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Old 06-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Alaskan excursions - if food is not included, what snacks can we bring from the ship?

Two of our excursions include a meal or snacks, but one does not. What kinds of things are available to take for snacks? I assume there are snack foods for sale in the shops, but could we order something from room service, etc. to take with us?
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You are not allowed to bring any fresh food off the ship in Alaska - so unfortunately no to room service packing you a nice picnic You can bring pre-packaged foods like granola bars, packaged cookies/crackers, etc but nothing that isn't factory sealed. Some people bring these items from home and throw these in their bag before disembarking in port to avoid having to buy the expensive pre-packaged stuff available on the ship. This is a rule I would definitely avoid breaking (although many people confess they do this and get away with it) as it is not the ships rule, but is US law.

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Here's a slightly different suggestion, and not knowing the itinerary I apologize if it doesn't work due to location or timing. Tourism in AK is a seasonal economy. Consider buying your snacks from a local vendor. Even if you can bring them from home or from the ship cheaper, this often is the largest part of the business' annual income. Help 'em out. They'll appreciate it.
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Here's a slightly different suggestion, and not knowing the itinerary I apologize if it doesn't work due to location or timing. Tourism in AK is a seasonal economy. Consider buying your snacks from a local vendor. Even if you can bring them from home or from the ship cheaper, this often is the largest part of the business' annual income. Help 'em out. They'll appreciate it.
I love this idea, and feel bad for not thinking of it on my own. Our excursions leave early - around 7:15 am - I hope the locals are ready for us at that time!

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You can order room service an hour before your excursion to have some breakfast before you leave. The buffet may also be open to grab something quick. Then you should be set until lunch. We ate at a local restaurant in Ketchikan (DH had king crab legs) and loved it!. I second the suggestion about eating locally whether it is a snack or a meal.
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I would say it's a don't ask, don't tell situation. We took fruit, snacks and bottled water on our on our own excursion to St. John in our backpack. No big deal. There was no searching as you got off the boat.
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I would say it's a don't ask, don't tell situation. We took fruit, snacks and bottled water on our on our own excursion to St. John in our backpack. No big deal. There was no searching as you got off the boat.
Maybe some people are comfortable doing this but with many, many ports taking perishable items off the ship is ground for hefty fines if they catch you. I don't think an apple is worth $25,000.

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