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We arrived in Seattle on Thursday, May 8th so we could do some sightseeing prior to our cruise on May 10th. We used Shuttle Express to take us to our hotel, (the cost was $36 from the airport to our hotel). It was very convenient and easy, I would use them again. We stayed at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on1800 Yale Ave. in Seattle as it was within walking distance to everything we wanted to do. The hotel had great amenities: indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, complimentary hot breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi. We started our day with the Space Needle located on 400 Broad St. The cost was$18.00/per person, I made all our reservations on-line previously so we did not need to wait in any lines, which was wonderful. It was a cloudy day but the view was still beautiful. We continued on to our next adventure, which was the Seattle Waterfront Harbor Sightseeing Tour Cruise. It was a one hour cruise and cost $21.50/pp. It was fully narrated and you could sit inside our out on the open deck. It was a great tour, we saw the historic harbor, the views of the city skyline and Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. We really enjoyed this and got some wonderful photos. You can not visit Seattle without a trip to Pike’s Place Market. Pike Place Market is the city’s center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and so much more. It is a great experience of sights, sounds and smells. We spent a couple hours walking around and it still was not enough time. It is also the home of the original Starbuck's so if you love your coffee, stop by the original Starbucks for a cup of Joe. We ended our sightseeing day with BILL SPEIDEL'S UNDERGROUND TOUR. The cost was $17/pp. The tour is a guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. You actually roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. It is a history tour that starts inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1890s saloon. After a short introduction we visited three different sections of Underground—about three blocks in all. The tour lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The guys enjoyed this tour more than the ladies, but we were glad we did. Although our hotel did not offer shuttle service to the pier, they did have arrangements with a van service to pick you up at the hotel and take you to the pier for $7/pp. We thought that was a great deal and it worked out perfectly. On Saturday, May 10th we arrived at Pier 91 to board the Golden Princess about 10AM. We always arrive early as to not wait in the long lines that develop as the morning goes on. My husband and I and our best friends were each celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, so this cruise was very special. The embarkation was very smooth, and we were on the ship in no time. We had one issue immediately, we had chosen the Caribe deck and had purposely selected balcony cabins right next to each other. We were upset at first, until we saw the cabin.... we were upgraded to a mini-suite!!! What a wonderful surprise that was to us. My DH had beautiful red roses waiting in the cabin for me, the trip was already a success and we had not even left port. We had a bottle of wine, a cheese tray and a veggie tray pre-ordered and sent to our room so our friends, my hubby and I could have our own bon voyage party on our balcony. It was a great sail away just for us. We spent the day strolling around the ship. The Golden Princess is beautiful, smaller than most of the other ships we have been on in the past, but we had no complaints. We met our cabin steward and for the life of me I cannot remember his name, but he was WONDERFUL!!! The best we ever had. We always start by tipping our cabin steward in the beginning of the cruise as well as the end. The little extra is well worth it. Be sure to ask your cabin steward for blankets for sitting on deck or the balcony. The ship will also provide pool towels, no need to pack extra stuff. We choose anytime dining as we prefer not to be rushed getting to dinner. The menu selection in my opinion was not great, but I was able to find something every night to eat. We are more concerned with visiting the ports than the food quality. We also made reservations for the Steakhouse for the last night of the cruise, which turned out to be the best meal of the trip. It is well worth the additional money. Just a note about attire, during the day the ship is very casual jeans, jogging outfits, fleece, etc. Evenings seem to be a bit more dressy. Our first day was at sea Sun. May 11th. We knew this cruise would be different, but we found ourselves a little bored as we are accustomed to laying out by the pool and enjoying the sun. We are not into the Bingo, trivia games, etc. so we did not enjoy the days at sea. As I mentioned previously, we love the ports. So we spent the day waiting for the next meal time to arrive. We enjoyed listening to the music at the piano bar after dinner the first