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SnowBird Cruzer's Port Reviews of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan
Rhapsody of the Seas cruise in August 2013
Member Name: SnowBird Cruzer
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: SnowBird Cruzer's Rhapsody of the Seas Review
Mendenhall Glacier Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

The bus driver was very informative about the Juneau area and kept us informed as to what we could do, should do, and shouldn't do at each stop. The glacier was wonderful and we saw many bald eagles. How cool was that?
The salmon hatchery was informative, and we got to see some seals. It isn't anything super special though. The tour took about 3-3:30 hours, as we left at 11:30 and didn't get done until after 3pm. Then we had lunch, and a late dinner onboard the ship

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Hiking Rating: 5+ out of 5+

This was an amazing adventure. The guides informed us of many of the plant species we encountered, showing us the good ones from the bad ones. I even ate a leaf from something. We took a detour to see one of the Cabin's you can rent in the Tongass Nat Forest as we met the prior occupants on the walk down.
Standing on the glacier was awesome. Looks can be deceiving up there. When we came to a 100 ft deep moulin, I didn't even realize we were that far above the ground level. Simply amazing.
The scenery along the White Pass Railway was breathtaking (and not in a Seinfeld way). Be sure to look out for Mickey Mouse on the way up the tracks. Between miles 7-10, I would say.
The guides were from Packer Expeditions and I would contract with them in a heartbeat.

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Totem Bight State Park Rating: 5+ out of 5+

We rented a car from First City Car Rental. He met us under the "Welcome to Ketchikan" sign and after signing some papers, we were on our way! We drove up the one and only highway to Ward Lake Campground and hiked around said lake. The salmon were spawning. We didn't see any bear, but we did encounter some fresh scat though! One pile was VERY fresh, and aromatic.
We also visited Settler's Creek and Totem Bight. Settler's Creek has an easy 1/4 mile hike to a beautiful step waterfall. Lots of salmon trying to get upstream there too.

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