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Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Alaska port adventures question

I know this is early, but we are going on an Alaskan cruise in July. In an effort to save money, is there any port that you wouldn't bother to take an excursion? Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Can't remember the port but the furthest one north that has the train excursion. They have a free guided walking tour at the state park boiling downtown. It was nice. Town is too small to do a paid excursion
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Ketchikan is easy on your own. You can take the blue line bus to the Totem Bite State Park and do a self guided tour (they have guide sheets free at the visitor's center.) They also have guides doing tours if you happen to hit the time right. The bus is $1 per person each way. Also, there is a Wal-mart with a free shuttle bus. We got off the blue line bus at the Walmart on the way back to town, got what we needed, and shuttled back to the terminal area. Easy to do, and the shuttle leaves every 10 minutes or so. Town is a cute little place to walk around. Very friendly. The people in the visitor's center are helpful.

We used a company called Shore Trips to do our excursions. I think it is a really hard url like shoretrips.com. The cost was at least a 30% savings over booking thru the cruise line! We also had a smaller boat for whale watching and a private trip in Skagway.
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I agree that the White Pass & Yukon train in Skagway can be done on your own much cheaper than through the ship. The only difference is, depending on where the ship docks, if you book through the ship, you can just walk across the dock and board the train. If you book it on your own, you need to walk like 5 minutes into town to catch the train. Not a big deal at all. And it's a wonderful trip.

You can also get to the Visitor's Center at the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau quite easily via public transportation.

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Thanks for your opinions. Will look into all these options.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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You can also get to the Visitor's Center at the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau quite easily via public transportation.

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Yep..Juneau is easy to see the glacier and bears and fish on your own..if you go to the national park site it will give you walking tours that are free in each port.
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Subbing, we are also going in July.....
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