night and then wandered around to the other venues. Each evening it was the same, the same singers, in the same lounges night after night. Not much variety in the area of entertainment. We didn't bother seeing any of the shows on this cruise except the comedian. I can't remember his name but he was funny. We arrived in Juneau on Monday,May 12th at 11AM. We were ready to get off the ship and start exploring Juneau. We never take the excursions the ship offers as we do not enjoy large crowds and prefer to do things at our own pace. We took a taxi to Mendenhall Glacier- Alaska’s only accessible glacier by foot, It is located in Tongrass National Forest 12 miles from downtown area. It is a short cab ride or you can use Glacier Express Bus service that takes you directly to the glacier. It is a Bright blue bus that runs every 30 minutes starting at 9AM until 6PM. We were one of the very first people to arrive so we had the place to ourselves. We took beautiful photos of the glacier and then took a hike to get closer to the waterfalls. The hike is relatively easy and it is picturesque. We were able to take photos so close to the waterfall we were getting wet. It was so beautiful and serene. We were leaving the glacier as the hoards of people and buses were arriving, so we timed that perfectly. Our friend got a glimpse of a bear in the distance, however did not have his camera ready to shoot. We then took the taxi back to town ..... But first we had him stop at the Alaskan Brewing Company on 5429 Shaune Drive for a quick sampling of Juneau's finest brews. It was great for the guys! The people who worked there were extremely nice and friendly. Once we were back in town we went to Mount Roberts Tram. The ship docks directly across from the tramway. Mt. Roberts Tram is Juneau’s top rated attraction. You ride in an enclosed gondola up the 1800 feet level of Mt. Roberts for an expansive view of Alaska. At the top is an array of things to do and see. The cost $32/pp roundtrip. We hiked around the mountain top for awhile and took some more spectacular photos. We ended our day at the Red Dog Saloon-278 So. Franklin St. It is known for saw dust floors, animal head walls, Wyatt Earps gun behind the bar, and it is very crowded. Its a great place to grab a bite to eat and a drink (or two). You must try a drink they are known for, it's called the duck fart (Bailey’s Kahlua, Crown). It was delicious. We headed back to the ship with great memories of Juneau. Tuesday, May 13th we arrived in Skagway early. It is only 4 blocks wide and 16 blocks long and has the feel of western frontier town. Broadway street is the Inside Passage's most photogenic street. It's lined with old storefronts . Many date back to the Gold Rush days. We had made reservations with Chilkoot Charters to do the White Pass Summit Rail & Bus Excursion. The excursion was 3.5 Hours and cost $126/pp. You had your choice of going up by train or by bus first. We opted to take the bus up first and then come back by the train. We met our tour guide Mike near where the ships dock. He had a small shuttle bus waiting for our tour. To our surprise we were the only people on that tour. The 4 of us had the bus to ourselves and had the best tour guide ever. We were able to make as many stops as we liked for photo opportunities. Mike took our photos, gave us great insight and details about his home in Skagway. It was very informative and entertaining. Once our bus portion of the trip was over, we boarded the train. We can not say enough about our tour guide Mike, he made that day wonderful. If you decide to use Chilkoot Charters ask for Mike to be your tour guide, he is truly the best! The railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold rush this is a narrow gauge railway that once took miners to the Yukon gold fields. We rode in restored vintage passenger parlor cars to an elevation of 2,865 ft in 20 miles and had steep grades and some cliff hanging turns. And once again we lucked out and had the entire parlor car all to ourselves!!! The panorama was breathtaking of mountains and glaciers, gorges and waterfalls. You could also stand outside on the platform of the rail car which was amazing to take photos. We walked around downtown Skagway and stopped by the Red Onion Saloon its a 1898 saloon with a ex-bordello upstairs. It is a must. The staff dresses up in garb of the Gold Rush days. Grab a beer or drink , the girls are fun and great for photo ops. Wednesday, May 14th was cruising Glacier Bay National Park. The park rangers boarded the ship and we were able to sit on our balcony and listen to narration about Glacier bay. The ship offered a champagne breakfast for 2 on the balcony for a nominal fee. It was so romantic, it made the day even more special. We saw some beautiful sights and the sound of the glaciers breaking (calving) sounded like great roars of thunder. It was truly amazing to witness such pristine natural beauty. It was a very long day, thank goodness we had a balcony so I could come in and out often to get warm. We took hundreds of photos. This