Posted April 24th, 2007, 04:09 PM
i only did a whale watch in juneau and the round-trip train in skagway.
people were napping on the way back on the train...lots of history going up and great views..average over 50.
whale watch is family-style...lots of shouts when you see the spouts or tails. very little interaction with fellow cruises, too busy looking at the humpbacks. camera and binoculars in hand.
depending on what ship you are looking at, here's a few links to the ports:
know for whale watching, fishing, flight seeing/glacier landings, float trips
in juneau, easy to get to glacier with hiking trails.
depending on time of travel: bear, fishing, totem poles...big salmon run through town (depending on time of year), kayaking
historic train /combo trips or rent a car and drive up the highway.
this is what everyone goes for.
very different travels then any of the islands or mexico. very quiet. not even 1 party boat for sight seeing. for the best sight-seeing many do fly in trip to the glaciers or the fjords. since the planes and helos are limited in passengers..very small groups. same with a lot of the whale watch...small boats: 6 passengers (max), mid-size boats: 15 - 40, large boat: 100
we had a group, besides our family, that we meet on this board..in our roll call for our ship. met up with them every night at the casino..but only to say "hi, how was your day". everyone was just too tired!!!!
since the excursions are so costly ($$$) up there, many of the local vendors keep the size down in numbers. the biggest tours are on the double deckers (through the ship) for whales/wildlife. heard a lot of cheering (for the whales) when near that boat. still average age: well over 30.
like i said, after midnight...only the cleaning crew!!
maybe others can report on their ships.
WARNING: pools are the ship are used very little...too cold!! unless the ship has a covered pool.(or you get real lucky with the weather)