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Skagway White Pass Bennett Lake Adventure Excursion Reviews

Step back in time as you explore this abandoned, gold rush town on a self-guided walking tour.
If I could give this more than five stars I would!
If I could give this more than five stars I would! We had a perfect day for taking the Whitepass railway as far as Carcross in the Yukon, and then returning by bus. The scenery was absolutely spectacular throughout the train trip, and the ... Read More
If I could give this more than five stars I would! We had a perfect day for taking the Whitepass railway as far as Carcross in the Yukon, and then returning by bus. The scenery was absolutely spectacular throughout the train trip, and the onboard guide was very informative about the fascinating history of the gold rush and the building of the railway. We appreciated that they made an effort to minimize the use of plastic and waste with the good lunch they served us. The time at Bennett was a nice break from sitting on the train (although I hardly sat, since I was constantly leaping up to take photos from the platform) and gave us an opportunity for a short hike. Carcross is a very cute little town, with buildings designed with native motifs. AND in a gift shop there we got the first and only good wifi on the trip! The bus trip back was less scenic by comparison, but still lovely, and with another great driver/guide. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Easy to get on train from ship.
Easy to get on train from ship. lovely scenery comfortable , the kids where a bit bored. Three hours plenty long enough and time to see the cute town.
Easy to get on train from ship. lovely scenery comfortable , the kids where a bit bored. Three hours plenty long enough and time to see the cute town. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were talked into adding the Bennett Lake portion of the train ride on at the last minute and ...
We were talked into adding the Bennett Lake portion of the train ride on at the last minute and that was a mistake. You have to take a 2.5 hour bus ride to get to the train. Then the train ride is 5 hours long. There are some amazing views ... Read More
We were talked into adding the Bennett Lake portion of the train ride on at the last minute and that was a mistake. You have to take a 2.5 hour bus ride to get to the train. Then the train ride is 5 hours long. There are some amazing views but mostly at the end of the train ride. They only feed you turkey sandwiches and chips with Costco water. Definitely would not do it again. If someone asked, I would recommend the shorter ride. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This tour was our big splurge and we enjoyed riding the train up and seeing all the places ...
This tour was our big splurge and we enjoyed riding the train up and seeing all the places mentioned in the Yukon Trail computer game that my kids used to play when they were growing up. the weather was lovely as we explored Bennett Lake ... Read More
This tour was our big splurge and we enjoyed riding the train up and seeing all the places mentioned in the Yukon Trail computer game that my kids used to play when they were growing up. the weather was lovely as we explored Bennett Lake and the lunch on the train to Carcross was delicious. We managed to get about 15 minutes of Canadian cellular service in Carcross, but I found the time here was very rushed. One of our tour party members did not get back on the bus and the bus driver waited about 3 minutes for him before calling and leaving which freaked me out just a tad. However, he must have taken another bus down because they asked if we had a no show when we crossed back into Alaska and everyone was onboard when we left port. (I was so glad the Captain announced it). This tour guide had grown up all over the United States, so she was relying on the canned commentary as well. Her knowledge of Canadian geography seemed to be rather weak because we were quite surprised to hear that the Yukon was a territory withing the province of British Columbia that extended all the way down to Victoria (which is located Vancouver Island) she thought. It wasn't exactly what we'd learnt in school growing up, that's for sure. We did stop a few places on the way down, but another time I think I'd prefer a smaller group that would have a bit more flexibility and more likely to have someone from the area as a guide. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Definitely go to Emerald Lake - gorgeous!
Definitely go to Emerald Lake - gorgeous! Shuttle bus stopped at many places regular cruise tour did not
Definitely go to Emerald Lake - gorgeous! Shuttle bus stopped at many places regular cruise tour did not Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Loved taking the train to Fraser.
Loved taking the train to Fraser. We went through rain, to fog, to snow, to sunny weather at the top. Beautiful scenery and good guides. Definitely book this before you leave, but not from the ship to save $$$.