was truly the only day of the entire cruise I was cold. We had wonderful weather in all our ports that allowed you just to wear a t-shirt. Thursday-Ketchikan May 15th This port unfortunately was a very short day. We arrived around 7:30AM and had to be back on board by noon. I don't understand the reason for this as we would have loved to have had a full day there. It is called one of the rainiest cities in the US, so bring rain gear, but we lucked out and had a sunny day. We were taking a helicopter tour with Heli Tours. We met up with our transportation who drove us to the helicopter. We met the pilot Ryan and his assistant. We were not aware however that we would not all be flying together. So we were a bit disappointed in that aspect of the trip. The basic cost is $169/pp but we added on a landing zone on to our package so our cost was $199. Heli Tours took us one by one over the Ketchikan Alps, lakes and waterfalls. We all ended up together eventually at this private wilderness spot with a rainforest. It was scenic and gorgeous, we had time to walk around and take photos. It was time to head back so one by one we were flown back to our original take off spot. It was a nice excursion, just wish we had known we would not all be together as time became a factor. It did not leave much time to see the scenic downtown Creek street. This port is known for authentic Alaskan made items. It is also the Totem pole capital of the world, but we did not get to see that due to the lengthy helicopter tour. Friday, May 17th Victoria , British Columbia- Since we did not arrive until 8PM we had time to pack our luggage and get tags on our bags before dinner. We ate at the specialty steakhouse on our last night of our cruise and it was delicious. It was well worth the $25/pp fee to get a great meal. After dinner we put our luggage outside our cabin as instructed and waited to dock in Victoria. I don't understand the purpose of stopping at a port from 8PM-midnight. We took a taxi to the downtown area for $10 (for 4 of us). Most things were closed, so we had pre-booked a ride on Tally-Ho horse carriages. We each took the Waterfront Tour 30 minutes $100/per carriage. It was suppose to be a narrative tour of historic James Bay and old heritage buildings, but our tour guide, was much more interested in talking about the horse and herself then history. Thank goodness the tour was only 30 minutes. The view of the British Columbia Parliament Legislature buildings and the Empress hotel were stunning. We would have loved to have seen more of this beautiful city during the daylight hours. We strolled the inner harbor and fisherman's wharf for awhile and then headed back to the ship. Saturday, May 17th We had breakfast at 7AM and then went to our assigned area to wait to be called to disembark the ship. The disembarkation went smoothly, we had reservations with Shuttle Express to pick us up and bring us to the airport. Everything went like clock work. We loved Alaska, but I think next time I would take a land tour. Not enough port time on this cruise. We still love cruising, but I prefer a Caribbean cruise.  

Our 30th Anniversary Alaskan Voyage on the Golden Princess

Golden Princess Cruise Review by Dolphin3

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2014
  • Destination: Alaska
We arrived in Seattle on Thursday, May 8th so we could do some sightseeing prior to our cruise on May 10th. We used Shuttle Express to take us to our hotel, (the cost was $36 from the airport to our hotel). It was very convenient and easy, I would use them again. We stayed at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on1800 Yale Ave. in Seattle as it was within walking distance to everything we wanted to do. The hotel had great amenities: indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, complimentary hot breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi.
We started our day with the Space Needle located on 400 Broad St. The cost was$18.00/per person, I made all our reservations on-line previously so we did not need to wait in any lines, which was wonderful.
It was a cloudy day but the view was still beautiful.
We continued on to our next adventure, which was the Seattle Waterfront Harbor Sightseeing Tour Cruise. It was a one hour cruise and cost $21.50/pp. It was fully narrated and you could sit inside our out on the open deck. It was a great tour, we saw the historic harbor, the views of the city skyline and Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. We really enjoyed this and got some wonderful photos.
You can not visit Seattle without a trip to Pike’s Place Market. Pike Place Market is the city’s center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and so much more. It is a great experience of sights, sounds and smells. We spent a couple hours walking around and it still was not enough time. It is also the home of the original Starbuck's so if you love your coffee, stop by the original Starbucks for a cup of Joe.
We ended our sightseeing day with BILL SPEIDEL'S UNDERGROUND TOUR. The cost was $17/pp.
