We had previous excellent experiences on Viking, enjoying especially the smaller size, afternoon tea service, sauna with snow room, and the superb food and drink. Unfortunately, they offered excursions which were generally a waste of time and money, in addition to their free, included shore excursions.
For example, we booked an excursion for whale watching. Because of problems with that excursion, it was canceled, in plenty of time to re-book and alternate. We then booked a combination whale watching and bear searching excursion, for more money than our original. When we boarded the ship, in our cabin was a flyer advising us that bear searching would likely be in vain until the end of June--yet they had let us book a bear searching excursion at the beginning of June, with no warning. By then, we were unable to book an alternate whale watching excursion, so we stayed with what we had--and saw some whales, and seals, and otters, and NO bears. We could easily have spent the 3 hours we spent searching for bears doing something else.
But that was not our worst excursion. We actually spent 2 1/2 hours riding a bus, each way, to arrive at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We then discovered we only had 20 minutes at the park, before having to board our bus for the return trip!! Yes, there were some nice sights along the way, but not worth the $300 it cost the two of us to go.
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