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Cruiseorr's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Whittier
Island Princess cruise in August 2009
Member Name: Cruiseorr
Cruise Date: August 2009
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: Cruiseorr's Island Princess Review
Ketchikan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took a tour called the wilderness crab feast. Very entertaining. I donated at least a pint of blood to the local mosquitos there. Bring repellent! We did see a little bear with a fish in his mouth right by the shore of George Inlet. Then, we headed to a lodge and gorged ourselves on fresh crab.



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Juneau
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took a float plane out to the Taku Lodge, flying over the ice fields. Amazing. The lodge is only accessible by plane, and is surrounded by wilderness. We enjoyed the food and good stories. In the morning, we floated down the Mendenhall River on a raft. Lots of fun, and be prepared to get wet.


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Skagway
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Just get off the ship and climb aboard the train that takes you up the White Pass. It was spectacular. In the afternoon, we took a ferry to Haines, and traveled up the river to take a jet boat up in to the Eagle Wilderness Preserve. We thought that was a great excursion. We did see lots of Bald Eagles. Another group went to a different river to watch the bears eating the migrating salmon and saw all the bear you could ask for. They even have one bear who has to wear a radio collar because he's been a bad boy. He was there, but too busy gobbling down fish to bother with pesky people.



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Whittier
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We rented a car in Whittier (Avis only) and drove down to Seward where we got on a cruise around the Kenai Peninsula. We got up close to a large pod of Killer Whales, lots of puffins, otters, kittiwakes, and finally, right up under this huge glacier. When you see the icebergs up close and personal, you sure get a good idea why the captain wants to avoid bumping in to them. The glacier calved many times when we were there, and the waves made this boat rock. We saved our best excursion for last. We spent the night at the Princess Kenai Lodge, then headed for Anchorage the next day. We spotted Beluga whales in Turnabout Sound, and some swans that were swimming around in a marsh.



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