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Old 06-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #721
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We are just off the June 18th sailing and did the Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest in Juneau. It was FANTASTIC. Great crew, smooth ride, and amazing viewing. We saw many humpbacks, bald eagles, seals, and yes, ORCA! Here's a few pics from my iphone...



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Thanks so much! We booked the Takshunuk Mountain Trail excursion for our August 27 cruise and we're really looking forward to it! Still not sure what we'll do for dinner that night, since we have main dining and the excursion is scheduled to return at 5:45pm (sounds like you were back even a little later.) Did you have main dining and if so, did you do something else for dinner? Or were you not ready for dinner after the late lunch? Thanks again!
You're welcome! As for dinner, we had main dining, too, and the late return time did cause some problems. We were scheduled to return at 5:45 but it was a little after six by the time we returned. We debated back and forth but ended up just going straight to the dining room in our jeans Our serving team had just one table besides ours, and they didn't show up that night so our servers were actually at the door of Parrot Cay, waiting to greet us. They didn't seem to mind that we showed up late and we did apologize profusely. We debated because we weren't terribly hungry, but on the other hand, we don't do fast food AT ALL and we knew that if we didn't eat in the dining room we'd be hard pressed to find something edible later.

What we learned later was that if you know ahead of time that you are going to be returning late from an excursion, you can request a one-time seating during late dining. You probably won't get your regular serving team, but it is an option.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #723
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Ketchican help

I posted this on the main board and didn't get what I was looking for, so I thought I'd try here. We're off to Alaska in September. I desperately want to see bears, but am torn between these two excursions:

Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems
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Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition

So here's the dilemma... The first one talks of the possibility of seeing bears and is $209 for the three of us. The second one is EXACTLY the same as the first one except for an extra 30 minutes in the rainforest and access to 5 suspension bridges and 7 platforms for bear viewing. Oh yeah, and it's $513 for the three of us. Is that extra 30 minutes plus platforms worth the $300 difference? I've read the couple of reviews in this thread about the Bear Country one. Some Dis people seemed to really like it, but it has pretty bad reviews on other sites. Has anyone done the first excursion? The cheaper one? Yes, I know there are better excursions for bear viewing... but they are all float planes and ~$400 per person (so close to $1200 for the three of us - not an option right now with a 5 year old. Maybe when he's older).

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I posted this on the main board and didn't get what I was looking for, so I thought I'd try here. We're off to Alaska in September. I desperately want to see bears, but am torn between these two excursions:

Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems
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Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition

So here's the dilemma... The first one talks of the possibility of seeing bears and is $209 for the three of us. The second one is EXACTLY the same as the first one except for an extra 30 minutes in the rainforest and access to 5 suspension bridges and 7 platforms for bear viewing. Oh yeah, and it's $513 for the three of us. Is that extra 30 minutes plus platforms worth the $300 difference? I've read the couple of reviews in this thread about the Bear Country one. Some Dis people seemed to really like it, but it has pretty bad reviews on other sites. Has anyone done the first excursion? The cheaper one? Yes, I know there are better excursions for bear viewing... but they are all float planes and ~$400 per person (so close to $1200 for the three of us - not an option right now with a 5 year old. Maybe when he's older).

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #725
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You're welcome! As for dinner, we had main dining, too, and the late return time did cause some problems. We were scheduled to return at 5:45 but it was a little after six by the time we returned. We debated back and forth but ended up just going straight to the dining room in our jeans Our serving team had just one table besides ours, and they didn't show up that night so our servers were actually at the door of Parrot Cay, waiting to greet us. They didn't seem to mind that we showed up late and we did apologize profusely. We debated because we weren't terribly hungry, but on the other hand, we don't do fast food AT ALL and we knew that if we didn't eat in the dining room we'd be hard pressed to find something edible later.

What we learned later was that if you know ahead of time that you are going to be returning late from an excursion, you can request a one-time seating during late dining. You probably won't get your regular serving team, but it is an option.
This is really helpful information, particularly because we feel the same way regarding fast food/counter service. We might consider requesting late dining for just that night. Thanks again!!!
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Yeah, I actually searched the web before posting here. I always do. If you actually read the Trip Advisor reviews, they are for every excursion in the Rainforest Sanctuary. The good reviews are for the zip lining, the bad reviews for the Bear Country. Then there are some reviews regarding a Zodiac, which is not mentioned in any of the Disney excursions. These reviews are very mixed and hard to tell what excursion the reviewer booked. I was just looking for someone who could review them recently from a Disney ship.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:13 PM   #727
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Yeah, I actually searched the web before posting here. I always do. If you actually read the Trip Advisor reviews, they are for every excursion in the Rainforest Sanctuary. The good reviews are for the zip lining, the bad reviews for the Bear Country. Then there are some reviews regarding a Zodiac, which is not mentioned in any of the Disney excursions. These reviews are very mixed and hard to tell what excursion the reviewer booked. I was just looking for someone who could review them recently from a Disney ship.
Have you tried cruise critic Alaska section? I would search and ask there as it is specifically for Alaska. I don't recall having read any recent reviews of it. I think I have read one from someone on DCL but I don't think it was good either.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #728
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Has anybody done the White Pass Scenic Railway Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity? Thoughts?
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #729
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We had a fabulous time! I'll go through the excursions by day

