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    Alaska Cruise

    Just returned from my Alaskan cruise and had a blast! Alaska is absoulutely Awesome! We hit Ketchikan,Skagway,Juneau and Prince Rupert B.C.

    Ketchikan we did a Seaplane to the Misty Fjords, Juneau I booked a private excursion for whale watching, Skagway we did the White pass train and Prince Rupert another seaplane over glaciers.

    Way different experience then my Caribbean cruises and cant wait to go back
    Steve
    C5-6 Feb 05

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    I am full of envy! I've always wanted to see the midnight sun, and the Alaska cruise is how I intended to do it. We planned to go in June 2005, but hurricanes Frances and Jeanne did a lot of damage, using those Alaska vacation dollars. Oh well --- next year. Then the hurricanes of '05 came. Katrina took the roof off our house, and Wilma destroyed our business. Man, I really want to see what you saw!

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      #3
      It's a great cruise to take. We've gone twice. Both times flightseeing with Island Wings in Ketchikan (not wheelchair accessible, so wife did a different tour there) and whale watching with Orca Enterprises in Juneau (fully accessible boat). The train in Skagway is also fully accessible.
      - Richard

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        #4
        been 4 times. would go 4 times again to alaska. caribbean cruise...eh. been there. i'll take alaska

        Last edited by cass; 21 Sep 2010, 1:29 AM.

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          #5
          We are def going back Cass! Carib is easy though since I live in Fl. Kinda spoiled being able to just jump in the car and drive to the ports but we've done every port in the caribbean so we're on to Alaska and Hawaii.

          rfbdorf- We did Orca also they are great people! In Ketchikan I was originally booked to do the Deadliest Catch boat but we got into port late and it was canceled so Seaplane had openings they picked me up with ADA van but i had to be lifted into the plane by my brother. Prince Rupert was the same except bus wasn't accessible.

          Sofla- You def have to try it! Took so many pics!

          Steve
          C5-6 Feb 05

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            #6
            More pictures, please.

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              #7
              I went a few years ago and by far that was my favorite vacation! I loved the whale watching tours and was fortunate to have seen Orca Whales! They actually were right outside the excursion boat...close enough to touch. Everything was accessible as far as what I did...and I would love to go back...this time with my husband.

              Glad you had an awesome time!
              "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                #8
                Also I sailed on NCL Star. I wont sail NCL again! The food in the dining rooms as well as the buffet was not very good and always cold. I feel they try and push you to their specialty restaurants which we did try twice. Cagney's and Teppanyaki was great but $25 a head makes for a expensive cruise. I've done Carnival 10+ times and never had a issue also Royal Caribbean.
                Steve
                C5-6 Feb 05

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                  #9
                  It sounds like all of you had a great time. My wife and I want to try one. Do you leave out of Seattle, Wa.? Can you recommend excursions on various ports. I am a T-10 complete but strong in a manual wheelchair. Also what is the best time to travel in Alaska? Is August the best month for the temperature? Did anyone go fishing?Thanks for the information.
                  Best Regards,
                  Joe

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                    #10
                    Yes I left out of Seattle. we did a RT Seattle cruise. I hear all sorts of opinions on cruise time we did Sept 4-11 weather was mid 60's with low 50's and we only had one day with misty rain in Skagway. Excursions are expensive seaplane was $300 a person being a para I think you would be fine getting in plane. Juneau we did Orca Enterprises whale watching,Ketchikan I hear the Deadliest Catch excursion is awesome. None of us fished but I know someone in a chair that did. Check out cruisecritic dot com tons of wheelchair excursion stuff there.

                    Steve
                    Steve
                    C5-6 Feb 05

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                      #11
                      We went from Seattle once and Vancouver BC once. Holland America both times; 1 week RTs.
                      The seaplane is expensive, but it was the high point of my trip; I'd do it again for that alone. I'd think a para would have to be in pretty good shape to climb up into a seaplane.
                      Yeah, Cruisecritic.com was invaluable for us, too.
                      - Richard

                      edit: I didn't see the pic showing the ramp into the aircraft when I wrote the above. That is very, very nice.
                      Last edited by rfbdorf; 22 Sep 2010, 1:08 AM.

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                        #12
                        I appreciate everyone's information. I will check out the cruisecritic.com. Take care,
                        Best Regards,
                        Joe

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                          #13
                          Like rfbdorf I went on Holland America. Great cruise, amazing scenery. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Trying to convince my gf to go in August but our work schedules get in the way.

                          Alaska rocks!

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