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bazookab's Port Reviews of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Vancouver
Oosterdam cruise in September 2011
Member Name: bazookab
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: bazookab's Oosterdam Review
Juneau
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Somewhat confusing, very crowded getting off and on ship. The crew changed the ramp 3 times. Excursions & excursion guides were excellent, however, the locals seemed to 'mock' the tourists. Especially those selling local adventures in the little huts/shacks next to the pier loading dock. The guys were calling out to girls and making fun of the older folks. Very rude and unprofessional.



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Sitka
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The only excursion we took was the Bears, Birds & Barnacles. Bus driver (college age) was very knowledgeable and professional. First class! The hatchery director was our guide and she too was great. The bear fortress speaker was sort of arrogant and had a messy appearance. That was the only weak spot of the tour. The tender transportation was well organized. It was raining, but overall a good thumbs up day! Unfortunately, reality hit when we returned to the ship............


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Ketchikan
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We learned too late that unless you booked an excursion on the ship ahead of time, they would none available. HOWEVER, once on shore, there were MANY other excursions (similar types) for LESS!!! A silver lining! Took the trolley tour, great fun. Also took in the Lumberjack show. Fun, entertaining, and a little cheesy, (more kid oriented) but unfortunately, one of the team member participants injured himself on the log roll and another fell from the poll, everyone ended up alright in the end. But the sun was SHINING all day and it was a cute town.



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Vancouver
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Took the bus tour highlights & Castle trip. Word of caution:::::not for folks that need to walk!!! Half the folks on our bus were older, and couldn't get around. When we arrived at the Castle, we all had to walk about 1/4 mile. UPHILL to the castle, then take 87 stairs thru it!!! Up and down 5 floors! Folks in a wheelchair or bad knees/hips couldn't make it! Then returning to the bus, it was pitch black and some of our folks got lost! A nightmare! This is definitely NOT a trip for folks with mobility restrictions.

Not enough time here. Do not recommend this excursion. Too expensive for not much to see. We were late departing, so we lost the sun for the local sites.



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