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Old 03-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #586
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We did train up, bus down. I don't know if one is more beneficial (unless you could predict the weather!). But, it worked out great for us to do it that way. I guess one nice perk of doing it that way is that Chilkoot offered to drop us off wherever we wanted to be dropped off once we got back to town. Since we wanted to shop, he dropped us off at the end of the "main" street, while others went back to the port. Now, Skagway is tiny, so this is not a huge deal! The train depot is not far at all from the port, so I honestly don't know if one would be better than the other. I did like that we were able to get some coffee at the train depot that morning for the ride up, and some milk for DD. We were the first passenger train through that year, so that was actually kind of cool. Otherwise, I'm not sure why doing it one way or the other would matter.
What date did you go? We will be in Skagway on 5/17.
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Thank you, that is exactly what I needed to hear
I'm with you -- I have a crippling fear of heights (so flying is not my friend either), but coming down a mountain road with no guard rails is terrifying.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:34 PM   #588
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How many passengers are in a helicopter? We are looking at the Glacier Trek in Juneau. Do all the seats have access to a window? I would hate to be in a back seat and not be able to see the complete views.
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How many passengers are in a helicopter? We are looking at the Glacier Trek in Juneau. Do all the seats have access to a window? I would hate to be in a back seat and not be able to see the complete views.
The helicopter we were in held 6 passengers and the pilot - 2 rows. On the way to the glacier my DH and DD sat in the front, I was behind the pilot and a family of 3 was next to me. On the way back from the glacier the dad and little boy of the other family sat in the front, the mom on the left window, my DH and DD in the middle in the back row and I was still behind the pilot.
Everyone is assigned a seat by your weight so there's no switching seats around.

I had no problems seeing the sights out the front or side windows.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #590
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Has anyone done the Alaskan Rainforest sanctuary and crab fest excursion? I saw some people did the wilderness explorer boats and it didn't get rave review but I am still iffy about the Ketchikan port. It's just dh and I and I do want to get out into the forest a little on foot.
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Has anyone done the Alaskan Rainforest sanctuary and crab fest excursion? I saw some people did the wilderness explorer boats and it didn't get rave review but I am still iffy about the Ketchikan port. It's just dh and I and I do want to get out into the forest a little on foot.
We did the rainforest excursion which took us in a raft to the island where we hiked around a bit and roasted marshmallows at the end. It was fun and we saw lots of bald eagles and seals. We wanted an active excursion that our 5 year old could do but the choices were limited.
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We did the rainforest excursion which took us in a raft to the island where we hiked around a bit and roasted marshmallows at the end. It was fun and we saw lots of bald eagles and seals. We wanted an active excursion that our 5 year old could do but the choices were limited.
That sounds fun...I am going to look into that too. Thanks.
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That sounds fun...I am going to look into that too. Thanks.
I can look up the exact name of the excursion if that would help.
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I can look up the exact name of the excursion if that would help.
We booked "Rainforest Island Adventure"Thanks again
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:16 PM   #597
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Skagway - Yukon Suspension Bridge, City and White Pass Railway
Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Quest
Ketchikan - Saxman Native Village and Exclusive Lumberjack Show
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #598
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Been watching this thread since day one. Hard to believe we leave 6 weeks from tomorrow and I won't be using it anymore It has been an invaluable source of information and tips and opinions and I know I am not alone in thanking everyone for their input.

When I return, I will be sure to post our opinions of the excursions we took. We are not sailing on Disney, but the excursions are pretty much the same from ship to ship.
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I'm subbing as I just booked the 8/19/13 Vancouver Alaskan cruise today. Here's the thread meet link.

The helicopter sounds like fun!
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