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HappyTravelFan's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria
Celebrity Solstice cruise in August 2013
Member Name: HappyTravelFan
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: HappyTravelFan's Celebrity Solstice Review
Ketchikan
Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

The tour itself is okay, with interesting narration and unexpected, delicious free food and coffee/hot chocolate. However, it is expensive and not close to being as spectacular as the Tracy Arm Fjord, which we saw from the Solstice the next day.




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Juneau
Mendenhall Glacier Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

This tour also included Glacier Gardens, a small but pretty garden which offers a sweeping view of the area. The visit to the glacier was enhanced by an excellent explanation of the formation of glaciers and of glacial action by a park ranger.
I think this tour is worth what it costs.




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Skagway
White Pass Scenic Railway Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This tour is costly but fantastic. It appeals to history buffs, fans of old railroads,photographers and anyone who enjoys viewing spectacular outdoor scenery. One plus is you get to see a little of the interior of Alaska and more varied terrain. Our bus ride back was made more enjoyable by our excellent guide.




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Victoria
Butchart Gardens Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

As stated above, the ship is scheduled to arrive late (6 PM), making it impossible to see all of the garden at a reasonable pace. Everyone we talked to on our tour loved the garden but was unhappy about the little time available to enjoy it. The brief tour of Victoria afterward was pleasant, but the constant, sometimes inane chatter of our bus driver/guide was annoying.




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