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PHD Cruiser's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Icy Strait, Juneau, Skagway, Seward
Radiance of the Seas cruise in July 2011
Member Name: PHD Cruiser
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: PHD Cruiser's Radiance of the Seas Review
Ketchikan
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We used Carlin Air (and can recommend highly) to take a floatplane ride to Anan Creek where we got two hours to watch bears bald eagles fishing. We saw probably 12 black bears--one mom with newly born cubs--and four grizzly bears. The plane rides as almost as much fun as the wildlife viewing!!



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Icy Strait
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Icy Strait itself is not much to write home about--but the whale watching tour we booked with Captain Dan in town was spectacular. His boats only take on six passengers max--so there is plenty of room for viewing. We watched a pod of humpbacks bubble feeding over and over and over.


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Juneau
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Helicopter glacier walk was cancelled due to fog and low ceiling. Booked a tour of the city and outskirts with outside vendor--which was interesting.



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Skagway
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Did the train trip through the ship--not too exciting, but relaxing. All the ports begin to look the same with MANY jewelry stores operated by the cruise ship companies.



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Seward
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Seward was really beautiful--we toured the Alaska Sealife Center and took the cruise on Resurrection Bay to Fox Island for lunch. Cruise was interesting--but the ship was loaded with at least 100 people--all trying to photograph the same wildlife at the same time. To do it again, I would book a private cruise.



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