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  1. Thank you everyone. I think I am leaning toward the car rental and staying in Healy sounds prudent. I will check it out. I really thank you for the advice about the train. $325/ea for the premium ticket is a lot for the same scenery one gets from a car. The difference would buy a few meals and souvenirs. Regarding the Transit buses, if you get off one and catch a later one, is it hard to find room/seats?
  2. I read on another Alaska thread last year that one should always check out the bear scat you come across. If it has berries in it, it is likely a black bear. If it has bells in it and smells like bear spray, it's a Grizzly. 🙂
  3. Next summer we are doing a southbound cruise out of Seward, and we want to take a few days to visit Denali before the cruise. We will fly in to Anchorage, and from there, I would like to know what the best bang for our buck will be for transportation, accommodations and tour. I intend to plan it all a-la-carte for myself, but I am open to a turn-key tour. I expect we will take the train one way or the other. (We have already taken the train from Seward to Anchorage). On the other leg, we will either take a bus or rent a car or even fly up to Fairbanks and rent a car. I am open to advice. I mainly want to know where we should stay for a couple of nights and if we should rent a car or book a bus tour.
  4. What is included in the Sandal's day pass?
  5. Sometimes, depending on capacity, Sandel's at Cable Beech offers day passes. It is nice.
  6. As Bikerunner said, buy the upgrade onboard and the person (bartender or server) you buy it from gets the tip. If you wait a day or two, you only pay for the remaining days.
  7. When hiking, if you come across any bear scat, and if it smells like bear spray and has bells in it, Grizz are in the area and you should leave!
  8. If you are adventurous, rent a boat from Icy Straight Lodge and fish on your own. They can tell you where to fish and how. I wanted to do it last year, but my party was worried about the safety. When we were in port, and during the whole 7 day cruise. the water was almost like a bathtub. Otherwise. I have read very good things about Ear Mountain referenced above.
  9. I am no expert. I went on one cruise, on the Celebrity Millennium to Alaska. We (2 couples, age 57 to 65) thoroughly enjoyed this ship and cruise. The Millennium was renovated last year and was very nice. We ate dinner one night with a travel agent who had been on many, many cruises. He said Celebrity was the best. I am sure this is very subjective. All that said, if you are a "the glass is half full" kind of person, you will love any of them. It is a great trip. Pick a cruise and never look back.
  10. Thanks for your reply. I have been on one cruise, too Alaska. We loved it and are cruising to Bahamas this year. We are planing where to go next year. Tell me about the Horn of South America! What cruise line, ports and how long? Did you see the southern cross?
  11. I did the train trip, taking the bus up and train back down. We loved it but somehow missed Emerald Lake. That was a miss on my part. I thought the excursion I bought went there. Be sure to ask.
  12. Google fishing guides in ISP, or if you are a fisherman and adventurous, rent a boat from Icy Straight lodge and fish on your own. The bay is usually calm. They will tell you where to go. There is a tackle store in downtown Hoonah. You can also fish a lot of places from shore in ISP near the ship dock. The tackle store will tell you the lures to use.
  13. My 2 cents: Ride the White Pass Railway in Skagway. The little town is fun to walk and shop too. We did Juneau and Ketchikan on our own and had a great time. Pick up a local tourist map in Juneau and walk to whatever you want to see or catch a cab. That time of year the salmon may be running. You can fish on your own in Ketchikan. There is a large tackle store at the cruise ship docks, and there is a place you can rent rods on Creek street right across the bridge over Ketchikan Creek. Walk from there out to the jetties by the cruise ships next to the marina. You can catch salmon right there. Buy your license at the tackle store by the dock. Restaurants are abundant.
  14. I would like to know how you compare and contrast the Cunard QE with other cruise ships? We cruised Alaska last year, and it was our first cruise. We want to go back. We went on Celebrity and loved it. Have you been on other cruise lines that you can compare? Also, you mentioned the ship rolling a bit. We did not experience that much at all on the inside passage. Were sea conditions rough? Do you believe the QE to be less stable than other ships? Thanks. -Jim
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