Alaska Excursions--post your reviews here!

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  1. AZMermaid

    AZMermaid DIS Veteran

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    http://www.harvandmarvs.com/

    We have 6, and 2 under 13 (you have to do a private tour if you have kids under 13 though them) and it was $870 plus tax. Works out to $145 a person- the whale tour through Disney is $147 a person (less for kids though) but a 150 person boat, so we felt like Harv and Marv was a good value.
     
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  3. jadedjojo

    jadedjojo bouncing off the walls

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    Skagway- We did White Pass and Yukon round-trip (the long one!). It was AWESOME! I loved hearing the stories about the gold rush, and the sights were incredible. You can go outside of the cars and take photos and get some fresh air. You also board the train literally steps from the ship, so it's convenient if you have kids or have a disability (although be forewarned, the kids I did see on the train were sleeping after half an hour... a huge waste of $$$ if you have kids that would rather be playing with your iphone than seeing mountains and waterfalls). It was a great time (for adults :) ), and I definitely give it a 5/5. We walked through Skagway on our own after the train, and got a cone from Kone Kompany (best bubblegum ice cream EVER!) We found a historical area that had a nice little park and ate our ice cream there. We also visited a park near the White Pass' photo op with the trains area, that had a stream and nice shots for photos.

    Juneau- We did Mendenhall Glacier on our own. Took the blue bus (much, much cheaper than the DCL excursion) and rode to the Glacier. It wasn't a long ride, and we saw a lot of interesting things on the way. We hiked as many of the trails as we could, took the trail to Nugget Falls (incredible!), and took a lot of photos. We didn't see any bears (although the signs were everywhere warning of bears, and someone said we missed a bear by five minutes in the parking lot), but we saw a lot of salmon in the streams and bald eagles. I will rate our own excursion of Mendenhall as 5/5 :). Of all of the ports, Juneau had SO much to do, and I was very disappointed we didn't have more time. We only went to Mendenhall and briefly visited the downtown area, and barely made it back to the ship on time! We look forward to visiting again in the future and doing more.

    Ketchikan- We did the Lumberjack show. This was a fun show, especially for anyone with kids. The kids in the audience seemed to be having a great time (as did my hubby, who cheered so loudly I had a headache). It's a little on the corny side at times, so if you are one of those stuck-up cruisers you may not want to go :p. Overall, a really great time. I'll give this one a 4.5/5, just because I was hoping for a tad more action (I'll take the corny :) ).:clown: Besides that, we wandered all over Ketchikan after the show. We visited a ton of parks on our own with totem poles (I really wanted to see the totem poles and was bummed I didn't have enough time to do both the Lumberjack Show and Totem Bight Park). The locals were friendly and pointed us towards the locations of all of the totems. For shoppers, the deals were best here. We aren't big shoppers, but we got a ton of stuff for free! Make sure you collect those coupon books when you board (they have them in the towns as well). DH and I had one each, and we got hats and bags, jewelry, train whistle, mugs, etc., all free, or free with any purchase... seriously, you could buy a postcard and get a hat for free! Good deals besides the free stuff too. We also got to see Creek Street, where we found out we had again just missed a bear. It was a gorgeous place, but about this time hubby pointed out we only had one hour left until the boat would leave us, so we had to head back again. Looking forward to visiting here again in the future as well and finding the one totem in town that I missed!
     
  4. meajuly5

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    Which bear watching would you recommend? We are trying for traitors cove with misty fjords but interested to hear what you thought of meets bay!
     
  5. meajuly5

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    Considering the temsco tour in Skagway. If we go first thing in am, would there be time to do the train in the afternoon?
     
  6. meajuly5

    meajuly5 DIS Veteran

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    We just booked coastal. Glad to hear you were happy! Can you tell me about the glacier? Should I be disappointed its not mendenhall or will I not know the difference?
     
  7. meajuly5

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    How was this company and tour???
     
  8. meajuly5

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    Thumbs up
     
  9. wachnicki

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    Can you tell me the cost of the chilkoot charter excursion?
     
  10. Mackie Mouse

    Mackie Mouse Even my dog loves Disney

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    There are a few choices, but here is what I was quoted via e-mail this year for the Bus and Rail excursion with a stop at Caribou Crossing (their most popular tour and the one PP posted about):

    "Yukon Bus & Rail Excursion (lunch included)
    Duration: 7.5 Hours
    Departure: 7:30AM (Depart Skagway by train)
    Departure: 8:30AM (Depart Skagway by bus)
    Cost: $176.00 Adult $116.00 Child (12 & Under)
    Lunch Included: BBQ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, cake doughnuts, coffee, tea, water
    Admission to the Yukon Wildlife Museum and Husky Puppy Camp also included
    Itinerary: Skagway/White Pass Summit/Fraser by train – 1 ¾ hours on train to Fraser, Fraser to Carcross & Emerald Lake and return to Skagway by bus"

    To clarify, although both itineraries include a trip on the train and one on the bus, depending on what time you choose to depart, you will either go up to the Yukon by bus, or go up on the train. We chose the 8:30 departure that goes up by bus and takes the train back down.
     
  11. topsy

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    There are just too many tours, we keep changing our minds! It's such a shame that Juneau appears to have the largest selection of things to do yet the port time is the shortest :worried:

    As mentioned previously, we hope to go with Harv & Marv for whale watching - does anyone know what time(s) their tours run?

    We've now also seen the Taku Lodge/Float Plane tour which we would love to do but we don't want to give up whale watching. Will we have time to do both? We don't mind getting up early and being off the ship as soon as possible.

    What time do the Taku Lodge tours run?

    Thanks! :thumbsup2
     
  12. AZMermaid

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    Our Harv and Marv is super early- I can't remember exactly- but 7:15/7:30 sounds right. They had another pick up time, but I can't remember it- maybe 10?
     
  13. Spart02

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    Are there any good places for whale watching besides Juneau? We are wanting to do the 5 Glacier Seaplane Discovery at Taku Glacier Lodge, but I also would really like to do a whale watching tour somewhere. Or, do you see enough whales on the ship that you really don't feel the need to do a separate whale watching tour? Thanks in advance!
     
  14. zandlmom

    zandlmom Earning My Ears

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    We are trying to decide whether to spend the $$$ on a plane/glacier/dog sled excursion with DD's 6 and 8. Everyone who went says it was amazing. I'm wondering if folks who skipped it wished they had done it. Thanks in advance!!
     
  15. jilljill

    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    After doing that excursion, if we had missed it and heard someone talking about I would have been very upset to not have done it. It's a pricey excursion, but one that the memories will last a lifetime and you will have a blast.

    eta - our's was by helicopter not plane
     
  16. luv2sleep

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    How much is this excursion per person?
     
  17. jilljill

    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    It was part of our ABD add-on, but you can find the pricing on DCL's website.
     
  18. luv2sleep

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    Oh I was wondering if people had done this outside of Disney and if it was cheaper. Thank though!
     
  19. jilljill

    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    I believe this is the company that our tour was booked thru: http://www.alaskahelimush.com/


    Here's a pic from our adventure:

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  20. Ware Bears

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    We're going with Harv and Marv and were given the choice of 7 something or 10 something.
     
  21. meajuly5

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    It do ends on you day, size of party and what they have available. If you email them, hey are quite quick in responding
     

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