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gometros's Port Reviews of Whittier, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver
Sapphire Princess cruise in June 2013
Member Name: gometros
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Whittier
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: gometros's Sapphire Princess Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Nothing much to do in the port itself, unless you take an excursion like we did. We book the 26 Glacier Tour with Phillips Cruises. What a great company to deal with and what a wonderful tour. We saw more wildlife in the four hours than we saw on the rest of the cruise. And with the smaller boat, we were able to get very close to the glaciers. Lunch was a part of the deal and it was adequate, but we didn't take the tour for the food. For people worried about motion, let me assure you that this boat was as stable as they come. We never felt any motion. And when the tour ended, the boat docked right next to the Sapphire Princess, so boarding was a snap.

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White Pass Scenic Railway Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

If you want to see breathtaking scenery, this is the tour to take. We boarded right at the dock and proceeded to climb some 3,000 feet up to the White Pass summit. Along the way we were given an excellent description of what we were seeing by the two tour guides and had plenty of opportunity for pictures. despite the lack of space on the platforms between the cars, the passengers all worked together and shared the time spent there. If I were to make any complaints it would be that while we were provided water, it would have been nice if it was cold. Also, despite some criticism I've read about the bench seats, I found them more not uncomfortable at all.

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Float Plane Rating: Not Rated

We took the Taku Lodge Feast & 5-Glacier Seaplane Discovery tour and this was one of the highlights of our trip. My wife is a very nervous flyer, only getting back into it three years ago, so obviously there was some trepidation about taking a flight in a small plane. Our pilot was the Director of Operations and invited her to sit in the copilot seat, which helped ease any fears she might have. The plane itself was a 10-seater de Haviland and it handled like driving in a car. Every passenger got a window seat and the views were spectacular. You don't really appreciate the expanse of a glacier until you fly over it. We flew twenty minutes to the Taku Lodge, a quaint hunting lodge opposite the Taku Glacier. We were served a feast of wild salmon and other Alaskan delicacies that were just scrumptious. We spent an hour and a half at the lodge, allowing enough time to eat and explore the grounds. The return flight was equally spectacular.

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Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+

We did Ketchikan on our own using the bus system ($2 all day pass) to travel to the Saxman Totem Park and the Totem Heritage Center before walking back along Creek Street and doing some required shopping.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Vancouver was our final destination and we stayed two days to enjoy the city. We stayed at a wonderful suite hotel called the Roseleen Suites, right next to Stanley Park and within walking distance to Denman Street with all its shops and restaurants. We took a carriage ride in Stanley Park and visited the Vancouver Lookout Tower and Harbour Center and the Suspension Bridge at Capilano. All recommended stops on your visit to Vancouver.

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