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Old 08-18-2014, 06:48 PM   #1366
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How much you tip on your private whale tour? Was it just the boat captain or did they have a naturalist onboard as well?
We're planning on tipping 20% of the total cost of the excursion.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:12 PM   #1367
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Yukon Rail and Bus Excursion with Chilkoot Charters...this is the trip to Emerald Lake without the dog sledding. It was amazing. We sat in the caboose of the train and we got so many amazing pictures and videos from the outside back of the train. The train was full but most people were polite about coming and going from the outside of the train. There were about 20-25 people on our little bus and we had James as a tour guide. He told us a lot of great stories about the locals and about his life. We saw 3 different sets of bears and stayed on the side of the road for a long time just snapping picture after picture. Lunch was decent and just the right amount of time. The puppies were a little disappointing as they were napping and we weren't allowed to touch them. Oh well, it wasn't that big of a deal. Emerald Lake was stunning and I highly recommend taking the extra drive to see it.

Whale watching with Harv and Marv...I can't say enough about this excursion. It was better than I could have ever imagined. We were 13 people and had the boat to ourselves. We had a driver and a naturalist (college student who gave narratives and answered all of our questions). We saw so many whales, we learned what bubble netting was, we have so many awesome pictures and videos. I really can't say enough about this trip. Highly recommend!!!
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We did the same excursion in Skagway with Chilkoot Charters (even had James as our guide) but my kids did do the dogcart ride, which they loved. They were also a little disappointed by the sleeping puppies because it was very warm out and most were sleeping under a box in the shade. But they did get to pet a couple. We were also at the back of the train and I had a hard time keeping my DS inside while other people were taking pictures from the back platform. As soon as he saw an open space, he wanted to be back out there

We thought we would be doing whale watching with another group but we ended up with a private Harv and Marv whale watch instead. It was just the three of us with the guide. What an amazing experience. We started out just following two whales for a while but then heard about some other activity and found ourselves in the middle of about 15 whales. They were all around the boat and some even came right up next to us. Just awesome! After the whale watching, they dropped us off at Mendenhall Glacier (we got our own transportation back). That gave us plenty of time to walk the Nugget Falls trail. Unfortunately, right as we arrived at the falls, the rain came pouring down so it was a soggy trip back to the visitor center. Definitely be prepared with good rain shells and waterproof shoes. That saved the excursions for us (both whale watching with light rain and the glacier viewing).

In Ketchikan, we booked with Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours and found this to be a great way to see Ketchikan. We were blessed with a sunny and beautiful day so picture taking was great. Dave (co-owner) took us all over Ketchikan. We tried to see bears but it was too warm for them (but we were still amazed by the number of salmon jumping upstream). We found multiple eagle's nests and got some amazing pictures. Plus we arrived at the totem pole museum/Potlach park before the cruise excursions so we had the place to ourselves. Dave got us back to the ship with plenty of time to go back on board for a snack before heading back out for shopping.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:21 PM   #1368
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We thought we would be doing whale watching with another group but we ended up with a private Harv and Marv whale watch instead. It was just the three of us with the guide. What an amazing experience. We started out just following two whales for a while but then heard about some other activity and found ourselves in the middle of about 15 whales. They were all around the boat and some even came right up next to us. Just awesome! After the whale watching, they dropped us off at Mendenhall Glacier (we got our own transportation back). That gave us plenty of time to walk the Nugget Falls trail. Unfortunately, right as we arrived at the falls, the rain came pouring down so it was a soggy trip back to the visitor center. Definitely be prepared with good rain shells and waterproof shoes. That saved the excursions for us (both whale watching with light rain and the glacier viewing).
jetskigrl, this is such perfect timing because we're considering a private tour with Harv & Marv as well! Thank you for the write-up.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #1369
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Just got back from the 8/25 Alaska cruise and it was amazing! We did the helipcopter dogsled in Skagway, which was one of the coolest things we've ever done! I used my gopro to film it, you can go to YouTube and search "Gopro Hero 3- Helicopter Ride and Dog Sledding in Skagway Alaska" to see our trip to the glacier to dogsled. Highly recommend that when you go. Have fun!
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Heres a link to my gopro dogsled helipcopter video, easier to just click! Some decent aerial shots of the Wonder in there too. Let me know what you think! http://youtu.be/Kuh5sZC9A1w
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Just got back from the 8/25 Alaska cruise and it was amazing! We did the helipcopter dogsled in Skagway, which was one of the coolest things we've ever done! I used my gopro to film it, you can go to YouTube and search "Gopro Hero 3- Helicopter Ride and Dog Sledding in Skagway Alaska" to see our trip to the glacier to dogsled. Highly recommend that when you go. Have fun!
Thanks for sharing your dogsledding experience in Alaska. Did you go with Disney or arrange your own? I am interested in the dogsledding excursion but not sure whether I should go with Disney or Non-Disney. We are two adults only. Any advise is appreciated!
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:12 PM   #1372
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We did it in Skagway, and we went directly through Temsco they have a pretty informative website. Experiences are exactly the same, you pay about $100 less a head going through them. The place you take off from is literally 100 feet off the boat too, so no need for a bus from Disney or anything. It was absolutely amazing, one of the coolest things we've ever done. Well worth it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:05 PM   #1373
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We did it in Skagway, and we went directly through Temsco they have a pretty informative website. Experiences are exactly the same, you pay about $100 less a head going through them. The place you take off from is literally 100 feet off the boat too, so no need for a bus from Disney or anything. It was absolutely amazing, one of the coolest things we've ever done. Well worth it.
Thanks for the info and the GREAT goPro video!! That is exactly what we were looking for on our trip August, 2015!
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