The tour is a guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. You actually roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. It is a history tour that starts inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1890s saloon. After a short introduction we visited three different sections of Underground—about three blocks in all. The tour lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The guys enjoyed this tour more than the ladies, but we were glad we did.
Although our hotel did not offer shuttle service to the pier, they did have arrangements with a van service to pick you up at the hotel and take you to the pier for $7/pp. We thought that was a great deal and it worked out perfectly.
On Saturday, May 10th we arrived at Pier 91 to board the Golden Princess about 10AM. We always arrive early as to not wait in the long lines that develop as the morning goes on. My husband and I and our best friends were each celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, so this cruise was very special.
The embarkation was very smooth, and we were on the ship in no time. We had one issue immediately, we had chosen the Caribe deck and had purposely selected balcony cabins right next to each other. We were upset at first, until we saw the cabin.... we were upgraded to a mini-suite!!! What a wonderful surprise that was to us. My DH had beautiful red roses waiting in the cabin for me, the trip was already a success and we had not even left port. We had a bottle of wine, a cheese tray and a veggie tray pre-ordered and sent to our room so our friends, my hubby and I could have our own bon voyage party on our balcony. It was a great sail away just for us.
We spent the day strolling around the ship. The Golden Princess is beautiful, smaller than most of the other ships we have been on in the past, but we had no complaints. We met our cabin steward and for the life of me I cannot remember his name, but he was WONDERFUL!!! The best we ever had. We always start by tipping our cabin steward in the beginning of the cruise as well as the end. The little extra is well worth it. Be sure to ask your cabin steward for blankets for sitting on deck or the balcony. The ship will also provide pool towels, no need to pack extra stuff.
We choose anytime dining as we prefer not to be rushed getting to dinner. The menu selection in my opinion was not great, but I was able to find something every night to eat. We are more concerned with visiting the ports than the food quality. We also made reservations for the Steakhouse for the last night of the cruise, which turned out to be the best meal of the trip. It is well worth the additional money.
Just a note about attire, during the day the ship is very casual jeans, jogging outfits, fleece, etc. Evenings seem to be a bit more dressy.
Our first day was at sea Sun. May 11th. We knew this cruise would be different, but we found ourselves a little bored as we are accustomed to laying out by the pool and enjoying the sun. We are not into the Bingo, trivia games, etc. so we did not enjoy the days at sea. As I mentioned previously, we love the ports. So we spent the day waiting for the next meal time to arrive.
We enjoyed listening to the music at the piano bar after dinner the first night and then wandered around to the other venues. Each evening it was the same, the same singers, in the same lounges night after night. Not much variety in the area of entertainment. We didn't bother seeing any of the shows on this cruise except the comedian. I can't remember his name but he was funny.
We arrived in Juneau on Monday,May 12th at 11AM. We were ready to get off the ship and start exploring Juneau. We never take the excursions the ship offers as we do not enjoy large crowds and prefer to do things at our own pace. We took a taxi to Mendenhall Glacier- Alaska’s only accessible glacier by foot, It is located in Tongrass National Forest 12 miles from downtown area. It is a short cab ride or you can use Glacier Express Bus service that takes you directly to the glacier. It is a Bright blue bus that runs every 30 minutes starting at 9AM until 6PM. We were one of the very first people to arrive so we had the place to ourselves. We took beautiful photos of the glacier and then took a hike to get closer to the waterfalls. The hike is relatively easy and it is picturesque. We were able to take photos so close to the waterfall we were getting wet. It was so beautiful and serene. We were leaving the glacier as the hoards of people and buses were arriving, so we timed that perfectly. Our friend got a glimpse of a bear in the distance, however did not have his camera ready to shoot.
We then took the taxi back to town ..... But first we had him stop at the Alaskan Brewing Company on 5429 Shaune Drive for a quick sampling of Juneau's finest brews. It was great for the guys! The people who worked there were extremely nice and friendly. Once we were back in town we went to Mount Roberts Tram. The ship docks directly across from the tramway. Mt. Roberts Tram is Juneau’s top rated attraction. You ride in an enclosed gondola up the 1800 feet level of Mt. Roberts for an expansive view of Alaska. At the top is an array of things to do and see. The cost $32/pp roundtrip. We hiked around the mountain top for awhile and took some more spectacular photos. We ended our day at the Red Dog Saloon-278 So. Franklin St.
