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Old 01-17-2013, 06:54 PM   #31
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Thanks so much! Did you enjoy your excursions? I definitely want t do a hei-dog combo but not wedded to any particular one. Was looking at the same excursion in Skagway. What did you think?
All of our excursions were great. The highlight was definitely the dog sledding in Juneau. The views from the helicopter were stunning, and the dog sledding was so much fun. It also happened to be my DD's 10th birthday that day, so that was a bonus. We enjoyed the Skagway excursion. The only downside is that it takes most of the day, and I would have liked to have some time to explore Skagway more than we did. Timewise, we could have fit in a little more time walking around town, but our kids were *really* ready to go back to the ship after such a long day. There also happened to be a biting wind and it was COLD. The excursion involves a bus ride up into the Yukon territory with stops at Caribou Crossing and Carcross. We had a little extra time before we were due in Caribou Crossing, so our bus driver drove a little farther on so we could see Emerald Lake. Caribou Crossing is a quirky little touristy town, but we found it surprisingly enjoyable, particularly the taxidermy museum (HUGE animals in there) and the opportunity to meet dog sledding puppies. The ride back down to Skagway from Fraser BC on the White Pass railway was enjoyable. Some terrific views. I got a lot of advice from the DCL DISBoards forum to sit on the RIGHT side of the train if you are taking it back down to Skagway, and that advice was spot-on. The Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's tour in Ketchikan was also lots of fun. The crew of the Aleution Ballad was awesome and, in addition, to seeing and holding crabs and othe shellfish, they pulled up an octopus. We also saw tons of bald eagles. Again, my only issue is that it took pretty much the entire time in Ketchikan, and I would have liked more time just to poke around town. That might not be so much of an issue for you with the 2013 cruises. Our port times were a bit shorter due to the need to fit in Victoria on the cruises that departed from Seattle.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #32
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Thanks. Very much appreciate the information.
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