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Old 05-14-2014, 12:01 PM   #1261
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If you like hiking, I went on a wonderful independent excursion through Wild Wolf Tours in Ketchikan. We hiked in the Tongass National Rainforest (amazingly lush with waterfalls), did some geocaching there, and went to a totem park. She dropped us off in the town so we could walk around before getting back on the ship.

It was very well organized and there were 9-10 of us on the trip.

In Juneau I did a dog sledding on a glacier your run by Coastal Helicopters which was expensive but amazing!

Both got me back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. As others have noted, the tour operators in Alaska know the cruise schedule inside out!
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:27 PM   #1262
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For those booking non Disney tours, what and who do you book with? Thank you
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:36 PM   #1263
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A full list of all the people we used when we went last year.





Vancouver Airport

http://www.yvr.ca/en/default.aspx

Legacy Limousine Service
http://www.legacylimousine.ca/


Landsea Tours & Adventures

Landsea Tours & Adventures
http://www.vancouvertours.com/

Canada Line.
http://thecanadaline.com/

Pan Pacific Hotel

http://www2.panpacific.com/en/Vancouver/Overview.html


Pourhouse Restaurant

http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/


Fly Over Canada

http://www.flyovercanada.com/index.html


Bellaggio Cafe


http://www.bellaggiocafe.com/convention/con-index.html


De Dutch


http://www.dedutch.com/


M+M Tours

http://www.skagwayadventures.com/gla...ightseeing.asp



Whitepass Railway


http://wpyr.com/index.html


Chilkoot charters


http://www.chilkootcharters.com/summitrail.htm



Coastal Helicopters


http://coastalhelicopters.com/



SeaWind Aviation



http://www.seawindaviation.com/misty.html



Ketchikan Duck Tour!



http://www.akduck.com/



Vancouver Shuttle



http://www.vancouvershuttle.ca/cruise-transfers.html
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:40 PM   #1264
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For those booking non Disney tours, what and who do you book with? Thank you
The ones that we considered/booked are:
Chilkoot Tours in Skagway (for the train/bus tour)

Harv and Marv, Alaska Galore, Rum Runners, Orca Enterprises for Whale Watching in Juneau (booked Alaska Galore)

Ketchikan Taxi Tours (booked a 3-hour city tour).

We have not been yet though so I cannot give you personal experience. These were all companies that I found recommended here on the DIS
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:44 PM   #1265
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Coastal Helicopters was great. We also booked directly through the White Pass & Yukon Railroad for our Skagway train trip.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:54 PM   #1266
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We booked Misty Fjords floatplane though Island Wings - the rest we booked via DCL because they were either not available privately or not that much difference.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:01 PM   #1267
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Question DSLR Camera

Is it possible to bring a DSLR on the heli port adventures?

I've read some people say you can only bring what you can fit in your pockets (DSLR camera does not). However, I've also read that they give you a small fanny pack and you can bring whatever you can fit in there (DSLR may fit).

To spend that much money and for those amazing views, I would like to capture it with the best camera I have.

I would love to hear from anyone who has been on any of those tours, your thoughts, and which tour you where on.

Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:06 AM   #1268
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Is it possible to bring a DSLR on the heli port adventures? I've read some people say you can only bring what you can fit in your pockets (DSLR camera does not). However, I've also read that they give you a small fanny pack and you can bring whatever you can fit in there (DSLR may fit). To spend that much money and for those amazing views, I would like to capture it with the best camera I have. I would love to hear from anyone who has been on any of those tours, your thoughts, and which tour you where on. Thanks!
I took mine. You can't have it in a case. They don't allow any bags.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:11 AM   #1269
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Thank you CruznLexi. Your post was very helpful!

Is the train from Seattle an Amtrak train? And the shuttle? Just wanted more info so I can look into it for next year. How long is the trip from Seattle to Vancouver?
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Hi, last time we went on the Alaska cruise we flew into Seattle and took the train to Vancouver, and we are doing it again this summer! It is Amtrak, and it is a lovely trip (I saw some Eagles last time). Very relaxing and comfortable.

It is a 4 hour trip.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:27 AM   #1270
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A full list of all the people we used when we went last year.