It is known for saw dust floors, animal head walls, Wyatt Earps gun behind the bar, and it is very crowded. Its a great place to grab a bite to eat and a drink (or two). You must try a drink they are known for, it's called the duck fart (Bailey’s Kahlua, Crown). It was delicious. We headed back to the ship with great memories of Juneau.
Tuesday, May 13th we arrived in Skagway early. It is only 4 blocks wide and 16 blocks long and has the feel of western frontier town. Broadway street is the Inside Passage's most photogenic street. It's lined with old storefronts . Many date back to the Gold Rush days. We had made reservations with Chilkoot Charters to do the White Pass Summit Rail & Bus Excursion. The excursion was 3.5 Hours and cost $126/pp. You had your choice of going up by train or by bus first. We opted to take the bus up first and then come back by the train. We met our tour guide Mike near where the ships dock. He had a small shuttle bus waiting for our tour. To our surprise we were the only people on that tour. The 4 of us had the bus to ourselves and had the best tour guide ever. We were able to make as many stops as we liked for photo opportunities. Mike took our photos, gave us great insight and details about his home in Skagway. It was very informative and entertaining. Once our bus portion of the trip was over, we boarded the train. We can not say enough about our tour guide Mike, he made that day wonderful. If you decide to use Chilkoot Charters ask for Mike to be your tour guide, he is truly the best!
The railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold rush this is a narrow gauge railway that once took miners to the Yukon gold fields. We rode in restored vintage passenger parlor cars to an elevation of 2,865 ft in 20 miles and had steep grades and some cliff hanging turns. And once again we lucked out and had the entire parlor car all to ourselves!!! The panorama was breathtaking of mountains and glaciers, gorges and waterfalls. You could also stand outside on the platform of the rail car which was amazing to take photos. We walked around downtown Skagway and stopped by the Red Onion Saloon its a 1898 saloon with a ex-bordello upstairs. It is a must. The staff dresses up in garb of the Gold Rush days. Grab a beer or drink , the girls are fun and great for photo ops.
Wednesday, May 14th was cruising Glacier Bay National Park. The park rangers boarded the ship and we were able to sit on our balcony and listen to narration about Glacier bay. The ship offered a champagne breakfast for 2 on the balcony for a nominal fee. It was so romantic, it made the day even more special. We saw some beautiful sights and the sound of the glaciers breaking (calving) sounded like great roars of thunder. It was truly amazing to witness such pristine natural beauty. It was a very long day, thank goodness we had a balcony so I could come in and out often to get warm. We took hundreds of photos. This was truly the only day of the entire cruise I was cold. We had wonderful weather in all our ports that allowed you just to wear a t-shirt.
Thursday-Ketchikan May 15th This port unfortunately was a very short day. We arrived around 7:30AM and had to be back on board by noon. I don't understand the reason for this as we would have loved to have had a full day there. It is called one of the rainiest cities in the US, so bring rain gear, but we lucked out and had a sunny day. We were taking a helicopter tour with Heli Tours. We met up with our transportation who drove us to the helicopter. We met the pilot Ryan and his assistant. We were not aware however that we would not all be flying together. So we were a bit disappointed in that aspect of the trip. The basic cost is $169/pp but we added on a landing zone on to our package so our cost was $199. Heli Tours took us one by one over the Ketchikan Alps, lakes and waterfalls. We all ended up together eventually at this private wilderness spot with a rainforest. It was scenic and gorgeous, we had time to walk around and take photos. It was time to head back so one by one we were flown back to our original take off spot. It was a nice excursion, just wish we had known we would not all be together as time became a factor. It did not leave much time to see the scenic downtown Creek street. This port is known for authentic Alaskan made items. It is also the Totem pole capital of the world, but we did not get to see that due to the lengthy helicopter tour.
