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

We wandered into town and did a little shopping here in Juneau. Love the little artisan shops owned by the locals and we did find a few trinkets. We did notice that the bookshop on the corner in Juneau is for sale and we certainly hope that somebody snatches it up and continues to keep it open. We always stop here when visiting Juneau. We also headed down to Taku Salmon to grab a few samples and some canned salmon to take home. Lastly - a trip to Alaskan Brewery. Great service, great beer, and a nice little shuttle to and from. Terrific day.

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White Pass Scenic Railway Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We took the long excursion up to the Yukon by train and back by bus. The train was comfortable and the scenery was gorgeous. They could make a bundle selling hot cocoa on this train though. Up north we switched to our coach and made the trek to the Yukon. We visited a little place with a delicious bbq lunch, a gift shop, museum, and area with sled puppies. (Someone needs to take a better look at the puppies and their facility.) A great stop for us and we continued on to Carcross for a brief respite. We visited the little coffee shop for hot cocoa and stopped into a few local stores. Cute little visit and clean restrooms. We arrived back in town with enough time to visit Skagway Brewing Co. for a quick beer and some snacks. Great service and great beer too - get the spruce tips for a real beer treat.

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Zodiac Boat Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Aside from the 18-foot incoming tide and the swells, this was hands-down the best excursion ever. We had an incredible guide who pointed out orca, humpback whale, bald eagle, and seals. He had some terrific side stories and we stopped near the totem pole park as well. Really really fun!! We wandered Ketchikan for a bit and stopped into Ketchikandies (always do) and sampled a few bits of their divine chocolate. There are some cute little shops around town to stop into with art and snacks too.

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