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Alaska Excursions

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by geeksrus, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. geeksrus

    geeksrus New Member

    Sailing out of Vancouver with HollandAmerica with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway. Is it better (cheaper) to purchase tours at the docks vs on pre-booking/on board purchasing.
     
  2. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Definitely it is cheaper to book excursions from the vendors on shore.

    We did quite a few times and were never disappointed.
     
  3. geeksrus

    geeksrus New Member

    Did you do this on an Alaska cruise?
     
  4. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Yes

    Skagway -- train up and back --Yukon -- did this a couple of times. Also did the train up and bus back down. Visited a sled dog pound. Also went panning for gold -- yup DH found a nice REAL nugget.

    Juneau -- Orka Exterprises -- the Blue Bus to Mendenhal Glacier -- Mt Robert's Tramway (if it is a clear day). There are also the Float planes and Helicopter tours -- we loved them.

    Ketchikan -- first time we did the ship's tour to get to know this port. After that we walked over to Creek Street -- did Dolly's House and shopped -- watched the salmon go upstream (near the end of July) -- another time took the tram to the top of hill -- it's located in Creek Street. There is also the Saxman Village and Totem Pole Park to visit -- We did them all and loved them all.

    We have done about 16 Alaskan cruises. So much to do and so little time to get everything in.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
  5. George C

    George C Well-Known Member

    Always try to avoid buying from cruise lines
     
  6. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Sorry I missed this earlier . The train in Skagway is well worth the bucks. (once) Its not all that much cheaper if you purchase from the RR or the ship. You can do the math on line. If from the Ship you get to board right outside your vessel.
    For other vendors and such Check out my buddies AK trips where he names names and recommends some.
    http://www.thepreismans.com/ WE just got back from his last trip and there are others a few yrs ago..
    I recommend leaving from Vancouver regardless of some savings on Air into Seattle and leaving from there.

    What is an AZ..AB LOL ?
     
  7. geeksrus

    geeksrus New Member

    What is an AZ..AB
    Canadian living in Alberta (AB).... snowbirding in Arizona (AZ).
     
  8. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    Knew you were strange Bob...................
    A Canadian that doesn't understand Canadian, Eh
     
  9. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Of course I knew that.......Just trying to get a bit of a reaction from a fellow countryman. Which Country do you winter in sir ? :gru:
     
  10. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Hey of course I knew that. Let me know if you gain any info from Mike Preisman's site. When do you go ?
     
  11. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Well -- not all ships dock right where the train is. We have been on Princess and HAL and had to walk quite a distance to where the train was.

    Also one time we docked in Haines and had to take a ferry to Skagway and then a bus from the ferry dock to the train.
     
  12. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    When were you there last? The X ship we were on was last in line on the right side of the harbour looking towards to the town. I thought that the ships to our left across half of the harbour had tracks also. But maybe that has changed since I was there on HAL. back a few yrs.. Eh ! bOB ?

    Going there from Haines on a ferry must have been a bit of a stretch?
     
  13. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Recently we have been on HAL -- and they do not dock near the train tracks.

    We have done over 16 cruises to Alaska on 3 different cruise lines.. Only once did we dock where the train was near us. It was 1989 on the original Star Princess -- we still had to walk quite distance to our assigned car. And then back then they did not have the flip seats -- so what ever seats we selected -- most facing outward as we went up the "Mountain" -- we sat in the same seats coming down.



    How may times have you been to Alaska -- well -- I guess I answered my question -- many times.
     
  14. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    I have found this link that all the track info is shown....... scroll down and the whole line is shown in red. The very bottom of the line shows all the track layout covering all the docks in the harbour. You may have to walk the length of your ship or so plus depending on where your gang way is located. It seems to me that they have most of the area covered these days. Hope that clears up what we both are talking about.

    dayshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Pass_and_Yukon_Route
     
  15. CoW mAn

    CoW mAn New Member

    For Juneau I'd like to add my voice in support of the Tram
     

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