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Farmington Dentist's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Prince Rupert
Norwegian Star cruise in August 2011
Member Name: Farmington Dentist
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: Farmington Dentist's Norwegian Star Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Ketchikan was cool. We did the Great Alaskan Lumberjack show. This is a must-see. It was fun for the whole family. I would go see it again. We also did Saxman Village. It was neat to see totem poles. They even have a place that they make them on site. Neat experience. Shopping was good right off the ship at Sockeye Sam's. Things were not as expensive as we thought they would be for souvenirs. We liked Ketchikan a lot. We even had fish and chips on the dock.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The only problem is that you aren't here for very long. We visited Mendenhall Glacier and did the Salmon Bake. They also took us to a salmon hatchery, which was very neat to see how things are done. The salmon were there by the millions. It was an incredible sight. The salmon bake was a wonderful experience. It's something you have to experience. They cook the salmon over a wood fire and have a glaze on it that is so yummy. The salmon was super fresh and they had a very nice buffet. You could also pan for gold there, roast marshmallows, take pictures, etc. A very nice day. My wife and step mother-in-law really wanted to do some shopping, but there was absolutely no time to do it.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Skagway is very cool. It's like a throwback to 1898 and the gold rush days. We did the train ride (3 hours to go up and back- it had some great views and they gave a lot of historical information on the train). Afterwards, we did the gold panning. They showed an old-fashioned machine that was used for dredging and extracting gold and then we were able to pan for gold. Afterwards, they dropped us off in town and we went around and shopped at some of the stores. Prices were good. Of course, it's a tourist town, so you expect for some things to be a little bit more expensive, but they weren't bad. T-shirts, jackets, ulus, etc. are well priced here and in Ketchikan. We found Sockeye Sam's to be our favorite place to shop along the way in Ketchikan, but the shops here were great. Our daughters collect Matroyashaka dolls and there was a very cool store in Skagway for that.

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Prince Rupert
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Prince Rupert is a mixed bag. Everyone wants to get off here to say they've been to Canada and it was a jam packed deal to get off the ship and go through Canadian customs. Once off the ship, everyone goes through the few stores that are there and are back on board in an hour or two. Not much to do here. Prince Rupert has decided to not "play ball" with the cruise companies so the stores are all local and not very good. NCL is the only one going there and that will end in Sep. 2011 we found out. Prince Rupert is a beautiful place, just not very well developed as a cruise ship port. Maybe they can make it better in the future, but without ships to come there, it's a hard sell.

Although shopping was lacking, we did the sea life and crab eating excursion. It's a bit pricey for what you get, but we had a good time. The dungenous crab was awesome on board and they give you a lot. The best was when we stopped in this one bay and they "fed" the eagles. We got to see 3-4 eagles come down and eat from right off the boat. I got some fabulous pictures and it was great to see eagles to close up. They do have a marine biologist, Peter, on board who is a college professor that is passionate about marine life and our kids loved talking to him and seeing his demonstrations with the on-board marine life that they have in the tanks on board. Highly recommend this excursion if you want to have something worthwhile in Prince Rupert. Otherwise, there's not much else to do.

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