Posted January 26th, 2015, 03:55 PM
Last edited by CowPrincess; January 26th, 2015 at 03:57 PM
I suppose I don't know the choices. I had a travel agent book our spot on the boat and don't know many details yet. All I have done is browse the ports itenerary and excursions. I like the choice of anytime dining! that way I can eat when I please. although since we are traveling with a group we might want to eat together at times.
black silk pantsuit sounds comfortable, fancy shoes do not... lol. I have a size 12 foot and terrible foot troubles. I will pick some nice jewelry to take away from my shoes!
how do we know what are the popular excursions? can you suggest any? I am not really thrilled about plane sightseeing. don't mind taking a plane to a magical destination. I love moderate hiking and beautiful settings. Really want to see the Kodiac Bears! maybe I should just rely more on my travel agent. Also out of all the ports and stops, what would be the best for a kayak excursion??
thanks for anyones input! and thank you for your quick reply Cowprincess.
On the HAL site you can look at the shore excursion offerings for each port. This will be my 8th cruise to Alaska (which is completely amateur-hour compared to some
) but my first time on the 14 day itinerary.
So far we are likely doing the Hop On Hop Off bus in Sitka, which IIRC will get us to the state park for some easy walking, and to the Raptor Centre. If you want something through the ship, I heartily recommend the Sea Otter Quest ....
In Ketchikan we will just go to the Totem Heritage Center, one of my favorite places on earth
Ketchikan is a good place to walk around, the Visitor Center offers a map for a self-guided walking tour. Last time there we took a cab to Cape Fox Lodge, had a nibble, walked down the Married Man's Trail, and my friends went shopping. I went to the Totem Center. There are also a couple of totem "parks" on the outskirts of Ketchikan. Search on the Alaska forum (previously posted the link) for directions on public transit, if you are so inclined.
So far I am considering public transit to Douglas Island to do a low to moderate hike around Treadwell/Sandy Beach in Juneau. If you like to hike, the Mendenhall Glacier trails get pretty good reviews.
Have not decided yet about ISP/Hoonah (very likely a whale watch, either thru the ship or independent, and I better get busy if we are using an independent vendor
), and Homer. I think we will do a boat tour in Anchorage, though DH may want to just "hang out" in Anchorage.
There is not enough money in Alaska to get me on a flightseeing plane, so have not considered any of those tours
This will be DH's second trip to Alaska. The first time he joined me I made the mistake of over-scheduling excursions, and his BEST memory of that Alaska trip was the time we spent in Skagway, talking to a dog and its people
So this time we will do lower-key things most of the time, to give him a chance to get more of a "feel" for Alaska.
Regarding how to tell a "popular excursion" -- I probably worded that incorrectly. If you see something you feel you really want to do, book it. Don't wait. Some excursions do sell out, and it would be a shame to miss doing something that you really want to do.