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Seattle, WA
28 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by bonvoyagie
Here is a website that has lots of info on the AK ports

I agree that Glacier Bay is a must see - the cruise lines that vist there are limited to Princess, HAL, and NCL.
As an FYI, Carnival also offers Glacier Bay cruises at the start and end of their season. We also live in Seattle and have done this in the past. It's shoulder season so the rates are generally pretty good (and if you're from the NW a little rain won't get you down

For those mentioning Amtrak it's a pleasant trip on the coast and I'd also recommend it. The light rail station is right near Amtrak in Vancouver and has a stop near the port so it is pretty easy to get to the port on the cheap.
706 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Low-cost in Juneau, take the Big Blue Bus (if it is still around - anybody??) for about $14 per person round trip to Mendenhall. You can stay as long as you want, walk all the way to the waterfall, and even look for bear on the hiking path.

Low-cost in Skagway. Rent a car from Sourdough Rental for the price of one person's ticket on the White Pass rail and get Murray's guide for $5 (google it), and then drive up to Emerald Lake.