Loved taking the train to Fraser. We went through rain, to fog, to snow, to sunny weather at the top. Beautiful scenery and good guides. Definitely book this before you leave, but not from the ship to save $$$. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Several delays due to timing of trains needing to pass.
Several delays due to timing of trains needing to pass. Not really that scenic and minimal narration during the trip. Ride up and back the same track with no stop.
Several delays due to timing of trains needing to pass. Not really that scenic and minimal narration during the trip. Ride up and back the same track with no stop. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I encourage others to find exciting and new ways to experience Alaska.
I encourage others to find exciting and new ways to experience Alaska. Think outside the box.
I encourage others to find exciting and new ways to experience Alaska. Think outside the box. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip! All the way from Skagway to Carcross by train then back by bus! Highly recommend.
Amazing trip! All the way from Skagway to Carcross by train then back by bus! Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
When we booked we were told we will cover emerald lake as well.
When we booked we were told we will cover emerald lake as well. We were a bit disappointed that it was infact not part of the excursion and we were given wrong info earlier.
When we booked we were told we will cover emerald lake as well. We were a bit disappointed that it was infact not part of the excursion and we were given wrong info earlier. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked the longest ride available and it was absolutely worth it (as some only go half way).
We booked the longest ride available and it was absolutely worth it (as some only go half way). Lake Bennett was incredible! Be sure to get a seat on the left side of the train as that's where the best views are!
We booked the longest ride available and it was absolutely worth it (as some only go half way). Lake Bennett was incredible! Be sure to get a seat on the left side of the train as that's where the best views are! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the 9:30 AM Bennett Lake excursion with Chilkoot Charters.
We did the 9:30 AM Bennett Lake excursion with Chilkoot Charters. We did bus up in the morning and train back in the afternoon. The weather was perfect all day. Our driver was Mike who was very knowledgeable and friendly. He also tried to ... Read More
We did the 9:30 AM Bennett Lake excursion with Chilkoot Charters. We did bus up in the morning and train back in the afternoon. The weather was perfect all day. Our driver was Mike who was very knowledgeable and friendly. He also tried to keep the group moving at photo stops so we could see everything. We saw several mountain goats and two black bears from a distance. Our last stop at Emerald Lake was amazing, the blue and green colors really stood out under the bright sunlight and looked like someone photoshopped it. In Carcross we boarded the White Pass & Yukon for the train ride back to Skagway. This was a must do bucket list item for me and worth every penny. The scenery along Bennett Lake, and again between White Pass Summit and Skagway is outstanding. We saw a momma moose and baby moose up close and another black bear from the train. At Bennett the train stopped for about 1-hour. While in Bennett we hiked the last ¼ mile of the Chilkoot Trail which ends in Bennett. It was a very steep climb but a nice view of Bennett Lake and the surrounding mountains. After we returned to Skagway we walked to Skagway Brewing to enjoy a Spruce Tip Blond Ale, their signature beer brewed using Sitka Spruce tip buds. We also really liked the feel of Skagway with the plank sidewalks and almost no traffic on Broadway. All the buildings along Broadway were built during the Klondike Gold Rush. Change some of the modern signage and throw some dirt over the pavement and it could be a movie set. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Best excursion of the trip.
Best excursion of the trip. Private day long tour up into Canada. Your guide was exceptional. Highly recommend
Best excursion of the trip. Private day long tour up into Canada. Your guide was exceptional. Highly recommend Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Best tour we have ever taken anywhere.
Best tour we have ever taken anywhere. We saw so much more then just what you woud see on the train and our guide, James was so knowledgable and also a great storeyteller. Carross, Emerld Lake and all other sights were amazing.
Best tour we have ever taken anywhere. We saw so much more then just what you woud see on the train and our guide, James was so knowledgable and also a great storeyteller. Carross, Emerld Lake and all other sights were amazing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent opportunity to go into the Yukon of Canada and see how life in the lates 1800 could have ...