Vancouver Airport

http://www.yvr.ca/en/default.aspx

Legacy Limousine Service
http://www.legacylimousine.ca/


Landsea Tours & Adventures

Landsea Tours & Adventures
http://www.vancouvertours.com/

Canada Line.
http://thecanadaline.com/

Pan Pacific Hotel

http://www2.panpacific.com/en/Vancouver/Overview.html


Pourhouse Restaurant

http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/


Fly Over Canada

http://www.flyovercanada.com/index.html


Bellaggio Cafe


http://www.bellaggiocafe.com/convention/con-index.html


De Dutch


http://www.dedutch.com/


M+M Tours

http://www.skagwayadventures.com/gla...ightseeing.asp



Whitepass Railway


http://wpyr.com/index.html


Chilkoot charters


http://www.chilkootcharters.com/summitrail.htm



Coastal Helicopters


http://coastalhelicopters.com/



SeaWind Aviation



http://www.seawindaviation.com/misty.html



Ketchikan Duck Tour!



http://www.akduck.com/



Vancouver Shuttle



http://www.vancouvershuttle.ca/cruise-transfers.html
Very helpful! The Bellagio Cafe looks awesome and is close to our hotel. Was it good? Outside seating? We have a 9 year old and 16 year old, will they enjoy it?
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:26 AM   #1271
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Has anyone done the Disney excursion in Ketchikan Totems, Exclusive Lumberjack Show and Potlatch Park Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity???

I think this will be the best excursion for our family. I want to see the lumber jack show and my husband wants to see the totem poles and Native American culture. And, my kids love arts and crafts so I feell ike it is the happy medium for everyone. However, it is very pricey for our family of 5 and want to make sure it is worth it.( about 600 dollars)

I saw Disney also has a Saxman Village excursion/lumberjack that is similar and a bit cheaper but reviews on Tripadvisor do not look so good for them....

Anyone advice would be appreciated =)
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:34 PM   #1272
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And we're back!

Just got home yesterday from another fabulous DCL cruise to Alaska!! For our excursions this year:

Sitka - 2-hour Marine Wildlife Tour booked privately with Sitka Wildlife Tours. Fantastic excursion! The ship only holds 6 passengers, so we were able to get really close to the otters. Our guide was knowledgable and interesting.

Skagway - the Yukon Expedition through Disney. We enjoyed this excursion, although not as much as our previous cruise 2 years ago. The tour guide was very new and not as talkative as our previous guide and the mosquitos were VERY, VERY bad at Carcross. (part of our issues with this excursion were fellow guests - not anything to be done about that, I'm afraid)

Juneau - the Enchanted Taku Lodge and 5-glacier Floatplane through Disney. Again, an amazing trip! Wings Airways is super professional and the staff at Taku Lodge are friendly and really good cooks! (and the bears are fun, too!!)

Ketchikan - we just wandered around town, so no excursion to report on here, I'm afraid.
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:12 PM   #1273
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Booked Coastal Helicopters in Juneau independently for the dog sled tour on the Herbert Glacier.

On our way out of the ship to get to the excursion, a couple was coming back in, having just found out that their dog sled tour had been canceled, so it got us worried.

Not to fear, Coastal was there to greet us, and the conditions were favorable for our tour. There were only two other people on our particular launch, and they were a lovely couple. The entire experience was truly top notch! I'm not sure what Menenhall Glacier is like, but on Herbert, it felt like we owned the glacier because it was only the four of us and the dog camp there. We mushed the sled the entire time, whereas I've read that others on similar excursions only get a few minutes of mushing due to having to switch off constantly. If we have one complaint, it's that we didn't have more time to play with the puppies, but it was minor in the overall scheme of things.

They have my 100% recommendation!
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:15 PM   #1274
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Very helpful! The Bellagio Cafe looks awesome and is close to our hotel. Was it good? Outside seating? We have a 9 year old and 16 year old, will they enjoy it?
Yes very good for dinner and breakfast there is outside seating and potions huge.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #1275
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Great thread - so much wonderful information shared! Maybe I didn't look back far enough, but I am looking for feedback from anyone who has done either of the following excursions. We will have our 13 year old son with us who likes adventure.

Skagway: Ocean Raft Nature Adventure

Juneau: Alpine Zipline & Glacier Adventure. Think the zipline part will be fine, but worrying that we may not have enough time at Mendenhall (50 mins).
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