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About Chenega

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Interests
    Travel, movies
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Uncruise, Lindblad, Disney, Royal Caribbean
  1. Chenega

    Glacier boat tour before boarding ship in Whitter?

    FYI - Major Marine, one of the other tour operators in Whittier, has moved their entire operation to Seward for Kenai Fjords trips.
  2. Actually we live just north of Anchorage in southcentral Alaska, Theoretically, you could see them here IF we had a solar eclipse but that's pretty slim odds since no eclipse is in the forecast. The aurora forecast from the Geophysical Institute does a year round report on a daily basis. It does not take into account the amount of interference from sunlight. Besides, it is overcast right now.
  3. I guess you can believe what you want to believe but it is simply too light to see them at this time of year.
  4. Chenega

    Best Sea food in Anchorge

    FYI - Humpy's and affiliated companies just declared chapter 11 bankruptcy. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2018/02/27/company-that-owns-humpys-and-other-anchorage-bars-files-for-bankruptcy/
  5. Matanuska is not a town; it appears you are referring to cabins near the Matanuska Glacier which is around 2 hours from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway.
  6. As a forty-five year resident of Alaska and a geography teacher as well, I've done both and would recommend the trip into Kenai Fjords National Park. The trick is you must go on the longer trips that actually take you into the park (either Aialik Bay or Northwestern Fjords). We saw lots of wildlife this summer on our early June Northwestern Fjords trip including humpback whales and a large pod of orca. The viewing in Northwestern Fjord including lots of calving at the Northwestern Glacier. A warning. The seas in open water can be rough and often windy so dress warmly and take some precautions for seasickness if you are prone to it. To compliment the boat trip, pay a visit to the excellent Alaska Sealife Center which is a research center dedicated to the area.
  7. Chenega

    Looking for smaller ship

    Uncruise is wonderful. We have taken three Alaska trips with them and enjoyed them all. Have also gone on several Royal Caribbean cruises (we worked as naturalists) but they are basically day stops in Alaskan ports for excursions and shopping. Uncruise loves to take you to the nooks and crannies the big ships don't see. We spent an entire day in Misty Fjords near Ketchikan and Dawes Glacier/Endicott Arm near Juneau. Had one evening where we were "surrounded" by several pods of orca and many humpback whales. Our ship on all three trips was the Safari Endeavor which held about eighty people. The costs are higher but the route, ships, and crew more than make up the difference. No bingo games, casinos, or shopping tour pitches either. American Dream Cruises and Lindblad would offer a similar experience with Lindblad's focus being more educational (it's the tie-in with National Geographic).
  8. Chenega

    Seward Rental Car?$

    If it is Hertz, it is walking distance to the cruise ship dock.
  9. From the Anchorage Dispatch News: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/aviation/2017/06/19/7-swim-ashore-after-floatplane-crashes-on-takeoff-near-ketchikan/
  10. Chenega

    If you could ONLY pick one??

    If you are in Seward, a boat trip to Kenai Fjords National Park is fantastic. Wildlife and glaciers!
  11. Chenega

    Mosquitos in May?

    They're alreay out in our neighborhood in Anchorage. Got two welts mowing the lawn yesterday.;)
  12. Chenega

    Am I reading this right???

    That 6:45pm departure is the regularly scheduled train. The cruise lines always have special charter trains in the morniing from Whittier. Same applies for Seward arrivals. Yes, you will spend the night on the ship before leaving Whittier when the tunnel opens in the morning.
  13. Chenega

    Kenia Fjords or Misty Fjords?

    I've been to both and would easily do a 6-8 hour Kenai Fjords tour with glaciers, whales, puffins, etc. vs. an aerial flight that lasts two hours. I spent a day in Misty Fjords on a small boat when gave the area the time it deserves. FYI - there are no glaciers in Misty Fjords either.
  14. Chenega

    What to do in Whittier?

    The 7pm to 2am timeframe is the busiest time at the Anchorage Airport. If you have TSA Precheck, you can breeze right through. If not, expect lines that can last up to 45 minutes. Being you need to return a rental car, give yourself at least 2.5 hours. If you are using AVIS, the rental car return at the airport is right next to the main terminal. People watching at the airport can be fun;)
  15. Chenega

    Kenai Fjords - dinner or no dinner?

    I'm with Budget Queen on the KFT chicken wraps. Not very good but I'm sure they are economical for the company. We've taken to picking up snacks either in Anchorage or the Carrs/Safeway in Seward and then saving our dining for Rays after the boat trip. The cedar planked salmon is awesome!