This is my first time on here so please be patient with me Lol.I don't know what you are looking for in excursions... but I just did a lot of asking around on here, I stalk trip reports on here and CC and makes notes on the excursions. I use Trip Adviser to check company reviews and work from there. After lots of reserach and questions I just booked our tours over the past few weeks.
Skagway... DIY Jeep Tours (I found this in someone's trip report and loved their review). It's walking distance from the port and cost a bit over $300 I believe. We are going to drive to the Yukon Territory and visit Tutshi Sled Dog tours, Emerald Lake and whatever else we can fit in.When we were in Alaska before we did an awesome tour that kayaked from Haines City. The views were awesome but it was tough work for my husband because he paddled and I took pictures! hahaha
Ketchikan... Private salmon fishing charter with Captain Jerry at FishKethican.com. Again, I found this recommendation here in someone's trip report and checked reviews on Trip Adviser. We did salmon fishing the last time we were here too and booked through the cruiseline. Much more $.
Juneau... I asked here on DIS just a week ago and had so many responses for whale watching with Rum Runner that I booked it!
The last time we were in Alaska we did the helicopter excursion to a glacier with a hike. It was absolutely awesome! We booked this on our own through a company but I can't remember who right now.
We were also looking at Wing Airways for a sea plane flight and salmon lunch for this year but honestly didn't know what my son who eats NOTHING would eat! Maybe next time. I did contact them and it can be booked directly with them which is cheaper. You actually go on the same tour but have to provide your own transportation to their meeting place.
Thank You so much!! I needed a starting point and push!!We start with the Disney website to see ideas of what we would like to do at each port. Or I read trip reports to see what others have done.
Then I use google and reviews on either trip advisor or cruise critic. Haven’t done Alaska yet but that’s how we did excursions on our last trip. Either cheaper or a smaller/better experience.
For the Chilkoot bus, are there restrooms on the bus?If you are interested in the Yukon and the White Pass railroad experience, I’d highly recommend Chilkoot Charters tours out of Skagway. Here’s some info I posted about them in my August 2020 cruise thread -
I thought I’d share our experience with a local tour company in Skagway from when we were on our first to Alaska in 2015 - Chilkoot Charters. They offer bus and bus/train tours on the White Pass railroad up to Canada and the Yukon.
They are an awesome tour company!! Several of us separately booked a tour in Skagway through them, and none of us were disappointed. I’d book with them again in a heartbeat if they offered other tours in the Skagway area. They offer full and half day tour options to Canada and the Yukon, either bus only or bus/rail combos with a choice of bus first or train first. We booked their 7:30 all day trip to the Yukon, rail/bus combo with the train portion first.
Reasons why we went with them over the similar excursions offered thru DCL -
1-lower cost. While DCL does not yet have their 2020 pricing posted, we found that Chilkoot was cheaper than Disney for essentially the same basic tour content.
2-smaller groups. The Disney tour used the large busses that hold maybe 100 people or so per bus. Chilkoot uses smaller busses, think hotel shuttle size, that hold around 20-25 people. Also made it much easier to ask the driver questions as we went along.
3-smaller busses resulted in more tour stops. We made several more stops along the way both up and back for the bus portions of the tour than the Disney tour and larger busses, so got to see more things. We could also stay long enough so everyone could get their photos. Most of the “extra” stops had no other busses there.
4-tour flexibility. With the smaller bus and private company, the driver had options to change things up to make for a better tour. As an example, rather than hit the Welcome to the Yukon sign on the way up, as the larger busses will do due to the side of the road with the sign, we hit it on the way back when there were no other busses stopped so we could get great photos without a lot of crowds. Smaller busses can make the u-turn to the other side of the road. The driver knew the train schedules, so we were able to stop at a spot again on the other side of the road where we could wait for the afternoon train in the canyon on its way back to Skagway and get some great pictures. We also made a couple of unexpected stops when we spotted wildlife along the road, something the larger busses cannot do.
5-an unexpected bonus with the trains. Chilkoot being a local company got the last car on the train for their tour group people. Disney groups started with the second to last car. What is great about the last car? For those that wanted to do so, we could stand out on the back outside platform to get photos as we chugged along. The unobstructed views were amazing! This made for some fantastic photos looking back to the harbor (if you do the train portion first) including seeing the ship, as well as pictures of the engine and train on the tracks when we’d go along a curve.
Hi - not that I can recall as it is a smaller bus, more like the hotel shuttles at airports. Here is the bus info from their website- no mention ofFor the Chilkoot bus, are there restrooms on the bus?
Ask away! That's what I always do and I always find that someone here always is willing to help!This is my first time on here so please be patient with me Lol.
Your amazing!! Thank you so much for your information. I was feeling a bit over whelmed. I will be looking at these tonight and will get these locked in.
Again Thank You So Much!!!
It's scenic cruising, not a port. The shore excursion is actually a day trip on a smaller boat that leaves from the Wonder.I haven't seen much about our first port of call - Dawes Glacier, Alaska. Is there anyone else that offers excursions for the glacier besides Disney?
Also my husband and I want to sample some of the foods in each port. Is there any restaurants in Dawes Glacier Port?