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Ms. bear's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Seward, Anchorage
Statendam cruise in July 2012
Member Name: Ms. bear
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: Ms. bear's Statendam Review
Seaplane Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Our Flight-seeing tour with Island Wings was awesome. She flew us over the Misty Fjord Glacier. We landed on the river and were able to walk in the Alaskan Wilderness (Valentine River) where we saw a Grizzly Bear across the river.

Totem Bight State Park Rating: Not Rated
With the Saxon Sourdough tour, we rode in a small van which took us on a drive in and around Ketchikan. We stopped at many spots where we saw eagles and bears. The actual tour of the Saxon Village was disappointing because so much of the time was taken up in the earlier stops that our time at the village to see the totem poles was limited.

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Dog Sledding Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We were flown to the glacier in a helicopter. When we landed, we were given a tour of the dog sled camp. Then, we rode the dog sled down to another camp to be picked up by the helicopter. It was quite a long ride and we were each given the opportunity to drive the dog sleds. Awesome.

Whale Watching Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We were in a small boat with a total of 6 people and the driver. We went into the ocean to look for whales. We probably saw a total of 15 or 20 whales some of which were showing their tails, some were showing their stomachs, etc. It was awesome.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
We rented a car and drove to Emerald Lake. It was a worthwhile experience in that we were able to stop as often as we wanted. Emerald Lake was beautiful. We stopped in Carcross to eat lunch. Carcrosse is a small town with many historical buildings and few restaurants. Afterwards, we shopped in Skagway. The shopping was fine-typical Alaskan souvenirs.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
Very small town. The shuttle is very convenient. We went to the first part of town (didn't realize that there was another part if we'd ridden the shuttle farther). That part of town had 1 street with about 4 shops and 4 restaurants. I would suggest going to the second part of town. It can't be worse than the first part.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Anchorage was a large city with many restaurants and shops. We were lucky to be there on a weekend when the city market was operating. We enjoyed the shopping and walking around the town.

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