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#1
Cary,NC
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We're in the planning stages of our first Alaska cruise next year that will be stopping in Skagway. The "White Pass Scenic Railway - Luxury Class" excursion is "pricey" but looks like something we would enjoy. Would love to hear from anyone who may have done this excursion to see if they enjoyed it and if they felt like it was worth the $$$.
Would also welcome any suggestion for any other Skagway excursions from any of the "Alaska veterans" out there. Thanks ahead for your comment and suggestions.
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A good question. We are booked on the Yukon Expedition - white pass scenic railway excursion on our upcoming cruise and were wondering the same.
Last year we also cruised to Alaska and booked the Takshanuk Mountain 4x4 excursion while in Skagway and that was fantastic.
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I don't know what the cost is today? We loved it!! I took some great pictures from the train to this day my friends tell me they love the pictures.
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Are you willing to go on a non-cruise line excursion? If so, I highly recommend Chilkoot Charters and Tours (https://chilkootcharters.com/) for the White Pass railroad excursion. We went up on the train into the Yukon - they had the final train car reserved and only filled half of it so everyone had great views and access to the viewing platform at the rear of the train as we went up the mountain, were met by our van driver and continued on to Emerald Lake, stopped for lunch and to see sled dog puppies and a taxidermy museum (which was incredible), and then took our time, stopping to see flora and fauna on the ride back down. We will be taking our children and grandchildren to Alaska in 2018 and that is already on the itinerary for the adults.
#5
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On all of our trips to Skagway we have always used Dyea Dave for our touring. They are great people, and Dave is a long time local, so we like to support the local companies. They get great reviews, and are a pleasure to deal with. The trip to Emerald Lake is a wonderful time! We have never taken the train, so I cannot comment on that. They do coordinate with folks that want to use the train part way though.

(www dot dyeadavetours dot com) Not sure why they allowed the link in the previous post, but not in my post? I thought that it was ok to share excursion companies... only links to Travel Agencies were not allowed.

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Originally posted by jackyfromwyk
Last year we also cruised to Alaska and booked the Takshanuk Mountain 4x4 excursion while in Skagway and that was fantastic.
I'm so happy to hear you liked this. We are going to do this next year. This will be our fifth cruise to Alaska, so if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask
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Originally posted by svend52
We're in the planning stages of our first Alaska cruise next year that will be stopping in Skagway. The "White Pass Scenic Railway - Luxury Class" excursion is "pricey" but looks like something we would enjoy. Would love to hear from anyone who may have done this excursion to see if they enjoyed it and if they felt like it was worth the $$$.
Would also welcome any suggestion for any other Skagway excursions from any of the "Alaska veterans" out there. Thanks ahead for your comment and suggestions.
Virgil
That option was not offered when we rode the railway in 2010. It sounds like you will have a private guide but we felt the standard commentary on the train to be very good. The Luxury Class is $299.00 versus $129.00 to ride without food and a private guide. Looking at the railway website the standard excursion is $119.00 and they have another excursion that includes a box lunch and a 45 minute stop in Bennett for $229.00. I don't see anything like the Princess Luxury Class on the website. I personally wouldn't spend $170 for a private car with guide and some "refreshments and savory appetizers."
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Booked with Chillkoot at the end of June and I would not hesitate to go with them again. Did the Lake Bennett tour all the way up to Carcross YT on the train and back on their 20 or so psgr van. If you want to see some pics from it I have them here

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...2379752&page=3
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#11
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We took the train the first time to Skagway and really enjoyed it. We first visited the NPS visitor center to watch the film about the Klondikers and building the railroad. It made the train ride that much better I think.
We also purchased a set of authenticated book ends made from the original rails. Very cool.
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Originally posted by jimsig
Booked with Chillkoot at the end of June and I would not hesitate to go with them again. Did the Lake Bennett tour all the way up to Carcross YT on the train and back on their 20 or so psgr van. If you want to see some pics from it I have them here

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...2379752&page=3
Great photos. Feel bad I missed that thread before.
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Boston
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Originally posted by easyboy
Great photos. Feel bad I missed that thread before.
Thanks Easyboy glad you liked them.
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#14
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To answer your specific question, we going on this trip in September. Will let you know about it when I get back around September 20th.

We are semi-active seniors, but know from experience we like most of our tours laid back. So the idea of having great seating arrangements, not alot of people, a tour guide for the whole ride, and snacks thrown in..... this was just our speed.

So if you are kinda the same mindset, will let you know if the extra monies were worth it. I considered the private tours with the bus one way and train back, etc., but just not in the mood for buses of any size this time around.

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Thanks to all the replies. Gives us some food for thought and will be fun deciding what to do in Skagway.
Pooh, would love to get your feedback when you get back...have a great trip.
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Another vote for Chilkoot Charters. We used them and did the train up and the bus back. We had a stop at Caribou Crossing for a BBQ lunch, museum and sled dog camp. It was a great day! We are booking this again next May and taking our teenage granddaughters.
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#18
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Originally posted by Love to Cook!
I'm so happy to hear you liked this. We are going to do this next year. This will be our fifth cruise to Alaska, so if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask
I do!!!!

I just booked a R/T Seattle for myself and my son (age 6) sailing next June. What are the best excursions that you recommend in Skagway? He loves trains, so I think a train ride is a must do, but which one, or how long, take motor coach back or not..these are all things that I have no clue about. Actually, I don't have much of a clue about Alaska period.lol

In Juneau we will be doing a helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier and dog sledding there. Will we have time for anything else while in port?
#19
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Originally posted by disneygirl10
I do!!!!

I just booked a R/T Seattle for myself and my son (age 6) sailing next June. What are the best excursions that you recommend in Skagway? He loves trains, so I think a train ride is a must do, but which one, or how long, take motor coach back or not..these are all things that I have no clue about. Actually, I don't have much of a clue about Alaska period.lol

In Juneau we will be doing a helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier and dog sledding there. Will we have time for anything else while in port?
My Skagway recommendation would be bus up that stops for lunch at Caribou Crossing and petting sled dogs followed by a train ride back. Your son will be thrilled.





You will have time for a trip up to Mt Roberts for an amazing view of Juneau and a chance to see Lady Baltimore (injured eagle) from just a few feet away:

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#20
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Originally posted by Crew News
My Skagway recommendation would be bus up that stops for lunch at Caribou Crossing and petting sled dogs followed by a train ride back. Your son will be thrilled.





You will have time for a trip up to Mt Roberts for an amazing view of Juneau and a chance to see Lady Baltimore (injured eagle) from just a few feet away:

Thank you so much!! Gorgeous photos!