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shrimp56's Port Reviews of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan
Volendam cruise in August 2012
Member Name: shrimp56
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: shrimp56's Volendam Review
Juneau
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
I got exhausted wandering around Juneau. Didn't get where I wanted, but ended up spending about an hour at the Juneau Arts Community Center talking to people. We had a late lunch at the Red Dog Saloon, which was both hokey and fun.

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Skagway
White Pass Scenic Railway Rating: Not Rated
The train picks you up right at the pier and there is the option to get off at 2nd & Broadway on the way back, which cuts off a lot of walking.

In Skagway we did the RT White Rail Pass train ride, which was just perfect. It was also our best weather day, although it did turn cloudy later. I'm glad we took the advice that the morning train tour tends to have better weather. The guide on the train PA system was excellent.


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Ketchikan
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+
Ketchikan gave us "liquid sunshine." Alas the Misty Fjords floatplane excursion was canceled (with an immediate and automatic refund that paid much of the bar bill) so we just wandered around. I took the floatplane trip before and recommend it highly. It's not inexpensive, but it's hard to put a price on landing on a mountain lake and hearing the silence when the engines are turned off.

We ate lunch at Alaska Fish House, which was local and fun. And then we "discovered" the SE Alaska Discovery Center. $5. gets you a beautiful 20 minute movie on the Tongass, a small area of nicely done exhibits on the ecosystem and native life, and a free DVD if you ask. We did give a contribution though. The people were just plain nice. It's well done. The recent upgrades at the Center were courtesy of the Recovery Act. Personally I thought it was a better investment than the lumberjack show, but each to their own.

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