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Old 04-26-2013, 02:01 PM   #976
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Just curious, which Ketchikan excursion from Island Wings you liked best. We decided to do the Misty Fjords excursion instead of the bear viewing. Hope we made the right choice!



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All of our excursions were booked on our own and ALL were fantastic!

In Juneau we've twice gone with http://www.orcaenterprises.com/ - lots of whales and a great time!

In Juneau we did the pilots choice glacier landing with http://www.temscoair.com/pilots_choice.php.

In Skagway we did dog sledding with http://www.temscoair.com/dog_sled_tour_skagway.php.

In Skagway we rented a car and drove out to Emerald Lake with stops along the way (amazing time!) using http://www.murraysguide.com/.

In Ketchikan we did Anan Creek with http://www.islandwings.com/bear-viewing-tours (awesome bears!!).

In Ketchikan we did Misty Fjords with http://www.islandwings.com/misty-fjo...htseeing-tours.

Alaska is amazing and one thing I'd recommend is to see if from the air - whether a helicopter or seaplane. You get a totally different perspective and realize how huge and beautiful it is!
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:12 PM   #977
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Sorry if this has already been asked and I missed it! Does anyone know if the DCL Yukon tour goes to Emerald Lake? This is the tour that does the train one way and the bus another. I've been looking into Chilkoot tours but it looks like they leave at 7:30am and for our cruise (May 2014) we are supposed to be in port at 7:15am so I'm not sure if we would be able to make it. For those of you who've done the Chilkoot tours did you get into port earlier? Not sure if this is the time DCL usually gets into Skagway?

Also, I saw that Chilkoot offers the Bennett Scenic Journey has anyone done this tour? Thanks!
We chose a Chilkoot Charters tour that took the bus up and the train back and leaves at 8:30, since we will enjoy that extra hour of sleep and didn't want to worry about the timing.

I didn't find any excursions through DCL that offered the same experience as what Chilkoot had.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #978
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We chose a Chilkoot Charters tour that took the bus up and the train back and leaves at 8:30, since we will enjoy that extra hour of sleep and didn't want to worry about the timing.

I didn't find any excursions through DCL that offered the same experience as what Chilkoot had.
Thanks! Yeah I finally figured that out, they do leave a little later if you take the bus up first! And yes the DCL excursion doesn't seem quite the same. The description is very vague and says they drive by "lakes" so I don't want to take my chances assuming they mean Emerald Lake. It looks like maybe that's a little north of Carcross? So it wouldn't necessarily be on the way.

Did you enjoy the Chilkoot tour? Or maybe you haven't gone yet?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:19 PM   #979
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Thanks! Yeah I finally figured that out, they do leave a little later if you take the bus up first! And yes the DCL excursion doesn't seem quite the same. The description is very vague and says they drive by "lakes" so I don't want to take my chances assuming they mean Emerald Lake. It looks like maybe that's a little north of Carcross? So it wouldn't necessarily be on the way.

Did you enjoy the Chilkoot tour? Or maybe you haven't gone yet?
We go during the July 1 cruise this year. Happy to report back here once our cruise is finished! We booked the excursion based on excellent reviews here.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #980
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Thanks! Yeah I finally figured that out, they do leave a little later if you take the bus up first! And yes the DCL excursion doesn't seem quite the same. The description is very vague and says they drive by "lakes" so I don't want to take my chances assuming they mean Emerald Lake. It looks like maybe that's a little north of Carcross? So it wouldn't necessarily be on the way.

Did you enjoy the Chilkoot tour? Or maybe you haven't gone yet?
We did this Chilkoot tour (bus up, train down) on our June 2011 cruise - it was the best excursion we did in any of the ports (including the float plane in Ketchikan). The driver/guide was extremely entertaiing & accommadating - he stopped for all the "regular" photo ops & anytime someone asked. Driving up the Klondike Highway, one of the kids in our mini bus called out "bear" - the driver turned the bus around as soon as he could & brought us back to observe (from inside the bus) the Grizzly sitting just off the road munching on flowers!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #981
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We did this Chilkoot tour (bus up, train down) on our June 2011 cruise - it was the best excursion we did in any of the ports (including the float plane in Ketchikan). The driver/guide was extremely entertaiing & accommadating - he stopped for all the "regular" photo ops & anytime someone asked. Driving up the Klondike Highway, one of the kids in our mini bus called out "bear" - the driver turned the bus around as soon as he could & brought us back to observe (from inside the bus) the Grizzly sitting just off the road munching on flowers!
That sounds amazing, thank you so much for the feedback!

