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Old 06-11-2012, 10:58 AM   #691
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Boring? I wouldn't say that and wouldn't choose my excursion based on those type of reviews. We were far from bored. We never stopped looking out the window or going out onto the platforms. We thought the time went by too fast.

The views are indescribable.
I whole-heartedly agree! Here are a couple pix from our anything but boring White Pass Railway excursion...





And at the suspension bridge...





Looking back at the Wonder before we departed...

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Tink1963 -- your pictures are fantastic. What month did you go in?
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Tink1963 -- your pictures are fantastic. What month did you go in?
Thank you. We went later part of August. Our sail date was the 23rd.
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We did 2 tours through Disney.

In Skagway the Yukon Suspension Bridge & White Pass Railway then in Juneau the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier. We enjoyed both days, I only wish we'd had longer at the Glacier.

Some also asked about Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge we went to both of these and really enjoyed them as well.

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Thank you. We went later part of August. Our sail date was the 23rd.
We sailed directly after you!
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Stories and Legends Whale Watch???

Has someone has done Stories and Legends Whale Watch?
Any comments or reviews about it? Thanks
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #697
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We did 2 tours through Disney.

In Skagway the Yukon Suspension Bridge & White Pass Railway then in Juneau the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier. We enjoyed both days, I only wish we'd had longer at the Glacier.

Some also asked about Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge we went to both of these and really enjoyed them as well.

Any questions ask away.
We are signed up for both of those excursions.

Did you need any special hiking shoes for the glacier?
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We are signed up for both of those excursions.

Did you need any special hiking shoes for the glacier?
You don't need special shoes because they give you boots to put over your shoes, but I definitely recommend at least tennis shoes if not hiking boots. One lady on our tour wore open toe high heels which did not fit inside the pullover boots the provided very well. Someone in the shop loaned her a pair of tennis shoes.
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We just got back! Just a warning for people booking Misty Fjord float planes in early June of next year. None of the early AM ones went out on our ship and people were left with no tours because our ship was full. We had AMZING weather all cruise but of course it was raining in Ketchikan (rainiest place in North America) so you can expect it will most likely rain. If you book that I would book a departure after 9am as those seem to go out after the fog cleared a little. Just my observation as I wasn't booked on one but they were making the cancellation announcements all morning and i talked to a few people who had to do the duck tour because that was that was available
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Has someone has done Stories and Legends Whale Watch?
Any comments or reviews about it? Thanks
This company gets terrible reviews and from what I read on cruise critic MANY people were never picked up for their excursion/the excursion didn't run. I'm not sure if it's even legit from what I have read.

There are many other reputable vendors such as Orca Enterprises, Weather permitting, Harv and Marv's etc.
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We just got back! Just a warning for people booking Misty Fjord float planes in early June of next year. None of the early AM ones went out on our ship and people were left with no tours because our ship was full. We had AMZING weather all cruise but of course it was raining in Ketchikan (rainiest place in North America) so you can expect it will most likely rain. If you book that I would book a departure after 9am as those seem to go out after the fog cleared a little. Just my observation as I wasn't booked on one but they were making the cancellation announcements all morning and i talked to a few people who had to do the duck tour because that was that was available
We ran into the same issue on our August 23, 2011 cruise. We were able to get on a later flight, but our return time would have been too close to dinner (pirate night). It was super foggy all day, and even if we took that later flight, it appeared that the visibility still didn't clear up. I would recommend a non-flight tour that day, as our boat/flightseeing tour was also canceled due to the choppy waves/poor visibility.
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Ketchikan: Misty Fjords Floatplane (still debating on booking this directly through Disney or saving money by booking ourselves, likely with Island Wings...please weigh in!)

Would loooove to book a couple's villa treatment on our Tracy Arm Day.

Let us know if this sounds good or if there's anything we need to rethink!

Tracy Arm: if you plan to book Palo or a spa, book it in the morning. You will want to be outside on your verandah or on deck when the ship gets close to the glacier. It is incredible!

Ketchikan: either should be fine. We booked a private floatplane tour through Taquan Air. Our original flight time was 7:30 and they had us check back in with them 3 additional times to try to get us in the air - but eventually, our flight was canceled due to poor visibility. They did a superb job of trying to accomodate us. It wouldn't have been possible for DCL to reschedule so many tours so I think we had more flexibility than the folks who booked through Disney. I did not hear of any floatplane tours that actually took place Saturday. [I should add that the refund for the excursion was processed first thing Monday morning without any prompting from me and Taquan Air sent me an email confirmation before we left Seattle.]

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Can't recommend Chilkoot tours enough in Skagway. We did the 8-hour excursion with the train and bus trip and it was so personal as there were only 20 people on our tour. And cheaper than the ship's excursion but we got all the same stuff.
Completely agree with the recommendation to use Chilkoot Charters! We only had 11 people on our excursion and our driver stopped whenever we asked, took photos with our cameras so all of us could have family photos (at almost every stop), optimized our stops at the most visited places (he would stop at scenic sights that would have been on the way down when we were going up if he saw that there were no tour groups there at that time) and he was highly entertaining!! We did the tour with the dogcart ride and had so much fun! Our musher completed the Iditarod race 3x and we had a very nice conversation with her on the too short, but fun ride. And the husky puppies were sooooo cute!!
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snorkeling adventure

We just got off Wonder yesterday and are staying a few days in Seattle. I will post fuller report when home but wanted to respond to snorkeling question. Dd talked me into it - I was concerned because cold bothers me more now than when I was younger. I loved it and definitely recommend it. It was rainy, windy and cold in Ketchikan but the snorkeling was fun. The wetsuits do not keep you "toasty warm" but after an initial chill, they do keep you at a neutral temp as long as you stay in the water. We saw lots of neat sea creatures, similar but different from more tropical locations. And undersea plants. The hardest part of the event is putting on the wetsuit - I was sweating when that was done! You do get wet so take a change of clothes and plan for wet hair. The guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. I give it a 5 out of 5.
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You don't need special shoes because they give you boots to put over your shoes, but I definitely recommend at least tennis shoes if not hiking boots. One lady on our tour wore open toe high heels which did not fit inside the pullover boots the provided very well. Someone in the shop loaned her a pair of tennis shoes.
Why in the world would someone wear open toe high heels to walk on a GLACIER????


Anyway, thanks for the info. We have good sturdy running shoes, so I think we should be OK.
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