Friday, May 17th Victoria , British Columbia-
Since we did not arrive until 8PM we had time to pack our luggage and get tags on our bags before dinner. We ate at the specialty steakhouse on our last night of our cruise and it was delicious. It was well worth the $25/pp fee to get a great meal. After dinner we put our luggage outside our cabin as instructed and waited to dock in Victoria. I don't understand the purpose of stopping at a port from 8PM-midnight. We took a taxi to the downtown area for $10 (for 4 of us). Most things were closed, so we had pre-booked a ride on Tally-Ho horse carriages. We each took the Waterfront Tour 30 minutes $100/per carriage. It was suppose to be a narrative tour of historic James Bay and old heritage buildings, but our tour guide, was much more interested in talking about the horse and herself then history. Thank goodness the tour was only 30 minutes. The view of the British Columbia Parliament Legislature buildings and the Empress hotel were stunning. We would have loved to have seen more of this beautiful city during the daylight hours. We strolled the inner harbor and fisherman's wharf for awhile and then headed back to the ship.
Saturday, May 17th
We had breakfast at 7AM and then went to our assigned area to wait to be called to disembark the ship. The disembarkation went smoothly, we had reservations with Shuttle Express to pick us up and bring us to the airport. Everything went like clock work.
We loved Alaska, but I think next time I would take a land tour. Not enough port time on this cruise. We still love cruising, but I prefer a Caribbean cruise.
 
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Cabin D314
We were pleasantly surprised to find out we got an upgrade to a mini suite. The room was so spacious, the bed was comfortable and huge. It was so nice to have a separate living area, with a couch and chair and another flat screen TV in the room. But the best part of the cabin was the bathroom.... yes the bathroom! It had a full size bath tub and shower. It made the trip so much more enjoyable for both myself and my husband.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Mendenhall Glacier
    We arrived in Juneau on Monday,May 12th at 11AM. We were ready to get off the ship and start exploring Juneau. We never take the excursions the ship offers as we do not enjoy large crowds and prefer to do things at our own pace. We took a taxi to Mendenhall Glacier- Alaska’s only accessible glacier by foot, It is located in Tongrass National Forest 12 miles from downtown area. It is a short cab ride or you can use Glacier Express Bus service that takes you directly to the glacier. It is a Bright blue bus that runs every 30 minutes starting at 9AM until 6PM. We were one of the very first people to arrive so we had the place to ourselves. We took beautiful photos of the glacier and then took a hike to get closer to the waterfalls. The hike is relatively easy and it is picturesque. We were able to take photos so close to the waterfall we were getting wet. It was so beautiful and serene. We were leaving the glacier as the hoards of people and buses were arriving, so we timed that perfectly. Our friend got a glimpse of a bear in the distance, however did not have his camera ready to shoot.
    View All 834 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
  • Mount Roberts Tramway
    Once we were back in town we went to Mount Roberts Tram. The ship docks directly across from the tramway. Mt. Roberts Tram is Juneau’s top rated attraction. You ride in an enclosed gondola up the 1800 feet level of Mt. Roberts for an expansive view of Alaska. At the top is an array of things to do and see. The cost $32/pp roundtrip. We hiked around the mountain top for awhile and took some more spectacular photos. We ended our day at the Red Dog Saloon-278 So. Franklin St. It is known for saw dust floors, animal head walls, Wyatt Earps gun behind the bar, and it is very crowded. Its a great place to grab a bite to eat and a drink (or two). You must try a drink they are known for, it's called the duck fart (Bailey’s Kahlua, Crown). It was delicious. We headed back to the ship with great memories of Juneau.
    View All 217 Mount Roberts Tramway Reviews
  • Helicopter Tour
    Thursday-Ketchikan May 15th This port unfortunately was a very short day. We arrived around 7:30AM and had to be back on board by noon. I don't understand the reason for this as we would have loved to have had a full day there. It is called one of the rainiest cities in the US, so bring rain gear, but we lucked out and had a sunny day. We were taking a helicopter tour with Heli Tours. We met up with our transportation who drove us to the helicopter. We met the pilot Ryan and his assistant. We were not aware however that we would not all be flying together. So we were a bit disappointed in that aspect of the trip. The basic cost is $169/pp but we added on a landing zone on to our package so our cost was $199. Heli Tours took us one by one over the Ketchikan Alps, lakes and waterfalls. We all ended up together eventually at this private wilderness spot with a rainforest. It was scenic and gorgeous, we had time to walk around and take photos. It was time to head back so one by one we were flown back to our original take off spot. It was a nice excursion, just wish we had known we would not all be together as time became a factor. It did not leave much time to see the scenic downtown Creek street. This port is known for authentic Alaskan made items. It is also the Totem pole capital of the world, but we did not get to see that due to the lengthy helicopter tour.