Mackie Mouse, enjoy your trip!
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:08 PM   #982
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Not sure if this would help anyone but I finally got arlund to doing my excursion review/tr on my blog. This is what we did:

Whitepass
Whales,Mendenhall, cold creek salmon bake
Rain forest adventure

http://www.disneytravelrecord.com/p/trip-reports.html

If so hth!
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:40 PM   #983
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Do the prices on the Disney excursions include tax?
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:34 AM   #984
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Not sure if this would help anyone but I finally got arlund to doing my excursion review/tr on my blog. This is what we did:

Whitepass
Whales,Mendenhall, cold creek salmon bake
Rain forest adventure

http://www.disneytravelrecord.com/p/trip-reports.html

If so hth!
Thank you for the link to your blog. It is great and very helpful. Thanks again!
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Thank you for the link to your blog. It is great and very helpful. Thanks again!
Thanks, I hope it helps anyone looking for info. I know the Alaska cruises tend to be harder to find TR's.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #986
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We booked chilkoot tours
Era helicopters in juneau with dog sled
Misty fjords floatplane

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Booked all on our own..so cheaper and paid for already
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If I remember correctly they do.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #989
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Mendenhall glacier by helicopter

I have a 2 year old, and booked this excursion for him as well. Will he do ok on this or is he too small? I noticed a lot of the other excursions they did not allow 2 year olds and on this one they do which made me think it would be ok, I would just like to verify that with someone who has been. Thanks in advance.
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All of our excursions were booked on our own and ALL were fantastic!

In Juneau we've twice gone with http://www.orcaenterprises.com/ - lots of whales and a great time!

In Juneau we did the pilots choice glacier landing with http://www.temscoair.com/pilots_choice.php.

In Skagway we did dog sledding with http://www.temscoair.com/dog_sled_tour_skagway.php.

In Skagway we rented a car and drove out to Emerald Lake with stops along the way (amazing time!) using http://www.murraysguide.com/.

In Ketchikan we did Anan Creek with http://www.islandwings.com/bear-viewing-tours (awesome bears!!).

In Ketchikan we did Misty Fjords with http://www.islandwings.com/misty-fjo...htseeing-tours.

Alaska is amazing and one thing I'd recommend is to see if from the air - whether a helicopter or seaplane. You get a totally different perspective and realize how huge and beautiful it is!
Thanks to everyone for all of their tips! Wow, this disboard link is CHOCK full of great information! We are going on the Alaska cruise in August and I have booked the Chilkoot Tours for Skagway and the Orca Enterprises Whale Watching/Mendenhall Glacier tour for Juneau (Thank you, KashasMom, for the tips and links!).

For those of you considering the Chilkoot Tours in Skagway, my friend recommended the tour group and it was so great to hear similar positive feedback on this disboard thread. We are doing the Yukon Rail tour with the Dog Cart Ride and Bus Tour. We opted for the 8:30 a.m. departure which starts off on the bus tour and ends with the train ride. I figure my kids will have more energy on the front end to get on/get off the bus and then they can rest on the train ride on the back end (plus the extra hour in the morning will be a big help since the "train ride first option" leaves at 7:30 a.m.).

I booked Orca Enterprises' whale watching/glacier combo rather than Harv & Marv's because my parents are traveling with us and I didn't think my mom would like such a small boat. I noticed for our party of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids), the price on DCL was the about the same as Harv & Marv's and I know many on this thread commented that it was worth it because of the smaller boat. Plus, for our family, we would have to have a private boat on Harv & Marv's since we have kids under 13. For those of you looking for something "in between," Orca Enterprises' boat holds 72 but they limit seating to 40 people. So I think the boat size is in between Harv & Marv's and DCL's catamaran option if that helps at all. The price for Orca Enterprises' was several hundreds cheaper for our party so I opted to go this route. Just wanted to provide this info in case it's helpful to anyone.

Thanks again to all on this thread! Now I need to figure out what to do in Ketchikan...
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