Port and Shore Excursions
Me and my 13 year old son did the level II. The weather was horrible, so I can't imagine how much better the sites would look in clear weather. When I called I could not have received better service and information. The customer service from phone call to guide was outstanding. This is a very expensive tour about $399 a person. It is a once an lifetime experience. They picked us up and brought us to the office. Here you receive lots of help and gear. Your gear is jacket, pants, boots, ice crampons, fanny pack with snack and water, helmet, all the gear you can imagine to go hiking on a glacier. Remember this is not a walk on the ice. It is an adventure!! You are out on the glacier for two hours. Our guide was amazing at giving us instructions, pointing out and showing us amazing sites. And drinking the fresh water. There were only 5 of us. So it felt very personnel. The helicopter ride was very exciting. I am 40 years old and overweight and I could do this but it was hard and a workout. My son loved it and had no problems. Next time ice climbing!!
We book this through Sea Wind and Lesly on the phone and handling the details was great. She could answer questions and when it took longer then thought to get off boat she was right there on the phone and picked us up very easily. You are brought to the office a short drive and put on their float plane, right there at the dock. The plane is beautiful with big windows. This is the only reason why they did not get 5 stars is because the pilot was just not friendly or helpful. He did not talk on the plane or help with any questions when asked what we were seeing while flying. He was almost rude. When we landed on the island he gave us no directions. I tried many time to engage him. But nothing. After waiting our bear guide came and was wonderful. She was so good with the kids and so knowledgeable!! It was like we were on the island by ourselves. The trail was beautiful. She picked berries for us to try and pointed out the salmon. At the Bear viewing we waiting about 10 minutes and sure enough we saw bears. 4 big male bears. So close. No need for binoculars. It was awing to watch them feed and play. After our guide again took us around this beautiful island. one of my favorite days. The float plane pilot took us back and again to reaction or help with the sites we were seeing. It was a wonderful day with my kids and one of our favorite times.
Liarsville is a mock replica of a Gold Rush Camp. Its is more fun then educational. There are people dressed as the time to show you around, teach you to pan for gold and put on a slap stick show. The show has a Dog puppet in it, music and story telling. You can wander through the camp and visit the Goods store, bordello and laundry tents to view the antiques and vintage clothing left behind by the miners and ladies of the evening. They complimentary cookies and apple cider. If you go with Disney you get the Disney Characters there to pan Gold with you and take pictures and they add on a marshmallow campfire. Which was lots of fun and Liarsville should add. I would not go with Disney again. You see enough characters on the boat and Disney price is way to high. I gave this place a higher score for them. If scoring on Disney it would have been a 2. Also, I would only go here if you were doing the Salmon bake and if you added this on to another tour. We did the Dog sled and this. Very cool You can eat the meal before panning for Gold or after. The Salmon was delicious!! And lots of food. You get very little gold. I think this is a good place if your looking for a Salmon meal with kids. Price is GREAT!!! $29 adults $17 kids. They pick you up at your boat and will return you there or drop off in town for shopping. Its a great tour to add on to another.
We book the Dog Musher Camp with Alaska Excursions for the last week in August 2011. it was me, my mom age 62, Son age 13, and Daughter just turned 5. This was a great experience and everyone was so helpful and professional. We booked over the phone I wanted an earlier time and we the trip got closer about a month away they called and were able to give me the earlier time. Great customer service!! One of the reason they did not get 5 star is it advertised as a Dog Musher camp and you do much more. So it makes you feel like you need more time with the dogs, which I'm sure everyone does. I think it should be called Skagway's views and Dog Musher Camp. Here our day..
They picked us up right at the Disney boat. Very easy. Beautiful coach bus for about 20 with BIG windows. As they drive you, they point out sites, give history, and we saw eagles, and otters. when you arrive there you first go over a creek with many Salmon. I wished our driver knew more about the salmon. They were all over. Then you take a four wheel truck vehicle up the mountain. Crazy fun ride. Again you are seeing so many beautiful things. They it a ride with the dogs. Its like a wheel wagon. And the dogs are excited!!! It is fast. You will want to do it again. You meet the dogs and then back down to base camp. Here there is a small shop. they give you hot chocolate and cookies and you get to play with the puppies. I think because we book direct through them we had plenty of time at base camp and playing with the puppies. They talk with you a lot and teach you about dog sledding. On the way back you stop again for a short hike over looking the mountain and lake. Just BEAUTIFUL!!! I only again gave this four because I thought it would be a lot more time sledding. I think if you know the whole plan then its an amazing adventure. I would do it again. telling my group it is a tour of Skagway with dogs. Talking with people who paid WAY more to do this in the snow I think we made the better choice. We instead choose to do a glacier adventure in Juneuo.