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jandreacola's Port Reviews of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria
Oosterdam cruise in August 2013
Member Name: jandreacola
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: jandreacola's Oosterdam Review
Whale Watching Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

8 of us booked together on "The Alaskan" with Captain Shawn of Harv and Marv. Since we were a large group, we had the 12 seat boat to ourselves. After a little confusion getting picked up from the cruise ship, we had a great time. The weather was clear and sunny. The boat was amazing. It had been specially designed and they chose to have hydraulic seats (just like 18 wheel truckers) for each person. My father has a bad back and typically has a lot of trouble in small boats on the ocean. These seats made all the difference for him. Binoculars were provided and were great. The naturalist and the captain were wonderful and we learned alot. Saw about 7 whales, seals and sea lions. Stopped at the Mendenhall Glacier on the return trip. The shuttle driver told us that the bears were active. We all got to watch a black bear fish a salmon out of the stream and feed it to her two cubs from the safety of the elevated boardwalk trail. Awesome!

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Kayaking Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Booked a seakayaking tour after getting off the ship. Did it on impulse and had a great time with a small group. First time kayaking and the instruction was great. Shoulders got tired as we were quite out of shape, but the experience made it worth it. Awesome homemade cookie snack.

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Port Rating: Not Rated

Only had a couple of hours. Hiked the Rainbird Trail. Take a taxi to the University end of the trail. Only took about an hour. You can hike back to town from the end trailhead right to the ship dock area. Creek Street was fun and we rode the cable car up to the hotel for $2. Other family had a great time checking out the bars and eating a reindeer hotdog.

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Port Rating: Not Rated

Very short time in port. Had some unique, well crafted cocktails at Clive's at Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites on 740 Burdett Avenue. Took pictures downtown and watched some street performers. Wanted to take a carriage ride, but they were very expensive ($100+) and booked until late in the evening.

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