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GFCJEHC's Port Reviews of Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait, Anchorage, Sitka, Victoria
Amsterdam cruise in September 2011
Member Name: GFCJEHC
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Member Review: GFCJEHC's Amsterdam Review
Ketchikan
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Totem Bight State Park located outside of town is worth seeing. You can ride the city bus to for the trip.

Food at Annabelle's ---halibut sandwich with coleslaw--- excellent!

Lots of ships in port simultaneously overwhelms the town.



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Juneau
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
See the state capitol--free tours.

Visit the wonderful state museum.

Learn about the Indians of the area who own the Mt. Roberts Tram.

We were rained-out of Mendenhall Glacier.


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Icy Strait
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Cruise line developed port with zip line and old restored cannery facility.

Enjoyed the nature walk around the Park Rangers' building.



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Anchorage
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
See the museum downtown and/or the museum of native cultures. Lots of shopping opportunities.

Rent a car and drive to Hatcher Pass (old gold mine) and/or go to Girdwood to Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Tram ride up to restaurant. Great scenery from the top.



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Sitka
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Sitka is a wonderful port call located in the coastal Rain Forest. It is a clean town and the one least effected by the influence of the cruise lines that we visited. There are beautiful trails and totems in the Sitka National Historical Park V.C. and Totem Park. See the salmon spawning in the Indian River while on your walk (late Aug. or Sept). Also observe local native craftsman in working demonstrations. Walk up Castle Hill for a beautiful view and to visit historical spot where transfer of Alaska from Russia to U.S. took place. In the middle of downtown on Lincoln St. see St. Michaels Russian Church ($5 donation required). There wasn't enough time for us to see the Sheldon Jackson Museum or the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.   



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Victoria
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We needed more than a half-day port call in Victoria, B.C. The B.C. Museum, legislative building, harbor and vendors, Totem Park, The Empress Hotel, and many shopping opportunities are located downtown. There is a visitor's center across the street from the Empress. Town is full of gorgeous flowers---hanging baskets and in gardens. We arranged our own bus tour to get out of town to the Butchard Gardens, which is a place nobody should miss!  



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Sitka
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Sitka is the port least effected by the cruise lines that we visited. It is clean and beautiful, set in the Rain Forest. Go to the Bishop's House, Castle Hill (great view, scene of transfer of AK from Russia to U.S.), St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church ($5 donation required), Sitka National Historical Park and Totem Trail (native artisans demonstrate their work, beautiful walking trail and totems, bridge with spawning salmon in Sept.). Many shopping opportunities downtown.

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Victoria
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
A town that requires more than one-half day in port! B.C. Museum, Totem Park, Empress Hotel, harbor area with street sellers and performers, B.C. legislative building. Lots of shopping opportunities.

Don't miss the Butchard Gardens. We arranged our own bus trip from downtown and back.

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