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My mom and I will be taking our first cruise on Amsterdam on Aug. 22 (round-trip from Seattle). We are trying to determine which shore excusions to take. Right now we are looking at the Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure in Sitka and the Horse-Drawn Carriage ride in Victoria, BC. Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone tried one of these?
A major fun part of any cruise, but especially Alaska, is planning your shore tours. Alaska is so easy because cruise ships have visited the ports for so many years that there is a major industry for shore tours: Holland America more than one hundred years.
You'll match your interests best by visiting Alaska web sites. There are many of them and all of the tour operators are listed on the community web sites - most have their own. Another nice thing about Alaska tours is not having to book all your tours through the cruise line. In most cases, you can pick and choose from independent operators. Many times you'll not only get a better price booking with independents, but you'll have a more enjoyable experience.
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