Posted July 13th, 2012, 04:28 PM
My question regards the state of the towns on days when several ships are docked there. How busy will these restaurants, parks, museums, etc. be? Can we expect some disappointments? Thanks for any helpful input.
Actually the biggest factor with regard to how crowded each port feels is how far you venture from the ship. The closer you are to either the ship or the shops, the more crowded each port will feel. But if you can get away from the very touristy areas, you will hardly even notice that there are several ships in town.
Case in point: Skagway. Stay off Broadway. Take the train, rent a car or go hiking. You will hardly see many of the other 5,000-10,000 tourists in port that day.
Another case in point: Juneau. Except for the Mendenhall Glacier visitor center area, if you get just 3-4 blocks from the cruise ship berths you will never know there are 3-4 ships in port.