    View All 5 Helicopter Tour Reviews
  • Pike Place Market
    You can not visit Seattle without a trip to Pike’s Place Market. Pike Place Market is the city’s center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and so much more. It is a great experience of sights, sounds and smells. We spent a couple hours walking around and it still was not enough time. It is also the home of the original Starbuck's so if you love your coffee, stop by the original Starbucks for a cup of Joe.
    View All 54 Pike Place Market Reviews
  • Space Needle
    We started our day with the Space Needle located on 400 Broad St. The cost was$18.00/per person, I made all our reservations on-line previously so we did not need to wait in any lines, which was wonderful.It was a cloudy day but the view was still beautiful.
    View All 42 Space Needle Reviews
  • Underground Tour
    We ended our sightseeing day with BILL SPEIDEL'S UNDERGROUND TOUR. The cost was $17/pp.The tour is a guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. You actually roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. It is a history tour that starts inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1890s saloon. After a short introduction we visited three different sections of Underground—about three blocks in all. The tour lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The guys enjoyed this tour more than the ladies, but we were glad we did.
    View All 17 Underground Tour Reviews
  • White Pass Scenic Railway
    Tuesday, May 13th we arrived in Skagway early. It is only 4 blocks wide and 16 blocks long and has the feel of western frontier town. Broadway street is the Inside Passage's most photogenic street. It's lined with old storefronts . Many date back to the Gold Rush days. We had made reservations with Chilkoot Charters to do the White Pass Summit Rail & Bus Excursion. The excursion was 3.5 Hours and cost $126/pp. You had your choice of going up by train or by bus first. We opted to take the bus up first and then come back by the train. We met our tour guide Mike near where the ships dock. He had a small shuttle bus waiting for our tour. To our surprise we were the only people on that tour. The 4 of us had the bus to ourselves and had the best tour guide ever. We were able to make as many stops as we liked for photo opportunities. Mike took our photos, gave us great insight and details about his home in Skagway. It was very informative and entertaining. Once our bus portion of the trip was over, we boarded the train. We can not say enough about our tour guide Mike, he made that day wonderful. If you decide to use Chilkoot Charters ask for Mike to be your tour guide, he is truly the best! The railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold rush this is a narrow gauge railway that once took miners to the Yukon gold fields. We rode in restored vintage passenger parlor cars to an elevation of 2,865 ft in 20 miles and had steep grades and some cliff hanging turns. And once again we lucked out and had the entire parlor car all to ourselves!!! The panorama was breathtaking of mountains and glaciers, gorges and waterfalls. You could also stand outside on the platform of the rail car which was amazing to take photos. We walked around downtown Skagway and stopped by the Red Onion Saloon its a 1898 saloon with a ex-bordello upstairs. It is a must. The staff dresses up in garb of the Gold Rush days. Grab a beer or drink , the girls are fun and great for photo ops.
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  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour
    Friday, May 17th Victoria , British Columbia- I don't understand the purpose of stopping at a port from 8PM-midnight. We took a taxi to the downtown area for $10 (for 4 of us). Most things were closed, so we had pre-booked a ride on Tally-Ho horse carriages. We each took the Waterfront Tour 30 minutes $100/per carriage. It was suppose to be a narrative tour of historic James Bay and old heritage buildings, but our tour guide, was much more interested in talking about the horse and herself then history. Thank goodness the tour was only 30 minutes. The view of the British Columbia Parliament Legislature buildings and the Empress hotel were stunning. We would have loved to have seen more of this beautiful city during the daylight hours. We strolled the inner harbor and fisherman's wharf for awhile and then headed back to the ship.
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