Excellent opportunity to go into the Yukon of Canada and see how life in the lates 1800 could have been like. We took the motor coach to Carcross and the train back stopping in Benneti Lake. The scenery was fabulous and being on the ... Read More
Excellent opportunity to go into the Yukon of Canada and see how life in the lates 1800 could have been like. We took the motor coach to Carcross and the train back stopping in Benneti Lake. The scenery was fabulous and being on the train as it went through the valleys and mountains back to sea level was amazing. Our guides were informative and entertaining on the coach and train. they pointed out good photo opportunities and points of interest. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Toured via small bus, with rgta drivers, saw wiedlfiel rianbows ove ht laeks, snow on the mountians ...
Toured via small bus, with rgta drivers, saw wiedlfiel rianbows ove ht laeks, snow on the mountians went to YUKON Territory (Cariboo Crossings for lunch and then into Carscrossing and into Canada at Fraser BC...fantasic views, good roads, ... Read More
Toured via small bus, with rgta drivers, saw wiedlfiel rianbows ove ht laeks, snow on the mountians went to YUKON Territory (Cariboo Crossings for lunch and then into Carscrossing and into Canada at Fraser BC...fantasic views, good roads, need passports to country to country border passage, YUKON DISCOVERIES TOUR Here is the link: http://www.frontierexcursions.com/yukon-discovery.html Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Jamison (our guide) offered a wonderful tour.
Jamison (our guide) offered a wonderful tour. He was very knowledgeable and funny as well. The railroad is really one of the best excursions in Alaska for all kinds of travelers.
Jamison (our guide) offered a wonderful tour. He was very knowledgeable and funny as well. The railroad is really one of the best excursions in Alaska for all kinds of travelers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the bus and train adventure.
We did the bus and train adventure. It was a great tour. My husband and 13 year old son said this was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommended. Great way to spend the day in Skagway.
We did the bus and train adventure. It was a great tour. My husband and 13 year old son said this was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommended. Great way to spend the day in Skagway. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bus tour up to Emerald Lake with lunch included.
Bus tour up to Emerald Lake with lunch included. A great view of the Yukon. Stops in Corcross. Enter and exit Canada. Will do a declaration afterward.
Bus tour up to Emerald Lake with lunch included. A great view of the Yukon. Stops in Corcross. Enter and exit Canada. Will do a declaration afterward. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Overall interesting, though scenery somewhat repetitive.
Overall interesting, though scenery somewhat repetitive. Long lines, much waiting to board. Staff confused regarding trains to board, order of boarding.
Overall interesting, though scenery somewhat repetitive. Long lines, much waiting to board. Staff confused regarding trains to board, order of boarding. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great tour.
Great tour. The guide was very knowledgable and tslked about Skagway itself, before dropping us at the train. Train was great, great views, and information. You could imagine the gold rush days. We stopped for lunch which was great, and ... Read More
Great tour. The guide was very knowledgable and tslked about Skagway itself, before dropping us at the train. Train was great, great views, and information. You could imagine the gold rush days. We stopped for lunch which was great, and met husky puppies and eye museum was great too. Excellent day. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great tour guide on the bus.
Great tour guide on the bus.
Great tour guide on the bus. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great scenery!
Great scenery!
Great scenery! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The train ride was excellent - very scenic.
The train ride was excellent - very scenic. If you take the train, sit on the left side (facing forward). The left side is mostly valley facing, while the right side is mostly mountain side. The drive back was very nice. We had a very ... Read More
The train ride was excellent - very scenic. If you take the train, sit on the left side (facing forward). The left side is mostly valley facing, while the right side is mostly mountain side. The drive back was very nice. We had a very friendly, personable and funny driver. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It's a beautiful view out in the mountains!
It's a beautiful view out in the mountains!
It's a beautiful view out in the mountains! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International