Skagway
1) Helicopter and dog sledding. This was the most fabulous experience of my life. We did an 8am tour and the weather was gray and cloudy but we were able to go anyway, I was so nervous about them canceling our tour, but on we went! The helicopter gets you amazingly close to the glaciers, our pilot was really knowledgeable about the area. The best part was the dog sledding. Your helicopter lands and all you hear is dogs barking ready to go. Our guide pretty much just let us ask questions and then we did the riding. We took turns driving the sled and riding, they take pictures of you while on the sled. When it was all finished you get to hold super cute 3 week old puppies! I know I'm not describing it right, this is a once in a lifetime experience. It was pricey, but worth it. Those dogs are amazing, all they want to do is pull that sled! We were there for a good hour. By the way for people worried about their weight, they ask you in your group and if you are close to the 250 mark they make you weigh at the headquarters, you are by yourself.

2) White Pass Railway and Suspension Bridge. What can top dogsledding? Probably nothing, but the train was a completely different experience. A tour bus takes you from the ship to the train depot then you get on a specific car number (its based on your cruise line). You travel through the most beautiful scenery and hear the story about the gold rush. Normally I'm not one for history and stories and all that stuff, but it was very fascinating. It was amazing to see how far these men had travelled and what they went through. The train stopped at the border and we got off (we hurried up and got our passports stamped) then you get back on the tour bus. The bus continues the story and takes you up into Canada to the suspension bridge. We stopped and got off and took a look around, there was some historical stuff about the gold rush, a makeshift cabin, some pictures, a map. Crossing the suspension bridge was neat, you look down and see those rapids and it puts your world in perspective. There were snacks and a giftshop so you could purchase cookies (yum!) and souvenirs. Then we got back on the bus to head back to the ship, we actually saw a bear off the side of the road and our driver stopped so we could take pictures.

Juneau
It was a very short day in Juneau, back on the boat by 2pm. We decided to do whale watching with Harv and Marv. There were so many good reviews online and we had the best experience. They pick you up right at the dock and take you to the boat. Your 4 hour tour starts when you get on the boat, not at the dock. We had Captain Liz and she was great, very friendly and knew where to see the whales! We saw so many whales mostly moms and calves. We also saw Bald Eagles and fur seals. They are supposed to maintain a certain distance from the whales, but we had one come up right by the boat, I could have touched it! After your tour they drop you off at Mendenhall Glacier for 15 minutes. I could have used more time, but guess I'll have to Alaska again.

Ketchikan
Even shorter day at Ketchikan, back on the boat by 12:30pm. We did a fishing tour with Ken from Northern Lights fishing charters. He picked us up at the dock then went to the boat. The boat was enclosed with a restroom and it had all the down riggers and things. While we were heading to our fishing spot we filled out the fishing license paperwork. There were some strong winds and rain, but we still caught fish, a King Salmon! We sent it to be processed and it was shipped back home (you can select your day and if you want it to be smoked or not). We all said we would go fishing again, had a great time.

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Have you tried cruise critic Alaska section? I would search and ask there as it is specifically for Alaska. I don't recall having read any recent reviews of it. I think I have read one from someone on DCL but I don't think it was good either.
I feel like I've searched everywhere! But I've only asked here. I'm trying to not get too obsessed with this cruise. So far, it's not working I'm honestly thinking of working some overtime to cover the difference in price, and just going for it. I figure if it's overtime, it's "bonus" money and doesn't count
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I posted this on the main board and didn't get what I was looking for, so I thought I'd try here. We're off to Alaska in September. I desperately want to see bears, but am torn between these two excursions:

Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems
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Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition

So here's the dilemma... The first one talks of the possibility of seeing bears and is $209 for the three of us. The second one is EXACTLY the same as the first one except for an extra 30 minutes in the rainforest and access to 5 suspension bridges and 7 platforms for bear viewing. Oh yeah, and it's $513 for the three of us. Is that extra 30 minutes plus platforms worth the $300 difference? I've read the couple of reviews in this thread about the Bear Country one. Some Dis people seemed to really like it, but it has pretty bad reviews on other sites. Has anyone done the first excursion? The cheaper one? Yes, I know there are better excursions for bear viewing... but they are all float planes and ~$400 per person (so close to $1200 for the three of us - not an option right now with a 5 year old. Maybe when he's older).

