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Old 05-27-2011, 08:18 AM   #106
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Hi Disney Dream....

Would you recommend the steam train over the diesel train trip? Do you the steam train experience was worth the extra money? Did Disney do anything different on the steam train trip since they have contracted all the steam train reservations?

I also saw that you went on the summer dog sledding excursion...is this excursion worth the money? i have a 4 year old and have gotten mixed reviews. Some say its too expensive and that my daughter may get upset over the dogs and others say its nice. What is your opinion?

Right now I have the steam train in skagwaybooked and can not book the summer dog sled thru disney due to timing....if i book the diesel trip i can do the dog sledding with her. The white pass agent said to do the steam engine because its unique and you can not do it all the time as its only runs on certain dates and Disney holds all the reservations slots for it....

Decisions.....Decisions.....
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #107
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We booked the same excursion with Chilkoot. We also added the dog sledding. And like you are taking the train up firs at 7:30am... Did you have any trouble boarding quickly enough to meet them?
No problems at all. I was concerned about it though, so I emailed them beforehand and was told not to worry, they knew the Disney Wonder's schedule and it would not be a problem. It really wasn't. We disembarked pretty much as soon as the ship docked and met the van at the end of the dock (it is RIGHT there, so no worries). They took us to the train station with enough time to get a cup of coffee at the little gift shop/coffee place there at the station. It was good coffee too! Strong! Called Dead Man's Brew or something. I like it strong though, lol.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #108
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We booked our exursions yesterday.

Skagway...WhitePass Railway and Trail Camp

Juneau...Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike and Mt Roberts Tramway

Ketchikan...Totems, Exclusive Lumberjack, and Potlach Park with youth activity.

Would really appreciate some feedback especially on the Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike as I really haven't read any on this one yet.

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Old 05-27-2011, 10:06 AM   #109
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Are you asking about the excursion for the cruise that left on 5/17 or for the cruise that left on 5/24?
It's my understanding that any of the air excursions in AK could be cancelled at the last minute due to flight conditions. So it's possible that an air excursion can happen on one cruise and then the next cruise be cancelled.

I know this isn't much help to you on whether you should cancel and rebook. But would you be more upset to have it cancelled because of flight conditions or for you to cancel it before sailing and then when you're on the ship you find out the excursion is still scheduled? If it's something I'd really like to do I'd keep it and look over the excursions for a back up plan and then once on the ship check if it's still on or not and then go from there. I have a feeling this is going to be happening over the course of the season as flight conditions change from week to week.
Hi! The excursion I'm talking about isn't on a float plane but rather a white water rafting excursion. I had heard that it was canceled on the first cruise due to the river still being too low with chunks of ice. Just wondering if it is still continuing to be canceled. Just worried we'll get there and there won't be any excursions left to book that interest us and don't want to be left without one. I'm looking into Coastal Helicopters but I do realize that those can be canceled very easily due to weather conditions as well. What to do...what to do??? I'm probably just putting too much thought into it and should just let the cards fall where they fall. Afterall, we'll be in Alaska. Even if we're stuck without an excursion, I'm sure it's going to be a GREAT time!
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:11 AM   #110
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We were not booked on that excursion, but our tablemates told us that they were booked on the "Mendenhall Float that got cancelled because the water was frozen." So, I am guessing, the answer to your question is, "Yes, it was cancelled."

We did:

Skagway - Steam train excursion: LOVED it! We had some issues with the steam and some on our train got upset and let it ruin their day. We rolled with it, knew we would be okay getting back to the ship, enjoyed the beauty and the adventure. Sometimes, it really is perspective that can make the difference.

Juneau - Dog Sledding Camp: Fun. A little cheesy, but cool at the same time. It was fun. And, lucky timing, we got to hold a 6 day old puppy!

Ketchikan - We booked the Misty Fjords boat trip (not the flightseeing). Found out it was cancelled an hour before departure. This was my birthday and suddenly we were left with no plan. With some quick action, a little luck, and some MAJOR pixie dust we got to do Totems, Lighthouses, and Eagles. LOVED IT!

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P.S. If I goofed the titles of the tours a bit, sorry. Sleep-deprived still.
Hello! I'm sure your tablemates were booked on the same excursion we are, and it sounds like it's still be canceled. It sounds as if you are booked on all of the same excursions we are with the exception of Juneau which is where we're planning to do the float trip. Glad to hear you enjoyed the other ones though, and I'm crossing my fingers the Misty Fjords boat excursion won't be canceled as well. Did they tell you why that one was canceled? Also, when you went to book another excursion, was there still quite a bit left to choose from? We aren't that picky, but we were on a cruise one time where something got canceled, and there was only two things to choose from, so that's why I'm so worried about it. I need to let my over obsessive vacation planning quit getting the best of me. It will all work out, I'm sure.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:38 AM   #111
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Hey there

I have the following booked for our August 23rd cruise:

Wildlife Expedition (Seasonal) -Skagway

Adventure by Helicopter - Juneau

Misty Fjords and Wilderness Explorer - Ketchikan

Any input or reviews on the above would be greatly appreciated. It's been very hard for us to decide on these excursions so would really greatful for opinions here. Not everyone in our group is happy with the final choices and they can be changed lol.

Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:00 AM   #112
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Hi! The excursion I'm talking about isn't on a float plane but rather a white water rafting excursion. I had heard that it was canceled on the first cruise due to the river still being too low with chunks of ice. Just wondering if it is still continuing to be canceled. Just worried we'll get there and there won't be any excursions left to book that interest us and don't want to be left without one. I'm looking into Coastal Helicopters but I do realize that those can be canceled very easily due to weather conditions as well. What to do...what to do??? I'm probably just putting too much thought into it and should just let the cards fall where they fall. Afterall, we'll be in Alaska. Even if we're stuck without an excursion, I'm sure it's going to be a GREAT time!
In regards to Coastal, excellent company, we did dog sledding via helicopter with them and here is what they told me. Book for late morning/early afternoon (ours was 12:15-3:15, we have no problems everything ran like clockwork) since fog in the morning can be an issue. They guarantee you will make your ship, or they will pay for you to get back to your ship (they said they have had only one group miss there boat since 2004).

They day of our tour which was amazingly beautiful, we were talking to the van driver and the pilot and they said all in all you only have a 25% chance of being cancelled.
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No problems at all. I was concerned about it though, so I emailed them beforehand and was told not to worry, they knew the Disney Wonder's schedule and it would not be a problem. It really wasn't. We disembarked pretty much as soon as the ship docked and met the van at the end of the dock (it is RIGHT there, so no worries). They took us to the train station with enough time to get a cup of coffee at the little gift shop/coffee place there at the station. It was good coffee too! Strong! Called Dead Man's Brew or something. I like it strong though, lol.
They told me the same thing when I emailed them my concern when I originally booked; but it's still very reassuring to hear that it worked out perfectly for someone else. We head out this Sunday for the Tuesday sailing
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:12 PM   #114
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Looking for a review of the Mendenhall Glacier and Rainforest Garden Adventure.

Canceled my Mendenhall Glacier adventure hike as I think it may be a bit too challenging for some members of our party.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:12 PM   #115
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In regards to Coastal, excellent company, we did dog sledding via helicopter with them and here is what they told me. Book for late morning/early afternoon (ours was 12:15-3:15, we have no problems everything ran like clockwork) since fog in the morning can be an issue. They guarantee you will make your ship, or they will pay for you to get back to your ship (they said they have had only one group miss there boat since 2004).

They day of our tour which was amazingly beautiful, we were talking to the van driver and the pilot and they said all in all you only have a 25% chance of being cancelled.
Thanks for the advice. I would definitely LOVE to do this excursion, but the price is pretty much double what our original plan was. I keep telling myself this might be a once in a lifetime trip so we should just go for it. But then again, I told my husband and kids 7 Disney cruises ago that our first DCL cruise would be once in a lifetime.
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I also would like to hear something about the Mendenhall - Rainforest Garden
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:23 AM   #117
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Thanks for the advice. I would definitely LOVE to do this excursion, but the price is pretty much double what our original plan was. I keep telling myself this might be a once in a lifetime trip so we should just go for it. But then again, I told my husband and kids 7 Disney cruises ago that our first DCL cruise would be once in a lifetime.
Many people fall in love with Alaska and return over and over. We did our first Alaskan cruise/tour as our honeymoon and decided we would return every 5 years for as long as we could. It's such a beautiful place!
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Hello Fellow Dis-ers! I have been lurking on this post and would love any information on the excursions we have booked during our June 14th Alaskan cruise:
1- Skagway: Takshanuk Mountain Trail 4x4
2- Juneau: Enchanted Taku Glacier Lodge Flight and Feast
3- Ketchikan: Rain Forest Canoe Adventure and Nature Trail

Any feed back will be greatly appreciated!
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Hello Fellow Dis-ers! I have been lurking on this post and would love any information on the excursions we have booked during our June 14th Alaskan cruise:
1- Skagway: Takshanuk Mountain Trail 4x4
2- Juneau: Enchanted Taku Glacier Lodge Flight and Feast
3- Ketchikan: Rain Forest Canoe Adventure and Nature Trail

Any feed back will be greatly appreciated!
I second the request for any reviews of the Takshanuk Mountain Trail 4x4!!! Looks like so much fun!!
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Perdita and Pongo- While I have not seen any reviews here for the Takshanuk excursion, the reviews on Trip Advisor are all fabulous!
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