Alaska Tour 18 Land Cruise: Statendam Cruise Review by dudley mom

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Alaska Tour 18 Land Cruise

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: British Columbia
Embarkation: Seward
We started our land part in Fairbanks on June 6th. We had a great time wandering around the waterfront in Fairbanks. We had our first adventure with a real musher. Great conversation with her.

The Gold Dredge Mine was ok. Panning for gold was hard work. We make about $45 between the two of us. The stern wheeler trip was great. We enjoyed it much more than the panning for gold. Beautiful scenery and great narration. Saw cute puppies from Susan Butcher's kennel. We had booked the Alaskan Salmon Bake and were very disappointed. We didn't realize it was outside. Lots of flies and mosquitoes. The Palace Theater was funny and entertaining.

June 8th Trip on the train to Denali was relaxing and good. Food on the train was very good. Accommodations in Denali were ok. Again mosquitoes were plentiful. Did the glacier landing by float plane. The greatest experience we have ever had. Our flight was the first one up for the day after several were cancelled. We More got extra time on the glacier and superb views of Mt. McKinley. Everyone needs to do this. Cabin Nite was good. More singing and dancing than the Palace Theater.

June 9th and Tundra Wilderness Tour was good. Long ride on the bus, but lots of great scenery and narration. Guide was very knowledgeable. We could have done with it being a couple of hours less time. Pretty much everyone fell asleep on the ride back. We had purchased a box lunch based on reviews we read, but didn't eat them. The "snack" pack was more than enough for us. That night we did the Stampede Trail. DH loved it; I hated it. It was cold, rainy, muddy and way too far out in the wilderness for my tastes. Hot dogs and hamburgers thrown on an open fire and burned were not my thing. There were no facilities except the woods. I couldn't wait to get back to the lodge.

June 10th started with the Husky Homestead Tour. What a great tour. We got handed a puppy as soon as we got off the bus. Great information by the daughter of Jeff King. We learned so much. Beautiful place. Got on the train again and headed to Anchorage. Had a great dinner that night at Orso restaurant across from the Westmark.

June 11th had us on a bus to head for Seward. Bus ride seemed long, but maybe we were tired. Too short a stop at a very small place that was packed with other cruisers. Restroom lines were very long and there was no way to get any lunch. Discovered drinks, cookies, chips were available in the gift shop. Pulled into the Windsong Lodge early evening. The lodge was great. We had the best meal at the Resurrection Roadhouse. Beautiful views, friendly people, incredible food. We would have liked time to go into downtown Seward, but found that others that went were disappointed with their meals.

June 12th had us off to catch the ship. The Exit Glacier Tour was interesting and entertaining. We figured the different tours were staggered to allow everyone different times to get to the ship. The check in at the cruise terminal was longer than we thought. It didn't seem to be very efficient. Finally got on board and couldn't believe our suite. It was way larger and spacious than we thought. We couldn't even begin to fill the closets and drawers and we thought we had over packed. We were still having difficulties with the lack of dark nights and were wiped out from a too packed week on land. Had a nice dinner and off to bed shortly after we sailed. Checked out the Neptune Lounge and met lots of fellow passengers.

June 13th: Great cruising through College Fjord. The ship rotated several times to let everyone see everything. Had our first dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. It was excellent.

June 14th: Glacier Bay was wonderful. The park ranger that came on board was very knowledgeable. We opted to stay on our balcony and had the best views of calving ice. Sea gulls landed on our railing and entertained us. Ship rotated around several times so everyone could get great views. Had dinner in the Rotterdam. Impressed with variety of menu selections, wine selections and quality. Service everywhere was efficient and friendly. We felt totally pampered throughout our time on the ship.

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Published 06/27/11

Cabin review: SA002 Neptune Suite with Verandah

We loved our stateroom. It was quiet, spacious and well laid out. We couldn't believe how large it was. Huge, comfortable balcony. The perks of free laundry and cleaning service were incredible. We had the options of same day or next day at no additional cost. Flowers were changed when they started to wilt. Every night had a different towel "animal". Incredibly creative. Stewards kept everything spotless. There was never a bad view. The only disadvantage was the people in the stateroom next to us smoked. The smell was very strong coming across our balcony and when we would leave or enter. If smoking is going to be allowed, we feel there should be some staterooms designated in a specific area for smokers. We were also able to order free hors d'oeuvres in our stateroom. Great perk!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Haines is a quaint, little town. We fell in love with it. We had enough time to wander about the town before we did our shore excursion to Glacier Point. We saw some of the same things we did on the exit glacier tour, but it was still very enjoyable. We were able to walk all over Haines without problems. Discovered a great custom knife shop. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Would love to go back to Haines again.
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We did the Best of Juneau shore excursion. Started with whale watching, followed by Mendenhall Glacier and Orca Point Lodge. A terrific day. We saw so many humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles. It almost looked fake. Four orcas jumped out of the water and did the most beautiful choreographed dive. This was one of the best excursions we did. Juneau was delightful. We had enough time to do some souvenir shopping, too. A new diamond ring was a very nice touch. We highly recommend this shore excursion. Well worth the price. The catamaran was large, comfortable and the guides were very knowledgeable.
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The Windsong Lodge was outside of Seward. We really wanted to go in and see the aquarium, but we were too tired. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant at the lodge. We did wish we had gotten into Seward a little earlier to have more time. Exit Glacier trip was very nice. We felt a little rushed to get up, catch the exit trip and hurry to get to the ship. We arrived at the cruise terminal about 2:30. It was hectic. The lines were very long and it didn't seem as if enough people were working to check everyone in. We finally got on board about 3:00. On board, we met our cabin stewards, the concierge in the Neptune Lounge and explored the ship. We were very impressed with our suite. It was huge. The balcony was very large and comfortable.
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