Thanks all!
Just returned from June 18 sailing. We did the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems. It was a little lame except that we DID SEE BEARS. We were very close to a mama and her two cubs. We sat there watching them eat grass from a raised boardwalk for a good 15 minutes with plenty of photo taking opportunities. But the groups ahead of us and behind us probably did not get the same experience. The suspension bridges were there but not yet opened. We saw lots of real bear skat on our walk through the rain forest.
Several of our excursions seemed "new". I'm not sure if they are being created just for the Disney cruises since they are low adventure for families with small kids who can't or don't want to do expensive high adventure excursions.
That's quite a price difference for the added suspension bridges but i would guess it would give you more chances to see bears since most of our walk was on flat ground and they are not going to just walk right up to you. When we saw them was when we were on a raised boardwalk.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
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Just returned from June 18 sailing. We did the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems. It was a little lame except that we DID SEE BEARS. We were very close to a mama and her two cubs. We sat there watching them eat grass from a raised boardwalk for a good 15 minutes with plenty of photo taking opportunities. But the groups ahead of us and behind us probably did not get the same experience. The suspension bridges were there but not yet opened. We saw lots of real bear skat on our walk through the rain forest.
Several of our excursions seemed "new". I'm not sure if they are being created just for the Disney cruises since they are low adventure for families with small kids who can't or don't want to do expensive high adventure excursions.
That's quite a price difference for the added suspension bridges but i would guess it would give you more chances to see bears since most of our walk was on flat ground and they are not going to just walk right up to you. When we saw them was when we were on a raised boardwalk.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
Thanks so much! I figured someone had to have done this! We're going in September and I've heard the salmon run is almost over then. Maybe that means fewer bears? I'm ok with a little lame if the price is right My husband thinks the $300 price difference is insane. I'm on the fence. If the $300 is the difference between seeing bears and not, then I'd be more than happy to pay it.

What other excursions did you do? Did you guys have a good time?
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1) Helicopter and dog sledding. This was the most fabulous experience of my life. We did an 8am tour and the weather was gray and cloudy but we were able to go anyway, I was so nervous about them canceling our tour, but on we went! The helicopter gets you amazingly close to the glaciers, our pilot was really knowledgeable about the area. The best part was the dog sledding. Your helicopter lands and all you hear is dogs barking ready to go. Our guide pretty much just let us ask questions and then we did the riding. We took turns driving the sled and riding, they take pictures of you while on the sled. When it was all finished you get to hold super cute 3 week old puppies! I know I'm not describing it right, this is a once in a lifetime experience. It was pricey, but worth it. Those dogs are amazing, all they want to do is pull that sled! We were there for a good hour. By the way for people worried about their weight, they ask you in your group and if you are close to the 250 mark they make you weigh at the headquarters, you are by yourself.

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I feel like I've searched everywhere! But I've only asked here. I'm trying to not get too obsessed with this cruise. So far, it's not working I'm honestly thinking of working some overtime to cover the difference in price, and just going for it. I figure if it's overtime, it's "bonus" money and doesn't count
That's my logic as well!
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Thanks so much! I figured someone had to have done this! We're going in September and I've heard the salmon run is almost over then. Maybe that means fewer bears? I'm ok with a little lame if the price is right My husband thinks the $300 price difference is insane. I'm on the fence. If the $300 is the difference between seeing bears and not, then I'd be more than happy to pay it.

What other excursions did you do? Did you guys have a good time?
We also did the Yukon Suspension Bridge & Klondike Explorer in Skagway. It was good. We rode in a coach bus for about 40 minutes to get to the Suspension Bridge. Again, this attraction was brand new. Our bus driver was pretty good, had lots of good info. He was young and funny. The scenery on the drive was amazing. I felt like I was in prehistoric times because it was just so vast and desolate. We did see a bear on the side of the road but no other wildlife. The bridge and visitor's center was fine. There was a gift shop and a snack shop where you could buy drinks and a few snacks. They gave out samples of some yummy maple cookies that we ended up buying.

We were scheduled for an afternoon Glacier Discovery by Helicopter but due to 50 mph winds on the glacier, it was cancelled. We were terribly disappointed but at the same time I did NOT want to fly in that wind. It was crazy...people could hardly walk in it.

In Juneau we did the Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp. Again, they indicated that this was only their 2nd year in operation. Our entire group of 9 loved it. We had 2 sets of grandparents, plus my dh and I, and our kids ages 10.5, 8, and 4. You do need to love dogs though. If you are indifferent about dogs, you might not get as much out of it.

See above for my description of the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center, & Totems in Ketchikan.

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