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sunnykat's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Prince Rupert
Norwegian Star cruise in July 2011
Member Name: sunnykat
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: sunnykat's Norwegian Star Review
Ketchikan
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We took the Magnificent Misty Fjords seaplane tour and it was truly magnificent. We loved it! The view was gorgeous. Water take off and landing were so smooth.

We also did the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. This was a fun and entertaining event for both children and adults.



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Juneau
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens was our chosen excursion. The day was cold, windy and rainy. We were picked up @ the ship in a bus (no bathrooms on board) and driven for about 30 min to the park. Mendenhall Glacier was breathtaking. There is a tourist center and bathrooms available there. You can walk about the park and take pictures although the waterfall trail was closed due to recent flooding. We really loved this stop. The second half of this excursion was less than great. The Glacier Gardens are privately owned and entail little gardens. We walked through mud, yes mud, to board golf carts which took us up 3000 ft on a narrow, steep trail to get a view of the airport and Douglas Island. It was OK but the weather was so miserable. We were forced to wait in the windy, cold rain for the 18 passenger gold cart to fill before being transported back to the gift shop where we had to wait on our bus to return for pick up. Thankfully, they sold hot coffee and chocolate which was greatly needed.


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Skagway
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We selected the White Pass Scenic Railway tour which is about 4 hr in totality. The view was awesome. The engineering feat of building this railway is amazing. We very much enjoyed learning the history as told by our onboard narrator. She was excellent. The train does move slowly and it can be a bit tedious when they are switching engine positions, etc. There are bathrooms in each car and free bottled water. The afternoon train was late which caused the ship to delay its port exit by about 20 min.



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Prince Rupert
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
We did not do an excursion here. There is little to see or do in the town. It is unbelievable that 2000 people are dumped into this small community. Just don't get this stop.



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