi that can drive us around? Any advice? The towns are: Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.
Any advice would be great, please 🙂
Post # 3
@tropicalbride2218: oh fun! No advice other than to take in the scenery!! LOl! When is the cruise?
Post # 4
What time of year will you be there? I would highly recommend doing a whale watch- nearly a thousand humpback whales come to the Inside Passage every summer to feed, play, and teach their 6-month old calves to dive and basically be a whale. : ) It’s an AMAZING thing to see! They have tours out of Juneau that pick you up from the cruise ship terminal and take you to the boat dock. I worked on a whale watch boat up there a few years ago- here is a picture I took of the humpbakcs doing their “bubble-net” feeding (a group feeding behavior where the whales blow giant bubbles underneath a school of fish to corral them up, then lunge out of the water at the same time to eat them):
I’m a big fan of whales…..but Alaska is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!
Post # 5
@Starling13: it is at the end of July! Never been to alaska so it will be an experience.
@Audrey2_sings: I love whales! That will be something to look into.
Post # 6
Awwwwh! Go to Talkeetna and see my sister! 🙂 She works at a small restraunt there. It’s a tourist town, it’s at the base of Denali and it’s wonderful. Fishing, river tours, good food, brewery, and sled dogs ^^ OH did I meantion flights around the mountain?! They are the best! You fly really close to it and some even land on glaciers and let you walk around. 🙂 Have so much fun!
Post # 7
@Epicpooka: that does sound fun but I don’t think we’re going to be in that area
Post # 8
We’re also going on an Alaska Cruise, but in September. We booked the Glaciar Walking in Juneau and the White Pass Summit Excursion. The White Pass excurision is just a train ride, but it comes highly recommended from everyone.
Post # 9
Hi @tropicalbride2218: Travel Nut here…
Haven’t been to Alaska as of yet… but I did have a family member do several weeks in Alaska… trip of a lifetime. They took a cruise, and then spent time in the State as well, before doing part of the Alaska Hwy back to Canada. Awesome trip.
Ok as a frequent cruiser, here is my absolute BEST ADVICE
1- Become very familiar with the Website for your Cruise Line, you’ll find a lot of info on it in regards to Excursions. You don’t necessarily have to buy / do the ones thru the ship but it is the first place to start your research / education.
2- Join Cruise Critic… and go look at the Boards there for Alaska. You can even get Cruise Line (as well as Ship & Sailing Date) specific if you like.
Cruise Critic is the sister website to TripAdvisor… which is the BEST Trip Planning Tool on the Internet
Use CC to learn all about the Cruise Line, Ship, Itinerary, Excursions etc.
And use TA to read up on the Reviews of particular Attractions.
Then base your choices from there.
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
@ellejay16: I did see the train excursion and thinking about that one. Which cruise line are you going to be on?
@This Time Round: I will be sure to look at those sites!
Post # 11
I would greatly recommend an excursion to go see nature, somehow. When I went on a cruise to Alaska, I took a float plane from one of the ports to a little island to go look at and learn about the bears in the area. In Juneau, I booked a car tour of the city and surrounding areas, and it was really beatiful, relaxing, and educational. Ketchikan has some pretty nice shopping opportunities, btw. 🙂
Post # 12
I went on an Alaskan cruise last year. So much fun, our excursions were more activities – ziplining (saw bears below us and great views), rock climbing was another, tough but great reward, and kayaking. We also went hiking on our own. There is so much to see and do, take advantage of a beautiful place.
Post # 13
I highly recommend the whale-watching and salmon bake in Juneau. My original excursion was cancelled because our ship arrived 2-3 hours late into the port, so I took this as a last minute option and it ended up being the best of all the excursions! It was so much fun with everyone showing things like “whale at 2 o’clock” as we cruised along and saw bald eagles. The salmon was the best I’d ever had! Enjoy!
Post # 14
It’s been a while, so I hope I remember this correctly…
In Ketchikan, we did the walking tour of the city, including the Totem Heritage Ctr and Creek Street (where we toured Dollys House, whihc was a lot of fun for us), then rented a car and drove to Totem Bight Park, which was amazing for the bald eagles,even if we had enjoyed nothing else. We stopped a few times on the road for the photo ops. A full day and it only cost about $30 for the car rental. We took drinks and snacks with us for the day in an insulated bag.
In Skagway, we again rented a car. We first stopped at the Goldrush Cemetary and then drove the Klondike Highway to Emerald Lake, stopping at the worlds smallest desert, and at Carcross. Total cost was about $50 for the car. Again we had drinks and snacks with us.
In Juneau, we took the city bus to Mendenhall Glacier. At the glacier, we were picked up by our whale watch company for the sunset cruise, which was great, because there were only 8 of us on the boat, compared to a full boat for the early tour. After, they took us directly to the cruise ship dock. I think the glacier cost about $6,00 if you went onto the museum; no charge for just the glacier. I think the whale watching excursion was aboud $35pp, but, I’m sure it cost more now. It’s still cheaper to arrange on your own then to go through the ship.
I second the suggestion to visit http://www.cruisecritic.com Here’s a link to the Alaska board
Post # 15
for ketchikan, book an early tour of the totem bight state park or any of those parks that feature totem poles. but i think ketchikan is best explored DIY. we didn’t get to explore creek street! too bad.
skagway is a small town. you can do the yukon pass, the historic rail too but had i gone to alaska in the summer, i would’ve book a tour to emerald lake.
as for juneau, the mt. roberts tramway (???) looks good. but we did whale watching and mendenhall glacier. worth every penny. 🙂